PhD student wins Best Poster Award at national radiation oncology conference

Clinical Bioscience

Congratulations to cancer research PhD student Bashak Onal on being awarded the Best Poster Prize at the UK Radiation Oncology Conference (UKRO).

Bashak, who is studying for her PhD in the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, presented her work on oesophageal cancer and radiotherapy response.

Bashak’s research is based on finding proteins, the presence of which may predict how a patient will respond to radiotherapy before the treatment begins.

Such an approach may help to identify non-responding patients before radiotherapy, allowing these patients to be considered for alternative treatment.

The UKRO conference, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 8th – 10th June 2015, is one of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary radiation oncology meetings.

A range of presenters including academics, clinical oncologists and radiotherapy physicists presented their work on cancer and radiotherapy which was assessed by a panel based on the quality of their work and significance to improve patient treatment and care.

The title of Bashak’s prize-winning poster was ‘The identification of putative protein biomarkers of radioresistance in oesophageal cancer cells using mass spectrometry’.

Bashak was awarded a certificate for her achievement and two complimentary places for next year’s UKRO conference which will be held on 6 June 2016.

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