It was lovely to see such a great turn out at the Annual EMERGE/RRG meeting on 20th November 2015. This was an opportunity for the whole team to share study developments and progress, as well as allowing newer members of staff to share opinions and for the group to establish aims for the future.
Despite straying for the agenda with regard to time, we had a very productive and inspiring meeting with presentations from the founding members of the team, Professor Alasdair Gray, Dr Matthew Reed and Dr Gareth Clegg about how EMERGE has become what it is today.
Dr Alistair Dewar gave the group a brief update on Save a Life for Scotland, surrounding the very successful Restart a Heart and told everyone how it progressed from one simple email six months ago to the inspiring event on 16th October 2015. 900,000 social media impacts from the day alone and several community groups have brought people together already as a direct result of the event.
Rachel O’Brien gave an insightful look into RAPID-CTCA with a trial overview and latest updates whilst Caroline Blackstock and Bev Goldberg gave an informative presentation of their work in the more recently established satellite office based in AMU.
The meeting also featured the very first EMERGE Embryo Competition, allowing research nurses to present their own research idea with the hope of winning mentorship and £250 towards their research development. Presentations were given by Allan MacRaild/Jill Steven, Polly Black, Adam Lloyd and Kirsty Simpson.
THE WINNER IS…. POLLY BLACK!
The standard of all four presentations was so high that it has been decided that each of them will be reviewed and taken forward… watch this space!