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  • 04/2020: Bio Pharmaceutica (D. Fairbrass)

    Place and Time:
    Abingdon, Thursday 16 April 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is likely to be delivered online. Whatch this space for details.

    TITLE: From Pig Insulin to Gene Therapy: 100 Years of Biopharma

    It’s almost 100 years since Canadian researchers administered the first dose of animal derived insulin to 14 year old Leonard Thompson in an attempt to treat his diabetes, and since then the production of medication using animals and isolated cell lines has not only become commonplace, but continues to provide ground-breaking and life saving treatments. Together we will explore how current biologics can treat a range of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and Crohn’s disease, before turning our attention to emerging cell and gene therapies that offer the opportunity to cure Leukaemia, Parkinson’s Disease and many other lifelong conditions, with just a single dose.


    After reading Biochemistry BSc at the University of Sheffield, Danielle Fairbrass went on to post-graduate study, gaining her doctorate in Sheffield where she was studying Monoclonal Antibody production in CHO cell lines and its impact on cell metabolism. Danielle went on to conduct post-doctoral research at the Universite de Rennes 1, before moving back to the UK where she took up her current position as a scientist in the Cell Engineering Group at leading cell and gene therapy company, Oxford Biomedica, engineering producer cell lines generating LentiViral vectors for gene therapy applications.
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  • 05/2020: Weather (J. Dorrington)

    Time: Thursday 21 May 2020 from 19:00 for 19:30
    We originally had planned to be at our new location:
    Club House of the Abingdon United Football Club, Northcourt Rd, Abingdon. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is likely to be delivered online. Whatch this space for details.

    TITLE: Supercomputers and Seagulls – The Story of Weather Prediction

    The changing weather affects every aspect of our lives, even if we don’t always realise it. Far beyond prompting us to pick up our umbrella as we go out for the day, weather forecasts shape the actions of farmers, power plants, disaster relief organisations, and a dozen other important industries and sectors. But how do we actually make these predictions of hurricanes, heat-waves and hailstorms, and why is it still so difficult to peer far into the atmosphere’s future?

    We’ll take a look at the long history of weather forecasting, a journey from witchcraft and hot-air balloons to satellites and supercomputers. On the way we’ll discover some remarkable truths about the boundaries of scientific prediction, and the important role of Chaos in the natural world.”


    Josh Dorrington is a DPhil student in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Oxford. He works on improving the accuracy of weather forecasts, assessing the value these predictions hold for society, and understanding the complex physical processes that shape European extreme weather events.


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