The primary cilium was originally considered to be a vestigial organelle, but it has since been discovered that cilia are essential to transduce key signaling pathways. With this there has been a surge of research into this area with new groups springing up across the UK. The UK Cilia Network was established in 2016 to bring together those studying all aspects of cilia biology.
Open to all, this free event is the annual spring meeting for the UK Cilia network. This informal multidisciplinary group aims to bring together researchers and clinicians working on structure and function of cilia and centrosomes in a broad range of organisms and cell types. our goals are to foster collaboration and sharing of expertise in order to further understanding of these organelles and their role in development, ageing, health and disease. The Spring meeting aims to bring together members from more than 30 UK academic institutions. As always, the emphasis is sharing unpublished data from emerging talent, favouring talks from students, post-docs and early career researchers.
The 2018 UK Cilia Network Meeting was held in Oxford on the 23rd March 2018 with Phillippe Bastin (Institute Pasteur, Paris) presenting the keynote talk. This meeting is possible thanks to the generous support of the Genetics Society, Bruker Microscopy, The J.W. Jenkinson Memorial Trust, and Proteintech.
This year’s keynote talk will be from Guangshou Ou (Tsinghua University, China), on his exciting work to investigate the mechanisms regulating neural progenitors in C. elegans, using live-cell imaging, as well as biochemical and genetic tools.