Newsletter: Issue 1

Find out about the latest CoL Centre news plus upcoming events, seminars, courses, networking and project calls.

Welcome to our first CRUK City of London Centre e-newsletter. We hope to send you some information on the Centre every few months to keep you up to date on what the Centre has been involved in and to inform you of any upcoming events or funding calls.


Programme 3 data challenge

On the 3rd of September the first Tumour Evolution and Heterogeneity programme seminar and data challenge workshop  took place at the Crick. The event was kicked off with two talks: Nicky McGranahan (programme 3 theme lead) gave an introduction to the research programme followed by Tristan Clark (UCL Computer Science lead) who gave an insightful  seminar on the merits of the CoL Centre high performance computer cluster (HPCC). After lunch postdocs and PhD students from across the Centre took part in an interactive session on how to effectively use the HPCC to analyse large data sets. Our thanks to the Programme 3 leads and their PhD students (Joel Dunn, Robert Bentham and Salpie Nowinski) for organising this event.

If you are interested in using the HPCC or would like some advice then please visit the UCL Computer Science team at one of the drop-in sessions which will be running every month at each of the partner sites. For more information on these sessions please visit the events page or email us.

Welcome to the first cohort of CoL Centre trainees!

On the 23rd of September we welcomed 8 clinical fellows and 2 PhD students onto the CoL Centre training programme. During their packed induction week they heard from the Tariq Enver, the Director of the CoL Centre, who described the Centre’s objectives and research programmes. The training team gave a number of talks on the training programme, admin and support as well as useful advice on getting started with your PhD. The highlight of the induction week was the “designing experiments that show something” workshop, which was run by 3 CoL Centre / UCL CI post docs: Xiao Qin, Lucia Cottone and Sara Ahrabi. We hope that the induction week has equipped the trainees well for starting out in the lab and wish them the very best of luck for their PhD and beyond.

Calls and Awards

Development fund

The next development fund call will open in November. This initiative provides short-term, pump-priming funding to support innovative research projects and inspirational, proof-of-concept cancer research. The scheme offers funds for up to five £25,000 awards per year. Further details will be sent via email and available on the website soon.

2020 Studentships and Clinical Fellowships

The CoL Centre training programme will shortly be advertising studentships and fellowships starting in 2020. If you know anyone that would be interested in applying then please direct them to CoL Centre website training pages for application instructions.

Interest Groups

Do you have interest in organoids and 3D models for pre-clinical studies? Join the City of London Centre (CoL Centre) 3D model interest group to receive details of events in this area and how you can get involved. The CoL Centre hold regular meetings  (every two months) to bring researchers using 3D models together, showcasing their work and promoting networking and collaboration in this area.”Do you have interest in organoids and 3D models for pre-clinical studies? For more information on how to join the organoid group please contact us.

Do you have interest in Chip cytometry? If so we are organising a working group and would welcome your input. If you would like to join any of our interests groups, email us to sign up and get all the news.

Upcoming Events

Biological Therapies workshop, 22 January 2020 – register here.

Annual CoL Symposium, 25 February 2020 – register here.



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