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Annual Meeting 17th - 18th Sept 2013

News - September 25th 2013

CIMA International Advisory Board

CIMA International Advisory Board

The second CIMA annual meeting was held in Newcastle on the 17th and 18th September. Following a welcome and introduction from Prof Stephen Holgate, Chair of our International Advisory Board, and Prof Malcolm Jackson, CIMA Director, colleagues engaged with a number of presentations and interactive workshops over the two days. Plenary lectures were given by;

  • Professor Tim Hardingham, (Professor of  Biochemistry, University of Manchester) - How can Regenerative Medicine improve Healthcare?
  • Professor Sergio Ferrari (the Geneva University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine in Geneva, Switzerland) - Role of the matricellular protein Periostin on bone (re)modelling.
  • Professor Jeremy Gale (Senior Director and Project Leader at Pfizer) - Collaborating with Industry– A personal Perspective and Lessons Learned.

Dr Carole Proctor (CIMA Lecturer) gave the presentation ‘Systems modelling of musculoskeletal ageing,’ and Dr Maya Boudiffa (CIMA Post-Doc) presented on ‘Devising and monitoring interventions for the ageing bone’.

Our CIMA students Angela Habgood, Luke Tregilgas, Gareth Nye, Rebecca Brown and David Collins, who began their PhD studentship in 2012, each gave a short presentation about their research projects.

Concurrent workshops were held organised around our work packages, with the opportunity taken to reflect on activity to date and to plan future developments and priorities. In addition, an induction session for the new cohort of students starting the CIMA MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing this year was held.

The event concluded with a meeting of the CIMA International Advisory Board.

The slides from the above mentioned presentations may be available upon request to

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