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It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the joint meeting of the British Societies for Cell and Developmental Biology. This conference is our flagship event for 2015 and provides a unique forum to network and socialise with a wide cross-section of the Cell and Developmental Biology community.

The meeting features plenary and parallel sessions, with an outstanding line up of speakers from around the world. This year's plenary lectures will be presented by Brigid Hogan, FRS and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz.

Brigid Hogan has made numerous contributions to stem cell biology and transgenic technology. She is Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University and has previously served as President of the American Societies of Developmental Biology and Cell Biology. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz is a world-renowned cell biologist who has made key discoveries in membrane trafficking and has been at the forefront of developments in imaging from her lab at the NIH. She will deliver the Garland BSCB plenary lecture.

Dr. Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz obtained her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and received postdoctoral training with Dr. Richard Klausner of NICHD. She is currently Chief of the Section on Organelle Biology in the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch of the NICHD. Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz's research uses live cell imaging approaches to analyze the spatio-temporal behavior and dynamic interactions of molecules in cells. These approaches have helped to change the conventional “static” view of protein distribution and function in cells to a more dynamic view that integrates information on protein localization, concentration, diffusion, and interactions that are indiscernible from protein sequences and in vitro biochemical experiments alone. She is an active member of the scientific community. She is currently the President of the American Society of Cell Biology and is on the Executive Board of the Biophysical Society. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the National Institute of Medicine in 2009.

The meeting also includes the BSCB Hooke Medal, BSDB Waddington Medal and BSDB Beddington Prize lectures, as well as the inaugural BSCB Women in Cell Biology Prize lecture. There will be a dedicated graduate student symposium, a workshop for early career researchers, several well-attended, lively and stimulating poster sessions and social events (including the now infamous annual "Pub Quiz").

The 2015 Spring Conference is expected to attract 400+ delegates, ranging from seasoned leaders in the field to first year graduate students attending the meeting for the first time. Please browse the website for more details about the conference, including information on registration, abstract submission, the scientific and social programme as well as details of our sponsors and exhibitors, whose essential support and contribution to the conference are very much appreciated.

We hope you can join us and look forward to welcoming you to Warwick!

BSCB/BSDB Conference Organising Committee



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