Bert Thurston Prize 2017

Posted by njc6 at Jun 13, 2017 10:21 AM |
Another year of high quality Intercalated BSc projects brings a deserving winner of the Burt Thurston Prize in Aiswarya Veena Thomas ..

The Bert Thurston Prize was established in 2009 for the best poster by an iBSc Medical Research student. The iBSc Medical Research students all spend an extra year part-way through the course, and this is spent working full-time on a research project. This year’s prize winner was Aiswarya Veena Thomas, supervised by Dr Y Amrani and Professor S Siddiqui (Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, Glenfield Hospital).

Aiswarya’s project was entitled ‘Evaluating the clinical impact of corticosteroid sensitivity and insensitivity of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in severe asthma’.

‘The intercalated BSc programme has provided me with a unique opportunity to explore my own interests and develop research skills. Whilst working alongside nurses and fellow researchers at the Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, I have gained valuable insight into the world of research. I hope this experience will provide the foundations for a future in medical research.’ – Aiswarya Veena Thomas.

The prize was presented by Professor Bert Thurston himself at a lunch on Friday 26 May 2017. Professor Thurston took an intercalated BSc during his student years and found it to be a most valuable experience and a great start to his research career.

Dr Amrani was delighted that Aiswarya received the Bert Thurston Prize 2017. He said ’this is not a surprise to me as Aiswarya has put a lot of passion and heart into the project because we think it will hopefully set the foundation for the development of better ways to manage patients suffering from severe asthma. My sincere hope is that with this iBSc experience, Aiswarya has been convinced by the huge impact that medical research can provide to patients and will consider it as a career.’

Dr Caroline Beardsmore, Chair of the BSc Intercalated Degree Committee, said: ‘Once again the standard of the projects was very high this year and there were some exceptional posters. As Professor Thurston said at the prize presentation, in reality all the students are winners! The range of research projects that our students are able to engage with never ceases to amaze me, and Aiswarya’s work shows the deep impact that medical research at this level can have both on the students intercalating and on the wider society.’

Aiswarya Veena Thomas, the Bert Thurston Best Poster Presentation prize winner 2017, with Professor Thurston and her supervisor, Dr Amrani.

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