Professor Mark Coles has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for FRAME’s forthcoming 50th anniversary Symposium, which will take place in Nottingham this July.
Based at the University of Oxford, Professor Mark Coles is a passionate advocate for novel 3Rs based approaches. His talk will focus on ‘Why Mice Lie and Monkeys Exaggerate – Novel Methods Reduce and Replace Animals in Therapeutic Discovery and Development’.
Professor Coles completed his PhD in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focused on Natural Killer cell receptor expression and function on T lymphocytes. Following his PhD, Professor Coles has undertaken projects focusing on immunology and computational and mathematical modelling to understand immune function.
In 2014, he co-founded Simomics Ltd to develop in silico virtual disease laboratories to reduce and replace the need for pre-clinical animal models in therapeutic discovery and development and de-risk clinical trial design for immune mediated inflammatory disease, tumour immunotherapy and toxicology testing.
The aim of FRAME’s Symposium is to celebrate work being carried out by researchers (post docs and PhD students) in the area of replacement. The Symposium will publicise and share research projects being carried out in universities from across the UK, some of which may not have been developed with the aim of being an alternative to animals, but are nevertheless helping to drive forward non-animal technologies and methods. FRAME is encouraging applications from projects carrying out human-based, in vitro research or those using computer models and simulations.
The event runs from Tuesday 16 July to Wednesday 17 July 2019 at the University of Nottingham and will form part of FRAME’s 50th anniversary year celebrations.
The drinks reception is kindly being sponsored by Tissue Solutions.
There will be multiple presentations from PhD researchers, and opportunities for young scientists to showcase their work via both oral presentations and posters.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 26th June. Researchers must submit their work by 26 June 2019 and they will be given notice of acceptance shortly after. Please submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on the Symposium event page.
FRAME is hosting the Symposium as part of the charity’s drive to develop better scientific methods for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment and its ultimate aim is the elimination of the need to use laboratory animals in any medical or scientific procedures.
To help fund the event, FRAME is offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities. These include the opportunity to be headline sponsor. This high-profile role would allow the sponsor an opportunity to speak at the event, have their branding on all pre and post event marketing material, a free event stand and two delegate tickets.
Sponsors of the Symposium will not only be contributing to the career development of these early career scientists, but also highlighting the importance of good science in driving forward future biomedical and scientific research.
For the young scientists taking part, there will be a range of named prizes, as well as opportunities to exhibit at the event.
The Symposium is expected to attract researchers from leading universities from around the UK, as well as leading scientists committed to the 3Rs – the reduction, replacement and refinement of animals used in medical experiments.
Prizes will be awarded for:
- Best poster
- Best ‘flash’ poster presentation
- Best oral presentation (15 minutes: 12 minutes plus 3 minutes of questions)