2019 INSPIRE Research Forum

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2019 INSPIRE Presenters

Pictured (L-R) are:  Lindsay Rodenkirchen; Eleni Androutsou; Sasha Blay; Andee Frei; Meghan Winsor; Ben Taylor; and Tim Chan.  Not pictured is Alexis Dann.


2019 Prize Winners

The prize winners (L-R): Sasha Blay (2nd), Tim Chan (1st) and Meghan Winsor (3rd)

INSPIRE Research Forum

The third INSPIRE Research Forum was held in the School of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday 20 February 2019.  As in recent years, the Forum incorporated the Governors’ and Mitchell of Cranstonhill Prize presentations, providing undergraduate students the opportunity to present the research they had performed over summer placements to their peers. 

The afternoon was opened with a presentation from Professor Ian Ramsey, Professor of Small Animal Medicine.  In a presentation entitled, ‘Why be an academic clinician?,’ Professor Ramsey used his experience to answer this question and try to convince at least one or two students that it might just be the job for them!

Following this, eight students discussed the research they had undertaken the previous summer across the School and beyond.  The quality of the talks was outstanding throughout, all of them well prepared and interesting and the breadth of research performed was equally impressive. 

While the judges (Dawn Dunbar, Ian Jeffcoate & Jane Robinson) retired to the Mary Stewart Building to commence their deliberations, the Research Forum was rounded off by a presentation by Sarah Krumrie, Resident in Veterinary Pathology, Public Health and Disease Investigation.  Sarah delivered an engaging talk, describing her journey from undergraduate microbiology student in Michigan, USA to the combined Residency/Masters programme in infectious disease and veterinary public health via the BVMS programme. 

The judges then returned to deliver the results of the hotly contested undergraduate poster and presentation prizes.  Emily Hendry won the poster prize for her poster entitled, ‘Footpad dermatitis in broilers: insights from infrared thermograghy’.  Tim Chan’s presentation on his research ‘The role of capsid stability in the pathogenesis of feline calicivirus (FCV) infection’ won First Prize in the Governors’ of Mitchell and Cranstonhill Prize.  Sasha Blay’s talk ‘Clinical Development of a Next-Generation Sequencing Methodology to Detect Gene Fusions in Low-Quality Sarcoma Samples’ secured her second place and Meghan Winsor was awarded third place for her talk, Exploring Total Protein Changes in Stored Calf Serum Samples and Comparing With Direct IgG Measurement on RID Kit as a Measurement of FPT’

In an incredibly strong field, many other excellent presentations were unlucky to miss out.  Overall, the Research Forum’s medley of talks, from undergraduate, postgraduate and specialist, highlighted the opportunities that research offers at all stages of a veterinary career.  It also showed students the scale and importance of research carried out by the Vet School; something they may not have been aware of previously.  Professor Margaret Hosie, INSPIRE Champion, noted that as the INSPIRE scheme pushes to increase veterinary undergraduate interest in research, the Research Forum has undoubtedly established itself as a key part of that aim. 

She reminded the students that funding was available through the School’s INSPIRE award to support attendance at conferences to present their research and asked them to contact her or Caroline Hutchinson for further information.  She then invited all present to take the opportunity to look through the poster presentations on display in the Mary Stewart building over some light refreshments.