MPharm student wins 1st prize at APS Conference
Medway School of Pharmacy student is 1st prize winner at Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Conference
Vasiliki's presentation poster
Vasiliki Kelidou, a final year MPharm student at Medway School of Pharmacy, has won 1st prize for a poster exhibiting her project work in the poster session of the annual conference of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS). Below, Vasiliki describes her experience of studying at Medway and her involvement with the VPU research group.
Having attended last year’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences (APS) industrial insights conference at Astra Zeneca I decided to attend the annual conference again this year at Pfizer, and also participate in the conference's poster session. APS is a UK based professional body providing support, career advice and professional development and networking opportunities for scientists who are interested in pharmaceutical industry careers. This was an excellent way to gain experience, exhibit my work, and also represent MSoP.
With the completion of my final year MPharm research project in which the antiviral activities of a range of natural compounds against influenza viruses and MERS-CoV were evaluated, I decided that I was very interested to undertake further research into this specific topic. My supervisor Dr. Nigel Temperton accepted my request for continuing my project in parallel with pharmacy course responsibilities and I thus joined the Viral Pseudotype Unit (VPU) of MSoP working closely with his research associate Francesca Ferrara.
For me, winning the 1st prize after competing against PhD, pre-registration and other undergraduate students from all across UK universities confirmed that dedication and hard work, in combination with working alongside experts in the field, as the people in VPU are, can have brilliant results.
I want to thank my supervisor Dr. Nigel Temperton for the opportunity to work with him and his amazing team but mostly I want to thank Francesca Ferrara for being my mentor, and for providing me with all possible help and support for the project. Finally, I want to thank MSoP for providing funding for the conference, being open to new ideas and student initiatives.