A student from the School of Medicine has won two awards - one for her upcoming research at Ninewells Hospital, the other to support her BMSc year. Sandhya Prem, who is currently in Year 3, was awarded the ACP Student Research Fund Award from the Association of Clinical Pathologists and the Wolfson Award from the Royal College of Physicians. The ACP Student Research Fund Award, which is presented to encourage undergraduates to undertake research within laboratory medicine and raise the profile of this field, will help Sandhya undertake research under Dr Will Fuller, whose work focuses on palmitoylation — one of the types of post translational modification of proteins and how that translates into functions in the cell.
Speaking about her applications, Sandhya said, “I had put in an application for the Wolfson Scholarship, so when the School circulated something about the ACP Award, I thought I might as well apply for it, too. I also had quite a specific project already planned, so I gave them all the details of what I would be doing for the twenty weeks.”
Sandhya, who has been working in a lab at Ninewells over the summer, said she was looking forward to working in Dr Fuller’s lab as gaining a strong grounding within the field of cardiology is important to her.
“Cardiology has such an overall impact on patients,” she said. “You’re not going to be able to perform surgery or treat other comorbidities unless patients are fit enough to get through it. In our society, it’s also having more relevance due to obesity, diabetes, poor diet and lack of exercise.”
On completion of her project, Sandhya will submit an article for publication in ACP news, the Association’s official newsletter, and at the end of her BMSc year, she will submit a report to the Royal College of Physicians.