Heriot-Watt student first recipient of prestigious Medical Research Scholarship

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Miss Hayley Melville, Ph.D. student at the Research Institute of Signals, Sensors and Systems (ISSS) in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS), has become the first recipient of the prestigious Princess Royal Tenovus Scotland Medical Research Scholarship.

The £93K studentship aims to research novel sensors for the minimally monitoring of foetal lactate during baby delivery. Abnormal levels of lactate may indicate hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) which can lead to brain damage. Current techniques are time consuming, invasive and expensive.

Miss Melville is supervised by Prof. Marc Desmulliez from ISSS, Dr. Michael Crichton from IMPEE at EPS and Prof. Fiona Denison, Director of Tommy’s Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Obstetrician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Tenovus Scotland is one of the leading medical research charities providing funding for early stage medical research in Scotland.

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