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Congratulations to NIHR and Wellcome Trust PhD scholarship awardees

Two HSCR PhD students have been awarded prestigious external funding from NIHR and the Wellcome Trust for their PhDs. Clemence Pinel has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics studentship and Dr Tim Harries has been awarded an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Dr Tim Harries - NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship

T Harries‘I'll be completing an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship and I aim to identify and characterise a phenotypic subtype of patients with mild and moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who have inhaled corticosteroid-responsive disease. The research is an example of precision medicine and I will seek to stratify and improve the treatment for patients at the early stage of this disease. I will recruit patients from primary care.

My primary supervisor is Dr Patrick White and my co-supervisor is Dr Peter Schofield from within the HSCR Department. Other supervision will come from Prof Mike Thomas in Southampton, and from Dr Nick Hart, respiratory medicine, and Prof Chris Corrigan, immunology, both at Guy's and St Thomas's.’

Clemence Pinel - Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Studentship

Clemence Pinel‘Using a sociological perspective, this PhD project aims to investigate epigenetics research in the making, in order to understand how, where and why new epigenetic knowledge is produced and identify the elements influencing the production of this emerging body of knowledge. The study will entail a systematic review and synthesis of published epigenetics research, and two ethnographic case studies.

Prof Christopher McKevitt will be my primary supervisor and my co-supervisor is Prof Barbara Prainsack from Social Sciences Health and Medicine Department I will carry out this PhD in collaboration with two epigenetics research teams based at King’s College London: the Breast Cancer Biology Group led by Prof Joy Burchell, and the EpiTwin group led by Prof Tim Spector.’