lab placement inspires Concord students

Friday June 8, 2018

Three Concord sixth form students have gained valuable insights into future cancer treatments, as part of an exciting research placement. The students joined Professor Wang, Dr Kannappans and the research team at the University of Wolverhampton. The team are currently investigating the treatment of aggressive, resistant cancers with high mortality rates, such as pancreatic cancer, brain tumours and lung cancer, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. Sixth form students, Katie, Linda and Doraleen have been spending Wednesday afternoons in the university labs, gaining valuable experience and learning about the vital medical research taking place. Concord’s Course Liaison Coordinator, Mrs Zoe Torsney said: “It is a very exciting time for the research group, as they embark on their quest to develop their nano-particle technology. “Their method of delivering drugs directly to the tumour site has incredible implications for the efficacy of future cancer treatments.” The experience is part of Concord’s placements initiative for prospective medical students and is designed to help pupils make more informed decisions regarding university choices and what they’d like to do in the future. 6.1 student, Doraleen said: “We were learning things far beyond our syllabus and we were able to expand on our existing knowledge. “We learnt the processes of culturing cells, testing medications and applying different doses using a variety of methods and equipment. “It was a valuable opportunity to be able to witness such a notable medical project, and it has prepared us for what we can anticipate at a higher level of learning. We are extremely grateful.” Mrs Torsney added: “The placement has been a source of real inspiration for our students, beyond what they can access in the classroom. “Seeing ground-breaking and potentially life-changing research in action has given them the impetus to really strive towards their own personal goals, for future studies. “Our aim is to stimulate students and inform their wider reading and research interests, enabling them to produce more competitive applications for top medical schools.”