Author: Rosie Shaw

London Gold Medal 2012

For the second year running (and at a time when Gold Medals in London are all the rage!), we are very proud and delighted to announce that an Imperial graduate has won the London Gold MedLondon Gold Medal winner 2012 - Dr Alasdair Scottal.  This year Dr Alasdair Scott won against very strong competition.

Alasdair joined the MBBS/BSc course at Imperial in October 2003.  In 2007, awarded with a 1st in his BSc, Medical Sciences with Surgery and Anaesthesia, he took a 3 year interruption to undertake a PhD.  He returned to the clinical course in 2010 and continued to excel.  He was awarded distinctions in General Practice, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Pathology and PACES; and a merit in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for his Year 5 examinations.  Then in June 2012, Alasdair sat and passed his finals and was awarded distinctions in Clinical Science, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Medical Sciences, Medicine, Surgery and hence was nominated for the London Gold Medal.

This is an outstanding achievement as the academic quality of candidates is extremely high.  All London medical schools (George’s, KCL, QMUL, UCL and Imperial) are invited to nominate a small number of newly graduated students to compete for the Gold Medal annually.  The nominated candidates are selected by each School from those who obtained the highest number of Merits and Distinctions and have passed every examination at the first attempt.

This confirms once again what a fantastic group of students and teachers we have at this medical school.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff who support our students, in whatever capacity.

We are sure you would wish to join us in sending warmest congratulations to Dr Alasdair Scott.

>> Read more about Imperial winners at last year’s competition

Dept of Medicine Young Scientist Day 2012

The Department of Medicine held its annual Young Scientist Day on 23 April 2012. The event attracted large numbers of research students, postdocs and academic staff who had the unique opportunity to hear and see the range of research being undertaken across the Department.

Over 100 posters were displayed by research students from across the Department. A Departmental panel judged the posters and awarded first, second and third prizes respectively to:

  • 1st Mika Falck-Hansen, Kennedy Institute
  • 2nd M S Cheung, Investigative Medicine
  • 3rd Richard Lawrenson, Infectious Diseases and Immunity
  • 3rd Chris Grice, Microbiology

The event was formally opened at 2pm by Professor Gavin Screaton who welcomed everyone and presented the Department’s annual teaching award to Professor Jackie de Belleroche in recognition of her extensive teaching commitments in both undergraduate and postgraduate Neuroscience.

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