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Bloomsbury Colleges student wins award for zebrafish research

Kim Wager, a Bloomsbury Colleges PhD student jointly supervised by Dr Claire Russell (The Royal Veterinary College) and Professor Robert J Harvey, UCL School of Pharmacy, recently won an award for best presentation at the 2nd International Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (JNCL) Ph.D. Symposium, held in Frankfurt from 7th to 8th March 2013. As a result, Kim was asked to present his work, entitled  'A Novel Zebrafish Model of JNCL' at the 7th European 'Brains for Brain' workshop in Frankfurt on March 9th 2013.   'Brains for Brain' are a European Task force on brain and neurodegenerative lysosomal storage diseases. 

Professor Robert Harvey said: 'Kim is an outstanding research student, able to pitch complex research to scientists and lay audiences alike. His work on zebrafish models of Batten disease is ground-breaking and I am extremely proud that this has been recognised'.

Zebra fish

Zebrafish

Work on this project is also supported by The Batten Disease Family Association, a national organisation for families, carers and professionals supporting children, young people and adults with Batten Disease. At present there is no cure for this group of genetic metabolic diseases, which causes a progressive deterioration of the brain and nervous system, leading to an early death. The BDFA aims to provide support, raise awareness and facilitate research into potential therapies and ultimately a cure. For more information visit their site, www.bdfa-uk.org.uk

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