Honours student takes out best presentation award

UNSW Honours Medical Student, Mohammed Nimir, has won the best Presentation Award at the 6th Thomas Ashworth CTC & Liquid Biopsy Symposium earlier this month.

Mohammed, who was supervised by Associate Professor, Therese Becker and Professor Paul de Souza from the Ingham Institute, showed the best approach in detecting the clinically important prostate cancer biomarker (AR-V7) in liquid biopsy involving Circulating Tumour Cells (CTC) analysis.

Mohammed’s study showed that AR-V7 detection from CTCs was more sensitive and had improved specificity when compared to detection from ctRNA and exosomes.

During his research, Mohammed sat in with Liverpool oncologists during patient consultations and, as a result, is now determined to pursue a career in oncology.

“It confirmed to me that it is definitely a field I will pursue going forward,” says Mohammed.

“I used to think that oncology was a discipline that would be depressing and emotionally taxing. But getting involved in cancer research has shown me that it’s more about providing patients with hope and making a difference to patients’ quality of life.”

By Linda Music