EUROPEAN PLATELET SUMMER SCHOOL 4th – 6th September 2017 – University of Reading REGISTRATION NOW OPEN until 30th June!

Whether a new PhD student or postdoc, or an established researcher who wishes to know more about this exciting field, the Summer School will introduce you to the state-of-the-art of platelet research, to learn about new and emerging techniques, and will enable you to establish a network for support, advice and collaboration.

An engaging programme of presentations, discussions & practical sessions is planned, provided by leading researchers from across Europe. Registration fee includes 2 nights accommodation and meals.

Please see link for further information.



5th September 2016 – register for free online course Beginers Guide to Cardiovascular Disease

5th September – free registration for online course

Learn more about how your heart works, the causes of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy with this free online course.

This beginner’s course is aimed at anyone with an interest in how the heart works and the diseases that commonly affect it. It will help if you have a basic understanding of human biology, but we hope that we can explain things in a way that will be easy for anyone to understand. If you get stuck, you can always ask questions in the comments and other learners may be able to help you.

follow the link for more information and to register   https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/heart-health

August 2016 -ICMR heart attack research receives funding boost at University of Reading.!

ICMR heart attack research receives funding boost – Dr Chris Jones of the ICMR at Reading University has received a British Heart Foundation award to carry out research into the way blood clots form to help improve the treatment and prevention of heart attacks. Please see link for further information  http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR693861.aspx


20 May 2016 – Website now Live for 12th International Symposium on Resistance Arteries (ISRA 2017)

The website is now LIVE for 12th International Symposium on Resistance Arteries (ISRA 2017).

ICMR member Dr Alister McNeish is on the local organising committee for the 12th International Symposium on Resistance Arteries (ISRA 2017) which is being held in Manchester  on 3rd – 6th September 2017 http://www.isra2017.org/

This conference brings together leading experts with diverse disciplines who have an interest in the function and consequences of damage to small arteries ranging from the basic science through to clinical studies. We aim to highlight the latest changes in the field of vascular biology from experts from across the world producing the most impactful work right now – as well as supporting younger researchers who are making waves in the field.

The preliminary programme can be found here http://www.isra2017.org/?page_id=132  and is 3 days of talks demonstrations, posters and opportunities to interact. The conference will open on the 2nd  September 2017 with a plenary lecture from Professor Mark Nelson from the university of Vermont http://www.uvm.edu/medicine/pharmacology/?Page=profile.php&bioID=22039 and a networking event.


25th April 2016 – ICMR Research Seminar -Summer Term Series

Monday 25th April 2016 – ICMR Research Seminar- Summer Term Series – 1:00pm- 2:00pm Harborne Lecture Theatre. Refreshments and discussion will take place after the seminar in the Harborne foyer.

Infrastructures supporting ageing and development research in mice; ShARM and MouseAGE –  Dr Paul Potter, MRC Harwell

Dr Potter is the programme Leader for Disease Models and Translation group within the Mammalian Genetics Unit, MRC Harwell, as well as Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Immunology and Inflammation, Imperial College.  Following a popular seminar in the autumn term Paul has agreed to come back to tell us about two infrastructure projects that are now available in the UK and Europe to support age and developmental mouse research.

ShARM (www.sharmuk.org) is a not for profit organisation, open to all scientific investigators in the UK and overseas, aiming to accelerate research into ageing by facilitating the sharing of resources. ShARM provides immediate and cost effective access to aged murine models and their tissues, and promotes the networking for researchers via its online collaborative environment. It is funded by Wellcome Trust and works in partnership with MRC Harwell and The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA).

The main objective of MouseAGE is to form a network of scientists, clinicians, industrial partners and regulatory affairs experts from European countries with multidisciplinary expertise to define best practice on how preclinical interventions in mouse models of age and age-related disorders should be tested so to accelerate the translation to the clinic.is formed to develop a European network for preclinical testing of interventions in mouse models of age and age-related diseases.



April 2016- Congratulations to ICMR member Dr. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri

Congratulations to ICMR member Dr. Sakthivel Vaiyapuri, who has been awarded the RUSU Research Inspired Teaching Excellence Award. The highly competitive teaching awards aim to recognise members of University of Reading staff who students believe have gone above and beyond their expectations, tirelessly working to improve the delivery of their teaching and learning experience.

Dr Vaiyapuri has been invited to accept his Excellence award at the RUSU Teaching and Learning Showcase at the end of the month. The winners of the Excellence Awards will also be announced and honoured at Summer Graduation.

Commenting on the news of his award, Dr. Vaiyapuri said “I feel proud to receive the award at the end of my first year as a lecturer and it looks like my teaching is really inspiring the students”