Seminar Series

A showcase of the ground-breaking translation research of our community together with opportunities for networking and collaborative working

We host a regular seminar series, providing the opportunity to hear from members of our BRC community across our five research themes, with representation across a variety of career stages, ranging from our Senior Investigator Fellows to PhD students.

We hold regular seminars for colleagues across our partnership and additionally for patients and the public, keeping people at the heart of our research.


One hour seminars, followed by a networking lunch for those attending in-person, are delivered in a hybrid format to help ensure equity of access. We would encourage in-person attendance where possible to make the most of the networking opportunity.

The in-person location will rotate between Streatham (LSI), St Lukes (South Cloisters) and the RILD for fairness across all research groups.

Find the details of upcoming seminars and book your free space below.


Upcoming Seminar

Date: 2nd July 2024

Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Speakers: Professor Maggie Shepherd and Dr Tom Piers

Location: Room 2.13, South Cloisters, St. Luke’s Campus. In-person attendance is encouraged to facilitate networking, but to ensure the event is accessible to all, a virtual link will also be available.

Join us for the launch of our brand new seminar series and hear from some of our exceptional researchers. Stay on for a networking lunch (13:00-13:30);  the perfect opportunity to stimulate collaboration and foster connections.

Email Dr Sophie Gould to register for this free event

Our Speakers

Professor Maggie Shepherd, BRC Senior Investigator Fellow, Diabetes

Title: Research in monogenic diabetes and effective translation into clinical care

Maggie is an NIHR Exeter BRC Senior Investigator Fellow and Consultant Nurse, working in the monogenic diabetes team in Exeter since 1995. Her interests include the impact of genetic testing in diabetes, particularly the change from long term insulin to tablet treatment, misdiagnosis, patient experience, translating research findings into clinical care and increasing awareness and knowledge of monogenic diabetes amongst health care professionals. She was the first nurse awarded the Arnold Bloom prize lecture at Diabetes UK (2019) in recognition of her work.  She was an NIHR70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leader (2019-22) and one of the Women in Global Health’s 100+ Outstanding Nurses and Midwives (2020), she was awarded a prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership scholarship (2022) and won the Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award (2023).

Our Diabetes Research

Explore our diabetes research and find out more about what we do

Dr Tom Piers, BRC Translational Fellow, Neurodegeneration

Title: Using human stem cell models to identify microglial modulators for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tom Piers is an NIHR Exeter BRC Translational Fellow and Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Exeter. He recently established his research group in the Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences which focusses on mechanistic understanding of neuron-glial interactions with a particular interest in how disease-associated genetic risk alters these interactions. Tom’s previous work led to the establishment of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models of microglia to study the effect of late onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD) risk variants that map to genes expressed in this cell type. His fellowship aims to identify novel signalling pathways associated with the presence of these risk variants, using a functional genomics approach.

Our Neurodegeneration Research

Explore our neurodegeneration research and find out more about what we do

Book your place

Email Dr Sophie Gould to reserve your free space