Hatfield student presents research to Parliament

Hatfield student Deborah Ogbeni.

Hatfield student Deborah Ogbeni.


A Hatfield student shared her research into treatment for pancreatic cancer at the STEM for Britain 2017 event at the House of Commons yesterday.

Deborah Ogbeni, a PhD candidate in the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Life and Medical Sciences, was selected along with 175 other finalists from over 500 entries across the country to share her research into identifying a potential new treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Her work, an extension of a project initiated by Dr Stewart Kirton and Dr Sharon Rossiter at the University of Hertfordshire and Dr Tatjana Crnogorac-Jurcevic at Queen Mary University London, was funded by the charity Worldwide Cancer Research to investigate treatments for this form of cancer.

Deborah’s research has identified lead compounds that could be developed as a suitable drug to prevent the spread of cancer. Further research is needed, but the drug has the potential to both slow down the progression of pancreatic cancer and make it more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

STEM for Britain is a national competition which aims to raise the profile of Britain’s early-stage researchers at Westminster by engaging Members of both Houses of Parliament with current science, engineering and mathematics research being undertaken in the UK.

Deborah’s research was part of the Biological and Biomedical Science session and MPs were invited to attend and view the range of ground breaking research being carried out in their constituencies.

Deborah said: “It was an honour to be able to showcase my research at such a prestigious event.

“I am excited to think that this research could one day improve the treatment potential and life chances of people with pancreatic cancer.”

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