24 January 2014

Travel bursary award for Anna

HYMS postgraduate student Anna Radford has been awarded a travel bursary for 100 Euros after receiving joint first prize for her presentation at a recent Paediatric Surgery Postgraduate Seminar in Vienna.

The seminar was held in the Medical University of Vienna during December 2013. The topic for this year’s meeting was "Neuropathic bladder, bladder reconstruction, research in regenerative urology and pediatric voiding disorders". It saw heated debate and discussion from international specialists who are involved in both clinical practice and research.

Participants were encouraged to submit posters electronically. Of these 10 were selected on merit and the authors asked to give a short presentation and engage in an open discussion with the audience. Anna’s talk was entitled "Hypoxia: A Breath of Fresh Air in the Rejuvenation of Diseased Urothelium?" and discussed the impact of low oxygen levels in neuropathic bladder and the potential to reverse these effects to make tissue engineering initiatives more successful.

Anna, who is studying for a PhD in Biology, based at the Jack Birch Unit, University of York, said: "As this was the first presentation of my work I was extremely pleased with the interest shown by many experts in the field from Europe, America and South Africa. Given the early stage of my work I was very surprised that the faculty awarded me the prize."

Anna’s academic supervisor is Jenny Southgate from the Jack Birch Unit and her clinical supervisor if Mr Ramnath Subramaniam, a Paediatric Urologist based in Leeds.