PhD student George Firth presented his work on PET metallomics at the Stem4Brit event in the Houses of Parliament on the 9th of March 2020, where he was awarded the gold medal by the nutrition society.
The annual poster presentation gives the opportunity for early-career research scientists and engineers to discuss their work both with other researchers and members of parliament, fostering a greater dialogue between parties and raising the profile of Britain's early-stage researchers.
George Firth's research in PET metallomics is focused on using radioactive isotopes to track essential trace metals in the body. Through his work he has developed novel methods to produce an exciting range of radioactive metals that can be used to image essential metals in humans and animals. Since many diseases have been associated with altered transport and excretion of trace metals, monitoring their changes with disease progression can lead to improvement in patient diagnosis. Currently these changes within disease models are poorly understood, George's work hopes to better understand the metal-disease relationship and ultimately improve patient treatment pathways.