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Glasgow City Marketing Bureau highlights Conference Ambassador, Professor Andrew Baker

Professor Andrew Baker
As Glasgow City Marketing Bureau celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Conference Ambassador Programme, Professor Andrew Baker explores his role in leading the city’s bid to host the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Meeting and Annual Conference next month.
For the past five years Professor Baker has held the title of British Heart Foundation Professor of Translational Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He leads a team of scientists aiming to translate discoveries made in the laboratory into new treatments for heart patients, including angina sufferers.

Professor Baker said: “I’ve lived all over the UK before settling in Glasgow for the last 16 years. Glasgow is a vibrant city and the natural place for me to conduct my research with its world leading universities and research hubs.  

“In my capacity as the President of the society between the years of 2013 and 2017, it was important to me to bring such an impactful meeting to my adopted home.”  

The conference aims to highlight novel developments within the field of gene and cell therapy; whilst shining the spotlight on future scientific talent. The programme’s format will include the review of abstracts, chair sessions and participation in oral and poster research presentations.  

He said: “My research has already shown developments in gene therapy can stop vein graft failure. If the new trial is successful, the therapy could offer hope to thousands of patients every year. Not only will this be a ground breaking discovery for Glasgow but will impact next generation medicine throughout the world.”  

Professor Baker joins a team of more than 1600 influencers in GCMB’s Conference Ambassador Programme each playing a pivotal role in helping the city drive success across a multitude of sectors including; low carbon industries, financial services, education, medicine, life sciences, engineering, design and manufacture.  

In the last calendar year (January to December 2014), Glasgow conference ambassadors secured 178 conferences worth £85 million to the city’s economy. Ambassadors help secure approximately a third of the conferences in Glasgow.  

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said:   “We’re delighted to welcome such an esteemed conference to Glasgow.  

“At the heart of the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Meeting and Annual Conference is innovation and expertise; qualities that perfectly mirror Glasgow’s ethos.  

“With the largest academic community outside of London, it was natural that Glasgow established the first Conference Ambassador Programme in the UK. Professor Baker joins the rest of our shining lights in reaffirming the city’s reputation as Europe’s premier conference destination.  

“We focus heavily on our ambassadors and we provide them with a level of support that is unavailable in other cities in Europe.”  

Next month more than 200 experts will travel to Glasgow from the UK, Europe and America to discuss ground breaking innovations in gene and cell Therapy.  

The conference will take place in the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre which opened this year, adding to the city’s extensive venue portfolio.  

The multi-million facility is a hub for world-leading research, enabling close collaboration between academics, business, industry and the public sector.  

The conference programme will be complemented by the building’s variable format options. It has dedicated meeting space across three of its nine floors, a 450-seat main tiered auditorium with three subdivision options and an additional 150-seat auditorium.  

The building is kitted out with the latest technology for the highest specification in audio visual equipment including video and audio streaming, touch screen control panels and retractable projection screens; bringing delegates an advanced conference experience.  

The British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Meeting and Annual Conference will take place in Glasgow on June 9 to 11 including a public engagement day which will educate school children about modern medicine.

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