The patient, and had the opportunity to

The human body is a complex interaction of molecules, cells, organs and systems; problems can occur at any point, and understanding how diseases can affect these processes is the key to eradicating them. It fascinates me how advances in technology have brought about developments in medical science over the last decade. Events in my personal life first triggered my passion for Biomedical Sciences. My maternal grandfather, who developed aplastic anaemia, was treated with immunosuppressants and bone marrow transplantation, and my paternal grandfather developed a chronic subdural haematoma that required emergency evacuation and subsequent treatment at the neurosciences department in Oxford. I was enthralled that the study and application of biomedical science at a cellular level was relevant in the management of acutely unwell patients. Globally, advances are continually made in this discipline and I would relish the opportunity to work in this rapidly expanding field. I am particularly interested in translational research; from the bench to the patient, and had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks shadowing in various departments in a hospital. I observed as scientists and clinicians worked closely together to fine tune care for patients. This prompted me to undertake an EPQ project on patient safety with particular reference to infection in the surgical setting. Pre-operative screening, peri-operative antibiotics and the use of innovative techniques using molecular markers such as alpha-defensin to identify infection were highlighted, as well as the importance of the biomedical scientist in developing these methods. I subsequently spent four days in the Botnar Research Institute (Oxford) with scientists involved in orthopaedic research looking at novel methods, such as Proteomics, and their clinical application. This demonstrated aptly how molecular research is relevant to contemporary medicine.

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