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Technician highlights novel research in Parliament

A technician at the University of Leicester has had the opportunity to showcase his work in Parliament.

[Photo: John McDonald]
John McDonald

Mr John McDonald, a PhD student and member of technical staff in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences (Pharmacology and Therapeutics group), took part in the UK National Science Week 2004.

A total of 170 young scientists working in Science, Engineering and Medicine Technology were invited to the House of Commons to help promote better dialogue between Parliament and young scientists.

Dr Dave Lambert, Reader in Anaesthetic Pharmacology at the University of Leicester, said: "John came to the Department in 2001 after a spell as a tissue culture technician in CMHT. John also did his undergraduate project here in the former Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management -now part of the Department of Cardiovascular Science. 

"It was clear from the start that John was a highly motivated individual and I registered him as a P/T PhD student. His PhD studies are 80% complete."

John's work is on the novel peptide receptor system Nociceptin and the Department has published several key papers suggesting that nociceptin antagonists may be a novel class of analgesic (pain killers) drugs. Clinical work is likely to ensue from these studies and this was the basis of his presentation at SET.

His presentation in Parliament was made in a collaboration with Drs Calo and Guerrini of the University of Ferrara in Italy. 

John said: "The showcase was a good experience for me, offering the opportunity to meet like-minded scientists from around the UK and learn about their studies. It also offered the challenge of communicating my work to people with no prior knowledge in my respective field. Overall a great day and fantastic experience."

More information on John's work is available on 

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