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Presentation on predicting Alzheimer's disease wins 3MT competition

15 May 2017

PhD researcher Alfie Wearn from the School of Clinical Sciences won the final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition with his presentation, 'Predicting Alzheimer's disease: is a deficit in long term memory consolidation the earliest behavioural sign of dementia?'

The finals of the 3MT took place on Friday 12 May at 4.30pm, as part of the Research without Borders showcase exhibition at Colston Hall. 

The competition asks doctoral reserachers to present their work in just 3 minutes, using one slide. It is based on a concept developed by the University of Queensland which has since gone global. 

The winner, Alfie Wearn, won the University of Bristol final presenting his work which is focused on developing ways of identifying Alzheimer's disease much earlier than is currently possible. In his research, he uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a variety of cognitive tests to help identify hallmarks of early stage dementia, so that in the future patients can be treated before their symptoms have become irreversibly severe. 
About his research and the competition, Alfie said,
"I find working in this field extremely rewarding, as it not only allows me to feel like I'm making a difference in the fight against dementia, but it also allows me to meet and work with people who have been affected by the disease, and share experiences with them. I've followed the 3-minute thesis competition for a few years now so it's been a fantastic experience to be a part of it this year. Condensing such a huge topic into such a short space of time wasn't easy, as I'm sure any of the other incredible contestants would tell you, but it was good practice in what I believe to be a very important skill!"

The competition was fierce, and all finalists delivered engaging and interesting talks, including Priyantha Kulatilake (also from the School of Clinical Sciences) with his talk on 'Preventing age-related disease'. Many congratulations to Alfie and all the finalists who took part in the challenge. Alfie will now be entered into the national final of the 3MT.

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Main article picture courtesy of Bristol Doctoral College.

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