PhD Student Awarded UCL Research Frontiers Prize
19 November 2012
A research blog written by Oral Medicine PhD student Dr Polly Pok-Lam Fung was one of the prize-winning entries in the UCL Research Frontiers since 1826 competition.
Research Frontiers was launched as part of UCL's Research Strategy in 2011. To mark its beginning and to celebrate the fact that curiosity-driven discovery and analysis has been a feature of UCL from its foundation, the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) organised the since 1826 contest and invited works from staff, students and alumni.
Dr Fung studies Bisphosphonate-associated Osteonecrosis of the Jaw for her PhD, and she has learned that a similar disease also occurred in Victorian times, among match workers exposed to phosphorus vapour. In her blog, she shares her views regarding the past and present aspects of the disease, and their interesting links with UCL — for instance, the first English 'phossy jaw' case was treated in UCH.