Heart Research scholarship for Bristol undergraduate
12 October 2007
Daniel Towie, a third-year medical student, has been awarded a highly competitive scholarship from Heart Research UK.
Daniel will study the effect of homocysteine (a type of amino acid) on isolated heart cells. Elevated blood levels of homocysteine may be a risk factor for heart disease, but its effects on heart muscle function are poorly understood: Daniel will investigate the possibility that homocysteine increases the production of oxygen free radicals, which are known to damage the heart. He will undertake the work in the laboratory of Professor Saadeh Suleiman at the Bristol Heart Institute.
The scholarship includes travel money to present work at a scientific conference. Daniel has already, and exceptionally for an undergraduate, presented a case study at the European Federation of International Medicine meeting in Lisbon in May, 2007, as well as being awarded an Erasmus exchange placement in Grenoble.