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Students from Westminster engage in clinical research during visit to Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics

April 23, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Between 2-5 April, students from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster embarked on a transformative field trip to the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics in Nicosia, Cyprus. This unique opportunity was made possible through the generous funding provided by the Quintin Hogg Trust.

During the trip, twelve Westminster students participated in a PhD Day Symposium where they had the privilege of listening to Professor Nektarios Tavernarakis, an esteemed expert in Molecular Systems Biology. Professor Tavernarakis delved into the pathophysiological mechanisms behind ageing and neurodegeneration, enlightening the students with his insights. Additionally, PhD students presented their research findings, emphasizing the crucial role of research in shaping teaching, public health, and medical practices.

The students were also treated to an immersive tour of the Institute, gaining firsthand exposure to the cutting-edge work being conducted in key departments such as Neuroscience, Molecular Genetics Thalassaemia, Cytogenetics, and Genomics and Bioinformatics. This experience not only broadened their understanding of these fields but also underscored their significance in contributing to public health initiatives.

Reflecting on the trip, Bushra Choudhury, a Biochemistry BSc Honours student, expressed how the experience had a profound impact on her academic and personal growth. She highlighted the enhancement of her knowledge in neurology and genetics, as well as the inspiration it ignited within her to pursue research post-graduation.

Similarly, Giulia Cavallo, a Biomedical Science BSc Honours student, described the trip as a rewarding and enriching experience that expanded her academic and personal horizons. She eagerly anticipated applying the newfound knowledge in her studies, armed with a more comprehensive understanding of the scientific realm beyond the confines of her university.

The trip was led by Dr. Joan Liu, Dr. Adele McCormick, and Dr. Maria Neofytou, esteemed lecturers in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster. Dr. Neofytou emphasized the trip’s aim of inspiring students by immersing them in a clinical research environment. The exposure to innovative research practices and diagnostic services at the CING sparked curiosity and ambition among the students, paving the way for potential future careers in science.

Notably, this field trip aligns with the University of Westminster’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. By leveraging the SDGs to guide strategic decisions, the university empowers students and faculty to make meaningful contributions towards a sustainable, equitable, and healthier society.

For more information about the School of Life Sciences at the University of Westminster, visit their website.

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