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Previous Symposiums

What are OPMS Symposiums?

At OPMS, we are dedicated to advancing personalised medicine research and empowering the next generation of scientists and clinicians. Our annual symposium is the showcase event of the year. Featuring panel discussions and keynote addresses from prominent figures in the field, students will have the opportunity to network, learn and be inspired. Our prize-giving ceremony celebrates the best student talks and is the highlight of the symposium. Take a look at our previous symposiums to see our incredible speakers, and student presentations.


2nd March 2023

Keynote Speakers:


  • Marya Sabir: The cross-section of lysosomal dysfunction and neurodegeneration: Investigation of a novel experimental mouse model of Salla disease

  • Eeshani Bendale: Ayurveda: A pioneer in Personalised Medicine

  • Nisha Hare: An introduction into values and shared decision making

  • Elsita Jungkurth: Ex vivo Therapeutic Approaches for Personalised Medicine in Oesophageal Cancer

  • Clara Kummerer: Novel Testing for Individualised Treatment of Bacterial Infections

  • Ellen J. K.: Exploring Tubulin beta 4A chain (TUBB4A) Gene Mutations and RNA Nucleobase Variation in the Rare Neurodegenerative Disease Hypomyelination with Atrophy of the Basal Ganglia and Cerebellum (H-ABC)

  • Anne-Rosa Bilal:  Perforin, COVID-19 & Potential for DNA Vaccines 


Professor John Todd

Professor of Precision Medicine at Oxford and Director of the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics and of the JDRF/Wellcome Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory (DIL)

Professor Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, Tutorial Fellow at St Anne's College Oxford

“Personalised mechanism discovery in neuropsychiatric disorders”



9th March 2023

Keynote Speaker:


Professor Bass Hassan

Professor of Medical Oncology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

'The structure of scientific revolutions in precisions medicine'


  • Zheqing Zhang: 'Phenotype and characterisation of the immunosuppressive mechanisms of malignant pleural effusion'  

  • Patrick Oliver: 'A personalised and objective identification of tinnitus and its severity in humans using behavioural testing'

  • Marya Sabir: 'The cross-section of lysosomal dysfunction and neurodegeneration: Investigation of a novel experimental mouse model of Salla disease'

  • Chibuzor Ogamba: 'Framing global gaps in precision medicine education: A focus on future physicians in Nigeria.'

  • George Corby: 'Self-referral DNA testing: what are the harms?'

  • Eeshani Bendale: 'Ayurveda: A pioneer in Personalised Medicine'

  • Sadia Adnin: 'Self-regulated DNA Nanocarriers: A programmable drug release for better therapy in cancer and other diseases'

  • Vincent Nyangwara: 'Whole-exome sequencing provides novel insights into the pharmacogenomic diversity of African populations and implications for drug response'



7th March 2022

Keynote Speaker:


Chris Wigley

CEO of Genomics England 


  • E.J.K: Using VR and Al for reaching and assisting children with H-ABC

  • Wesley Quadros: Reviewing advances in Al in personalised care

  • Rakhshan Kamran: Capturing patient voice in gender-affirming healthcare

  • Jonathan Kwok: Immunopeptidomics to Drive Novel Cancer Vaccine

  • Kirsten Lee: The Benefits of Genetic Screening in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients

  • Umair Mahmood: Personalising radio-immunotherapeutics for patients with oligoprogressive cancers
    E.J.K: Variants of the TUBB4A gene mutation in hypomyelination with
    atrophy of the basal ganglia and cerebellum (H-ABC)



11th March 2021

Keynote Speakers:


Dr John McDermott

Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine

"Integrating Genomics into Routine Clinical Practice: improving Outcomes and Avoiding Harm"


  • Katharina Beck: Iron Handling in Adipose Tissue of Obese Patients vs Non-Obese Controls

  • Seren MarshPersonalised CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Genome Editing As An Potential Approach to Treating Myotonic Dystrophy 1

  • Ujang Purnama: Creating a 3D Heart Model Using HIPSC-CM in the Form of Engineered Heart Tissue (EHT) to Better Understand the Effects of Diabetes on the Heart

  • Catriona Rooney: Exploration of Methods to Optimise SINP Hyperpolarisation

  • Alex Hayes: Personalised Treatment of Enterovirus Infectious

  • Zac Raouf: Personalising Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

  • Jennifer Knight: Application of Human-Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (IPSCS) in a Novel Microfluidic In-Vitro Model of Stroke

  • Emmanuel Bugarin: Exploring the Myeloid Cell Compartment in a Long-Term Survivor with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma


Professor Sharon Peacock CBE

Executive Director and Chair of COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium

"SARS-CoV-2 variants: past, present and future"

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Dr Sowmiya Moorthie

Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, University of Cambridge 

"Genomics, policy and practice"



7th March 2023

Keynote Speakers:


Dr Alexander Lachapelle

Head of Precision Products at Genomics PLC


  • Jonathan Brammeld, Division of Medical Sciences

  • Lingyun (Ivy) Xiong, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics

  • Isaac Kitchen-Smith, Linacre College, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

  • Zhong Yi (Peter) Yeow, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics

  • Timothy Mahajan, Math Cancer Lab, Indiana University Bloomington

  • Dimitris Vavoulis, Department of Oncology, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics


Professor Anna Schuh

Oxford MSD Director of Diagnostics


Sir Peter Donnelly

Professor of Statistical Science CEO of Genomics PLC
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