UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science


iBSC student Angelos Anastasakis wins national prize for research presentation

5 February 2020

Winner of the presentation prize Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Black and white image of Angelos Anastasakis

I am a 4th year MBBS student at UCL and during my 3rd year completed my IBSc in Cardiovascular Science at the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science. This was an enriching year that bridged clinical science and medical research in the laboratory for the first time during my studies. As part of the course I carried out a research project at the Royal Free Centre for Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Disease investigating facets of inflammation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). I was then offered the opportunity to come back to the lab for the summer to help investigate metabolic reprogramming of smooth muscle cells isolated from patients with PAH.


I subsequently went on to present this latter research at the National Pulmonary Hypertension Research Forum. The talk was a fantastic experience and won the prize for ‘best presentation’.


I would like to thank Professor Lucie Clapp, Professor David Abraham and Dr Markella Ponticos for their expert supervision as well as Jeries Abu-Hanna, a final year PhD student without whom the success during the project and at the research meeting would have not been possible.