UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference
UKCFC 2023 Addressing CF research priorities
In early October 2023, Professor Jane Davies and other members of the CF community presented an overview of the hopes and challenges of living with CF today. This follows the identification of a refreshed top 10 of CF research priorities at the end of last year, which was a defining moment for CF research. The priorities will help us continue to champion research that will make a difference to the lives of people with CF in the future.
Session 1: Opening session
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome, Katherine Cowan, meeting facilitator, David Ramsden and Dr Lucy Allen, Cystic Fibrosis Trust
10.15 – 10.40 Opening plenary, “Re- learning cystic fibrosis”, Professor Jane Davies, Imperial College London
10.40 – 11.00 Partnership update 1– The CF Innovation Hub at Cambridge University, Professor Andres Floto, University of Cambridge
11.00 – 11.15 Partnership update 2 – CF AMR Syndicate: Connecting the community for impact, Dr Paula Sommer, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Connie Takawira, Medicines Discovery Catapult & Dr Ed McKiver, LifeArc
11.15 – 11.30 Partnership update 3 – Partnerships with LifeArc, The value of the expert lived experience, Dr Catherine Kettleborough, LifeArc & Lorna Allen, Cystic Fibrosis Trust
11.30 – 11.45 Cystic Fibrosis Trust Research Strategy, Dr Lucy Allen, Director of Research and Healthcare Data
11.45 – 12.15 TEA
Session 2: Symptoms and complications of CF
12.15 – 12.25 Gut feelings: unravelling gastrointestinal symptoms in CF, Professor Alan Smyth, University of Nottingham
12.25 – 12.35 Preventing bowel cancer in CF, Professor Stephen Renshaw, Sheffield University
12.35 – 12.45 Taming gut dysbiosis, inflammation and abdominal symptoms, Professor Daniel Peckham, Leeds University
12.45 – 13.00 Q&A
13.00 – 13.30 Early Career Researcher Flash Posters for Session 2
13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH
Session 3: CF Lung infections
14.30 – 14.40 What’s on the menu? Why Pseudomonas aeruginosa loves the CF airways, Dr Martin Welch, University of Cambridge
14.40 – 14.50 Host and pathogen determinants of pulmonary aspergillosis in cystic fibrosis, Professor Darius Armstrong James, Imperial College London
14.50 – 15.00 Exploiting bacterial quorum sensing signals to diagnose Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis., Professor Miguel Camara, Nottingham University
15.00 – 15.15 Q&A
15.15 – 15.45 Early Career Researcher Flash Posters for Session 3
15.45 – 16.15 TEA
Session 4: Underlying cause of CF
16.15 – 16.25 Exploiting fluorescence assays for screening small molecules and CFTR variants, Dr Paola Vergani, UCL, London
16.25 – 16.35 Fixing CF-causing variants – update on the Gene Editing SRC, Dr Patrick Harrison, University of Cork, Ireland
16.35 – 16.45 CF lung disease: from inflammation to repair , Dr Robert Gray, Glasgow University
16.45 – 16.55 Deubiquitinases as therapeutic targets: modulation of ion channel function in the CF airway epithelium, Dr James Reihill, Queens University Belfast
16.55 – 17.10 Q&A
17.10 – 17.40 Early Career Researcher Flash Posters for Session 4
17.40 – 17.50 Closing remarks, Dr Lucy Allen, Director of Research and Healthcare Data
18.00 – 20.00 Poster viewing drinks reception
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