Yarm School student’s heart disease project impresses judges


A GROUP of students made their mark in a national competition organized by the British Heart Foundation’s Center of Research Excellence to engage sixth-year students in cardiovascular research.

The team, from Yarm School, made up of Noah Bickenson, Darshan Prabhakar, Ben Thompson, Ananya Singh, Kieran Gill and Sarah Mhando, was a finalist in the Science at Heart competition.

The achievement was awarded with a prize of £ 2,000 to support science-related activities at the school.

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The BHF Center asked groups of up to six students to design an electronic poster to illustrate a strategy to bring the exact sciences and biomedicine together to reduce the number of deaths and disabilities caused by heart and circulatory diseases.

The 17-year-old Yarm School Upper Sixth Form students made it to the competition finals, for which they had to create a compelling short presentation explaining their poster to an expert jury.

Their new strategy focused on the design of encapsulated nanoparticles to treat the underlying cause of coronary heart disease.

Tom Newman, Head of Biology and Medical Society at Yarm, said: “The team should be very proud to have been named a finalist in this prestigious national competition.

“The extra-curricular experience of working together, devising a compelling and innovative strategy and having to present the idea to a group of experts has proven to be a rewarding experience for our students.

“The creativity, enthusiasm and hard work they all brought to this competition was inspiring.

“Encouraging students to get involved in such external projects is extremely beneficial because it shows how relevant what is learned in the classroom is in the outside world. ”

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