The Young Life Scientists’ symposium is an annual scientific conference co-sponsored by The Physiological Society, Biochemical Society, and British Pharmacological Society; organised by young scientists, for young scientists. Myself along with three other colleagues from The University of Nottingham and University of Exeter were successful in co-writing an application to organise and host the event. This years’ symposium focused on the regulation of musculoskeletal health during ageing and disease and potential nutritional, pharmacological and exercise interventions to delay the onset of age-related and/or disease-related muscle loss. The symposium was held on 25th November, at the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, University of Nottingham and supported by the three societies and external sponsors.
Our aim when organising the event was to provide a great opportunity for young scientists to showcase their research to their peers, and open discussions in a friendly and constructive environment. During the event over 70 delegates attended, from over 40 different universities and institutions. There were great oral communications and posters presentations from PhD students and early career researchers from selected abstract submissions. There were three main session themes: nutrition, exercise and metabolic diseases in ageing. Each session was keynoted by renowned researchers, and gave great insight into the field. These included Prof. Philip Atherton, University of Nottingham, a leading expert on human muscle metabolism and exercise. Dr. Carolyn Greig, University of Birmingham, with specific interests in healthy ageing and nutrition. Dr. Iskandar Idris, University of Nottingham, an honorary consultant physician, specialising in diabetes and metabolic diseases in ageing.
A poster communications session was held, allowing more early career researchers to showcase their work, and was a great opportunity to talk through projects and ideas with others at a similar careers stage. Additionally, workshops aimed at grant success and life beyond a PhD were run by experienced researchers and were a great success. Overall the symposium was a great success, receiving positive feedback, and a high calibre of oral and poster presentations.
Dr Joseph Bass is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. His teaching and research interests include the metabolic and molecular regulation of skeletal muscle health. Contact Dr Bass on email at firstname.lastname@example.org. View his profile on LinkedIn or Research Gate.