Student Success at Human Methylation Array Meeting

Bethany Crawford

Olivia Knox

Olivia Knox and her award-winning poster

Friday the 3rd of June saw a group of students and post-docs from our group attend the 5th annual Human Methylation Array Meeting at King’s College London. PhD student Sarah Marzi was part of the organising committee of this popular meeting designed to bring together members of the scientific community all working with the same technology to discuss different data analysis approaches in a wide range of diseases. 134 researchers from around the world were in attendance to listen to Keynote Speaker Holger Heyn from CNAG-CRG Barcelona and 12 other talks selected from submitted abstracts. Eilis Hannon and Adam Smith both gave updates of their work on DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease respectively. Two placement students from the Medical Sciences BSc course at Exeter University, Bethany Crawford and Olivia Knox, celebrated a very successful and productive year with the Complex Epigenetics group by presenting posters of their projects. Congratulations to Olivia who was awarded the best Poster prize for her work entitled “A longitudinal study of DNA methylation changes associated with major surgery.