We are pleased to welcome you to the 2nd Platelet Society Meeting, which will be hosted online by Keele University on the 29th-31st March 2021. This will start with our early career researcher meeting on the 29th March, followed by the main Society meeting on the 30th and 31st March 2021.  

Whilst we are unable to welcome you to the beautiful Keele campus this year, we look forward to bringing together online our vibrant community of scientists and clinicians to showcase recent advances in platelet research, and to celebrate the achievements of all our researchers.  The pandemic has demonstrated the power of scientists working together to achieve common goals, and we aim to use the online platform to stimulate conversations amongst all participants on how we can move forward together to solve outstanding problems in platelet research.

The early career researcher meeting will provide networking and career development opportunities for the next generation of platelet researchers.  We will also be running our first interactive equity, diversity and inclusion spotlight session to discuss the set-up of a mentorship scheme within the society. Whilst we will be scattered all across the world, we hope this meeting will help bring our members closer together.  We look forward to seeing you for an exciting, interactive and fun meeting in March!



Keele University, Staffordshire, UK

Due to ongoing uncertantity and restricitions due to Covid-19, this meeting will be held virtually and hosted by the School of Medicine at Keele University supported by the Keele Conferencing Team.

Meeting Organisers

Alan Harper, School of Medicine, Keele University

Amanda Unsworth, Centre for Bioscience, Manchester Metropolitan University

Carly Kempster, Institute of Metabolic and Cardiovascular Research, University of Reading

David Cabrera, School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering, Keele University

Kirk Taylor, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London

Paul Armstrong, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Programme & Confirmed Speakers

Meeting Programme

March 29th – Early Career Researcher Meeting  This will include a CV masterclass involving speakers both from academia and industry.

March 30th –  Main meeting (Day 1). Plenary talks from two of our invited speakers, and our EDI spotlight session discussing an interlab Mentorship scheme within the Society.

March 31st – Main Meeting (Day 2).  Plenary talks from our third invited speaker as well as our prize lecturers. Breakout sessions in which we will be discussing current challenges in platelet research that society members could collaborate on.

All days will include oral presentations and online poster presentation from the submitted abstracts.


We are delighted to announce the following invited speakers for the meeting

Professor Anirban Sen Gupta

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, USA


Dr Nicola Mutch

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, UK


Dr Kellie Machlus

Harvard Medical School and Boston Childrens Hospital, USA



We are proud to announce that the Gus Born Lecture for 2021 will be given by three recent recipients of Early Career Fellowships.

Dr Harriet Allen

Blizzard Institute, Queen Mary University London, London, UK

Dr David Cabrera

School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering, Keele University, UK

Dr Abdullah Khan

Institute of Cardiovascular Science, University of Birmingham, UK

Our Meeting Sponsors





Joining the Meeting

Registrations for the meeting are now open. Please click on the link below to be taken to the registration page. Details for joining the online meeting will be sent to all registered particpants shortly before the meeting.

Registration Form



Abstract Submissions

Abstract submission will open on 1st December 2020. Oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. Please use our ABSTRACT TEMPLATE to prepare your file

When you have prepared your abstract, please complete the submission form below and email your abstract to keeleplateletmeeting@gmail.com. Please note – abstract submission has been extended until Monday 25th January 2021

Abstract submission form

Some photos from our previous ECR meeting in Manchester. Click on a photo to see more