Thursday, 9 July 2015

2015 ISTM Away Day

Over fifty members of ISTM gathered for their annual Away Day yesterday, held at Trentham Monkey Forest.

Speakers included two newly-appointed Professors: Professor of Medicine, Alan Silman, who set out the insights and challenges of his work on co-morbidity, and ISTM's new Professor in Cardiology, Mamas Mamas, who described his work to change surgical practice in the use of stents.

Mr Mark Hackett, Chief Executive of the University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM), also addressed the meeting and shared UHNM's vision for future NHS research in partnership with Keele, and discussed steps that will be undertaken over the next decade to advance this agenda.

Members also discussed ISTM's own strategy and structure, and learned about the implications of Open Access publishing from Ellie James and Scott McGowna from the Directorate of Engagement and Partnerships at Keele University.

And, if all that wasn't enough, attendees were then able to walk around the park and meet some of the resident Barbary Macaques monkeys.

The photograph shows members and guests assembled during the ISTM Away Day,
which closed with a guided visit to the Monkey Forest.

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