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Academic Scoops Another Prize for Cancer Research


Academic scoops another prize for cancer research

A University of Wolverhampton academic has scooped another prize for his cancer research.

Dr Vinodh Kannappan, a postdoctoral research associate, won the Poster Competition prize for his presentation ‘Anti-Alcoholism Drug Gives Lung Cancer Patients New Hope’ at the British Lung Foundation Alumni Conference held in London recently.

The British Lung Foundation launched its alumni scheme in 2015 to support researchers throughout their career and to share good practice amongst their members. 11 young researchers presented scientific posters which demonstrated their recent projects and findings with entries judged by a panel of established researchers.

Vinodh said: “All grant holders were invited to present their data at the conference which covered the full range of all lung diseases. I was absolutely thrilled to have won the only prize that was presented considering the range of expertise and the breadth of research on display.

“This continued national recognition will encourage the team to continue in our efforts to provide cancer patients and the NHS with an economical, affordable and effective treatment for cancer.”

Ian Jarrold, Head of Research at the British Lung Foundation, said:  “One of the British Lung Foundation’s priorities is supporting early career investigators and recognising emerging research talent. The Poster Competition held at our annual Alumni Conference allows early career investigators to showcase their research and a winner is selected based on scientific quality and innovation. The BLF is delighted to recognise Dr Kannappan’s exciting work as winner of the 2016 Poster Competition Prize.”

Academic scoops British Lung Foundation Award

Team leader, Professor Weiguang Wang, said: “We are at a very exciting stage in our research following collaboration with scientists in Europe, the USA and China which has resulted in our invention being patented by the University. Hopefully this will be translated into treatment in the near future providing cancer patients and the NHS with an economical, affordable and effective treatment.”

Vinodh’s research, which focuses on “Translation of an anti-alcoholism drug into a non-profit anticancer drug using nanotechnology”, celebrated another win at the House of Commons recently when he won Silver for biomedical research excellence – walking away with a £2,000 prize.

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Picture Caption: From left to righ Professor Weiguang Wang, Ian Jarrold, Head of Research at the British Lung Foundation and Dr Vinodh Kannappan.


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