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CF's Got Talent!

We’re funding cutting-edge research – so cutting edge, in fact, that it can be hard to make sense of it without a degree in science. But not any more…

CF's Got Talent! 2018 

Now in its third year, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s 'CF’s Got Talent!' event took place at the 2018 UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Birmingham, on 10 September 2018.

The event is a unique opportunity to find out more information about the Trust’s Strategic Research Centres (SRCs) from the perspective of early-career researchers working on them.

The event was streamed live on our Facebook page, if you missed it, it’s available to watch again.

Our congratulations to Afroditi Avgerinou who won this year’s CF’s Got Talent! competition. Afroditi is a second year PhD student working on the gene editing SRC led by Professor Stephen Hart.

How does it work?

Five researchers are invited to present their Trust-funded work in a format that is easy to understand for those from non-science backgrounds. Following these presentations, we then ask the presenters questions on their talks. Our online audience has the opportunity to vote on the best presentation, and choose the overall winner.

CF’s Got Talent! is designed to connect researchers funded by the Trust with people with CF and their families, to train young scientists in the art of public speaking, and to explain their research to the CF community, who stand to benefit from their work.

Who presented?

Early-career researchers can be PhD students, postdoctoral researchers or research fellows. Each of the presenters held one of those positions on our biggest research projects – the SRCs. We invest up to £750,000 into each SRC, and they last for up to four years. Take a look at this year's presenters and which SRCs they are working on:

William McCarthy – Novel therapies for Mycobacterium abscessus, led by Professor Andres Floto.

Ryan Kelsey – Cystic Fibrosis-related diabetes research, led by Professor James Shaw

Bethan Hawley – Restoring fluidity in the gut, led by Professor Soraya Shirazi-Beechey

Afroditi Avgerinou - Investigating gene editing for treating lung disease in all forms of cystic fibrosis, led by Professor Stephen Hart (WINNER)

Dr Sarah Denford - Physical activity, exercise, sport and recreation promotion for adolescents with cystic fibrosis, led by Professor Craig Williams

Read more about these presenters’ thoughts on taking part in CF’ Got Talent.

Why are we doing it?

We invest millions of pounds in research into beating cystic fibrosis every year. We want to shout about this research and share the hope that it brings.

Last year's competition

The winner of CF's Got Talent! 2017, which took place at UKCFC in September last year, was Sara Cuevas Ocana. Sara is working on the INOVCF: Innovative non-CFTR Approaches for Cystic Fibrosis Therapy SRC, led by Dr Mike Gray. 

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