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 2018 award holders and prize winners: you are looking at tomorrow’s leaders.

2018 Dr Falk/Core Award Winners


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

You can see the previous award winners here

Dr Falk-Core Medical Student Essay (1 at £1000)

Awad Mahalhal

Gastroenterology Research Unit, University of Liverpool

Title of the project: Influence of Iron Supplementation on Gut Microbiota and the Natural History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Project Supervisor: Professor Chris Probert

Dr Falk-Core Medical Student Prizes (4 at £1500 each)

Chun Yin Jocelyn Cheuk

Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Title of the project: The Development of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes harnessing the Gut Microbiota and Host Genetics

Project Supervisor: Dr Sylvia Pender, Dr Felino Cagampang

Claudia Cipriano

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester

Title of the project: Assessment Of Body Composition and The Gut Hormone And Cytokine Profile Of Anorexic and Cachexia Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Patient

Project Supervisor: Professor John McLaughlin

Ratnam Ghandi

Centre for Liver Research, University of Birmingham

Title of the project: The clearance of dead cells by hepatocytes: mechanism and clinical implications

Project Supervisor: Dr Zania Stamataki

Lauren Marks

Gastroenterology Department, Royal Hallamshire Hospital / University of Sheffield

Title of the project: Biopsy Avoidance Strategy in Adult Coeliac Disease

Project Supervisor: Professor David Sanders

Dr Falk-Core Dietitian Prize (1 at £1000)

Dr Miranda Lomer

Reader in Dietetics, King’s College London

Title of the project: A dietary management pathway for irritable bowel syndrome

Dr Falk-Core F1/F2 Research Grants (2 at £2500 each)

Dr Emily Hughes

Department of Discovery and Translational Science, University of Leeds

Title of the project: Inflammatory crosstalk between adipose tissue and the liver

Project Supervisor: Dr Richard Parker

Dr Camilla Rhead

Institute of Liver and Digestive Health, Royal Free Hospital / UCL

Title of the project: An analysis of the incidence of bacterial infection, antibiotic use and resistance in patients with decompensated liver disease

Project Supervisor: Dr Alastair O’Brien

Dr Falk SpR Trainee Audit / Quality Improvement Awards

Dr Laith Alrubaiy

University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital of Llandough in Cardiff

Title of Project: Using Patients’ endoscopy educational VIDeos to improve their Experience and OutcomeS (P-VIDEOS) study

Awarded: £4,600

Learn more about this project.

Dr Misha Kabir

St Mark’s Hospital and Academic Institute

Title of Project: Developing a personalised patient decision aid to improve the quality of shared decision-making between Ulcerative Colitis patients diagnosed with dysplasia and their clinicians.

Awarded: £2,800

Learn more about this project.

Dr Dipesh Vasant

Salford Royal, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Title of Project: Anorectal dysfunction in ulcerative colitis: a cross sectional survey

Awarded: £2,600