Ahmed keeps it simple and takes his Research to National level

A CLAHRC NWC PhD student has won an innovative competition designed to make complex medical research easier to understand.  

Ahmed Al-Naher (pictured) won The Three Minute Thesis competition, hosted by the University of Liverpool that challenges PhD students to describe their research verbally within three minutes. The pitch is accompanied by a single presentation slide containing all of the key elements of the research. It aims to communicate not just the core research question, but methods and potential outcomes in a language that can be understood by a non-specialist audience. An average 80,000 word thesis can take up to nine hours to present.

The competition is part of a national initiative hosted by Vitae, which aims to realise the potential of researchers and their work.

After scooping his £200 Norton-Tempest Prize at The Cellar venue in Liverpool Guild of Students, Ahmed said: “It’s great to get the message across about the research I am doing. Personalised medicine is at the forefront of current NHS thinking on treatment delivery and my research considers this concept in relation to kidney functioning in heart failure patients. I’m confident that the research will contribute towards improved treatment plans for patients when it is completed.”

Ahmed, who is based at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translation Medicine, also scooped the ‘Communicating Research: a multi-media online event’ Prize which is voted for by students and staff. It featured a three minute video of Ahmed presenting his research project, which is part of a three-year PhD funded by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).

“I recently worked on Lancaster University’s Campus in the City event representing the CLAHRC NWC, which required me to explain my research to the public on the high street, so to have taken part in that and the University of Liverpool’s initiative has meant a lot to me and hopefully made people across the North West aware of the research and its importance.”

Jane Cloke, Programme Manager for CLAHRC NWC which promotes research innovation across the North West Coast, said: “This is an excellent achievement and a good example of the valuable research that our PhD students are in the process of delivering.”  

Ahmed’s work will now be judged against national entries from across the UK by Vitae. Six finalists will then be selected to perform live at a Vitae hosted 3MT UK final competition to determine the eventual winner.

More articles     Posted on: 10 June 2016