‘I am a final year PhD student studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). I attended the 25th international symposium on ALS/MND Brussels, Belgium on 5-7 December 2014. The conference was very beneficial for my development as a researcher. Presenting my work in the poster sessions allowed me to network with other researchers in the field. Attending the oral and poster presentations has kept me up to date with the latest work, and listening to many passionate researchers and clinicians in the field has really enthused me as a researcher. I thank the Biochemical Society for providing me with a travel grant that allowed me to attend the conference.
On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare, a health insurance program for elderly Americans, into law. At the bill-signing ceremony, which took place at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, former President Harry S. Truman was enrolled as Medicare’s first beneficiary and received the first Medicare card. Johnson wanted to recognize Truman, who, in 1945, had become the first president to propose national health insurance, an initiative that was opposed at the time by Congress.
‘This biennial meeting brings together researchers worldwide to share their most recent work with the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. In 1974, Sydney Brenner published his seminal paper on the genetics of C. elegans, the field has boomed into hundreds of research groups worldwide who use this tractable model organism to explore a huge number of biological questions, reflected with over 1000 talks and posters presented at the meeting, attended by close to 2000 people.
I am writing to express my thanks to the Biochemical Society for awarding the travel grant which allowed me to attend the Experimental Biology conference in Boston earlier this year. I am a trained microbiologist at heart and carried out my PhD in Sheffield University in the UK. My PhD investigated the effect of novel carbon monoxide-releasing compounds (CORMs) on bacteria. These compounds are transition metal carbonyls and have shown promise in tackling a range of bacterial species. My role specifically was to characterize the bactericidal effects of a manganese-CORM on Escherichia coli.
The annual meeting of the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions is considered by many to be the premier cardiovascular research meeting in the world and attracts key, internationally-recognized leaders in the field. The program includes a diverse array of speakers, representing the best cardiovascular scientists from around the world. As a final-year PhD student, I attended the BCVS conference to present a poster, put my study into a broader context of heart biology, and receive feedback from some of the world’s most eminent figures in cardiac physiology.