AIVC Event – Power of Collaboration : The Fight Against COVID-19

Norwich Research Park:

Hear how Norwich Research Park joined the fight against COVID-19

Colleagues from across the Norwich Research Park have come together to lead in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Park’s response to the pandemic continues to be swift and well informed, providing expert care for the sick, increasing testing capability, developing diagnostic tools, mapping the virus and much more. Join our academics to learn how COVID-19 has impacted their work and lives, and how they continue to collaborate to find solutions to one of the greatest challenges to face humankind.

Online panel discussion with Q&A

Recommended ages 12+

Watch live on YouTube

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Please note that as this is an ‘At Home’ programme, some contributors may be joining us remotely, and as such the events will not be broadcast standard quality. If there are technical connection issues – please bear with us! Thank you.

Chair Prof Dylan Edwards, and panellists Dr Rose Davidson, Mark Hitchcock, Dr Justin O’Grady, Prof Kristian Bowles and Dr Kirsty Culley

Chair: Prof Dylan Edwards
Professor Dylan Edwards is a cancer biologist who has worked at UEA since 1998, when he was appointed as the Big C Chair of Cancer Studies in the School of Biological Sciences. He had previously held research posts in Calgary, Oxford and London Ontario.

He was Head of the School of Biological Sciences from 2008-13, and from 2015–16 he was Interim Director of The Genome Analysis Centre – now the Earlham Institute – on the Norwich Research Park.


Dr Rose Davidson
Rose is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Biomedicine based in the Norwich Medical School at UEA and is the Operational Lead for the BCRE COVID Testing Cell providing extra capacity to NNUH Pillar 1 testing, and the UEA COVID testing program for staff and students.

She is a molecular biologist with a biomedical sciences background and experience in industry having worked for Pfizer Ltd in the protein discovery group. She then joined UEA to complete a PhD where she studied metalloproteinase gene expression and its control in osteoarthritis.

Mark Hitchcock
Mark is Managing Director at UEA Health and Social Care Partners (UEAHSCP), a partnership that works to increase collaborative research in our region. Mark has worked across Europe in education and business management and has spent the last three years building a partnership focused on the needs of the East Anglian population.

Dr Justin O’Grady
Dr O’Grady gained his B.Sc. in Microbiology, his M.Sc. (Res) in infectious diseases diagnostics and his Ph.D. in the molecular diagnosis of pathogens in food all at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). He remained at NUIG for his first post-doc, continuing his research in food microbiology.

Professor Kristian Bowles
Kristian is a consultant haematologist. He qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, London in 1995 and undertook medical training in London, Kent and Southern Africa. He also trained in haematology in Cambridge and Norwich.

Dr Kirsty Culley
Dr Kirsty Culley joined Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP (AIP LLP) as Scientific Engagement Manager in July 2019. Kirsty is responsible for providing a key interface between science and innovation, and for optimising communication and science engagement across the Norwich Research Park. Kirsty’s background is in human disease research, having completed a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a PhD in molecular biology at the University of East Anglia.

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October 28


07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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