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Summer studentship stars

Ten awards tempt the stars of tomorrow into the field of cystic fibrosis care and research.

Ten promising students have been awarded Summer Studentships this year as part of a programme joint funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the British Lung Foundation.

The studentships are designed to attract the brightest and best clinicians and researchers of tomorrow into the field of cystic fibrosis, combining clinical practice with an active research programme. Each student is awarded £1,500 for project costs as well as expenses for attending the Trust’s annual conference (UKCFC). The studentships will last up to eight weeks and take place over the summer of 2016.

The awards, half of which are funded by the Trust and half by the British Lung Foundation, can be used for projects focussing on cystic fibrosis, specific lung conditions or cross-respiratory research. 

A selection of the ten projects listed below will be presented on the last day of the UK CFC. If you’d like to attend, book your ticket now.#

Summer studentship award winners

  • Antimicrobial pharmacokinetics in pulmonary infection; Isobel Oldfield, St George’s University of London.
  • Investigating an intrinsic pro-inflammatory state in cystic fibrosis airways; Alexandra Trigg, University of Sheffield.
  • Targeting aerobic glycolysis as an anti-fibrotic strategy in pulmonary fibrosis; Sian Tan, University College London.
  • Real world experience of a novel soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator in pre-capillary pulmonary arterial hypertension; Lawson McLean, University of Glasgow.
  • Sniffing out the enemy: can canine olfactory senses be harnessed to aid detection of Pseudomonas airway infection in patients with cystic fibrosis?; Ishani Seth, Imperial College London.
  • Analysis of incidence of cross infection with strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa among CF patients; Utkarsh Sinha.
  • Understanding virus-host interactions to block influenza virus dissemination in human lung; Maria Ramos, Brunel University, London.
  • Determining the best maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing protocol for children, adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis; Adrian Fautly, University of Portsmouth.
  • Effects of tobramycin on lung fibroblast function and extracellular matrix remodelling; Thomas Murray, University of Portsmouth.
  • Characterization of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa secretome in clonal strains isolated from a cystic fibrosis patient during the course of a pulmonary exacerbation; Rosemary Patterson, Brighton and Sussex Medical School.