FD149: Analysis for healthcare diagnostics and theranostics

Faraday Discussion 149 took place between the 6th and the 8th of September in Edinburgh, UK. The conference got off to a good start with a fascinating introductory lecture given by Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien. Over the following two days a whole range of different research topics were discussed including “Systems and devices to inform therapy”, “Towards real-time clinical measurement”, “High-throughput methods of analysis” and “Physical techniques for diagnostics”. All of these topics were well received by the delegates resulting in lively discussion and debate. Some of the notable speakers included Graham Cooks, Catherine Kendall, Wolfgang Schuhmann and Steffi Krause.

At the conference dinner, Roger Tsien was awarded the Spiers Memorial Award for his contributions to the creation of fluorescent proteins and their applications in chemistry, physics and the life sciences. Congratulations also go to Craig Auchinvole who won the poster prize for his display of new sensors for imaging redox-mediated biological processes. Also at the dinner, the Loving Cup was passed around in the traditional manner much to the amusement and bemusement of many of the attendees. The discussion closed with an insightful and thought provoking lecture from Pankaj Vadgama. All in all a successful discussion!

Jon Counsell

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