Experiences of ERS 2019: Jodie Ackland

I was kindly awarded a BALR travel award to attend the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2019 in Madrid, Spain. I am truly grateful for the BALR supporting my attendance at this conference as it has allowed me to experience the excitement of an international congress and engage in the latest advances and current research in respiratory science from scientists at the top of their field. Due to the sheer size of the congress, there are always parallel sessions and talks of interest, so you are never left bored! My personal highlights involved talks about host-pathogen interactions, including sessions such as ‘Mechanisms underlying acute exacerbation of respiratory disease’ an

Experiences of BALR Summer Meeting: Anna Duckworth

I am a mature student, with a non-medical background, carrying out a part-time PhD at the University of Exeter. My PhD is looking at epigenetic profiling of blood biomarkers for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). I was lucky enough to be invited to present some of my early work on telomere causality in IPF at the BALR summer meeting this year and even luckier to receive a travel award. This was the first time that I had shared my work with the lung research community and it felt like a great privilege to present to such an experienced and knowledgeable audience, without it being too large and daunting. The venue was fantastic (Selwyn College in Cambridge - although I might be a bit biased

Experiences of the BALR Summer Meeting: Richard Allen

In September I attended the BALR 2019 summer meeting held at Selwyn College in Cambridge and BALR kindly awarded me a £125 travel bursary to attend the conference. This was the first time I have attended the BALR summer meeting and I found the experience extremely valuable and interesting. The conference consisted of three days of talks, poster sessions and networking opportunities and allowed me to both present my work and learn about the latest research being conducted in the field. Whilst at the conference, I presented my work around a large scale genetic analysis into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). As much of my research and background is around statistical genetics, previously I

Experiences of ERS 2019: Holly Keir

This year I was able to attend the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress in Madrid thanks to a travel bursary awarded by the BALR. As one of the largest respiratory conferences in the world, the ERS congress provides a unique opportunity to view studies from a diverse range of respiratory specialities. At this conference I was able to present two pieces of work, as well as chairing a session. On Monday I gave a thematic poster presentation, and had a very enjoyable two hours discussing my work with other researchers. As a third year PhD student this opportunity was particularly beneficial, as it pushes me to think more broadly about my findings, as well as testing my knowledge. I chai

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