On Friday, the clock lab embarked on a 12 km walk around Howth. After several hours of hiking which almost claimed several members of the lab, the group then went to a well deserved teppanyaki dinner. Overall it was a great day out which took several days to recover from (the hike that is).
Professor Garret FitzGerald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the summer conferring ceremony here at RCSI on May 29th. This was a really special day for our laboratory as Annie completed her PhD in Garret’s laboratory at University of Pennsylvania back in the noughties. It was Garret who introduced Annie to the world of clocks and cardiovascular function. Garret has been a continued mentor, collaborator and significant influence over Annie’s career.
Garret provided the newly graduates with some excellent advice as they embark on their own professional career such as “not to be afraid to change your mind”, “ask questions that matter to you” and one that Annie often heard whilst in his company “focus and persist”.
Dr. Céline Vetter, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder, came to visit RCSI this month as part of the RCSI’s Institutional Research Seminar Series. Céline uses large-scale epidemiological datasets to identify modifiable sleep and circadian risk factors of chronic disease. Her talk was titled “Rhythms Sleep and Cardiometabolic Health, From Cellular Clocks to Population Health”. Celine is pictured below with the lab and we had a great time hosting her for the day.
Annie was selected as one of 28 early-career translational scientists who will serve for a period of 1 year as an Associate Scientific Advisor for the journal Science Translational Medicine. In addition to acting as advisors for the journal, these scientists will scan the literature weekly and select and summarize research papers to be highlighted in our Editors' Choice section. Each Associate Advisor will have ~7 of their articles appear in Science Translational Medicine over the coming year.
Annies articles can be found here
Targeting Senescence in the Alzheimers Plaque https://stm.sciencemag.org/content/11/488/eaax4869
Richie Carroll from the Curtis Clock Lab won the Postdoc Bright Spark award for best postdoc presentation at the first British Society for Immunology (BSI) Immunometabolism 2019 conference held in March in Newcastle, UK. Richie presented work from the lab how circadian rhythms are impacting on antigen processing in dendritic cells.
On 1st February 2019 at 12:20pm, Mariana welcomed baby Santiago into the world. Born at 9.1 pounds and 54 cm, Santiago is the first Clock Lab Baby. Congratulations Mariana and family!
On January 18-19, TERG researchers presented their work at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Section of Bioengineering 25th Annual Conference (BinI 2019), which was held in Limerick. Lauren Fagan who is co-supervised by Dr. Annie Curtis and Dr. Oran Kennedy, presented her early stage work on the chondrocyte clock and PTOA, and was awarded Best Musculoskeletal Research Oral Presentation – Early Researcher Category.