PhD student wins first prize at international medical conference

Hannah Moody

A cancer research PhD student has won first prize at the 12th International Medical Postgraduate Conference at the renowned Charles University Medical School in the Czech Republic.

Hannah Moody, a third year PhD student in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hull, presented her research on microRNA mediated regulation of chemotherapy sensitivity in malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Following two days of competitive presentations, Hannah beat off competition from 32 other students from 10 different European institutions to attain first prize.

Following her win Hannah was commended by the panel, who noted that this was the first time in the history of the competition that five sets of full marks were given for an individual presentation.


Hannah Moody at the 12th International Medical Postgraduate Conference

Hannah Moody (centre) with the 2nd and 3rd prize winners and Prof Miroslav Červinka, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (left) and Prof Vladimír Palička, Vice-Dean for International Relations (right) at Charles University. Copyright: International Medical Postgraduate Conference


Hannah is studying for her PhD in the Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Laboratory, led by Dr Stephen Maher.

Dr Maher said “Hannah is a great asset to my research group and has done a tremendous job in showcasing her excellent research, the School and the University at European level”.

Another PhD student, Becky Bibby, from the same group won the prestigious prize last year.

Competing PhD students, chosen to represent their university and department through local contests, presented their research to a large panel of respected international clinicians and scientists.

The students were assessed on the overall style of their presentation, scientific content and the defence of the research.

Hannah received a personal financial bursary and a diploma from ORPHEUS (Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System) in recognition of her achievement.

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