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Clinical research fellow wins public engagement prize

Clinical research fellow wins public engagement prize

Laura-Ann McGill, CMR Clinical Research Fellow, was the winner of a public engagement award at Imperial College, London’s Research Symposium Poster Competition with her poster entitled: Pulling at Your Heart Strings: An In Vivo Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study.


Laura-Ann’s work, funded directly through the Cardiovascular BRU, is to improve the ability to diagnose hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which affects 1 in 500 in the population.  As its structural appearance can be mimicked by other disease processes and therefore can be difficult to diagnose. 


The team Laura-Ann is part of are developing a new detailed MRI technique which they hope will assist in diagnosing patients through the detection of the abnormal heart muscle structure, which is typical of this condition. 

Laura-Ann Gill

Laura-Ann’s team members are: 



The format of the day was a moderated poster session. Laura-Ann presented to three judges separately and conveyed the purpose of the project; it’s progress to date; and its potential to improve the ability to diagnose and therefore effectively treat patients affected by this condition. As the judges are from essentially a lay background the public engagement prize is awarded to students who are best able to convey their work effectively.



July 2014


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