High Blood Pressure Research (HBPR) Scientific Sessions—San Francisco (September 2014)
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow working at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. My current research projects focus on investigating the role of renal and cardiovascular functions in health and diseases.
Cardiovascular diseases are a major health problem worldwide, resulting in an enormous economic burden to the society. Hypertension is one of the most common chronic cardiovascular disorders, with a great proportion linked to renal dysfunction. The kidneys contribute profoundly to maintaining the homoeostasis of body fluid volumes and electrolytes balance, which play key roles in long-term regulation of blood pressure. Many years ago it was proposed that low nephron numbers during nephrogenesis and high salt consumption in the diet are related to subsequent development of hypertension and renal disease in the adult life. However the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis remain unclear and further studies are urgently needed.
Biomaterials 26th European Conference on Biomaterials—Liverpool (August 2014)
Aisling O’ Carroll obtained her BSc in Biomedical Science (1st Class Hons) from National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland (NUIM). She received a Special Research Scholarship and began her PhD studies in the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in the area of medical devices in October 2013. Her research involves the development of a biomaterial with improved biocompatibility to modulate the Foreign Body Response. Upon receiving a generous Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation (SWCF) travel grant, Aisling attended ESB 2014 Annual Conference, the 26th European Conference on Biomaterials (www.esb2014.org), held from August 31st to September 3rd, 2014 in the Liverpool Echo Arena. This event was organised by the European Society of Biomaterials, and also encompassed the 11th Young Scientists Forum, aimed at postgraduate students, encouraging discussion and participation in biomaterials education and training, career development and research opportunities.
Spatial econometrics is a well-consolidated body of methodologies for the analysis of externalities, spillover and interactions with applications in so many diverse scientific fields such as regional economics, transportation, criminology, public finance, industrial organization, political sciences, psychology, agricultural economics, health economics, demography, epidemiology, managerial economics, urban planning, education, land use, social sciences, economic development, innovation diffusion, environmental studies, history, labor, resources and energy economics, food security, real estate, marketing, and many others. The VIII World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association is an annual conference of the association to promote the development of theoretical tools and sound applications of the discipline. The conference offered a forum for discussing methodological advances and empirical results in all applied fields and encouraged such knowledge and good practice in academic and research institutions and in the society at large.
Dr. Ensiyeh Hajizadeh, a medical doctor and PhD student of Medical Biotechnology is currently working on the Beta-cell research program at the Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology in Tehran, Iran. He recently attended a symposium on islet biology in Colorado.
Adiari I. Vázquez-Rodríguez graduated from Harvard University with a B.S. in Engineering Sciences in 2005. After practicing Environmental Engineering and becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in 2008, she returned to the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she is currently completing her doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Her doctoral research focuses on the environmental transport and reactivity of mercury in the environment. Thanks to a travel grant from the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation, she was able to present her research at the 11th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant.
Thanks to the generous travel grant from the Simon Wolff Charitable Foundation I was able to attend the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association 13th Congress in Monterey, California. The IPITA meeting is held every two years and is the premier meeting concerning the use of pancreas or islet cell transplantation as a therapy for type 1 diabetes mellitus.
Lydia Pickering, a third year PhD student attended an International Symposium on Metal-Hydrogen Systems in October 2012 in Japan with the help of a grant from the SWCF. Her research is relavant to the replacement of fossil fuels in transport. Her conference report is on our Travel Grants for Young Scientists page.
In Summer 2012, with the aid of an SWCF grant, a young researcher into pollution-free transport attended the Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School. His report outlines his research and describes the event. For his report and for details of other young researchers' who have been helped by the SWCF, visit our Travel Grants for Young Scientists page.
Earlier this year, the SWCF made a grant to Karen Anderton, a doctoral student at the University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit to help her attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers. At the meeting, she made a presentation titled "Examining sub-national governance: interaction and collaboration in reducing the climate impact of cars".