South West Fly meetings

The South West Fly Meeting is a Genetics Society national Special Interest Group run by Dr James Hodge at the Biomedical Sciences Building, University of Bristol.  These meetings are for all people interested in Drosophila research but who may be due to geographical, time and financial constraints cannot attend the London Fly Meetings. The meetings are regular, informal and consist of research focused seminars given by the scientists who conducted the research, therefore early career scientists are encouraged to present as well as a 50:50 gender split of speakers. Between talks we break for refreshments that allow open discussion of the research presented as well as the sharing of fly stocks, reagents, techniques and best practice. This policy of sharing is further facilitated by an email list of over thirty attending Drosophila research groups. We are always encouraging new members to join us, and the Genetics Society, especially those new to Drosophila research, who maybe want to start a fly collaboration or perform their first fly experiment. Therefore this group promotes the mandate of the National Centre for Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of protected animals in research. We aim to facilitate future collaborations, grant applications, teaching and public engagement opportunities involving Drosophila thereby promoting cutting edge genetics and model organism research in this country. 

Who should attend?

A regular, informal and research focused seminar series allows early career and independent researchers alike to share their research, fly stocks, reagents and techniques.

Find out what happened at the latest meetings here.

Seminar programme 

Wednesday 30 November 2016 (Venue: Aims 2A/B)
TimeEvent
1:30 pm to 2 pm  Lunch
2 pm to 2:30 pm "Motile fat body cells play multiple roles during pupal wound healing” Dr Anna Franz (Prof Paul Martin and Will Wood labs) (University of Bristol)
2:30 pm to 3 pm “Quantitative Proteomics of Drosophila Microtubule Associated Proteins identifies a role for the Replication Factor C complex in mitotic progression" Jack Chen (Dr James Wakefield lab) (University of Exeter)
3 pm to 3:30 pm Tea and coffee
3:30 pm to 4 pm “Regulation of gene expression in testes - How flies make sperm” Dr Simona Caporilli (Professor Helen White-Cooper lab) (Cardiff University)
4 pm to 4:30 pm “Flies drink alcohol to fight Sexually Transmitted Infections” Dr Nicholas Priest (Priest lab) (University of Bath)
4:30 pm Open discussion and pub
Wednesday 1 March 2017 (Venue: Talks - C42, Refreshments - D3)
TimeEvent
1:30 pm to 2 pm  Lunch (D3)
2 pm to 2:30 pm “A network of bHLH factors regulates intestinal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation" Aleix Puig (Joaquin De Navascues Melero lab) (Cardiff University)
2:30 pm to 3 pm

"Sorting Nexins in vivo - roles in planar cell polarity and neurodegeneration" Dr Neil Pearson (Prof Pete Cullen’s lab) (University of Bristol)

3 pm to 3:30 pm Tea and coffee (D3)
3:30 pm to 4 pm “Do men matter? Testing a role for mating patterns in the evolution of post-reproductive lifespans” Dr Ruth Archer (Prof David Hosken lab) (University of Exeter)
4 pm to 4:30 pm

30pm "Setting the clock: Light and temperature entrainment in Drosophila" Dr Edgar Buhl (Dr James Hodge lab) (University of Bristol)

4:30 pm to

5pm onwards

4:30-5pm “How macrophages combine chemotaxis with phagocytosis” Dr Andrew Davidson (Prof Will Wood lab) (University of Bristol)

Open discussion and pub (Robin Hood)
Wednesday 3 May 2017 (Venue: Aims 2A/B)
TimeEvent
1:30 pm to 2 pm Lunch
2 pm to 2:30 pm “Induction of wound protection/tolerance in the fly embryo” Dr Helen Weavers, (Prof Paul Martin and Will Wood labs) (University of Bristol)
2:30 pm to 3 pm

"Virus host shifts - a comparative approach using 50 species of fly” Dr Ben Longdon (Longdon lab) (University of Exeter)

3 pm to 3:30 pm

“A network of bHLH factors regulates intestinal stem cell self-renewal and differentiation" Aleix Puig (Joaquin De Navascues Melero lab) (Cardiff University)

 3:30 to 4  pm

Tea and coffee (D3)

4 pm to 4:30 pm

“Mushroom body Kenyon cells, acetylcholine and memory” Oliver Barnstedt (Prof Scott Waddell lab) (Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour University of Oxford)

4:30 pm to 5 pm

“Male reproductive success under fluctuating vs constant environments” Dr Jon Bridle lab (University of Bristol)

5 pm to 5:30 pm

“Hedgehog signalling and beyond (TBC)” Prof Philip Ingham, FRS (Living Systems, University of Exeter)

5:30 pm onwards

Open discussion and pub

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