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Student wins big with cystic fibrosis research team

Each year, the School of Medicine and Medical Science at University College Dublin (UCD), organises a unique summer programme called the Student Summer Research Awards (SSRA) for its students. More than 80 students from within the school carry out lab-based or clinical research either internationally or in UCD. Each student then presents their poster to a panel of academics and 8 finalists are then selected for the Gold Medal Final.

Caroline Moran, a third year student studying Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences at UCD was selected to work with Professor Eric Alton, director of the NIHR Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, and his team for two months over the summer.

Caroline Moran

Caroline worked on a project involving neutralising antibodies following administration of F/HN-lentivirus. For this project Caroline and her supervisor, Dr Kamila Pytel, looked to determine whether antibodies would be produced in response to the virus and whether various doses of the virus influenced the development of antibodies. The results were interesting and the research team will explore further.

The final is a prestigious event and is one of the highlights of the UCD calendar, with 8 finalists presenting to a room full of academics, fellow students, members of the public and a panel of judges made up of clinicians and surgeons. There were a variety of topics covered by the other students, everything from using frog venom as a potential antibiotic to cloning a gene which may be involved in antibiotic resistance in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.

Caroline Moran was awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Research for her work which was presented by the Dean of Medicine, along with a certificate and a monetary prize of €200. 

Caroline said “It was an honour to go back to UCD and highlight the promising research that is being carried out. The potential implications for CF patients helped make the research clinically relevant for the judges and I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from this research group in the future!”

Find out more about the event here

October 2014

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