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CF's Got Talent

We’re funding cutting-edge research – so cutting edge, in fact, that it can be hard to make sense of it without a degree in science. But not any more…

CF's Got Talent! 2017 

CF's Got Talent! took place at this year's UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference, where the winner, Sara Cuevas Ocana, was voted for by our online audience.

Watch this year's competition

You can watch all of this year's CF's Got Talent presentations by logging onto our website, or registering if you haven't already, and following the instructions on the log in page.

Who presented?

Early-career researchers can be PhD students, postdoctoral researchers or research fellows. Each of our six incredible presenters this year holds one of those positions on our biggest research grant projects – the SRCs. We invest up to £750,000 into each SRC, and they last up to four years. Take a look at this year's presenters and which SRCs they are working on.

Dawood Khan - Investigating the occurrence of diabetes in people with cystic fibrosis, led by Professor James Shaw

Ileana Guerrini - Investigating gene editing for treating lung disease in all forms of cystic fibrosis, led by Professor Stephen Hart

Jessica Caterini - Physical activity, exercise, sport and recreation promotion for adolescents with cystic fibrosis, led by Professor Craig Williams

Natasha Wierre Pseudomonal infection in CF: better detection, better understanding, better treatment, led by Professor Jane Davies

Sara Cuevas Ocana - INOVCF: Innovative non-CFTR Approaches for Cystic Fibrosis Therapy, led by Professor Michael Gray (WINNER)

How does it work?

We've invited some early-career researchers working on projects funded by the Trust to present their work in a non-scientific way. We'll be asking people with cystic fibrosis, parents and carers to take part online by asking questions and choosing the winner.

Why are we doing it?

We invest millions of pounds in research into beating cystic fibrosis every year. We want to shout about this research and share the hope that it brings, but it can be difficult to talk about it. This event trains young scientists in the art of explaining their work to their peers and supervisors, as well as to a lay audience, and allows us to demonstrate how the Strategic Research Centre (SRC) research programme is helping our fight for a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis. It’s an opportunity to hear about the aims and achievements of our research, plus the next steps for each project and what it could mean to the lives of everyone with cystic fibrosis.

Last year's competition

Congratulations to our CF's Got Talent 2016 winner, Madalena Pinto, who won an expenses-paid trip to the 2017 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference!

Watch last year's CF's Got Talent now!

We live streamed the fantastic presentations, hosted by celebrity supporter Roger Black, and recorded them for anyone who missed out. It's in three parts, below - grab some popcorn and enjoy!

  1. The first three presentations
  2. The last three presentations
  3. A question and answer session and the winner is announced!


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