South West Fly Meetings


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The South West Fly Meeting is a Genetics Society national Special Interest Group run by Professor James Hodge at the Biomedical Sciences Building, University of Bristol.  These meetings are for all people interested in Drosophila research but who may be due to geographical, time and financial constraints cannot attend the London Fly Meetings. The meetings are regular, informal and consist of research focused seminars given by the scientists who conducted the research, therefore early career scientists are encouraged to present as well as a 50:50 gender split of speakers. Between talks we break for refreshments that allow open discussion of the research presented as well as the sharing of fly stocks, reagents, techniques and best practice. This policy of sharing is further facilitated by an email list of over thirty attending Drosophila research groups. We are always encouraging new members to join us, and the Genetics Society, especially those new to Drosophila research, who maybe want to start a fly collaboration or perform their first fly experiment. Therefore this group promotes the mandate of the National Centre for Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of protected animals in research. We aim to facilitate future collaborations, grant applications, teaching and public engagement opportunities involving Drosophila thereby promoting cutting edge genetics and model organism research in this country. 


Who should attend?

A regular, informal and research focused seminar series allows early career and independent researchers alike to share their research, fly stocks, reagents and techniques.

South West Fly Meeting Schedule




Wednesday 26th June 130-530pm - 19th Southwest Fly Meeting 

2-230pm Dr Terrence Trinca(Dr Helen Weaver and Prof Paul Martin lab, University ofBristol"Using Drosophila to study and screen for novel immune cell extravasation genes”. 

230-3pm Bradley Richardson “How do neurons age?” (Prof Amrit Mudher lab, University of Southampton) 

3-330pm Amber Cooper “Dissecting the relative contribution of phoshorylation vs aggregation in mediating tau toxicity.” (Prof Amrit Mudher lab, University of Southampton) 

330-4pm Tea and Coffee 

4-430pm Miguel Ramirez Morena “The wing disc - a new use for an old tool” (Prof Amrit Mudher lab, University of Southampton) 

430-5pmLoveshaSivanantharajah(Alzheimer's Society Senior Fellow based at Bangor University) 

5-515pm Sarah Dorman (Prof Richard Baines, University of Manchester) “Circadian control in the timing of sensitive periods duringDrosophila larval neuronal development” 

515-530pm Dr AdamBradlaugh (Prof Richard Baines, University of Manchester): ‘insights into the mechanism of non-canonical magnetoreception mediated by Cryptochrome’ 

5.30pm onwards Pizza  



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Wednesday 27th March 130-530pm - 18th South-West Fly Meeting

2-230pm Dr Stefan Harmansa (CDA, University of Exeter) “Shaping growing tissues by basement membrane mechanics”.

230-3pm Fardina Rahimi (Prof Herman Wijnen lab, University of Southampton) "Control of oviposition in the soft fruit pest Drosophila suzukii by Drosophila-associated bacteria"

3-330pm Dr Alice French (University of Bristol) “What can Drosophila teach us about sleep?”

4-430pm Jingbo Lui “TBC” (Dr Nick Priest, University of Bath lab)

430-5pm Dr Edgar Buhl (Prof James Hodge lab, University of Bristol) 'Decoding the fly’s circadian membrane clock.'



Tuesday 9th January 130-530pm - 17th South-West Fly Meeting

2-230pm Dr Mark Hanson (Wellcome ECA / SNSF research fellow,University of Exeter – Penryn)“When the microbiome shapes the host: the Achilles Principle of immune evolution. Project started in Prof Bruno Lemaitre lab Lausanne), works on anti-microbial compounds, secreted by many organisms to protect them from  

230-3pm Prof Helen White-Cooper(Cardiff University) "Making two types of sperm – a tale of two moths." 

3-330pm Rachel Sellick (Dr Michael Taylor, Professor Anne Rosser and Dr Mariah LelosCardiff University) Hunting(tin) for genetic interactions: Development and Degeneration in Huntington's Disease” 

330-4pm Tea and Coffee 

4-430pm Dr Ben Housden (University of Exeter)Drug repurposing using Drosophila cell culture models of disease 

430-5pmProf Herman Wijnen(University of Southampton) 'Sleep position in Drosophila and its circadian control' 

5pm onwards Pizza
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