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This workshop will comprise inspiring presentations, followed by discussions around potential new collaborative research projects and the development of ideas for grant proposals. We expect research discussions to focus on accelerating translational research into drug delivery systems that could one day be used to treat brain diseases, including children’s brain tumours.

An exciting addition for the 2020 workshop is the opportunity to apply for pump prime funding (max £5k per project), offered exclusively to workshop delegates. The Principal Investigator must attend the workshop and be a non-tenured researcher. We are particularly encouraging post-doctoral researchers and clinical fellows to lead these funding bids, but where senior group leaders can support the bids as Co-Investigators where required. Awards will be made on the day, prioritizing ideas developed during the workshop. 


Wednesday 26th February 2020
 19:00              Networking seated buffet (optional) - Fellow's Library, Playfair Building, Surgeons Quarter, Edinburgh



Thursday 27th February 2020
From 08:30                        Registration with tea/coffee - Fellow's Library, Playfair Building, Surgeons Quarter, Edinburgh

Welcome & update of recent progress

David Walker and Ruman Rahman
CBTDDC Chair and Co-Chair, University of Nottingham

 09:30 - 10:00             

Brain tumour drug delivery translational research programmes 

Sabine Mueller
Paediatric Neuro-Oncologist, Head of the Clinical Programme at the DIPG Centre of Expertise Zurich (DCEz)

10:00 - 10:30

Pre-clinical models for paediatric brain cancers

Marcel Kool
Head of the Preclinical Research Group in Paediatric Neurooncology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

10:30 - 11:00 

Networking over tea / coffee

11:00 - 11:30

Stimuli-responsive polymeric nanomedicines for neuro-oncology

Cameron Alexander
Professor of Polymer Therapeutics, University of Nottingham

11:30 - 12:00

Ultrasound-mediated blood-brain barrier disruption for drug delivery to the brain using the SonoCloud system

Michael Canney
Scientific Director, CarThera

12:00 - 12:15

Opening of the Pump Prime Awards

Ruman Rahman

12:15 - 13:00

Networking lunch

13:00 - 15:00

Round table discussions (with tea / coffee)

Developing ideas for today's pump prime awards and also for collaborative research projects in general.

15:00 - 16:30

Pump Prime Award pitches

Each lead applicant will have a 5-10 minute slot (depending on the number of applicants) in which to present their pump prime project proposal and take questions.

16:30 - 16:45

Talk title TBC

Patient representative

16:45 - 17:00

Announcement of successful Pump Prime Award pitches


Closing remarks

David Walker and Ruman Rahman