SMTL were invited to the 3rd RCSEd All Wales Medical Student Surgical Research symposium in October 2012 to judge poster and oral presentations and to present the SMTL award for best basic science paper. The award was presented to Ronak Ved for his work on the role of a 'calcium sensing receptor' in the development of sympathetic neurones.


Foetal sympathetic neurones were isolated from mice and cultured for 24 hours in varying concentrations of calcium. Immunocytochemistry was used to visualise the neurones and results showed that calcium concentration had a significant effect on the length of neurites (projections from neurones). In his conclusion he discussed the possible role of the receptor in the early development of neurones and suggested areas of further research.

Ronak, a medical student at Cardiff University, carried out his research project at the Cardiff school of Biosciences. He presented the research clearly on a poster and demonstrated good understanding and enthusiasm for his research as well as an appreciation of the importance of 'basic science' such as this in furthering medical knowledge.

BSI has now published the amended version of BS EN 455-2, "Medical gloves for single use - Part 2: Requirements and testing for physical properties".

The new standard, BS EN 455-2:2009+A1:2011, has reduced the FAB (force at break requirement) for examination gloves from 9N to 6N, and for surgical gloves from 12N to 9N.  The National foreword also includes a statement from the UK committee, CH/205/3.

Further details on the change can be found here.

SMTL presented the 2011 SMTL Science award to Nick Bullock at a symposium on the 10th October 2011.

SMTL researchers and Dr Steve Thomas (ex-Director of SMTL) have published an interesting paper in the Journal of Wound Care, Oct 2011.

The paper investigates how variations in ambient temperature and humidity can affect the MVTR properties of a dressing, and derives and validates a method which can be used to predict the permeability of semi-permeable films under various combinations of temperature and humidity from a single set of test data.

See: The effect of temperature and humidity on the permeability of film dressings. S. Thomas, L. Barry, P. Fram, P.J. Phillips. Journal of Wound Care, Vol. 20, Iss. 10, 12 Oct 2011, pp 484 - 489.

SMTL presented it's inaugural Science Award at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s 2nd All Wales Medical Student Research Symposium on Monday 10th October 2011 in Cowbridge.

The Award was presented for the best scientific oral or poster presentation during the day.

The 2011 winner was Nicholas Bullock for his paper on "Monitoring of tissue ischaemia during renal transplantation using rapid-sampling microdialysis: a comparison of organ preservation techniques."


Photo above: Pete Phillips (Director SMTL) presenting the Science Award to Nick Bullock (on the right).

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