2015 Postgraduate Symposium

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

2015 post graduate symposium

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences held its annual Postgraduate Research Symposium on 14 January, which brought together research students from across the departments.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences held its annual Postgraduate Research Symposium on 14 January, which brought together research students from across the departments.

'Professor Nigel Groome Prizes' were awarded for the best Poster and Oral Presentations, this year divided into two branches: Biological and Medical Sciences, and Health and Psychology, with more than 35 research students showcasing their work.

The Symposium took place in the impressive new John Henry Brookes Building, and Dr Simon Dowell, Associate Dean for Strategy and Development, was present to hand out certificates to the prize winners. The presentation topics varied greatly, from environmental images for electric car drivers, to distance caring in palliative care, and studying freshwater carbon fluxes.

The prize for best Biological and Medical Sciences Oral Presentation went to Daniel Leite for, "The duplication and divergence of miRNA in the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum", and from the Health and Psychology branch the winner was Sarah Camp for her talk, "Does spatial attention ever play a role in object substitution masking?"

The Poster Presentations provided an equally varied insight into the Faculty’s research. Thomas O'Leary from the Sport and Health Sciences department won for Health and Psychology, with his about, "The reliability of magnetic stimulation for measurements of neuromuscular function in the knee extensors." The Biological and Medical Sciences prize was awarded to Hannah Wickenden, for her poster titled, "Mapping the UK Sand Martin flea hybrid zone using male claspers."

Highly commended research students for Health and Psychology presentations were Daan Meister and Julia Birchenough, and for Biological and Medical Sciences Dipali Singh and Luca Livraghi.

Professor David Evans, Head of the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences said, "Once again the Symposium provided an insight into the range of research of international standard undertaken in the Faculty. The task of the judges was challenging as oral and poster presentations were of a very high standard, reflecting the emphasis placed within the research degrees programme on transferable skills development."