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Celebrating health and medical research at Surrey

From the impact of vitamin intake to the benefits of computational biology, the Festival of Research showcased the breadth of pioneering work being undertaken in our Faculty of Health of Medical Sciences.

The annual Festival saw research students and academics come together for a series of thought-provoking lectures and poster presentations on almost 100 topics in the field of health and medical science.

The Hot Topics lecture session featured six presentations (one from each of the Faculty Research Groups) including ‘Iodine status in UK pregnant women and implications for fetal brain development’ and ‘Love does not conquer all but can our body’s love drug help us beat drug addiction?’

The Young Investigator Prize Competition, for PhD students and early career researchers, featured six short lectures covering a wide range of subjects. These included ‘An exploration of fractures in men with prostate cancer: a retrospective case review’ and ‘The role of acid-sensuing channel 3 in urothelium-mediated bladder function’.

The winner was Ciarán Fisher for his presentation: ‘Dynamic modelling of hepatic regulatory networks in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease using novel quasi-steady state petri nets’. Prizes for the best poster abstracts were won by Rugaia Montaser for ‘Molecular mechanisms and cell death pathways in targeted therapy-resistant breast cancer’ and Mathieu Nollet for ‘Establishing a translational animal model of sleep disturbances in major depression’.

The event also included special lectures from Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, and Dr Christopher Belshaw from The Open University.

Professor Ian Kitchen, Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, said: "The Festival continues a tradition of celebrating of our research and has been held for more than a decade.  It showcased the breadth of world-leading and internationally excellent research in our Faculty. I was thrilled that Dame Nancy Rothwell took time out of her busy schedule to give the opening lecture on her research progress in developing novel treatments for stroke. We closed the Festival this year with a thought provoking talk from the philosopher Chris Belshaw.”

To find out more, watch our Festival of Research 2013 video or take a look at the FHMS research page on our website.

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