The Tadion Rideal Prize has been awarded to Dr Chibeza Agley, from the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS), for his thesis titled: ‘Assessment of cell fate and the role of Wnt-β-catenin signalling in human primary skeletal muscle-derived cells’. The thesis was carried out under the supervision of Professor Steve Harridge and Professor Phillipa Francis-West.
“For my doctoral research at King’s College London, I took on the problem of adult human muscle stem cell multilineage potential (i.e. the ability of a stem cell to give rise to more than one cell type), which had been a hotly debated topic in the field for many years.Continue reading →
Megan Duffy, a part-time student on the MSc Programme in Clinical Sciences in the School of Medicine, has won the prestigious Mercia Award in Medical Engineering. Megan was presented with her award at a ceremony in the City of London inJuly.
The Mercia Award is an annual award given by the Worshipful Company of Engineers, one of the City of London Livery Companies, to a student under the age of 30, undertaking a taught or research programme of postgraduate studies in Medical Engineering. The student must write an essay of 1,500 words, describing how engineering techniques are being used for the advancement of medical treatment. Megan won the award with an essay on her research into ‘Advancements in MRI-guided Focussed Ultrasound therapy’.
She is now completing her MSc studies in the speciality Clinical measurement and Development and is currently passing her practical placements as an NHS trainee at the Department of Medical Engineering and Physics at King’s College Hospital.
Michael Ayers is another student/trainee from the same MSc programme. His poster ‘Establishing the Optimum Parameters for Clinical testing of the vestibule-Ocular Reflex’ received one of the Poster Prizes at the International Conference of Medical Physics (ICMP, Brighton, September 2013).The poster won at the general competition beating 200+ posters entered by scientists from all over the world. Michael had the opportunity to discuss his poster with the President of the International Organization for Medical Physics. Currently Michael is developing his research on the subject as part of his MSc Project.
Megan and Michael were selected as student/trainees at KCL, together with 60 other trainees, from more than 2000 applicants. Their achievements are part of the long list of external awards won by students from the MSc Medical Engineering and Physics and MSc Clinical Sciences over the past 15 years. ‘Megan and Michael are excellent students who will certainly make an impact in the future development of our profession’ commented Dr Slavik Tabakov, Director of the MSc. ‘Our Programme Board is very pleased with the excellent development of our students and their further contribution to healthcare as Clinical Scientists.’