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Surrey researchers scoop prestigious science writing prizes

PhD students from the School of Biosciences and Medicine have been praised for their commitment to clear science communication at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Max Perutz Science Writing awards.

Helen Keyworth receiving her prize from Universities and Science Minister David Willetts

The annual awards challenge MRC-funded researchers to excite and educate a wide non-expert audience about their research and why it matters, within a strict word count. The awards are named in honour of Dr Max Perutz, who was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work using X-ray crystallography to study the structures of globular proteins.

Helen Keyworth, who is researching the difficulties faced when patients try to quit smoking and the effects of exercise on nicotine withdrawal, was awarded the Centenary Prize for the captivating headline she gave her article ‘Running Away from Addiction’. She was presented with her prize by Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP.

Ben Bleasdale, a visiting PhD researcher working under Professor Gill Elliott, leader of the Infectious Diseases Research Group, received a commendation prize for his 800-word essay ‘Molecular Fordism - Manufacturing a Monster’, which offered fascinating insight into his project studying bovine herpesvirus 1 as a model for alphaherpesvirus assembly and egress. Find out more about the competition here.

The University of Surrey's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is home to a vibrant research community within the fields of biosciences and medicine, food, nutrition and dietetics, health and social care and veterinary medicine and science. Visit our Graduate School page for information about studentships, funding and training.

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