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17 February 2012
Two Cardiff students have talked their way to UK recognition for their pioneering medical research.
Cardiff medical students, Nick Bullock and Sophie Fitzsimmons, beat-off stiff competition from medical students from across the UK to secure first and third prize at the inaugural National Student Association of Medical Research conference for their oral presentations of their research.
The winners were selected by panel of leading UK medical figures including Dr John Williams, Head of Neuroscience and Mental Health and of Clinical Activities at the Wellcome Trust, and Dr Simon Vincent, Head of Personal Awards Funding at Cancer Research UK.
Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine said: "We are delighted that two of our most promising medical students have been recognised in this way.
"The ability of students to combine their studies with research is something that, at a research-intensive university like Cardiff, we are keen to encourage.
"There were more than 200 abstracts submitted by medical students from across the UK, and Cardiff submissions outnumbered those from any other institution.
"This is a tribute to their hard-work and well deserved recognition for their innovative research."
Nick was awarded first prize for the oral presentation of his research which explored the role of B-cells in diabetes, with Sophie coming a close third for her research into the effects of pre-term birth on the neuronal pathways controlling speech.
The conference was held in the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London and attracted abstract submissions from 21 Universities around the UK with 75 students invited to present their findings at the UK event. The School provided bus transport to enable some thirty students to attend and present.
The conference coincided with the launch of the Cardiff University Research Society (CUReS).
Created by Cardiff medical students, this new society aims to provide a forum where students can gain access to research opportunities, make contact with academic staff and learn more about future careers in academic medicine and surgery.
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