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Reflections on NuGO week 2018

On 3-6 September 2018, nearly 140 registered participants from 22 counties including Australia, China, Korea and the USA as well as many European countries gathered at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle, UK for the 15th edition of NuGO week. This year’s theme was “Mitochondria, Nutrition and Health” and the conference got off to an excellent start with an opening lecture by Prof Sir Doug Turnbull. Over the next 3 days, participants enjoyed an exciting and stimulating programme of formal presentations and poster sessions with plenty of opportunities for discussion, for re-connecting with colleagues and collaborators and for making new scientific links.

On the final day of the conference, we hosted a joint symposium with the Micronutrients Genomics Group, co-sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics Organisation (APNNO), on the topic “Epigenetic effects of micronutrients and their impact on cellular and mitochondrial metabolism”.

As usual, the quality of oral and poster presentations by junior colleagues was very high and this year’s prize-winners were:
* 1st Prize: Catherine Graham – St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK
* 2nd Prize: Miguel Martin Gonzalez – Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, ES
* 3rd Prize: Laura Bordini – University of Camerino, Camerino, IT
* 3rd Prize: Jill McKay – Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
We are very grateful to Amyway for their continuing support through sponsoring the Early Career Researcher (ECR) prizes.

Over the weekend before NuGO week, about 25 of these PhD students and other ECRs participated in a satellite training course on “Temperature and nutrition” organised by Prof Jaap Keijer and Dr Evert van Schothorst (Wageningen University & Research, NL).

John Mathers
Newcastle University