Kavli Oxford Concludes Term with Three Inspiring K.R.E.D Talks
Kavli Oxford wrapped up the term with a trio of Kavli Research and Enterprise Discussions (K.R.E.D) featuring speakers from diverse scientific domains. The engaging sessions delved into cutting-edge research and breakthroughs, fostering an environment of knowledge exchange and collaboration.
Pietro Sormanni: "Third Generation Approaches of Antibody Discovery and Optimisation"
Date: 31 October 2023
Pietro Sormanni from the University of Cambridge shared insights into the latest advancements in antibody discovery and optimization. Dr. Sormanni's expertise lies in combining in silico methods with experimentation to design and enhance the functionality of antibodies. His talk covered computational antibody design, humanisation strategies, and optimisation of biophysical properties, addressing crucial aspects of manufacturing and distribution needs.
Jeffrey Brodsky: "Decisions Between the ER Retention and Exit of Aberrant Proteins, and Links between ERAD and Human Disease"
Date: 6 November 2023
Jeffrey Brodsky, Avinoff Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, delivered a compelling presentation on ERAD (Endoplasmic Reticulum-Associated Protein Degradation). His pioneering work in elucidating this pathway sheds light on protein homeostasis and offers insights into novel therapeutic avenues. The talk showcased years of dedicated research that has significantly contributed to our understanding of ER retention and exit decisions for aberrant proteins.
Roslyn Bill: "New Insights into the Regulation of the CNS Water Channel Aquaporin-4: From Cell Biology to Clinical Trials"
Date: 30 November 2023
Professor Roslyn Bill, a distinguished figure in biotechnology at Aston University, presented groundbreaking insights into the regulation of the CNS water channel, Aquaporin-4. Her talk provided a deep dive into the principles of water movement, emphasizing its significance in brain function. The research, conducted in collaboration, has paved the way for drug development targeting conditions affecting millions worldwide. Prof. Bill's work marks a paradigm shift in the understanding of water homeostasis.
These K.R.E.D Talks attracted widespread attention from our researchers, fostering a culture of interdisciplinary dialogue and knowledge dissemination. Kavli Oxford looks forward to continuing this tradition in forthcoming terms.