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Events during October 2020

Quintin Hogg Trust- Gene Editors of the Future: A Life Sciences student development programme

01/10/2020
This is an excellent opportunity to explore the basics and potential of CRISPR technology through the University of Westminster's Quintin Hogg Trust - Gene Editors of the Future Programme. Genome engineering lab of School of Life Sciences (www.westmingenlab.com) is excited to offer to Masters and Level 6 UG students the opportunity to work alongside experts right from the basics to advanced stages of gene editing and biomedical engineering. We also encourage interested students from Level 5 to register and benefit from the online sessions however, please note that Masters and Level 6 only will have access to hands on laboratory sessions due to limited space availability in the laboratory.

CRISPR technology which is set to be the biggest scientific breakthrough of the decade (also won the first ever all-women Nobel Prize in 119 years of the Award's history) allows us to rewrite the genetic content precisely in living cells. CRISPR/Cas9 technology in particular offers promising strategies for treatment and cure of inherited diseases and certain cancers. Applications of the CRISPR tool box is endless including, biosensing and diagnosis of infections (look up this simplest SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test https://eu.idtdna.com/pages/landing/coronavirus-research-reagents/sherlock-kits). And most importantly, CRISPR technology is one of the most sought-after skills in biomedical research.

The programme will be delivered in three phases. You will be required to spend 2h/fortnight for the online sessions till December 2020, independent work in the month of January 2021 and expected work will double during hands on laboratory activities in groups from February 2021. Both online and hands on training sessions are flexible and will be delivered without any clash in the timetabled learning sessions. There is no assessment linked to this programme but participation in at least 70% of the sessions and assigned activities is required to earn the certificate

2. Introduction to Practical HPLC Course – 2 Days - 2020-

05/10/2020
To understand what is meant by HPLC
To appreciate the history and theoretical background of HPLC
To know the requirements for HPLC sample preparation
To be able to make up a sample and mobile phase
To safely operate an isocratic HPLC system
To perform analysis following a HPLC method
To identify and state the function of each component of an HPLC instrument
To know if a chromatogram is integrated correctly

2. Intermediate Practical HPLC Course – 2 Days - 2020

07/10/2020
To understand which HPLC column to use and why; To be confident using both normal and reverse phase columns; To know when to use a pre- and guard column; To appreciate fluorescence and diode array detection methods; To be able to set up a gradient method; To determine the gradient dwell volume for a HPLC system; To analyse cations by ion chromatography; To understand different calibration methods and perform internal standard calibration

Agilent HPLC Equipment Servicing Course – 2 Days - 2020

07/10/2020
To identify common maintenance problems for Agilent HPLC systems.
To be able to carry out service procedures for the following Agilent HPLC system components:
HPLC Pumps;
Autosampler;
Column compartment;
UV-Vis Detectors;

The Art and Science of Practical Management Programme

07/10/2020
The Art and Science of Practical Management: Core skills for leadership and management - Virtual Training Series

Tissue Morphology and Tissue Recognition Part 1 Webinar

07/10/2020
Introduction to basic tissue recognition and discussing and demonstrating epithelia and basic connective tissue

UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations - Standards in Clinical Bacteriology Working Group Meeting 2020

07/10/2020
Working group to develop standards for clinical and diagnostic microbiology laboratories

Tissue Morphology and Tissue Recognition Part 2 Webinar

08/10/2020
Discussing and demonstrating the specialised structural connective tissues of cartilage, bone and muscle as well as looking at blood vessels and nerves.

2. Practical HPLC Method Development Course - 3 Days - 2020

12/10/2020
To be able to establish a starting point for Method Development; To know how to use a gradient run to decide whether to use isocratic or gradient elution; To be able to select the most appropriate mode of HPLC e.g. Reversed phase, Normal phase, Ion exchange e.t.c.; To know the parameters that need to be optimised, the order in which to optimise them and to recognise optimum conditions for each sample; To know when to use internal or external standards; To establish confidence in peak identification

Annual SHOT Report 2019 webinar

14/10/2020
The SHOT team are excited to announce our second topic specific webinar, covering the Transfusion-Transmitted Infections (TTI) chapter of the Annual SHOT Report 2019.
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