Investing in future researchers

One of the most important objectives of Core is to maintain the supply of bright enquiring minds into research for the first time. This is how many of today’s leaders started. Please read the contributions of our 2017 award holders and prize winners: you are looking at tomorrow’s leaders.

June 2017: Dr Falk/Core Medical Students Prizes & Awards


We are delighted to announce the recent winners of the Dr Falk-Core awards. Read more about their award-winning projects below. 

Dr Falk-Core Medical Student Essay winners


Joseph Christopher (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute)

Quantifying intestinal stem cell dynamics using microsatellite sequencing



Diya Kapila (Centre for Digestive and Gut Health, Imperial College London)

Development and optimisation of a PCR-based assay for study of gut microbiota-derived bile-metabolising enzymes


Dr Falk-Core Medical Student Prizes


Maja Kopczynska (Imperial College School of Medicine, London)

Developing biomarkers to predict cancer risk in Inflammatory Bowel Disease



Aneesh Sharma (UCL Division of Molecular Psychiatry)

Determining the association between SNPs in the disease modifier genes PCSK7, PNPLA3, TM6SF2 & MBOAT7 and the development of significant liver injury in hereditary haemochromatosis


William Collier (Centre for Liver Research, Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham)

The effect of hypoxia on TRAIL mediated pancreatic cancer cell apoptosis


Haarith Ndiaye (UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health)

Sensitising liver cancer cells to apoptosis through targeted inhibition of fatty acid activation


Dr Falk-Core Research Grants


Dahlia Hopmeier (Complex Disease Genetics Group, Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine, Guy’s Hospital, London)

Understanding the role of gene regulation in the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Laura Heath (Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford)

The Liver Project


Dr Falk-Core Medical Nurse Recognition Prize


Kim Jones (Advanced Gastroenterology Dietitian, Hinchingbrooke Hospital)

Checking fat soluble vitamin levels in patients with Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI) in the community