Margaret Pritchard Memorial Prize 2017
On the 10th May we were again delighted to host the annual Margaret Pritchard Awards at St Mary’s Hospital in memory of a much loved Trustee of The Humane Research Trust who sadly passed away 7 years ago.
Margaret was very supportive of the Viral Oncology group at St Mary’s and so every year we invite post graduate students to submit abstracts of their work which must be related to cancer research and not involve the experimental use of animals. The best 3 of these are selected by a panel of scientists and the students are then asked to give a short 15 minute presentation. The best presentation is awarded the Memorial Prize but the runners up also receive prizes. That everybody gets a prize is definitely what Margaret would have wanted.
This year the award went to Amber Wood for her groundbreaking work on the biology of breast cancer. Her work studied the importance of high-density “stiff” breast tissue as a measure of increased risk of breast cancer. The two runners up were Zsofia Miskolcz and Hema Sekhar. Zsofia’s work on melanoma showed how higher density “stiffer” melanoma cultures were associated with more aggressive behaviour of the cancer cells and Hema demonstrated the importance of accurately measuring tumour volume as an indicator of treatment failure for anal cancer. It was a particularly difficult decision to select an overall winner this year as all 3 students gave outstanding performances and all handled the many questions admirably. The day was attended by members of Margaret’s family and current Trustees of The Humane Research Trust and I think everyone agreed that it showcased the remarkable talent of some of our future scientists and honoured a very special lady.
Dr. Ian N Hampson
University of Manchester Viral Oncology Group, St Marys Hospital, Manchester
The 3 finalists give their presentations
Winner: Amber Wood Runners up Hema Sekhar and Zsofia Miskolcz