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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 will be taking place at the 2018 UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Birmingham, on 10 September 2018.

How does it work?

The event is a unique opportunity to find out more information about the Trust’s Strategic Research Centres from the perspective of early-career researchers working on them, who 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 submitted by our online audience, who also have the opportunity to vote on the best presentation, and choose the overall winner.

CF’s Got Talent! is designed to connect researchers funded through the Trust’s grant awards with people with CF and their families, and to train young scientists in the art of public speaking, and to explain their research to non-science specialist audiences.

For those unable to attend this year’s conference, the presentations will again be streamed live via the Trust’s Facebook page, and we’ll have video archives available online after the event has finished.

Last year's competition

CF's Got Talent! 2017 took place at UKCFC, where the winner, Sara Cuevas Ocana, was voted for by our online audience.

You can watch all of the CF's Got Talent! presentations by logging onto our website, or registering if you haven't already, and following the instructions on the log in page.

Who presented?

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

Dawood Khan - Investigating the occurrence of diabetes in people with cystic fibrosis, led by Professor James Shaw

Ileana Guerrini - Investigating gene editing for treating lung disease in all forms of cystic fibrosis, led by Professor Stephen Hart

Jessica Caterini - Physical activity, exercise, sport and recreation promotion for adolescents with cystic fibrosis, led by Professor Craig Williams

Natasha Wierre Pseudomonal infection in CF: better detection, better understanding, better treatment, led by Professor Jane Davies

Sara Cuevas Ocana - INOVCF: Innovative non-CFTR Approaches for Cystic Fibrosis Therapy, led by Professor Michael Gray (WINNER)

How does it work?

We invite some early-career researchers working on projects funded by the Trust to present their work in a non-scientific way. We then ask people with cystic fibrosis, parents and carers to take part online by asking questions and choosing the winner.

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, but it can be difficult to talk about it. This event trains young scientists in the art of explaining their work to their peers and supervisors, as well as to a lay audience, and allows us to demonstrate how the Strategic Research Centre (SRC) research programme is helping our fight for a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis. It’s an opportunity to hear about the aims and achievements of our research, plus the next steps for each project and what it could mean to the lives of everyone with cystic fibrosis.

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