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Molecular Epidemiology Group UK (MEGUK) Spring Meeting:

Nutrition and Human Health: From Molecules to Man

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, 24th March 2017
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Event Speakers

“Dietary intervention in Norwegian colorectal cancer survivors”
Professor Rune Blomhoff, University of Oslo, Norway

“Dietary agents as epigenetic modulators in human health & disease”
Professor Clarissa Gerhauser, DKFZ Cancer Research Center, Germany

“Folate & HPV-linked cancers: from the epidemiology to the molecular”
Professor Hilary Powers, University of Sheffield, UK

“The microbiome, diet & gut health”
Dr Wendy Russell, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK

Event Programme (Download PDF version)

  10.00   Registration
  10.30   Welcome Professor Paul Hagan, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen UK.
  Session 1. Chairs Susan Duthie and Andrew Collins
  10.45   Invited speaker: ‘Dietary intervention in Norwegian colorectal cancer survivors”.
Professor Rune Blomhoff, Oslo University Hospital, Norway.
  11.15   Invited speaker: “Folate & HPV-linked cancers: from the epidemiology to the molecular”. Professor Hilary Powers, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Oncology and Metabolism, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
  11.45   Proffered oral communication: Dr Carine Ladeira, Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa, ESTeSL, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Portugal, “Dietary habits and their role in genomic (in)stability: results from a Portuguese food frequency questionnaire.
  12.00   Proffered oral communication: Jelena Besevic Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, “Serum metabolites and colon cancer risk within the EPIC cohort Study”.
  12.15 Poster Pitches
  12.35 Poster session and lunch
  Session 2. Chairs Sabine Langie and Andrew Povey
  13.45   Invited speaker: ‘The Microbiome, Diet & Gut Health”.
Dr Wendy Russell, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK.
  14.15   Proffered oral communication: Paul Sheridan Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, “Dietary carbohydrate specialisation in beneficial human gut bacteria”.
  14.30   Proffered oral communication: Guenievre Roussel Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, “The effect of amino acid deprivation on the transfer of iron through CaCo-2 monolayers”.
  14.45   Proffered oral communication: Jennifer Harbottle, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, “Identification and characterisation of phytochemicals activating endogenous cytoprotective mechanisms”.
  15.00   Proffered oral communication: Teodora Georgescu, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, “Dorsal Ralphe 5HT neurons respond to dietary nutrients”.
  15.15   best oral communication audience vote & tea/coffee break
  Session 3. Chairs March Gunter and Andrew Collins
  15.45   Invited speaker: ‘Dietary Agents as Epigenetic Modulators in Human Health & Disease”. Dr Clarissa Gerhauser, Group leader Cancer Chemoprevention and Epigenomics, Division of Epigenomics and Cancer Risk Factors, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany.
  16.15   Proffered oral communication: Dr Sylvia Gratz, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, “Dietary exposure and intestinal metabolism of mycotoxin deoxynivalenol.
  16.30   Proffered oral communication: Dr Andreas Kolb, Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, “Nutritional protection against obesity”.
  16.45   Prize announcements and closing remarks

Best oral presentation sponsored by Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Robert Gordon University
Best poster presentation sponsored by Aberdeen Science Centre

Event Details

The Molecular Epidemiology Group UK (MEGUK) are hosting their Annual Spring Meeting in Aberdeen on March the 24th next year. The conference is entitled “Nutrition & Human Health: from Molecules to Man” and will cover topics including the influence of diet on colon and HPV-linked cancers, the human microbiome and gut health and the impact of diet on epigenetic modulators of human disease.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Rune Blomhoff (University of Oslo, Norway), Professor Clarissa Gerhauser (German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany), Professor Hilary Powers (University of Sheffield, UK) and Dr Wendy Russell (University of Aberdeen, UK).

This 1-day meeting is open to all researchers interested in diet and human health. Early career researchers and PhD students are particularly welcome, with several places reserved within the programme for oral communications invited on the basis of submitted abstracts. Prizes for the best early career researcher or student oral presentation and poster are awarded at the meeting. Travel bursaries are also available.

Full programme and registration details, together with how to submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation and how to apply for bursary support, are available below


Registration (includes tea/coffee & lunch)
UKEMS members £40
Non members £60
Postgraduate students £25
Registration is online using the following link:
The deadline for registration is the 6th of March 2017.


Payment must be received in advance of the workshop and must show the name of the participant.
Payment must be in £ Sterling
Refunds can only be made up to 6th March 2017 but please note that bank charges may still apply.
Payment is online at the following link:

Young Scientist Presentations & Prizes 

We cordially invite participants to present their work either as a short oral communication or as a poster. Submissions from early career researchers are particularly encouraged. Submitted abstracts will be published online in the journal Mutagenesis.

The abstract submission form can be downloaded in either Word or PDF form format:

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Inquiries can be directed to Dr Sabine Langie ( The deadline for submitting an abstract is the 17th of February 2017. Authors will be advised by February 27th 2017 if abstracts have been accepted and in what format they will be invited to present their work.

Prizes will be awarded to young scientists [PhD students and postdocs (<5 years)] for the best oral and poster presentations. Participants selected for oral communications will be entered into the oral presentation competition which will be judged at the workshop.  To be eligible to win the poster prize, you must submit a PDF of your poster by March 13th 2017.

Travel Bursaries

A small number of travel bursaries are available for PhD students and postdocs (<5 years) who are presenting an oral communication or poster to attend this workshop; bursaries are limited to one applicant per group and/or Institute. Bursaries will comprise £100 towards registration fee, economy class travel and/or hotel accommodation.

For information on how to submit an application, contact Professor Andrew Collins ( directly. Please note, you must apply for a travel bursary, together with an abstract before the 17th of February 2017. Those awarded a travel bursary will still be required to register and to make a registration fee payment. Please note that all bursary payments/refunds will only be made after the workshop upon submission of original receipts (tickets etc.). Further details will be provided at the workshop.

Venue, travel & accommodation

The conference is being held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). Details on how to get there are on the AECC website. (

Preferential rates for accommodation are offered through the Holiday Inn ( and the Holiday Inn Express ( both located at the AECC.

Delegates will also be entitled to free car parking at the venue. Signage will direct participants to the allocated free car park at the venue on the day. Please note that participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Additional information for participants visiting Aberdeen and the surrounding countryside is available at the VisitAberdeen website (

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