Richard Shemilt, Professor Faisel Khan and Zofia Tuharska.
Two Intercalated BMSc students attended a recent British Microcirculation Society (BMS) meeting to present the research work they have been involved in during their intercalated year. The conference, which featured internationally-renowned speakers, saw Richard Shemilt present a poster detailing his work, while Zofia Tuharska was selected to give a talk on her group’s research.
Richard, who was awarded the Terrance Ryan Award for Best Clinical Poster, was involved in researching the potential for use of far-infrared light as a form of therapy for disorders of the cardiovascular system. The research, which looked at the immediate effect of the lasers compared with multiple treatments on a sample of 40 people compared is something Richard hopes will form the basis of a PhD.
“My interest in this subject area comes from the teaching in the first block of study,” he said. “I wanted to get a better understanding of how laser assessments can give an indication of function in the cardiovascular system. Being able to speak at this conference was great as it gave me a chance to share something that I’d been working on and open up our research to a wider audience.”
Zofia, who was part of a team researching the role of β-amyloid in vascular dysfunction in mice, was invited to talk on the subject and how the dysfunction manifests as a diabetes-like condition. Zofia said, “It was really exciting being chosen to represent the University, and being able to talk at such a prestigious event where most of the other speakers were already academics or PhD students was a great experience to have at this point in my career.
“While there is already a link between things like obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, this research takes into account the vascular relationship and will help our understanding of how dysfunction happens.”
Professor Faisel Khan, who supervised Richard during his intercalated year and is part of Zofia’s intercalated year project which was supervised by Professor Mike Ashford and Dr Paul Meakin, said, “Richard and Sofia are both outstanding students who have been a delight to have on our Cardiovascular and Diabetes BMSc, and who have excelled in the intercalated year. It was a real pleasure to watch them present at the British Microcirculation Society meeting which is an excellent international meeting. They should be proud of their achievements just as much as we are that that they are representing the University of Dundee. This is another reflection of the extremely high calibre of students we have on the BMSc intercalated course at the Medical School who are capable of competing with much more established researchers. These are exactly the type of students we want to encourage to pursue Clinical Academic careers and we hope that the Intercalated degree has stimulated them sufficiently to do this.”
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