At the start of the month we welcomed Dr Emily Billinge to the team as our new laboratory technician for SCRABEL. Emily will be supporting research activities in the lab as well as helping students and visitors as well as taking a key role in health and safety. Previously Emily attained an Undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Pharmacology from the University of Nottingham then went on the undertake a PhD in analytical chemistry under Dr Mark Platt at Loughborough University. Emily’s PhD centred on the creation of proof-of-concept diagnostics with an emphasis on low cost, rapid result generation, and simple methodology to improve access to diagnoses especially in resource-poor areas. She is greatly looking forward to working with Dr Xiaomei Lu in stem cell research and with Saif Ahmed on the clinical application of 3D printing in the coming months.

And now, we’ve saved the best ’til last! We are incredibly proud to announce that our own Professor Anan Shetty was this month awarded with the prestigious Hunterian Professorship and Medal for 2017. Named after surgical pioneer James Hunter, the Hunterian Society was first founded in 1819 and meetings have been regularly held since then to further the pursuit of medical knowledge and learning. The Hunterian Professorship and Medal is recognised as one of the most reputable international awards for surgeons. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Professor Shetty is internationally renowned for his advances in cartilage repair and minimally invasive procedures having previously been recognised with the Fred Heatley Prize for research, Elsevier Prize for best publication and a Silver Medal (2008) in recognition of his teaching and research. The award will be presented to him later in the year by the Royal College of Surgeons when he delivers his Hunterian Lecture in April. Click here for more information from the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery.