Glial Cells in Health and Disease
Old Members’ Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund Report – Naroa Ibarra Aizpurua (2020, DPhil Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics)
In July I attended the XVI European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease, which was held in Berlin from 8 – 11 July 8th. The theme of this meeting was very closely linked to the research of my DPhil project, as my focus are astrocytes, a type of glial cell, in the development of Parkinson’s Disease. Since I am the only person in my lab working with glial cells, it was very important for me to attend a conference focused on these cells, as it would allow me to share ideas, results and, most importantly, research struggles, with others in the field. Indeed, that is what I managed to do during a very busy but equally enriching meeting.
This congress was organized in plenary lectures, symposia, and poster sessions. I attended as many talks as possible, and most of them were very interesting and informative even if not all of them were closely related to my research. Moreover, I got to see a few talks from researchers I am quite familiar with from having read multiple of their papers, and I had the chance to learn about their latest unpublished results.
Additionally, I presented a poster during the poster session on the first day, which was quite well attended and got a lot of interest. I got many questions and comments on my work, some of which will be very helpful for my future experiments. I also visited many posters related to my topic of research, and it was very useful to see the protocols people use for different experiments and to have a look at their results. Luckily, no one presented a project that was very similar to mine, highlighting the novelty of my project. During these poster sessions I also got to share the struggles of my project, which are very common in the field, and I discussed with other researchers ways in which these can be overcome.
Lastly, it goes without saying that I in between talks and during the poster sessions I did as much networking as I could, and thus I met many researchers on my field. These contacts will be very useful to establish potential new collaborations and to find researching positions for when I finish my DPhil.
Overall, it was a very useful and informative meeting, where I learned a lot of things I can apply to my DPhil project and I also met many researchers on the field. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of myself at the event, but please find below a picture of my poster hanged at the poster hall during the first poster session.
Published: 14 November 2023