Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund (MLSTF) Launch Event
The Translational Research Office (TRO) is pleased to announce the return of Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund (MLSTF) 2024 on Thursday 30th November 2023. MLSTF funds proof-of-concept projects at the earliest stages of translation, supporting preliminary work or feasibility studies to establish the viability of an approach.

We would like to bring to your attention the 2024 MLSTF Call Launch Event hosted by the TRO which will take place on the 29th of November 2023 at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford. This is an in-person event only and places are limited. Full details of the revamped MLSTF scheme will be revealed which includes enhanced support for Emerging Translational Research Leaders! The deadline to complete the registration form is the 22nd of November.

Previous successful MLSTF projects will be showcased, demonstrating successful pathways to translation. By popular request, this year’s event will also include a session on different segments of the application form, as well as an insight into the selection criteria used by the committee panel to review submitted applications. Three highly impacting and interactive panel discussions will take place on key elements of translation which often require expert advice. These include topics on the importance of milestones, IP strategy, and regulatory pathways.

The Event Programme

11:00-12:00 Registration and Brunch

12:15-12:20 Welcome Address: Prof Chas Bountra, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Innovation
12:20-12:40 Launch of Medical and Life Sciences Translational Fund (MLSTF) 2024 – Dr Deepak Kumar, Head of the Translational Research Office (TRO)

12:40-13:10 MLSTF Successful Case Studies; Moderator: Dr Kavita Subramaniam (TRO)
12:40-12:55 – First time lucky: Dr Ludovica Griffanti (Oxford Neuroscience)
12:55-13:10 – Second time lucky: Dr Winok Lapidaire (Radcliffe Department of Medicine)

13:10-13:35 MLSTF Case for Support form: What the Panel Are Looking For? Moderators: Dr Kavita Subramaniam (TRO) and Dr Oliver Rughani-Hindmarch (TRO)

13:35-14:10 Panel Discussion 1 – The Milestone Mindset in a Translational Funding Application. Panel Members: Dr Fadi Issa (Moderator, Department of Surgical sciences, MRC DPFS Panellist), Prof Angela Russell (Department of Chemistry, MRC DPFS Panellist), Prof John Frater (Nuffield Department of Medicine), Prof Manu Vatish (Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health)

14:10-14:40 Afternoon Break

14:40-15:20 Panel Discussion 2 – To protect or not to protect Intellectual Property? Panel Members: Dr Devanand Crease (Moderator, Keltie), Dr Claire Brown (OSE), Dr Matthew Carpenter (OUI), Dr Michael Denver-Beautement (Kinneir Dufort)

15:20-15:50 Panel Discussion 3 – Regulation for Impactful Translation. Panel Members: Dr Devanand Crease (Moderator, Keltie), Dr Tony Flint (Beckal), Dr Rouzet Agaiby (EG Technology), Dr Jan Wolber (GE Healthcare).

15:50-15:55 Closing Remarks Dr Deepak Kumar (TRO)
Date: 29 November 2023, 11:00 (Wednesday, 8th week, Michaelmas 2023)
Venue: Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre 1
Speaker: Various Speakers
Organising department: Medical Sciences Division
Organiser: Translational Research Office (Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford)
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Host: Translational Research Office (Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford)
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Cost: Free
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Vlada Yarosh