Meet Oliver – A GapSummit 2017 Leader of Tomorrow

We're less than a month away from GapSummit 2017. In the third and penultimate of our introductions to GapSummit 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow, we're pleased to meet Oliver Degerstedt as he takes us on, in his own words, a "whistle-stop tour" of his hometown of Luxembourg. Hear Oliver talk about his journey into biotech beginning in his high school enthusiasm for chemistry, through his Masters research efforts contributing to the development of Tagrisso for AstraZeneca, which takes a personalised medicine approach to cancer drugs, and now continuing to grow his skills and knowledge…Read more

Leaders of Tomorrow find success in science and business

Kirill Gorshkov is an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow at the US National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and currently vice president of the US GapSummit organising team, having previously held the same role in organising our first regional event, the US Leaders of Tomorrow Forum 2015. Alongside colleagues at Johns Hopkins and the University of San Diego, California, Kirill was the lead author in the publication of “AKAP-mediated feedback control of cAMP gradients in developing hippocampal neurons” in Nature Chemical Biology. The study used molecular techniques to investigate the role of cyclic AMP (cAMP),…Read more

Enabling research for development: Indonesia

Low investment in research and development (R&D) remains a challenge in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Indonesia, for instance, spends less than 0.1% of its GDP on R&D.  A new grant scheme, the Indonesian Science Fund (ISF), was launched earlier this year to encourage more research in priority areas such as biotechnology. The ISF has at its disposal almost 80 billion IDR (about 60 million USD) to fund around 200 multi-year research grants. The key message of this initiative is clear: good research is key to successful development of useful applications and inventions that can contribute to…Read more

GBR Alumnus publishes Parkinson’s discovery in PNAS

GBR Alumnus Patrick Flagmeier (Gap Summit 2016) is the lead-author of a study “Mutations associated with familial Parkinson’s disease alter the initiation and amplification steps of alpha-synuclein aggregation” published in the current issue of the highly regarded journal Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (1). Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease whose pathological hallmark is the presence of protein deposits, known as Lewy bodies. The protein α-synuclein has been identified as the major component of these Lewy bodies (2). Until now several missense mutations have been discovered in the gene encoding for alpha-synuclein that…Read more

Interview with Leader of Tomorrow 2016: Dr. Sandhya Sriram, Research Fellow at A*STAR & Director of the virtual newsroom Biotechin.Asia

Leader of Tomorrow and GapSummit 2016 attendee Dr. Sandhya Sriram is currently a Research Fellow at Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), A*STAR, working on stem cells from fat and teeth. She is the Vice President of the A*STAR postdoc society (A*PECSS) as well as the co-founder, director and assistant editor of the online virtual newsroom Biotechin.Asia. Q: Sandhya, thank you very much for joining us today. What was your motivation to apply for the GapSummit? Sandhya: I am an active member/Vice President at the A*STAR postdoc society (A*PECSS) in Singapore. A*PECSS is a volunteer…Read more

Meet Victor – A GapSummit 2016 Leader of Tomorrow

GapSummit 2016 is fast approaching. GBR is pleased to introduce you to Victor Bustos, one of the 100 bright young Leaders of Tomorrow who will converge on the University of Cambridge this April. Victor obtained his B.Sc. in Biology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. Directly afterwards, he was accepted to the International Max Planck Research School with a fellowship to pursue a Master's degree in Molecular Biology in Göttingen, Germany. Due to his keen interest in ageing research, upon completion of his M.Sc. he joined the laboratory of Prof. Linda…Read more