By Alex Wadley, POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, University of Worcester
The International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ICCPB) was the 9th meeting, held in Krakow, Poland in August 2015. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher & lecturer at the University of Worcester investigating how protein thiol oxidation modulates the cell cycle of leukaemia cells.
I also have a strong interest in the effects of exercise and nutrition on cellular redox balance. My conference talk focussed on the impact of 4 weeks of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on post-exercise markers of oxidative stress in trained male cyclists. This conference was an ideal environment for networking and generating collaborations, as well as to hear the latest findings from leading groups in multiple aspects of redox biology related research, in a variety of species.
Plenary lectures by Professor Theodore Garland and Professor John Speakman were particularly excellent and very applicable to my work. Furthermore, a series of symposia were highly concentrated on redox regulation and energy metabolism, which is a focus of my current research. The ‘comparative’ element of the conference meant that a broad range of species were discussed at the various symposia. This has given me a broader appreciation for my biological discipline and sparked some research ideas that could be translated to my human research. My talk attracted a number of questions from the conference floor and further comments immediately afterwards.
Many thanks to the Biochemical Society for covering my registration fee and contributing towards my travelling costs.