Biomedical Research Centre Fellow Bags Prestigious Prize
Final year medical student Mohammed Chowdhury, supported
in part by funding from the Biomedical Research Centre, has won
first prize for research towards his Master's degree at the
European Congress of the International Society of Vascular
The prize, presented in Milan on 29-31 October, came against
international competition at the meeting which attracted leading
vascular and endovascular surgeons from around the world gathering
to learn about the latest developments in their field.
Working in a team that included endovascular surgeon Mr.
Ferdinand Serracino-Inglott and Dr. Yvonne Alexander, Lecturer in
Molecular Medicine at University of Manchester, Mohammed's research
focused on finding ways to single out a particular group of
individuals with carotid artery disease. The aim of the research
was to find methods to identify patients who do not show overt
symptoms of the disease but who are nevertheless at risk of
suffering transient ischaemic attacks, or "mini-strokes", as they
are commonly called.
Mr. Serracino-Inglott said of the work
"A challenge facing vascular specialists is identifying
those people who are at risk before the consequences of carotid
disease occur. This work is a step in the right direction to the
ultimate goal of developing a quick and simple test that can spot
those individuals and provide them with early
Mohammed took a year out from his medical studies to conduct the
research but hopes to continue in this vein - no pun intended -
when he undertakes a two-year academic foundation course beginning
in August 2010.
Dr Mark Black from the same department was also awarded the
Circulation Foundation Society of Vascular Technology grant for a
12 month project. The project's aim is to identify those patients
most at risk of stroke using advanced ultrasound techniques
alongside the molecular methodology Mohammed had success with.