This is the web page of the Health and Medicine track of the ABCP 2021 Annual Conference, to be held on Friday 2nd July, 2021.

Programme (Tentative)

Day 1: Friday 2nd July 2021 (Zoom link)

  • 2:00-2:30pm:  Myelinating memories
    • Speaker: Professor William D. Richardson, FMedSci, FRS, University College London
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      Professor William D. Richardson
      Professor William D. Richardson

      William Richardson obtained his BSc (Physics) from Manchester University in 1973, and his PhD (Biophysics) from King’s College London in 1978.

      He spent postdoctoral time at the National Institutes of Health (USA) and the National Institute for Medical Research (London) before his first academic appointment in the Department of Zoology (later Biology) at University College London (UCL) in 1985.

      Since then he has worked in the field of developmental neuroscience, specializing in the development of oligodendrocytes, the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system (CNS). His pioneering work in this area has shown that oligodendrocytes continue to be generated throughout young adult life in mice and that the newly-formed oligodendrocytes are required, together with the neurons they ensheath, for motor learning and long-term memory formation. He continues to investigate the role of oligodendrocytes and myelin in brain plasticity, learning and memory, through a combination of genetic and behavioural experiments in mice.

    • Moderator: Professor Daqing Ma, FRCA, Imperial College London
  • 2:35-3:00pm: Precision medicine for Asthma
    • Speaker: Professor Kian Fan Chung, MBBS, MD, DSc, FRCP, Imperial College London
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      Professor Kian Fan Chung
      Professor Kian Fan Chung

      Kian Fan Chung is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Head of Experimental Studies Medicine at National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London and Respiratory Physician at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London.

      He is Senior Investigator for the National Institute for Health Research, NHS, UK. He is Visiting Professor at ICL/NTU Lee Kong Chian Medical School, Singapore, and at Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease, China.

      He leads the UK-Korea Collaborative PRISM project on precision medicine in severe asthma, the INHALE project on integration of biological length scales for personal pollution exposure and the COVAIR project on SARS-CoV2 aerosol. He co-led the EU-IMI-funded U-BIOPRED Severe Asthma Consortium.

      He focuses on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He studies mechanisms pertaining to epithelial-macrophage interactions at the airway interface and airway smooth muscle-mast cell-eosinophil crosstalk in the airway mucosa. He has an interest on the impact of environmental pollution and nanoparticles and of the microbiome on the lungs focusing on both innate and acquired mechanisms.

    • Moderator: Dr Jing Deng, PhD, University College London
  • 3:05-3:35pm: Visualizing virus infection
    • Speaker: Professor Peijun Zhang, PhD, University of Oxford
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      Professor Peijun Zhang
      Professor Peijun Zhang

      Peijun Zhang obtained B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Solid State Physics from Nanjing University. She received her Ph.D. in Biophysics and Physiology from University Virginia. After postdoc training and subsequently a staff scientist at NIH, she joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 as an assistant professor then associate professor with tenure.

      In 2016, she was recruited to Diamond Light Source as the founding director of eBIC (the UK National Electron Bio-imaging Centre), and jointly as a full professor at the University of Oxford.

      Her research focuses on structural biology of human pathogens and molecular mechanisms of infection, in particular HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2, by developing and applying novel technologies for high-resolution and in situ cryoEM. She received many awards, including “Carnegie Science Emerging Female Scientist Award” (2014) and “Wellcome Trust Investigator Award” (2017), and recently an ERC AdG grant award (2021).

    • Moderator: Professor Tao Dong, PhD, University of Oxford
  • 3:40-4:10pm: Patient participation and shared decision making in healthcare 
    • Speaker: Professor KK Cheng, FMedSci, University of Birmingham
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      Professor KK Cheng
      Professor KK Cheng

      KK Cheng has been a professor at the University of Birmingham since 1995. His main interests are in the epidemiology, prevention and control of important non-communicable diseases, and the development of primary care in China.

      He has developed collaboration between the UK and China in primary care. He founded the Department of General Practice at Peking University Health Science Center in May 2011.

      KK is Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health England. He also holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Hong Kong.

    • Moderator: Professor Ruoling Chen, PhD, University of Wolverhampton

Day 2: Saturday 3rd July 2021 (Zoom link)

The detailed programme is to be announced.

Organising Committee