Dr Andrew Fenning looks on as (left) Kaitlyn Mullane and Melissa Harling work in the laboratory.
Dr Andrew Fenning looks on as (left) Kaitlyn Mullane and Melissa Harling work in the laboratory. Supplied

Hands-on experience thrills trio

THREE CQUniversity biomedical science students have clinched nationally competitive National Heart Foundation summer scholarships.

The scholarships allow the successful students – Kaitlyn Mullane, Melissa Harling and Aradhana Prasad – to undertake valuable research in the field of antioxidant treatments for complications associated with cardiovascular disease.

The research will be conducted under the guidance of CQUniversity’s Dr Andrew Fenning.

“There were 77 applications in total, and only 21 were funded, and out of that CQUniversity received three,” Dr Fenning said.

He said that with the help of the students he hoped to see whether two relatively novel medicines could help treat cardiovascular disease.

One of the antioxidants being researched is the gogi berry.

“We are also continuing our work with stevia, looking into the medicinal benefits of the plant. We are trying to establish if it lowers blood pressure and consequently improves heart and blood vessel function.”

The students will be working in the CQUniversity laboratory for up to eight weeks.

Ms Mullane is relishing the chance of some excellent work experience.

“It is great to get some experience in the field we have just studied and get some money for the future,” Ms Mullane said.

She has been accepted to study medicine in Brisbane and hopes to work as a pediatrician in her future career.

Ms Harling will begin working with CQUniversity in the new year in immunisation research before doing some well-earned travel.

She also hopes to begin studying medicine in the future.



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