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On Thursday 13 June 2019, MAHSE held the 6th annual STP Research Day at etc.Venues, in Manchester.  The event was the biggest to date, attended by over 210 trainees and delegates. The main purpose of the event is to give the final year trainees an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their contribution to research within healthcare science and, this year, the programme included poster presentations from 20 students and talks from a further 9 students, all from a range of disciplines.

First prize for the student presentations went to Genomics trainee, Sarah Graham, who conducted research into a genetic test to improve the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, and the first prize for the posters went to Cardiac Science trainee, Jennifer Pilling, showing how she investigated the correlation between patients with Diastolic Dysfunction and Diabetes Mellitus.  For more information about the prize winners please see our previous post.

To listen to the presentations given by the trainees please click on their names below:

Verity Leach
Genomic Counselling
The highs and lows: Views on consanguinity following genetic counselling in English speaking South Asians in the UK North West.
Rebecca Graef
The Video Head Impulse Test: Should head angle be considered when assessing the dizzy patient?
Nicholas McCarthy
Clinical Immunology
DFS70 Antibody Testing: Avoiding red herrings in the diagnosis of Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease.
Haroon Chughtai
Clinical Bioinformatics – Physical Sciences
Scaling Up Safety: My Journey Into Patient Safety Informatics.
Sarah Graham
A genetic test to improve the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia.
Adil Elahi
Cardiac Science
The use of Echocardiography to differentiate between Supraventricular and Ventricular Tachycardia.
Sally North
Genomic Counselling
Interpretation of genomic variants in rare disease patients from the 100,000 Genomes Project – perspectives of clinicians and clinical scientists in the Oxford Genomic Medicine Centre.
Kathryn Clarke
Haematology and Transfusion Science
Around the world for a shortcut – An International collaboration to develop a more streamlined diagnostic test for Haematological Malignancies.
Stefan Piatek
Clinical Bioinformatics – Genomics
A novel approach to multi-site studies, and complications of ethical approval.

As well has hearing all about the high quality research of our trainees, MAHSE was please to introduce some very high-profile guest speakers, both of which gave inspirational talks focused on  career development and looking to the future.

A keynote given by Allison Lang, Publishing Director of the BMJ, provided a whistle stop tour into the world of publishing, giving advice and encouragement for all trainees to think about publishing their work, as well as how to continue building upon their early career research, even beyond their MSc project.

You can view Allison’s slides here or listen to the recorded talk below:

At the end of the event we heard an inspiring talk from Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, Angela Douglas, who spoke about the CSO Conference which ran in March 2019, which followed a theme of ‘Leading the Future to 2030’. Angela talked about the STP trainees as the future leaders in healthcare science and encouraged them to get involved with influencing policy and delivery of healthcare in the future.

You can view Angela’s slides here or listen to the recorded talk below:

Feedback from the event shows that trainees found both the guest talks to be motivational and they valued the opportunity to network with their peers. As show in the feedback quotes below, delegates continue to be impressed by the range and standard of the research being undertaken and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the event.


STP Research Day 2019