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Third year PhD student wins top prize for cystic fibrosis research


Third year PhD student, Sara Cuevas Ocaña, (co-supervised by Dr Mike Gray and Prof Neil Perkins in ICaMB) recently won the Annual UK Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s (CF) got TALENT event.

Sara was chosen to present her work by a panel of 'lay' people who are part of the wider CF community. The event was live-streamed through the CF Trust's Facebook page and people voted on-line.

She was presented her prize, an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2018 Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis meeting in Denver, USA  by Olympian, Roger Black. 

Congratulations Sara!  Find out more about her win. 




PIPS opportunity with BBSRC - ERA CoBioTech

In BBSRC’s Science Strategy Group, there is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) placement to work on developing a strategic vision for ERA CoBioTech (ERA-Net Cofund on Biotechnologies) which promotes synthetic biology and systems biology as technology drivers to enhance research and innovation in industrial biotechnology. 

The role will be located in our Science Strategy Group and provide a unique opportunity to learn about how science strategy is developed and implemented across Europe. 

Ideally, you should start your placement the week commencing 8 January 2018, but an earlier start date is negotiable. You must be available to travel to Dresden, Germany the week commencing 29 January 2018. 

Questions on this placement can be directed to Dr Anja Berndt (

More details here

Application form here 


PIPS opportunity with BBSRC - Stakeholder engagement in diet and health

There is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for a PhD Student (PIPS) placement to work within BBSRC’s business interaction unit and the diet and health research community. This internship will collect, connect and present research community outcomes to support BBSRC’s future strategic direction in Diet and Health research.

Full details here

Application form here 

If you would like to apply for this PIPS placement, then please complete the application form and return it to by 4 September 2017. Interviews aim to be held mid-September.  You should be available to start your placement in October 2017 or shortly thereafter. 

Questions on this placement should be directed to 


RCUK Policy Internships

This year’s call for RCUK Policy Internships is now live and available to all BBSRC funded PhD students currently at a Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Policy Internship can be used as the students Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS).  The internship must be completed during the four-year period of PhD funding.

Further details can be found here: or at

The closing date for applications is 10th August 2017.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact or telephone 01793 413239.






Newcastle winner of the Three Minute Thesis Challenge


Congratulations to Damar Susilaradeya who came joint first in the Newcastle Final of the Three Minute Thesis Challenge. 
The competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.  Damar is a PhD student in the Institute of Neuroscience and her research is about how the brain controls tracking movement despite noisy motor output and delayed visual feedback. The title of her talk was 'Rhythms in movement and in the brain: why do we move 2-3 times per second?

Damar will go forward for selection to the UK national semi-finals in July. Good luck in the next round!
Congratulations also to Hanh Pho who shared 1st place with Damar and Clare Willis from ICaMB who won the People’s Choice Award.

®3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries.

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