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Cardiology student competes in the Final of Bristol's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Finalists at the Bristol Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

24 May 2016

Pouya Saghedi Pour, a PhD student in the School of Clinical Sciences, recently competed in the Finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition in Bristol.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. It challenges postgraduate research students to present their work and its impact in just three minutes in language that everyone can understand. 

The competition is judged on two main criteria: Comprehension & content, and Engagement & Communication. Participants are assessed on how they explain their research and its impact, as well as clear, logical sequencing. 

Three postgraduate research students from the School of Clinical Sciences - Lindsey Sinclair, Amy Burchell, and Pouya Sadeghi Pour - went through to the Semi-Finals of Bristol's third-annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Out of these three School representatives, Pouya advanced to the Final round of this year's competition with his presentation, "Using Skin Cells to Mend Broken Hearts". 

His presentation addressed the issues surrounding cardiovascular disease, which is the leading global cause of death accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year - a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Part of this global problem are heart diseases that are initiated by heart attacks, for which the damaged and necrotic heart tissue has no cure.  

Pouya's research at the Bristol Cardiovascular and Heart Institute explores the research methods in the conversion of patients skin cells (fibroblasts) into cardiac cells (cardiomyocytes) through the use of body's own cardiac transcription factors, present in the early embryo, in combination with microRNAs. The primary focus is to enable the converted cardiac cells to be injected directly at the patient infarct site in curing the broken heart tissue with patients very own new cardiac cells.

The Final round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition in Bristol was held at the Research Without Borders event in the At-Bristol Science Centre on the 9th May 2016. The overall winner was Sam Briggs, a PhD student in the School of Chemistry, who successfully summed up his research into the chemical origins of life. 

Further information

The Bristol 3MT is organised by the Bristol Doctoral College in collaboration with the Bristol SU Postgraduate Network. ‘Research Without Borders’ celebrates the research being undertaken by Bristol doctoral students and how it can help tackle issues of global and regional concern.

Each finalist’s presentation can be viewed on the Bristol Doctoral College YouTube channel.

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