Prestigious awards for School of Medicine students Zofia Tuharska and Axel Laurell
Two Intercalated BMSc students at the University of Dundee have been presented with national awards recognising their hard work.
Zofia Tuharska, a BMSc Cardiovascular & Diabetes Medicine student, received the Jean Shanks Foundation Award from Professor Faisel Khan and Dr Julian Davis, programme co-leads for intercalated degrees in the School of Medicine.
Axel Laurell, a BMSc Neuropharmacology and Behaviour student, was also on hand to pick up the Wolfson Foundation Award.
Professor Khan said:
“We are delighted that our students have been successful in receiving these awards.”
“These are highly prestigious and competitive, given to outstanding undergraduate medical students who are likely to pursue a clinical research career.
“Receiving these awards is testimony to the exceptional calibre of our Intercalated BMSc students.”
“It is also a reflection of the excellent-quality research environment of the Principal Investigators supervising these projects, and providing our students with exposure to cutting-edge research that will promote their clinical academic careers.”
“I feel very honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the Jean Shanks Intercalated Grant 2016/2017.”
“It has given me the unique opportunity to be involved in an exciting area of research. I am currently based in Professor Michael Ashford’s lab working with my supervisor Dr Paul Meakin on the role of BACE1, an enzyme associated with Alzheimer’s disease, in the development of vascular dysfunction and atherosclerosis.”
“It has been an amazing experience and I hope I will be able to continue with the project after graduating from my BMSc!”
““I’m very grateful to receive funding for my BMSc project from the Wolfson Foundation.”
“The award enables me to pursue a unique project combining my interests in nutrition and neuroscience. We are investigating the mechanisms behind cognitive impairment in mice caused by a high fat diet.
“While focusing on in vivo memory testing in mice, I will also investigate the impact that a high fat diet has on brain signalling in vitro.
“It is a very exciting project which combines the specialties of my three supervisors, Dr Rosamund Langston, Professor Jeremy Lambert and Professor Lynda Williams from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in Aberdeen.”
The BMSc Intercalated Degree at the University of Dundee offers a unique programme of courses unparalleled around the UK, with excellent support at all levels, combined with the opportunity for learning in an environment with internationally renowned research facilities.
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Picture: Zofia and Axel with Professor Faisel Khan and Dr Julian Davis, BMSc Programme Leads