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RCSEd Member Receives ASiT Medal

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10 Apr 2014


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is delighted to learn that RCSEd Member Mr Chris Johnston was recently awarded the 2014 Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Medal at the ASiT International Conference 2014. ASiT’s most prestigious prize is awarded annually to the best presentation from a surgical trainee and is selected from the highest scoring abstracts delivered as part of the ASiT Medal oral presentation session.


asit medalClinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in General Surgery, Mr Chris Johnston was awarded the 2014 ASiT Medal for his presentation 'A Role for Helminths in Achieving Immunological Tolerance'. Mr Johnston's project focuses on protecting organ transplants from rejection by 'hijacking' the highly effective mechanisms that helminth parasites use to evade the immune responses of their hosts.  


Mr Johnston is currently an ECAT Clinical Lecturer in General Surgery, with time split between the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research (supervised by Prof Rick Maizels) and the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research (supervised by Prof Steve Anderton and Prof Stephen Wigmore).  


Commenting on being awarded the prestigious ASiT Medal, he said:

"The ASiT medal is fantastic recognition for a completely novel project that would not have been possible without the ECAT scheme. New avenues are emerging every month and we would very much welcome students or surgical trainees who would like to get involved." 


As part of his prize, Mr Johnston has been invited to present his work in the ASiT Session at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland International Surgical Congress, which takes place in Harrogate from 30 April to 2 May 2014.


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