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Undergraduate Medical School Newsletter Summer 2016
Introduction from Prof Matthew Walters, Head of Undergraduate Medical School

Dear colleagues,

I'm delighted to introduce the last newsletter of the academic year. As you'll see we've been busy and have plenty to celebrate. I'll start with our graduating year group, alpha 2016, who'll shortly be leaving us to start their postgraduate careers. They've been a fantastic class of whom we're all very proud. They marked the occasion with a characteristically understated and sophisticated soirée at which Dr Leach and I enjoyed erudite conversation with our future colleagues. As I recall we were discussing Proust when the photo below was snapped.

aplha 2016 photo

I'd also like to congratulate our new Peer Support team, who have successfully completed their training and have started providing a valuable service to augment our excellent student support staff. Congratulations are also due to Dr Sharon Sneddon, who has been awarded a highly prestigious College Teaching Award in recognition of her dedicated and innovative approach to early phase MBChB teaching, and to Dr Carol Ditchfield and Dr Joanne Burke, who have been appointed Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

There are many other notable achievements recorded in this newsletter, and I hope you enjoy reading about all that our remarkable community of staff and students have been up to. 

The whole medical school will greatly miss Professor Andrew Rankin who's off to enjoy a well-earned retirement after many years of service both to the Medical School and to the wider world of Cardiology. As an arrhythmia specialist of international repute he's helped generations of medical students understand the complexities of the ECG and cardiac disease while providing them with a role model as a consummate clinician and educator. His contribution has been immense and we'll all miss him greatly. 

Andrew's not the only one to be moving on: in closing I'd like to thank the whole undergraduate medical school community for the support they've offered me during my time in charge. I look forward to supporting my successor from my new role as we go from strength to strength. 


Matthew Walters signature

Prof Matthew Walters
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Head of the Undergraduate Medical School

MBChB Class of 2016
MBChB graduation receptionCongratulations to all our final year students who graduated on 30th June 2016. Before the afternoon ceremony in the Bute Hall, graduands and their families gathered in the Wolfson Medical School Building for a drinks reception and prize giving. Always a busy event, the Atrium was packed with students, their families, and Medical School staff. The assembled company were addressed by Prof Matthew Walters before Dr John Paul Leach, Year 5 Director, presented prize certificates and medals. The event ended with a touching rendition of The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond by Victoria Robertson and assembled company.   
Notable among prize winners was Jennifer McKechnie, awarded both the Brunton & Fullerton Prizes for Most Distinguished Medical Graduate, and the Marion Gilchrist Prize for Most Distinguished Female Medical Graduate.
BSc (Medical Sciences) - Class of 2016
BSc (Medical Sciences) graduation
Congratulations to our BSc (MedSci) students who graduated on 1st July. The University looked beautiful in the summer sunshine, as the intercalated class of 2016 gathered for a photo by the Gilbert Scott Building with Dr Willie Miller (BSc MedSci Co-ordinator).
At the end of the third year, selected Medical students undertake an intercalated course. Medical students can apply for either a one-year Honours degree, BSc (MedSci) within the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, College of Arts or be admitted at the discretion of the College of Science and Engineering to study for the Degree of BSc Honours.  We also welcome applicants from other Universities.
Head of College Scholars' List Scheme 2016
Head of College Scholars' List SchemeThe Undergraduate Medical School is delighted that four of our students have been selected for the 2016 Head of College Scholars’ List Scheme. The Head of College Scholars’ List Scheme was founded in 2012 by Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, and is aimed at recognizing outstanding undergraduate Level 2 and Level 3 scholars from across all areas of the College.
Photo: Wai Huang Teng, Elizabeth Cahya, Ehsan Salim, Daniel Dolan

Elizabeth Cahya (MB2)
I will work with Dr Antonia Roseweir during my summer project to investigate the involvement of an inflammatory pathway: PTEN/Akt on Colorectal Cancer so as to determine if this pathway affects inflammation or is associated with patient survival. Identification of such pathway could potentially provide novel therapeutic targets and predictive biomarkers, which may improve patient's survival in the future.  

Daniel Dolan (MB2)
I will be based at the GRI, working with the colorectal surgery and radiology departments. The project will involve looking at blood vessels calcification, and examining whether or not it is a useful prognostic factor for patients with colorectal cancers. 

Ehsan Salim (MB2)
My summer project is based in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. I will be looking at Atherosclerosis and the inflammatory signalling that is involved in the initial stages. As part of this project I will have the chance to do several experiments to gain experience in a laboratory and will also be building up a report to allow me to gain an in-depth understanding of the topic.

Wai Huang Teng (MB3)
My project is about the use of systolic eccentricity index (sEI) as a method of assessing right ventricular function following lung resection. sEI is calculated using measurements from cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE). The aim of my project is to assess whether TTE measured sEI can accurately reflect CMR measured sEI, and whether it can be used as a non-invasive measure of RV function in patients post-lung resection.
Professor Andrew Rankin
Professor Andrew RankinThe Undergraduate School of Medicine extends huge thanks and congratulations to Professor Andrew C Rankin, Deputy Head of the Undergraduate School, who retires in August 2016. Prof Rankin graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1977, and trained as a Cardiologist at Glasgow, with research experience gained in Oxford and Boston, USA. A Consultant Cardiologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Golden Jubilee Hospital, Prof Rankin’s research interests have been in cardiac electrophysiology and investigating the underlying mechanisms and treatments of arrhythmias, while his clinical interests focus on the therapeutic and epidemiologic investigations of patients with cardiac arrhythmias. He was appointed to a personal chair in Medical Cardiology in 2006.
Prof Rankin’s contribution to the MBChB over many years has been immense, and he will be greatly missed by staff and students. He is pictured here, delivering his final lecture to Year 4.
College Teaching Excellence Award 2016

Dr Sharon SneddonCongratulations to Dr Sharon Sneddon, University Teacher in the Undergraduate Medical School, who has been awarded a College Teaching Excellence Award.
In 2005-6 the Senior Management Group of the University introduced Teaching Excellence Awards to recognize and celebrate members of staff whose teaching is of a particularly high standard. Since 2013-14, the competition has included College level and University level awards.
New Appointments to the Higher Education Academy
Dr Carol Ditchfield (left) and Dr Joanne Burke (right)The Undergraduate School is delighted to announce that that two of our Senior University Teachers, Dr Carol Ditchfield (left) and Dr Joanne Burke (right) have been appointed Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Drs Burke and Ditchfield are in a small number of academic staff in Scotland to have successfully been through the rigorous selection process. Speaking of their appointments, Prof Matthew Walters, Head of the Undergraduate School of Medicine, said, "I'm absolutely delighted to hear that Joanne and Carol's huge experience and expertise have been recognised by this prestigious award. They've made a massive contribution to the Medical School and their elevated status is richly deserved."
Higher Education Academy logoThe Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body which champions teaching quality.
Peer Support Programme

Peer ssupport programmeOn 17th May, the Undergraduate Medical School was delighted to launch its Peer Support Programme, in recognition of the essential role that students play in supporting and encouraging one another. Our new team of Peer Supporters were at the launch to introduce themselves and tell others about the programme. They have each received over 30 hours of training from the University’s Counselling & Psychological Service, equipping them with skills to support others through their time at the University and into the future.
The team are pictured receiving their certificates from Prof Walters (and Toby the Dog!)

Top row Niamh Thompson, Chase Schultz-Swarthfigure, Zeyar Tin. Bottom rowChristopher Morton, Clare Doherty, Aillie MacLean, Bethany Aitken, Alexander Grayston, Lewis Walker, Merike Mikkov.

If you are interested in supporting your fellow students, can offer a listening ear and emotional and practical support, please contact
Preparation for Practice 2016
Glasgow Medical School has been leading the way in providing a specific final block for Year 5 students in their 'Preparation for Practice'. The proof of its usefulness is in the feedback we now get from hospital staff complimenting the Medical School on having our students so ward-ready by August.
Preparation for practiceThe 2016 'Preparation for Practice' programme ran smoothly over 8 weeks, commencing 29th March. Eight days of campus-based sessions over two weeks with a mixture of lectures, tutorials and master classes was followed by the soon to be Foundation Year trainees heading off to their final 6 week clinical placement to put the finishing touches to their undergraduate careers. 
The feedback from coaches and supervisors for this year's students was universally positive. Attendance at the campus-based sessions and clinical placements was excellent and we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the many individuals who contributed to its success. An online feedback questionnaire returned by a significant number of students suggested overall satisfaction with the programme.
Good luck to all our soon-to-be FY1 trainees, pictured here celebrating the final day of the block!
Dr Gerry McKay & Dr John-Paul Leach, PfP Directors
Glasgow Neuro logoGlasgow Neuro Conference 2016 
Saturday 19th November, The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow

Glasgow Neuro will be hosting its annual conference on Saturday 19th November at Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow.
We are fortunate and excited to have the world's top neurosurgeons as this years speakers:
  • Professor Henry Brem, Director & Chief of Neurosurgery & the Harvey Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins , USA
  • Professor Charlie Teo, Director of Neurosurgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia & one of the worlds leading Paediatric neurosurgeons
  • Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuro-modualtion Group, Italy who will be discussing his work to undertake the World's first head transplant.
  • Miss Helen Fernandes, Senior Consultant Adult & Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
  • Mr Jay Jayamohan, Senior Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Mr Jayamohan's pioneering work was the subject of the acclaimed BBC documentary 'The Brain Doctors"
Places are limited and interest has already been very high, so if you are interested in attending the conference please email:

The conference is open to all medical students, foundation doctors and registrars/consultants across the UK.
Ticket price for students is £12 each. 
Further information can be found at under 'conference 2016' section or the facebook page at
Medico-Chirurgical Society
Medico – Chirurgical SocietyMedChir welcomed in the Class of 2020 with resounding success, as over 140 new life-time members joining our 214 year old ranks. MedChir kicked off the year with the ‘Welcome Back Ceilidh’ that brought such a crowd, the GUU’s Dining Room was a tight squeeze! October brought our annual participation in the ‘Scottish and Northern Irish Sports’ competition, held in Edinburgh. With a record number of students sent (180), Glasgow came away Champions again.
In ‘Knowledge November’ we held our educational ‘Paeds&Pizza’, ‘Neuro Skills&Curry’ and ‘Intercal&Elective’ nights to raise money for our charity, SeeMe. We also held a charity raffle at our ‘Annual Ball’ in the Science Centre organised by Victoria Armour, our Vice President, who brought over 200 students and staff together. In December, our 27 person strong committee was joined by staff from the Wolfson to carol the West Enders, again in the cause of SeeMe. Christmas also saw MedChir give £2,300 to eight of our affiliated sports clubs in our quadrennial ‘Sports Awards’.
With the New Year came exam time, and with that MedChir organised ‘OSCE nights’ for our fifth years. After exams our President Trung Ton found the best way to let our hair down again, with the inaugural ‘Inter Year Club Games’. This saw first to fifth years do battle over musical chairs, dodge ball and many more games for a £250 prize towards their Graduation Ball.
In the ‘MedChir Revue’, in April, ten acts sang, danced and performed in front of a 200 strong crowd and who were our judges? Well, our very own; Head of the Medical School, Prof Walters; Clinical Skills Lead, Miss Alna Robb; Honorary President, Mr Paul Glen; and our Past President of ’98-’99, Dr Roddy O’Kane. What unfolded was a night for the history books, long to be remembered. We rounded up the year with our ‘AGM’, where we were able to hand over a £3,000 cheque to SeeMe.
Charles Gallagher, Incoming President, 2016-17
Glasgow University Rare Diseases Society
Image of zebra“When you hear hooves expect horses, but don't discount the zebras”
The Glasgow University Rare Disease's society dares to further students' knowledge of the weird and wonderful, the strange and different. A rare disease is defined as one that affects less the 5 in 10,000 individuals in the general population, however with over 7,000 known rare diseases and 1 in 17 people affected by a rare disease in their lifetime, collectively rare diseases are not rare but common. As a society we aim to raise awareness and understanding of these conditions through guest speaker events, presentations and by creating a space for students from different disciplines and backgrounds to share their knowledge.

As a new society set up in September of 2015, we were determined to organise as many events throughout the year to both spread awareness of our Society and the importance of rare diseases for all those considering future careers in healthcare and medical research. We have had a fantastic year for arranging guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds and professions, and our speakers have so far included consultant clinical geneticists, a professor of surgical infection, a genetic liaison nurse specialist, and the chair of the Ann Edgar Charitable Trust for individuals with rare neuroendocrine tumours.

The support and encouragement we have received from all those we have contacted throughout the year has been overwhelming, and we’re all looking forward to continuing this work in 2016 and beyond. We’re always on the lookout for new members and ideas, so if there’s something close to your heart that you feel needs more recognition, or just something you read about that sounds interesting and think would make a good talk, don’t hesitate to get in touch; we’d love to hear from you.

Eliot Mason, President, GURDS
SSC in Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Medicine
Ibrox disaster medicineTen students participated in the Student Selected Component in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Medicine, which ran throughout May this year. The students who took part had a combination of lectures and educational activities although the majority of the course was practical and interactive, including a day at Scottish Fire and Rescue training centre at Cambuslang. Here, students were involved in a variety of activities including how to manoeuvre and rescue a driver/ passenger involved in a road traffic accident, a mock fire within a house/ building collapse, as well as a tour of their facilities which include a complete mock town, a 'building collapse' and other locations such as a power station, train carriage and tunnel that can safely be set on fire and controlled.  They also spent time with the Special Operations Team Scottish Ambulance Service.

Several lectures were given by a wide range of experts including CBRN staff (dealing with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Incidents) and the PPE required. The students explored ethical issues including Triage in major incidents involving both adults and children/ and an ethical discussion of difficult ethical issues that staff at Memorial Hospital, New Orleans, faced during Hurricane Katrina. An interactive session from Occupational Health physicians explored the psychological impacts of major incidents using a case study. The triage exercises were helpful in clarifying how the knowledge gained would be used in a real-life situation. Several found the principles of triage increased their understanding of physiology, which will be helpful in other aspects of the course and future practice. The final visit for the students was to Ibrox stadium, scene of at least two disasters, where the Head of Security gave a thorough presentation on stadia disasters and safety.

For most of the students, the highlight of the SSC was the Table Top exercise in the last week which used the case study of the Boston Bombings, superimposed on the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow. This allowed the students to put everything they had learned into practice.
Overall, the SSC stressed the importance of team working and the vital roles carried out by all persons involved; from the porters and nurses in the hospital setting, to the HAZMAT team and special operations teams on site. The students felt that one of the most valuable thing about the SSC was that it provided access to expertise and facilities which would have been difficult or impossible to gain independently. The SSC also allowed students to develop their presentation, essay writing, and research skills.

Miss Alna Robb, Clinical Skills Lead
Remote and Rural Medicine
Rural MedicineInterested in a unique, challenging SSC? The Medical School offers an SSC in Remote and Rural Medicine on the Isle of Islay.
Medical services on the island revolve round the 10 bedded community hospital which has a fully equipped 3 bedded A+E department, X-ray facilities and near patient testing. During a SSC on Islay, students work with all the GPs across the 3 practices on the Island and in the Hospital, so you will see and experience a variety of different consulting styles and acute cases of all sorts. 
Islay is a busy working Island with a population of 3500 but over the spring and summer months this can expand to 10,000. The industries are tourism, whisky production, farming, fishing and building, and the island has its own volunteer based Lifeboats and Fire services. 
Emergency medicine is a very important and challenging part of the job here and training happens on a regular basis.  It is likely that during your SSC on Islay you will have an opportunity to participate in some of this, possibly being involved in the Skills Bus training, which involves the retrieval teams, paediatric, adult and maternity, who visit regularly to maintain the most up to date skills for the Doctors.  Last year the SSC involved a joint rescue exercise with the Lifeboat, Coastguard and Adult retrieval team.
Here are some of the comments from recent students on the SSC:
  • "In terms of medicine it’s anything but slow - there 3 surgeries on the Island and the community hospital with its A&E."
  • "Full lists and anything can turn up at the hospital"
  • "A real chance to get stuck-in to learning to be a doctor"
  • “I was expected to contribute to patient care - I felt like a junior member of the medical team - not just a student in the corner"
  • "The best 5 weeks of my course!"
MOOC - a novel approach to SSCs

Dr Leah MarksIn January, Dr Leah Marks (pictured right), Dr Sarah Meek and Dr Maria Jackson were involved in a novel approach to Student Selected Components. The University’s first MOOC ‘Cancer in the 21st Century: The Genomic Revolution’ ran for the third time publically on the FutureLearn platform, but alongside this we ran an SSC on the topic. The students undertook the MOOC but also had a dedicated Moodle, weekly tutorials and independent assignments. The topic was obviously attractive with 16 students signing up. This is encouraging as this group of medics will inevitably be at the forefront of the cancer treatment revolution.
As the abundance of MOOCs on healthcare topics on various platforms increases, we hope to learn how to effectively utilise this wealth of knowledge in the education of our next generation of doctors. Much has been made of the ‘hype cycle’ of MOOCs, but perhaps we are learning how to make them work for us. Our recent poster presentation of the evaluation of the SSC went down very well at the NHS Education Scotland conference in Edinburgh, winning a ‘best poster’ prize and was also presented at the European Society for Human Genetics in Barcelona, generating some interesting discussion and potential collaborations.
Glasgow - Rwanda Medical Education Links
University of Rwanda postersGeneral Practice and Primary Care at the University of Glasgow have established a poster competition for Year 5 students studying on the Social and Community Medicine module at the University of Rwanda. Earlier this year, students worked in groups of 20 to design a poster that promoted health education, and successful students and their winning posters are pictured here with Prof Phil Cotton from the Undergraduate Medical School, who is currently on secondment as Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda. The project is supported by General Practice and Primary Care who provide prizes through fund raising activities.  
For more information on how you can help support the project, contact Dr Pat Smith,
Glasgow ARM - Supporting Rwandan Healthcare Students

Glasgow ARM RwandaJust over two years ago, students and staff at the Medical School grouped together to form a charity to support fellow students at the newly-formed College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda.
Much has happened since then, and Glasgow ARM are happy to report that this year, we were able to raise over £3000, send out nearly 50 laptops, hundreds of medical textbooks, and other academic resources to support our colleagues.

Photo: Students (holding laptops), with Dr Pat Smith and staff from the University of Kigali.
Money was raised to support the Student Endowment fund based at the College in Rwanda, with which Glasgow University maintains academic links.
None of this would have been possible without the support of this Medical School, its students and staff. If you’d like to hear more about why this is so important, or how you can support the fund yourself, please have a look at the following links.
Fergus Taylor
Outgoing Chair (2015-2016)
Glasgow ARM Scottish Charity No. SC045481
Global Learning Partnership Nepal
Global Learning Partnership NepalSummarising the trip of a lifetime in a few hundred words is almost impossible, but we shall try. “We” are Rachel Wood and Josefine Tecklenborg, 3rd year medical students from the University of Glasgow. We were lucky to be part of the Global Learning Partnership (GLP) team, which consisted of 13 international students from U21 member universities and 19 4th year physiotherapy students from the University of Kathmandu, Nepal, with whom we made good friends during our time in Nepal.

Back row – Rachel, 6th from left & Josefine, 8th from left
In brief the GLP is a partnership between U21 and Kathmandu University to promote interdisciplinary learning, the UN sustainable development goals and global health advocacy.

The first week was spent at the university’s medical campus in a town east of Kathmandu. There we started preparing for our three-week community placement in rural north-eastern Nepal, during which we conducted a community needs assessment. The team was split into four groups, which focused either on chronic pain, disability, nutrition and oral health, or women’s health.

In the community we set out to identify the major health issues for our respective target populations. These were then addressed in workshops, health education sessions and discussions with community leaders, local health professionals and other stakeholders. To ensure sustainability we documented our findings and activities along with our recommendations for further action in reports sent to the local health centre and Kathmandu University Hospital.
The trip was remarkable and rich in unforgettable impressions. There were beautiful landscapes with lush green terraces, and hikes up the dusty hills. On clear days (of which there were two) we could see the Himalayans in the distance: majestic mountain peaks floating in mid-air.

Damage from the earthquakes last year was still visible everywhere, yet the people were incredibly positive. They were, without exception, friendly, helpful and surprisingly open about all things medical.
All in all it was an experience not to be missed, so we would like to thank everyone who made it possible. We highly recommend you apply for it next year – just a wee tip should you be able to go: take oats and a rich supply of muesli bars.
Herald Higher Education Awards
Fergus TaylorCongratulations to Year 4 student Fergus Taylor, who was shortlisted for ‘an outstanding contribution from a student’ in this year’s Herald Higher Education Awards.
Hearing of the nomination before heading to an elective in Cambodia, Fergus said, "As one of 5 students recognised in Scotland, I’m incredibly grateful, and surprised by the nomination. It was primarily for my role in founding, and overseeing a charity to support healthcare students at a partner university. It was also to recognise my representation of students on the Student’s Representative Council, trying to improve mental health support, my involvement in the introduction of the Peer Support Program to the Medical School, as well as running and volunteering with other clubs, societies and charities around campus.
I’m exceptionally proud of the work the charity, Glasgow ARM has done this year - raising over £3000, procuring nearly 50 laptops, hundreds of medical textbooks and other academic resources; it has only achieved so much, in such a short space of time, through its huge number of supporters from Glasgow’s students, and staff. Its success as a charity is only proportional to the fantastic efforts of its volunteers. If you’d like to read more about ARM, please have a look at the following link:"

Fergus Taylor (Y4)
Alexander McFadzean Prize & Medal
McFadzean medalIn 2016, the Undergraduate Medical School was honored to award the inaugural Alexander McFadzean Prize & Medal in Gastroinstestinal / liver disease. The award of £500 & medal was made to Ashley Thomson at the Year 5 Prize Viva on 9th May.   
The McFadzean Prize & Medal is part of a major new gift to the University of Glasgow by Mr Ian McFadzean, in memory of his father, Professor Alexander James Smith McFadzean MBChB 1936, MD 1959. Prof McFadzean was Senior Lecturer of Medicine at the University of Glasgow from 1945 to 1948 and Professor of Medicine at Hong Kong University from 1948 to 1974, and Emeritus Professor thereafter.
A new medal has been struck, and the cast is pictured right.
Prize Vivas 2016

Year 3 Prize Vivas
Year 3 viva winners Each academic year, the Undergraduate Medical School holds prize vivas for students who excel in the written examinations. Viva panels are comprised of senior clinical academics representing the subject areas in which there are prizes and medals to award. Around 100 medical prizes and medals are awarded each year, around half of these at vivas. On 17th March, the Y3 vivas were held, and the prize winners are pictured right on a sunny Academic Day at the Teaching & Learning Centre.

Photo: Jason Lim, Maureen Milligan, Catherine McMechan, Laura Nutton, Rachel Hughes, Andrew McLean

Prize Winner
Dr Neil Arnott First Prize Rachel Hughes
Dr Neil Arnott Prize for Pathophysiology
(Proxime Accessit)
Maureen Milligan
Dr Neil Arnott Prize for Pathophysiology
(Proxime Accessit)
Laura Nutton
Cullen Medal / Kerr Prize Andrew McLean
Cullen Medal in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Catherine McMechan
Fergus Prize Jason Lim
Gairdner Medal Maureen Milligan
MacFarlane Prize Catherine McMechan
Sir Robert Muir Medal Rachel Hughes
Stockman Medal & Prize  Laura Nutton

Year 4 Prize Vivas
Year 4 viva winnersThe Year 4 Prize vivas, which focus on Medicine and Surgery, were held on 8th April. Congratulations to all our Y4 winners, listed below.

Photo: Thomas Ainge, Kelvin Cheng Kah Wai, Gregor McMurray, Sarah Stirling and Victoria Armour.

Prize Winner
Cullen Medal in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Shona MacKinnon
Hall Prize in Medicine Gregor McMurray
Hall Prize in Surgery Victoria Armour
John Hunter Medal in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Kelvin Cheng Kah Wai
Hutton, Andrew J Medal and Prize Sarah Stirling
Illingworth Scholarship Caitlin Murphy
MacLeod Scholarship Integrated Year WI & Medal Thomas Ainge
Cappell Award 2016
Danial Fowler CappellThe Cappell Award was founded in 1967 by Daniel Fowler Cappell, Professor of Pathology 1945-67, established for the best dissertation giving evidence of independent study or research submitted by a student reading for the degree of MBChB.

The award was reintroduced in Session 2012-2013 after being dormant for some years, and is now made to the Year 5 MBChB student who has published the best peer-reviewed research paper, as determined by the MB5 Viva Panel.
In early 2016, Y5 students were invited to submit peer-reviewed articles for consideration. Articles may be a joint work, and can have been published at any time during the student’s undergraduate career.
On 9th May 2016, the MB5 Viva panel considered 37 submissions, and were highly impressed by the quality and range of publications. Due to the high calibre of submissions, the decision was made to split the £2000 award between 6 candidates, as follows:

Euan Allan Aneusomy detected by fluorescence in-situ hybridization has high positive predictive value for Barrett’s dysplasia
Catherine Beattie Allopurinol Initiation and Change in Blood Pressure in Older Adults With Hypertension
Kieran Heil The epidemiology, morbidity and outcome of fractures in rugby union from a standard population; &
Freezing and Non-Freezing Cold-Weather Injuries: A systematic review; &
A Review on the Management of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis; &
Press Fit Condylar Cobalt Chrome Sigma Total Knee Arthroplasty: Performs as well as PFC sigma at five years; &
British Military Freezing Cold Injuries: A Thirteen Year Review; &
Athletic altitude training protocols and their application in preparation for mountainous operations; &
Femoral Acetabular Impingement: the sex and age linked distribution of alpha angles in 146 patient of service age without pre-existing osteoarthritic or other hip pathology; &
Firearms, ballistics and gun-shot wounds
Kerrick Hesse Expanded criteria donor and donation after circulatory death renal allografts in the west of Scotland: Their place in the kidney allocation process; &
Characteristic Adverse Events and Their Incidence Among Patients Participating in Acute Ischemic Stroke Trials; &
Online Tool to Improve Stratification of Adverse Events in Stroke Clinical Trials
John McMaster Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the intensive care unit: its effect on outcome and risk factors for acquisition
Jason Woodier Intracellular Zinc Modulates Cardiac Ryanodine Receptor-mediated Calcium Release. 
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