NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre Showcase

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9 Feb 2022 1:30 p.m. to 9 Feb 2022 5:30 p.m.

About this event

This exciting virtual event will provide an opportunity for our community of researchers, funders, collaborators and external stakeholders to come together to celebrate the NIHR GOSH BRC's research activities and successes from across the last three years.

The event will include research stories and successes from across the BRC, including from some of our early career researches, and will touch on future strategic direction of the themes. It was also showcase some of our patient and public involvement and engagement activities and highlight how the BRC plays a vital role in GOSH as a research hospital.


Please see below the programme for the showcase. The event will take place via zoom webinar and you can join via the following link:

Questions & image competition

You can submit questions via (use the code #GOSHBRCShowcase2022) at any point during the event. We are also holding an image competition, the 3 finalists can be viewed via the following link: (copy and paste into browser). Voting for your favourite image will open during the event. This webpage also has a copy of the agenda.


You can view all of the presentations via NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre Showcase.


1:30pm Welcome - Mat Shaw, Great Ormond Street Hospital Chief Executive Officer

1:35pm GOSH Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

Professor Thomas Voit - GOSH BRC Director - “Successes and future direction”

1:50pm BRC Theme - Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Chair: Professor Jane Sowden, BRC Theme Lead

Professor Paolo De Coppi, BRC Deputy Theme Lead - “Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine theme overview”

Professor Silvia Schievano, Professor of Biomedical Engineering - “GOSH springs for craniofacial surgery”

Dr Conor McCann, Senior Research Fellow and BRC Junior Faculty Co-Lead - “Advancing stem cell therapies for Hirschsprung Disease”

2.20pm Break

2:25pm Research Hospital - Career Development

Chair: Dr Polly Livermore, Clinical Academic Programme Lead for Nurses and AHPs

Ms Deepti Chugh, Research Physiotherapist - “Patient and Public Involvement to develop a doctoral research proposal exploring effects of selective dorsal rhizotomy”

Ms Fan Iek Cheng, Pharmacist and BRC Junior Faculty Member - “Personalising medicine for children using pharmacometrics models”

Dr Jennie Chandler, BRC Catalyst Fellow - “How to better treat kidney disease”

2:45pm BRC Theme - Genes, Stem and Cellular Therapies

Chair: Professor David Long, BRC Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Paul Gissen, BRC Theme Lead - “Genes, stem and cellular therapies theme overview”

Professor Claire Booth, BRC Deputy Theme Lead - “Transforming the lives of children and families with rare disease - gene therapy for ADA-SCID”

Dr Giorgia Santilli, Associate Professor and BRC Junior Faculty Member - “Genome editing in haematopoietic stem cells for the treatment of primary immunodeficiencies”

3.15pm Break

3:30pm BRC Theme - Genomics and Systems Medicine

Chair: Professor Sergi Castellano, BRC Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Lyn Chitty, BRC Theme Lead - “Genomics and systems medicine theme overview”

Mr Theodoros Xenakis, Research Fellow - “Fighting childhood disease: a cell by cell approach”

Dr Amy McTague, Clinician Scientist Fellow and BRC Junior Faculty Co-Lead - “Epilepsy in children: bedside to bench and back again”

4:05pm Research Hospital - Applied Child Health Informatics

Chair: Dr Pia Hardelid, BRC Deputy Theme Lead Elect

Professor Neil Sebire, BRC Theme Lead Elect - “Overview of applied child health informatics theme”

Dr Maria Peppa, Data Scientist and BRC Junior Faculty Member - “Rare disease cohorts in administrative data”

4.25pm Break

4:30pm BRC Theme - Advancing Novel Therapies

Chair: Dr Karin Straathof, BRC Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Francesco Muntoni, BRC Theme Lead - “Advancing novel therapies: learning from rare childhood disorders”

Professor Helen Cross, BRC Deputy Theme Lead - “Novel therapies for childhood epilepsies”

Dr Virginie Mariot, Research Associate - “AAV based therapy for cardiomyopathies”

5:00pm Research Hospital - COVID-19

Chair: Dr Jenny Rivers, Deputy Director of Research and Innovation, GOSH

Professor Judy Breuer, Professor of Virology - “COG-UK Hospital onset COVID Infection (HOCI) study”

Dr Giovanni Giobbe, Research Associate and BRC Junior Faculty Member - “SARS-CoV-2 infection and replication in human gastric organoids”

Ms Helen Ashton, Advanced Nurse Practitioner - “The role of the research Advanced Nurse Practitioner”

5.25pm Image competition winner announcement – A Moment of Research 2021

Ros Smyth, UCL Institute of Child Health Director

5.30pm Closing Remarks

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