British Pharmacological Society award for intercalating student

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Student Doctor Sophie Crawford has been chosen as one of only three medical students to receive the Sir Colin Dollery Award and £6000 to support her intercalated BSc degree in Pharmacology here at the University of Liverpool this year.

The Training Award was introduced by the British Pharmacological Society in memory of Sir Colin Dollery to support the discipline of Clinical Pharmacology and encourage medical students to pursue the specialty.

Sophie was presented the award at the Academy of Medical Sciences FORUM event at Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum, pictured here with Professor Reecha Sofat, Breckenridge Chair in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Head of Department, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Professor Dan Roden, Senior Vice President for Personalised Medicine, Vanderbilt University and Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, David Weatherall Chair of Medicine and NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics.

student poses with professors at awards eventSophie at the Academy of Medical Sciences FORUM event

“I heard about the award through the School’s Intercalation team and decided to apply as it would mean a huge contribution towards my funding for the academic year. I created a personal statement and contacted my Academic Advisor who wrote a letter of reference for me.

When I first received the news that I had been selected I was initially quite shocked as I hadn’t expected to win. Once I had taken it in, I was delighted and genuinely grateful.

It has inspired me to dedicate myself this year to my Pharmacology degree, to produce work of value and honour the British Pharmacological Society’s decision to choose me.

I wanted to intercalate to give me a year to reflect on all that I have learnt over the past 3 years. I chose Pharmacology because I have a natural interest in the subject, and I am fascinated by the pharmacodynamics of drugs, and their interaction with the human body. So far, I am loving the course and I am excited about the research project that I am going to be starting in the coming weeks.

Intercalation provides an opportunity to take a step aside and really get to grips with a subject that you are interested in.

My advice to any student considering intercalation would be to contact the School’s Intercalation team as they are a great resource of information, and to find out as much about the courses you are interested in as you can.”

Congratulations Sophie on such a prestigious achievement!

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