Recently Abcam had the chance to have a quick chat with Professor Anne Cooke, scientific chair of our Immune Tolerance and Autoimmune Disease meeting taking place on April 26-27, 2012 in Cambridge, UK. Anne was kind enough to share some of her thoughts and insight as to why this is an Abcam event that is not to be missed.
For more information on this meeting visit the Immune Tolerance and Autoimmune Disease meeting event page and read the program.
"I think that imaging techniques will continue to develop through interactions between physicists, engineers and biologists."— Anne Cook
It sounds a bit clichéd but it was an inspirational woman science teacher. She put me forward as a participant in a Youth Science fortnight in the UK. This was based in London, involved a series of talks given by academics, visits to drug companies as well as entertainments and a free travel card. I was 16 and had a great time. I met some really nice people with similar interests and enthusiasms.
I have organized conferences on this topic before but this was the first opportunity to organize a short conference in Cambridge. It seemed like a good idea.
I think that imaging techniques will continue to develop through interactions between physicists, engineers and biologists. This will further enable the tracking and study of inflammation in vivo at higher resolutions.
I had been in conversations with Kieran Matharu from Abcam and he mentioned that there might be a possibility of organizing a conference.
The format of interspersing short talks from participants between the invited talks is not so common. It is a smaller meeting and therefore has more of a workshop feel which would enable the participants to talk more readily with invited speakers.
I hope that it will interest a range of people including younger and more established scientists and clinicians. I also hope that it will attract interest from individuals working in biomedical research companies.