Margaret Pritchard Memorial Prize 2018
On the 4th July it was our pleasure to host the 8th annual Margaret Pritchard Memorial Award event at St Marys Hospital. Margaret was a much-loved Trustee of The Humane Research Trust who sadly passed away 8 years ago. She was very supportive of the Viral Oncology group at St Marys and every year we invite post graduate students to submit abstracts on their work which must be related to cancer research and not involve the experimental use of animals.
The top 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 which is definitely what Margaret would want.
This year the Award went to NIluja Thiruthaneeswaran for her excellent work on development of a new diagnostic test which can identify prostate cancer patients who have the greatest chance of relapse. This should, in turn, allow treatment to be intensified for those most at risk.
The runners up were:-Tristan Henser-Brownhill who was working on the use of artificial intelligence augmented microscopy to develop a new way of diagnosing diseased cells without the use of artificial staining and Nicholas Henthorn who has developed a novel method to predict the extent of tumour killing versus damage to surrounding normal tissues when treated with the new proton radiotherapy.
This year it was again very difficult to select an overall winner as all three students gave amazing performances and easily answered the many questions.The event was attended by members of Margaret’s family and Trustees of The Humane Research Trust and was an outstanding demonstration of the remarkable talent of some of our future scientists.
Professor Ian N Hampson.
University of Manchester Viral Oncology Group,
St Marys Hospital,