CPISP scholar Ayman Tariq Saeed, who is pursuing a degree in Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) Dublin, was awarded the “Dr. Harry O’Flanagan Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research,” in recognition of his research project entitled, “Role of synthetic retinoic acid derivatives in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.” Ayman’s eight weeks of laboratory research aimed to investigate whether synthetic retinoic acid derivatives, which are modern drugs that have been identified for their possible anti-cancer properties, could be prospective treatments for CLL and MM.
“The prospect of contributing to cancer research was very exciting. It was also valuable exposure to the research aspect of medicine, to discover how scientific invention and breakthroughs work in harmony with clinical medicine,” says Ayman.
Ayman was also one of five students who were invited to give oral presentations of their projects during RSCI Research Day, an annual event which was attended by more than 300 researchers, and aims to highlight the latest advances in health research by allowing scientists to showcase their latest findings. Ayman was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Research prize by RSCI CEO Professor Cathal Kelly at a special awards ceremony attended by officials and students.
“In receiving the award, it was very satisfying to be recognized by my professors and peers,” notes Ayman. “It is encouraging to know that hard work does not go unnoticed. I am very grateful to my supervisor Dr. Silvia Napoletano and professors for their guidance and the CPISP for their continuous support.”
Ayman also gave an oral presentation of his research at the International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students in Dublin, Ireland on 2 November 2012, and an abstract of the project was published on the BioMed Central website.