GMIT medscience student wins top prize in national science competition

From left: Dr Debbie Corcoran, lecturer in medical science, GMIT School of Science & Computing; Kate Dever, winner of the President’s Prize; and Dr Brigid Lucey, president of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine. Photo courtesy of ACSLM and MLSA.

From left: Dr Debbie Corcoran, lecturer in medical science, GMIT School of Science & Computing; Kate Dever, winner of the President’s Prize; and Dr Brigid Lucey, president of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine. Photo courtesy of ACSLM and MLSA.

Students from the BSc (hons ) in medical science in GMIT have won the top national prize for the second year in a row at the biannual LabCon2019 conference, co-hosted by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM ) and the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA ).

Kate Dever from Lahardane, Co Mayo, a fourth year medical science degree student, won the President’s Prize for her final year project titled Antibiotic Resistance Reversal in Multi-Drug Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae: Exploring the soxS Dependant Regulon. Ms Dever will now represent Ireland at the European Association of Professions in Biomedical Science (EPBS ) international conference in Geneva in October.

Last year, GMIT student Hayley Foy-Stones from Offaly won the President’s Prize of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, and went on to represent Ireland at a pan-European science competition, winning the top award in her category.

Dr Seamus Lennon, acting registrar and former head of the GMIT Dept of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science, paid tribute to the two students and staff in the Department: “Well done to Kate, and to all involved in the medical science programme," he said. "The medical science degree has a high practical component with students completing various projects during their studies, culminating in a major year four project, normally completed in a clinical laboratory setting. On top of this, we have a 28-week clinical laboratory placement in year three of the programme. Thus, the medical science students are well placed to do well in national and international competitions.”

For further information about the Bachelor of Science (hons ) in medical science course in GMIT, see: www.gmit.ie/biopharmaceutical-and-medical-science/bachelor-science-honours-medical-science

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