Awards hat-trick for Leicester postgraduates: research student scoops prestigious science prize

Posted by pt91 at Jun 25, 2013 11:50 AM |
Louise Farmer is third University of Leicester student to win East Midlands Engineering and Science Professional Prize in three years, for her groundbreaking work on blood clotting
Awards hat-trick for Leicester postgraduates: research student scoops prestigious science prize

Louise Farmer accepts the EMESP Prize

A postgraduate student in the Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Leicester has won a prestigious award for her work on the P2X1 receptor, beating out tough competition and marking the third year that a Leicester student has scooped the grant. Leicester students Andrew Vanezis and Will Nicholson won the award in 2011 and 2012.

Louise Farmer, hailing from Essex, first worked on the protein, vital to the blood clotting process, in her third year as an undergraduate at Leicester.

Now a postgraduate student supervised by Professor Richard Evans in the same department, Farmer is continuing that work which could lead to a safer treatment of patients with thrombosis. This could not only save the NHS over £300 million a year but also avoid the health risks posed by the drugs most commonly prescribed.

"A P2X1 targeted anticoagulant would be hugely beneficial, both socially and economically,” Farmer says of her groundbreaking research, which is detailed in full on the Graduate School website.