Weekend of Research promises fascinating exchange of knowledge

This year's Weekend of Research will be online and feature scholars and alumni in discussions, workshops and presentations about their research.

Gates Cambridge Scholars and Alumni will be sharing their research knowledge on subjects ranging from dementia and global health to conservation in presentations, panel discussions and lightning talks at this year's - online - Weekend of Research beginning on 15th May.

The weekend includes keynote speaker Tom Rivett-Carnac, co-founder of Global Optimism, an organisation which describes itself as a movement of  "stubborn climate optimists",  in conversation with Reetika Subramanian [2019], who is doing a PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies.

There will be a range of panel discussions, including one on COVID-19 with Saloni Atal [2017], Ria Roy [2017], Reetika Subramanian, Vaithish Velazhahan [2018] and Mutum Yaikhomba [2017].

Another is on the ethical challenges for conservation with Onon Bayasgalan [2019], Emiliano Cabrera Rocha [2019], Charles Emogor [2019], Anna Guasco [2019] and Valentine Reiss-Woolever [2019]. The panel will discuss a range of ethical issues from physical and economic displacement of local people to militarised violence in conservation programmes and from privacy concerns about surveillance technology to welfare concerns for both target and non-target wildlife. 

The Weekend features a Gates Cambridge Alumni Association Online Global Health Meeting which includes panels on the role of the pharmaceutical industry in ensuring access to medicine [with Alex Kong (2016), a researcher at the Access to Medicine Foundation, Victor Roy (2009),  a resident at Boston Medical Center and Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and Rebekah Scheuerle (2013) Vaccines Value Strategy Manager at GSK]; tackling the COVID-19 pandemic [with Salma Daoudi (2018), a Junior Researcher for the Policy Center for the New South, Emily Jordan (2009), Chief Operations Officer of Intrepid Analytics and Stephen Kissler (2014), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health]; and  health innovation and sustainable patient care in low- and middle-income countries [with Sabrina Anjara (2014), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, Isaac Holeman (2013), Clinical Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Co-Founder and Research Lead of Medic Mobile and Paulo Savaget (2015), Assistant Professor at Durham Business School, Researcher at the Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford and a sustainability hacking expert. 

In addition to panel discussions, the Weekend also includes a series of jargon-free lightning talks and presentations, including:

Eddie Cano Gomez [2017] on studying the spectrum of human T cells one cell at a time. He will describe a study using single-cell RNA-sequencing to study how naïve and memory T cells respond to infection and develop immune memory. It also shows how the cells adapt to their environment, but that this potential is lower in the more experienced memory T cells. "Our study highlights the complexity of T cells and their potential to adapt to changing environments within the body," says Eddie.  

- and Anna Malaika Nti-Asare-Tubbs [2017] on her project exploring the lives of Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin, the mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin respectively.  She says: "My biographic project carefully finds evidence of, and pieces together, three unique life stories in order to contribute to historical, sociological, and political conversations concerning Black motherhood in the US." 

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