PhD Student Demonstrates her Skills and Collects Two Awards in the Process

Second year PhD student, Karishma Chhabria from the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease, has recently been awarded two prizes for demonstrating her research skills.

Karishma’s first prize was awarded for the ‘Best one-minute poster pitch’ in the Neuroimaging session at the Sheffield Neuroscience conference, 2017.

The Sheffield neuroscience meeting was a one day meeting conglomerating all different neuroscience research being carried out in Sheffield. It was divided into three main sections;

  1. Introduction to Sheffield sensory neuroscience
  2. Introduction to neuroimaging and neuroinformatics
  3. Introduction to the Sheffield translational neuroscience

The talks in every session were followed by the one minute student poster pitches. The meeting ended with a keynote talk by Professor Paul Mathews from Imperial College London on his research on multiple sclerosis.

Karishma said “Each of the sessions had amazing talks by different groups focussing on that particular area. It was quite an overwhelming experience to see the depth and breadth of neuroscience research in Sheffield. It makes me feel quite privileged to be a part of it and win an award as well.”

Karishma’s second prize was awarded for the ‘Best 3R’s based proposal for replacing rodent models in arthritis research’ at the NC3R’s Summer School which took place in Nottingham on 19th – 21st July 2017.

The aim of the NC3R’s summer school was to unite researchers from different universities who are all working on NC3R’s funded projects. The programme for the three day event was filled with lectures ranging from managing PhD studies to writing grant applications. On the retreat perspective, it also contained many fun group activities for networking, however all events were focused on the objective of the NC3R’s which is reduction, replacement and refinement of animal research.

As a part of one of the group activities on the first day, Karishma and her group were given a research problem! Their task was to propose novel ideas to cater to the problem with the 3R’s perspective in a 15 minute presentation. Their group designed a novel solution to the rodent models for induced arthritis. They were presented with the best proposal award for suggesting a mathematical model and 3D tissue graft model as a ‘replacement’ and ‘refinement’ to rodent arthritis research.

Karishma’s PhD supervisor Dr Tim Chico said ”Karishma is a passionate scientist, and her prizes are evidence of her drive and enthusiasm. I am sure she will continue to win lots of awards in her career!”