Presenting a poster at the annual Medical Sciences Division DPhil Day

Every summer my department holds a special mini-conference for the DPhil (aka PhD) students so that we can get to know each other and practice presenting our research.

This year I took along a poster outlining my own project – Understanding the pathogenic mechanism of ACVR1 mutations in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – and presented it to my peers (you can view it here). I still find presenting my work a nerve-wracking experience, it doesn’t come naturally to me at all, but I really enjoyed the chance to practice, and to take notes on how everyone else is presenting their work.

Image of Elizabeth Brown standing beside her research poster.

Me with my poster!

We also had an enlightening panel discussion about the publishing industry, and a brilliant key-note lecture from Professor Kevin Marsh about the growth of scientific research in Africa and the Africa Oxford Initiative , which I’ve been chewing over ever since. Sometimes it’s daunting to take time away from the lab, but I find that the things I learn at conferences are always super useful!

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