University of Leicester student awarded ‘summer studentship’ by the Dr Hadwen Trust

Posted by er134 at Jun 23, 2014 12:09 PM |
Karishma Joshi to undertake research project into tuberculosis (TB)

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 June 2014

Karishma Joshi, 19, who is studying Biomedical Science at the University of Leicester, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Summer Studentship’ by the Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT), the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity. The DHT scheme enables undergraduate students to extend their studies over the summer by gaining practical laboratory experience.

Karishma’s project involves research into tuberculosis (TB). TB in humans is a serious problem globally and is spread by the microbe Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) when people with an active infection cough. This research is focused on understanding the spread of infection, and aims to reduce the need for TB research to be conducted by using animals.

Karishma, from Oadby, Leicester was educated at Manor High School and Beauchamp College. She said, “I was really excited when I found out that I was being awarded the grant from the Dr Hadwen Trust. I'm definitely considering a future in research and I feel that this award will allow me to gain an insight into what a future in research may entail.”

Commented Dr Kay Miller, Group Head of Operations at the Dr Hadwen Trust, “We are delighted for Karishma and the other six students we are funding this summer. The work these students will be doing will increase their understanding of devastating diseases while using alternatives to animal-based research.”

Continued Dr Miller, “The use of animals for medical research purposes is currently considered the norm and has been taking place for centuries.  Over the last 5 years the Dr Hadwen Trust has funded over £2.25 million worth of animal replacement research projects across the UK at student, PhD and post-doctoral level.  Our funding focus this year is to embed the importance of animal replacement technology into the minds of scientists at the beginning of their research careers.  Our ability to fund this innovative type of research is only made possible by the charitable donations we receive from our supporters, many of whom come from the Leicester area. We are very grateful for that support.”

For more information about the Dr Hadwen Trust and details of how to donate please visit www.drhadwentrust.org

The University of Leicester is committed to conducting biomedical research without the use of animals. Research involving animals is carried out only in situations where there is no alternative. The overwhelming majority of this research is carried out using non-animal methods and materials.

NOTES TO EDITORS

1.       The Dr Hadwen Trust is a national charity, based in Hitchin, Herts, which funds and promotes non-animal medical research.   Since 1971 grants have been awarded to over 160 research projects for some of the most advanced and successful human-related techniques in the most diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, kidney, heart and liver disease and diabetes. To date, the Dr Hadwen Trust continues to be the UK’s leading charity provider of grants solely dedicated to animal replacement research in medical research.

2.       The DHT Summer Studentship scheme was introduced in 2012 and this year The Dr Hadwen Trust is funding 7 (seven) Summer Studentships at a value of £1,940 per student.

3.       For more information contact:  Dr Kay Miller on 01462 436819 or k.miller@drhadwentrust.org

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