Cambridge researcher receives prestigious award
A monetary award from the leading medical charity, Action Research, will enable a Cambridge doctor to study retinal degeneration.
The award, worth £132,360 will make it possible for Dr Paul Goldsmith to take an in depth look at the neurodegenerative disease.
An enormous health care problem, neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of people, however, the cause of these diseases is poorly understood. One way to approach the problem is to try and understand degeneration in an accessible and well understood part of the brain.
Based at Cambridge University, Dr Goldsmith will study the retina as the eye is easily visible and has an orderly and well defined anatomy.
Dr Goldsmith will study the genes involved in retinal degeneration. This work should aid development of preventative strategies, and may also be applicable to other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The Action Research Training Fellowships are awarded to young, medical or science graduates for training in specific research techniques. From 94 applications received this year, only five were successful.
Director General of the charity, Anne Luther, said applicants had been of a high standard this year.
``Paul presented us with a very well thought out project. I believe this could be the start of a very successful career for him.’’
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