Congratulations to Sophie Quick who was won the David S Miller Young Scientist Award at the 13th International Conference on Cerebral Vascular Biology (CVB) 2019.
Sophie is a third year Tissue Repair PhD student at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair. Based in the labs of Prof Anna Williams and Prof Charles ffrench Constant at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, she studies cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD), a leading cause of cognitive decline.
Sophie's research focuses on understanding the blood–brain barrier and white matter changes in cerebral small vessel disease, as this may lead to potential new targets for therapies. Sophie has characterised a new model (the ATP11BKO rat) that will provide a novel platform to study endothelial dysfunction and may offer a new model of cerebral small vessel disease to trial new approaches to tackling this disease.
"CVB2019 was a great conference and a really useful experience. I had the opportunity to give a talk on the first day which meant I had a good way to start discussions with lots of people. Preparing for the talk helped me improve my presentations and attending the conference gave me lots of new ideas."
The CVB Conference is a forum for scientists from around the world to discuss their cutting edge research on central nervous system barriers, particularly the blood- brain barrier and blood-cerebrospinal fluid-barrier.
Sophie presented her work during this year’s conference in Miami both as oral presentation and as poster. Her conference abstract is published in Fluids and Barriers of the CNS 2019 16 (Suppl 1): A63.