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Category Spotlight: Life Sciences

This category is for students of the Biological Sciences, including Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Virology, etc.

Entrants must submit an abstract of between 100-300 words long, and the submission word count is between 2,500 and 12,000 words.

In 2016 the category was won by Sadaf Sohrabi from the University of Edinburgh for their paper, "Are Amyloid-Beta Mediated Degenerative Changes Dependent Upon Tau In A Novel Mouse Model Of Alzheimer's Disease?".

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative condition affecting 46 million people worldwide. Two pathological proteins, amyloid-beta (Aβ) and tau, are heavily implicated in AD progression, however their exact roles remain elusive. Critically, the bulk of AD research thus far has focused on the pathogenic roles of amyloid, so this new model provided invaluable insight into the relatively ambiguous functions of tau.

In 2015, Dylan Ryan from University College Dublin won the category with his paper "A Biochemical Investigation into the Neuropathology of Cystinosis". The aim of the project was to investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning neuropathology in cystinosis, using C6 glioma and bone-marrow derived macrophage (BMDM) cell lines as a model of brain glial cells.

If you are a Life Science student and would like to follow in the footsteps of these wonderful students, then submit your work to The Undergraduate Awards.