National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI)

NHLI Thesis Prize

Graduation 2010

Graduation 2010

The National Heart and Lung Institute awards the NHLI Thesis Prize yearly to the NHLI thesis and student voted as being the most outstanding for that year.

To be eligible to enter the 2013 competition:

  • The thesis must not have been entered into previous NHLI Thesis Prize competitions
  • The thesis (MS, MD, MD(Res), MPhil, PhD) must have been awarded, between 1 January 2012 and 1 May 2013
  • The supervisor must submit a letter of recommendation and complete their section within the application form
  • The student must complete and submit the application form along with the final examiners’ reports (these should be requested in advance of the deadline if copies are required)
  • All the paperwork must be submitted electronically. 

The winning student(s) will be awarded a certificate and a monetary prize of up to £500.  The prize will be presented to the winner at the Annual NHLI Postgraduate Research Day, Sir Alexander Fleming Building, South Kensington Campus.

2013 Competition closed.

Prize Winners


Dr Neil Ward - For his PhD thesis entitled: 'Diagnosis of Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Chronic Heart Failure'.

Dr Michael Ibrahim - For his PhD thesis entitled: 'Mechanical load regulates transverse-tubule structure and function in left ventricular cardiomyocytes'.

Highly Commended

Dr Katrina Pollock - For her PhD thesis entitled: 'Dissection of the immunomodulatory effects of human immunodeficiency virus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis on cellular immunity'.

Dr Sinbad Sweeney - For his PhD thesis entitled: 'Differential reactivity of engineered nanomaterials
with human alveolar epithelium and macrophages in vitro: importance of physicochemistry'.


Dr John-Paul Carpenter - For his MD (Res) thesis entitled: 'Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
and Iron Measurement'.

Dr Andrea Sperone - For his PhD entitled: 'Role of the transcription factor Erg in inflammation'.


Dr Antonios Konitsiotis - For his PhD entitled: 'Analysis of extracellular and intracellular interactions of the collagen receptor DDR2'.


Dr Sarah Maher - For her PhD thesis entitled: 'Identification of the prostanoid receptor mediating PGE2-induced cough'.


Dr Matthew Hyde - For his PhD thesis entitled: 'Studies of hepatic metabolism in a piglet model of the neonate on total parenteral nutrition'.


Dr Mark Tanner - For his MD thesis entitled: 'Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance of Siderotic Cardiomyopathy in Thalassaemia Major'.

Dr Harsha Kariyawasam - For his PhD thesis entitled: 'Airway Remodelling and Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-β Superfamily Signalling in Allergen-Induced Asthma'.


Dr Jennifer Kearley - For her PhD thesis entitled: 'Manipulating allergen-specific Th2 responses'.

Dr Sejal Saglani - For her MD thesis entitled: 'The pathology of preschool and infant wheeze'.


Dr Omar Usmani - For his PhD thesis entitled: 'Assessing the lung deposition and clinical response in asthmatic subjects as a function of β-adrenergic aerosol particle size'.

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