Dr Kevin Byrnes wins Dr Sophie Miller Memorial Prize

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Dr Kevin Byrnes, a recent PhD student working under the supervision of Profs Calvin Coffey and Kieran McDermott, was recently announced as the winner of the Dr Sophie Miller Memorial prize from the Anatomical Society (https://www.anatsoc.org.uk/).  The Society, founded in 1887, is one of the oldest  learned societies and has charitable status.  Its aims are to promote, develop and advance research and education in all aspects of anatomical science in Great Britain and Ireland. As the first recipient of the Prize,   Kevin will deliver a short lecture at the Winter meeting of the Anatomical Society in 2020 as well as receiving a monetary prize and certificate. 


Dr Sophie Miller was an Anatomical Society funded PhD student from 2011-2014 at Cambridge University.  She investigated olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) and their potential for transplant-mediated repair of the central nervous system. She sadly passed away in December 2016 and her family have generously provided support for young and aspiring scientists through The Anatomical Society in her memory.


This award is for early career researchers to present their own unpublished or early published anatomical science research and Kevin was awarded the prize for his research on the development of the mesentery and the mesenteric-based model of abdominal compartmentalisation. 


Kevin also recently successfully defended his PhD in the School of Medicine in March, being one of the first PhD vivas to be held remotely using Skype for Business. Alexandra Cremona also passed her viva the same week. There are two further PhD vivas planned for May using technology also. 
Kevin is currently a Surgical Trainee in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.