‘I am a third year PhD student at the Institute of Infection & Immunity at Cardiff University, UK. Through the provision of a travel award the Biochemical Society supported my attendance at the 14th International Conference on Bioactive Lipids in Cancer, Inflammation, and Related Diseases which was held in Budapest, Hungary.
The conference gave me the opportunity to converse with a range of conference attendees. This enabled me to strengthen my knowledge in lipid research whilst also gaining knowledge and opinions on my own research from world leading experts in lipid biology. As part of my PhD studies I am characterizing a novel lipid generated by thrombin activated platelets and determining its functional role. During the conference I was selected to present my findings during a poster session.
This was an invaluable opportunity to present and discuss my work with world leading experts. The poster presentation generated much discussion and helpful feedback and has led to me developing several proposals for future studies, which will strengthen my PhD studies. Aside from the poster sessions the conference included talks by several World-leading experts from the field of lipid signalling and disease, many talks also included detailed mass spectrometry analysis. I found this exceptionally useful as I employ mass spectrometry frequently as part of my studies.
Furthermore the conference provided an opportunity to meet our existing collaborators from the USA in person. For example I had the opportunity to discuss my research with Dr. Lawrence Marnett (Vanderbilt University, Nashville) who is an expert in cyclooxygenase biology; this was a highly informative meeting and has helped me develop ideas for further collaborations.
In conclusion, attendance at the conference was highly beneficial for my career development as it allowed me to enhance my networking skills by talking to a range of scientists from the field of lipid biology, whilst strengthening my existing collaborations. Furthermore, the knowledge I gained from the conference has allowed to me develop new ideas and techniques for my PhD studies.’