South West Fly meetings

 

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The South West Fly Meeting is a Genetics Society national Special Interest Group run by Professor 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.

2021-2022

SWFM 2021- 2022

Upcoming

 

29th March 2023:

Dr Pedro Joaquim Faria Jacob (University of Oxford) 

Dr Daniel Maddison (Cardiff University)

Dr Meg Stevens (Exeter University)

Dr Saurabh Chaudhary (Cardiff University)

 

 

28th June 2023:

TBC

 

In Previous

 

Wednesday 11th January 2023

 

1:30-2pm Dr Jan Kropf (Prof Gero Miesenböck lab, University of Oxford) "A Spectral Chronometer for Interval Timing in Drosophila
2-2:30 pm Dr Zeynep Okray (Prof Scott Waddell lab, University of Oxford) “Multisensory learning expands a memory engram” 
2:30-3pm ''In vivo characterization of candidate genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease using Drosophila'' Amy Preston (Dr James Hodge’s lab, University of Bristol)
3-3:30pm Tea and coffee
3:30-4pm Dr Fiona Messer (Prof Helen White-Cooper, Cardiff University) ‘Spermatogenesis in Drosophila pseudoobscura: Development of three sperm morphs’  
4-4:30pm Fiona Defty (Dr Shamik dasGupta lab, Bristol University) “A Brave New Virtual World for Drosophila”  
430-5pm Prof James Wakefield (Exeter University) “Using the Drosophila syncytial blastoderm embryo to understand the molecular basis of branched microtubule nucleation”  
 

Wednesday 29th June 2022

 

1:30-2pm Snacks, Tea and Coffee
2-2:30 pm ‘Neural circuit for spatial navigation in Drosophila’ Dr Shamik DasGupta (University of Bristol)
2:30-3pm ''In vivo characterization of candidate genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease using Drosophila'' Amy Preston (Dr James Hodge’s lab, University of Bristol)
3-3:30pm “Circadian behaviour and pest-plant interactions featuring diamondback moth” Connor Tyler (Dr Herman Wijnen’s lab, University of Southampton)
3:30-4pm Tea and Coffee
4-4:30pm “Investigating the distinct neuronal and glial roles of the AD risk gene Wwox in Drosophila” Hannah Clarke (Dr Gaynor Smith’s lab, Cardiff University)
430-5pm “Do all drosophilids count sheep? A cross-species investigation of Drosophila sleep” (Michaela Joyce, Dr Giorgio Gilestro’s lab, Imperial College)
Followed by pizza and drinks kindly provided by the Genetics Society 
 

Wednesday 9th March 2022

 
1:30-2pm Snacks, Tea and Coffee
2-2:30 pm “TBC” Dr Giuliana Clemente (Dr Helen Weaver’s lab, University of Bristol)
2:30-3pm “‘Cell elimination strategies upon identity loss in the developing wing disc” Menna El Gammal (Dr Fisun Hamaratoglu Dion lab, Cardiff University)
3-3:30pm “TBC Hannah Jones (Dr Giorgio Gilestro’s lab, Imperial College)
3:30-4pm Tea and Coffee
4-4:30pm “Functional analysis of diabetes associated genes identified from GWAS data” Jana Soenksen (Dr Benjamin Housden lab, University of Exeter)
5-530pm “Essential elements of radical pair magnetosensitivity” Dr Adam Bradlaugh (Prof. Richard Baines lab, University of Manchester).
Open discussion, pizza and drinks followed by Robin Hood pub
 

Wednesday 17th November 2021

 
1:30-2pm Lunch
2-2:30pm “FlyCellAtlas: What can you learn from chopping adult flies into little bits and then sequencing RNA from their nuclei?” Professor Helen White-Cooper (Cardiff University)
2:30-3pm “Using Flies to model rare childhood neuropathies Dr Edgar Buhl (Dr James Hodge’s lab, University of Bristol)
3-3:30pm ''Glial role of small wing/PLCG2 in modifying amyloid-associated phenotypes in Drosophila.'' Eilish Mackinnon (Dr Owen Peters’ lab, Cardiff University)
3:30-4pm Tea and Coffee
4-4:30pm “The role of Xrp1 and proteotoxic stress in Minute cell competition”
Dr Paul Langton (Professor Eugenia Piddini, University of Bristol)
430-5pm “Identifying novel drugs to treat neurofibromatosis type 1 tumours using combinatorial screening in Drosophila cells” Meg Stevens (Dr Benjamin Housden lab, University of Exeter)
Open discussion, pizza and drinks followed by Robin Hood pub

grp-southwestflymeeting@groups.bristol.ac.uk
Kindly Sponsored by The Genetics Society.
 
Venue:
AIMS Center 2A/B
School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
University of Bristol
Biomedical Sciences building
University Walk
Bristol
BS8 1TD
  
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