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Sue Watson Postgraduate Presentation Prize 

Oral presentation

At each event, postgraduate research students at the 18th-24th month stage of their studies make an oral presentation of their work to an audience of fellow research students, supervisors and other researchers from the school.

The presentations are marked by a panel of judges and cash prizes are awarded for the best presentations. This is an opportunity for students to organise their data into a form which can be presented to their peers under formal conditions.

Skills development

The students will also develop essential skills, so that they can acquit themselves well at national and international conferences, enhancing their own reputation and that of the school. Such skills involve:

  • appreciation of the needs and knowledge background of the audience
  • ability to include only relevant data in the presentation
  • ability to keep to time and keep the audience engaged
  • slide design and oral presenting skills
  • ability to answer questions on their research

Not only is it an opportunity for students to develop their skills, but it is also an opportunity for other researchers and supervisors to support our students and to find out about the array of high-quality research undertaken in the School of Medicine.




28 November 2018

  • Macha Aldighieri, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, A basement membrane model of the brain/CSF interface to investigate metastasis in paediatric medulloblastoma (1st)
  • Robert Irwin, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Upgrade and redesign of an automated clinical polariser for use in Hyperpolarised Xenon 129 in-vivo lung and brain MRI (2nd)  
  • Faizah Mushtaq, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Towards an fNIRS-based objective measure of speech understanding in children with cochlear implants: Our search for a suitable auditory baseline for speech-specific processing (3rd)

26 October 2018

  • Radhika Aiyappa, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, Using novel Hypoxia Activated Prodrugs to Improve Radio-therapeutic response in Breast Cancer (1st)  
  • Christine Mitoko, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Developing Imaging biomarkers to improve the risk stratification of patients with metastatic medulloblastoma (2nd)  
  • Nguyen Vo, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, Using human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes to study functions of the G-protein coupled receptor kinase 5 polymorphism (GRK5-Q41L) and its mechanisms during catecholamine stress (3rd)

17 October 2018

  • Ireti Adejumo, Division of Respiratory Medicine, The promise of digital technology in asthma; from aspiration to reality (1st)  
  • Lara Shipley, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Adverse impact of short term whole body vibration, as experienced during neonatal ambulance transportation, on the developing brain: A new rodent model (2nd)  
  • Richard Morris, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, Peer mentoring after acquired brain injury study (Pairs) (3rd)


22 May 2018

  • Gavin Jones, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, Factors associated with early mortality following chemotherapy in small cell lung cancer: An analysis of national audit data (1st)  
  • Mark Dixon, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Deciphering breast cancer heterogeneity for personalized therapy (2nd)  
  • James Law, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Development of the use of infrared thermography to analyse the heat signature from supraclavicular brown fat and its use to study the effect of thyroid status on brown fat activity in children (Joint 3rd)  
  • Jason Appleton, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Is glyceryl trinitrate safe in dehydrated acute stroke patients (Joint 3rd)

27 March 2018

  • Jessica Cegielski, Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine, Development and application of minimally invasive stable isotope techniques to determine muscle protein synthesis, muscle protein breakdown and muscle mass simultaneously: relevance to ageing (1st)
  • Prita Daliya, Division of Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, Multimedia informed consent & Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in laparoscopic cholecystectomy (Joint 2nd)
  • Isatou Jallow, Division of Epidemiology & Public Health, Prevalence and determinants of tobacco use among young people in The Gambia. (Joint 2nd)
  • Klaudia Kaczmarek, Division of Respiratory Medicine, The role of PRMT1 in inflammatory gene expression of airway smooth muscle cells in asthma (3rd)

28 February 2018

  • Robert Scott, Division of Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre, Non-invasive MRI demonstrates pre-treatment lesions in patients subsequently diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma and Direct Acting Anti-viral treatment for hepatitis C results in a rapid reduction in MRI measures of hepatic angio-architecture (1st)
  • Rob Goodwin, Division of Ageing & Rehabilitation. Self-referral physiotherapy for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions; how do issues of the professions influence implementation? A realist review(2nd)
  • Daniela Viramontes Horner, Division of Medical Science & Graduate Entry Medicine. Association of advanced glycation end-product accumulation and adverse outcomes in dialysis patients and the impact of a dietetic intervention on skin autofluorescence (3rd)

30 November 2017

  • Kehinde Akin-Akinyosoye, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology. A clinical assessment tool to improve the use of pain relieving treatments in knee osteoarthritis (1st)
  • Sudhir Venkatesan, Division of Epidemiology & Public Health. Antiviral treatment for pandemic influenza: a coupled epidemic-behavioural agent-based model (2nd)
  • Jack Tomlin, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology. The Restrictiveness of Forensic Care: Exploring Patient Experience (3rd)

27 October 2017

  • Elizabeth Elsey, Division of Epidemiology & Public Health, The impact of Out of Programme periods on time in general surgical training: a UK national database study (1st)
  • Elizabeth Fergie, Division of Primary Care, Supporting smoke free pregnancies (2nd)
  • Fiona Pearce, Division of Epidemiology & Public Health, Responding to the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases in rare Rheumatic disease (3rd)

17 October 2017

  • Zubair Ahmed Nizamudeen, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Therapeutic potential of adult neural stem cells in cerebellar degeneration (1st)
  • Jaber Alyami, Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre, From grain to blood: a tale of breakfast porridges and MRI (2nd)
  • Rebecca Harris, Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre, Economic evaluation of a community based diagnostic pathway to screen adults for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (3rd)





23 May 2017

  • Emma Broom, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, Evaluating arts interventions in residential care homes (1st)
  • Tim Ritzmann, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Recurrent Paediatric Ependymoma: A clinical and molecular analysis (2nd)
  • Terence Ong, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, Vertebral fragility fractures in hospital: Is there a problem? (Joint 3rd)
  • Ed Coats, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The impact of difficult embryo transfer on implantation, clinical pregnancy and live birth rates following the transfer of a single blastocyst (Joint 3rd)

18 October 2016

  • Joanna Lockwood, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, Impulsivity and self-harm in adolescence (1st) 
  • Venessa Vas, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, A systematic review of domains relating to the everyday impact of hearing loss, as reported by patients or their communication partner(s) (2nd)
  • Dean Thompson, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, What we talk about when we talk about a psychological tinnitus intervention: An audiologist’s guide (3rd)


19 May 2016

  • Amanda Lewis, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Developing a sustainable airway cell model for respiratory research (1st)
  • Leah Jayes, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, The introduction of smoke-free prisons in England: air quality monitoring and a mixed methods evaluation of early adopter sites (2nd)
  • Tom Kurien, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology, Understanding the Central and Peripheral Drivers of Knee Osteoarthritis Pain. A Pre and Post TKR Study (MRC Fellowship Study) (3rd)

23 February 2016

  • Amal Samaraweera, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Reducing misdiagnosis in multiple sclerosis. Validation of the central vein sign as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging biomarker (1st)
  • Eithne Heffernan, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, The development of an aural rehabilitation outcome measure to assess social participation in adults with mild-moderate hearing loss (2nd)
  • Angela Ching, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology, A mixed methods study of knee confidence and self-efficacy: Perceptions of knee osteoarthritis patients from the Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark Initiative (3rd)
  • John Hutchinson, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, In-hospital mortality following surgical lung biopsy for interstitial lung disease (3rd)

27 November 2015

  • Sophie Warner, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Dermatology Neuropathic pain-like symptoms predict patient satisfaction post-total joint replacement and are in part genetically determined (1st)
  • Jonathan Birchall, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Functional Lung Imaging Using Hyperpolarised Noble Gases (2nd)
  • Kate Greenwell, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Self-help interventions for tinnitus: A systematic review of techniques and effects (3rd)

3 November 2015

  • Kieran Ayling, Division of Primary Care, Behavioural and Psychological Factors Associated with Influenza Vaccine Response in Older Adults (1st)
  • Aik Hao Ng, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Development of a hybrid optical-gamma camera: A new innovation in bedside molecular imaging (2nd)
  • Dona Reddiar, Nottingham Digestive Disease Centre, IL-10-secreting lymphocytes in the immune response to H. pylori infection (3rd)
  • Jonathan Quinlan, Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine, Structural, mechanical and metabolic responses to functional overload of the “Muscle-Tendon unit” in young and older individuals (3rd)


19 May 2015, City Hospital campus

  • Alison Phillips, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Minimising diagnostic uncertainties in early pregnancy (1st)
  • Naaventhan Palaniyappan, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, The evaluation of portal hypertension using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (2nd)
  • Frances Rees, Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics & Dermatology, Systemic lupus erythematosus in the UK: can diagnosis be made earlier? (3rd)  

25 Feb 2015, Royal Derby Hospital campus

  • John Saunders, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, Developing personalised treatment of oesophago-gastric cancer using 3D tumour models (1st)
  • Emma O’Dowd, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, Place and cause of death in patients with lung cancer in the United Kingdom(2nd)
  • Lessly Sepulveda Rincon, Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine, Cell lineage allocation patterns in the mammalian embryo (3rd)

9 Dec 2014, QMC campus

  • Harmony Otete, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, Are there early opportunities to identify and intervene for alcohol misuse within healthcare settings in the UK? (1st)
  • Kathryn Smale, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, Better Together? A social identity approach to MS psychological adjustment groups (2nd)
  • Navneet Aujla, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, The prediction of self-management behaviours using the common-sense model: A systematic review and meta-analysis (3rd)

12 Nov 2014, Royal Derby Hospital campus

  • Durgagauri Sabnis, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Druggable prognostic markers in paediatric ependymomas; is Blbp the solution? (1st)
  • Tomas Welsh, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, Hypertension in people with dementia (2nd)
  • Giles Major, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, ‘Diet and Digestion’ or ‘Fibre and Gut Function’: Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to investigate the effects of poorly digested carbohydrates on the intestine (3rd)

24 Nov 2014, City Hospital campus

  • Alexander Taylor, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Towards monitoring neuroinflammation in vivo using MRI (1st)
  • Carly Lawler, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Understanding variable cochlear implant outcomes in profoundly deaf individuals: A longitudinal study (2nd)
  • Hannah Thorpe, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, Investigating the role of Cten in metastatic colorectal cancer (3rd)

22 May 2014, QMC

  • Christina Perry, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, Dissecting DNA repair in adult high grade glioma for prognostication (1st)
  • Chamira Rodigo, Division of Respiratory Medicine,
    Pneumococcal pneumonia in adults- changing disease in the era of childhood pneumococcal vaccination (joint 2nd)
  • Rachel Woods, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
    Maternal fatty acid supplementation and its effect on milk composition and offspring health (joint 2nd)
  • David Harman, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, Targeting risk factors in the community leads to a more than two-fold increase in the detection of liver cirrhosis (3rd)



  • Grace Dolman, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre,Collagen quantification as a predictor of clinical outcomes in chronic hepatitis C (joint 1st)
  • Rosalind Simpson, Dermatology, Classification criteria for Erosive Vulval Lichen Planus: achieving international consensus (joint 1st)
  • Richard Ingram, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, Determinants of clinical outcome in Helicobacter pylori infection (joint 1st)
  • Jeremy Rodrigues, Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, Do existing patient-reported outcome measures match patients' actual goals for Dupuytren's disease surgery? (joint 2nd)
  • Mark Birtwistle, Child Health, Nutritional programming of brown adipose tissue: a factor in the development of adult obesity? (joint 2nd)
  • Amberley Stephens, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre, • Characterization of Helicobacter pylori TFS4 interactions with prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells (joint 3rd)
  • Laura Stoppiello, Academic Rheumatology, Structural associations of pain in people with knee osteoarthritis (joint 3rd)


  • Andrew Prayle, Is there an association between lung function and kidney function in healthy adults? (joint 1st)
  • Beili Shao, Protein kinase C-β, -ε and –ζ inhibitors may reverse hyperglycaemia-induced blood-brain barrier leakage (joint 1st)
  • Rachel Haines, Addressing the gap in knowledge between clinical outcome measures and current research perspectives on speech and language (joint 2nd) Anastasios Stavrou, The Influenza virus activates TGFβ via an aVβ6-integrin mediated pathway (joint 2nd)
  • David Hodgson, Small particle size inhaled steroids in refractory asthma (joint 3rd)
  • Amanda Green, The risk of cardiovascular disease following a hypertensive pregnancy (joint 3rd)


  • Stuart Smith, Angiogenesis in Paediatric High Grade Glioma: Gene Expression Signatures (joint 1st)
  • Catrin Middleton, Early Identification of Hepatocellular Carcinoma High-throughput cloning of tumour associated antigens in HCC (joint 1st)
  • Janette Kate Smith, Pain cortical processing in symptomatic diverticular disease: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study (joint 2nd)
  • Emma Wilson, Using exhaled nitric oxide to step-down inhaled corticosteroid therapy in asthma (joint 2nd)
  • Saima Akhtar, Molecular mechanisms of increased expression of the chemokine monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) (joint 3rd)
  • Matthew Hurley, Quorum sensing inhibition and biofilm blockade for the treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in those with cystic fibrosis (joint 3rd)
  • Matthew Brown, The expression of Toll-like receptors in intestinal epithelial cells in inflammatory bowel disease (joint 3rd)


  • William Chang, Doxycycline in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (1st)
  • Ma’en Obeidat, Comprehensive evaluation of lung function associated genes in the SpiroMeta general population study (2nd)
  • Shyamaly Sur, Comparing the Validity of Two Techniques for the Measurement of Embryo Volume  (3rd)


  • Neghal Kandiyil, Lower prevalence of intraplaque haemorrhage in women explains sex differences in recurrent ischaemic events: implications for carotid endarterectomy selection (1st)
  • Emily Hodges, Expression Profiling of Splice Variants of the Histamine H4 Receptor in Human Airways and Periphery (joint 2nd)
  • Cerys Mayne, A sensitive method for detection of RNA encoding the gastrin, or CCK-2, receptor (CCK-2R) – correlation with CCK-2R transcriptional activity (joint 2nd)


  • Emma Tallantyre, 7 Tesla MRI improves identification of cortical lesions in MS (1st)
  • Sarah Ingham, Knee Pain Progression and Risk Factors (2nd)
  • Amanda Tatler, Mechanisms of Transforming Growth Factor-β Activation by Airway Smooth Muscle Cells (3rd)


  • Rachel Clifford, Transforming Growth Factor β1 (TGFβ1) Regulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells (PASMCs) (1st)
  • Natalia Dovlatova, Competition between reversible and irreversible P2Y12 antagonists and its influence on ADP-mediated platelet activation (2nd)
  • Sinead Langan, The role of furry pets in eczema: a systematic review (3rd)


  • Paul Fortun, An integrated study in healthy volunteers to evaluate pharmacological activity and gastrointestinal tolerability of a new cyclooxygenase-2 selective inhibitor, GW406381 (1st)
  • Eugene Campbell, Increased cytokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells in IBS is associated with somatisation (2nd)
  • Nicola Hellen, Effect of low-dose aspirin on colorectal endothelial gene expression and function (3rd)


  • Alastair McKechnie, Ex Vivo Generated Denritic Cells Pulsed With Synthetic Human Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase Nonapeptides Stimulate T Cell Responses In Vivo and In Vitro Using A Novel Combination Of Cytokines (1st)
  • Panagiotis Manolopoulos, Studies on adenine nucleotides, their effect on blood platelets, and their role in arterial thrombosis (The role of ADP in Haemostasis and Thrombosis) (joint 2nd)
  • Rebecca Walsh, Investigation of the role of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β in Trichinella spiralis-induced mucosal changes in the intestine (joint 2nd)






Sue Watson


Professor Sue Watson studied and worked at the University for almost 30 years as PhD student, research fellow, senior lecturer, reader and, from 2002, professor of pre-clinical oncology.

She published more than 135 scientific articles on cutting-edge research and developed several new treatments in the field of cancer.

Sue was enthusiastic about matters relating to postgraduate research students and was chair of the School of Clinical Sciences's Postgraduate Research Degrees Committee for a number of years. One of the initiatives introduced during her time as chair was the school’s oral presentation day.

Note: This prize previously applied to PhD students from the former School of Clinical Sciences, which then formed part of the School of Medicine in August 2013.





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