Committee // 2016 - 2017
Graeme Pang | President
Currently a 4th year in Glasgow, I have been developing an interest in the neurosciences since working on my dissertation project on opioid receptor signalling in dorsal root ganglia. This experience has allowed a greater appreciation of academia which I hope to help promote amongst our medical students to appreciate that improving the understanding of the nervous system at it's most basic level is needed to understand the patient in front of them and treat them better than their predecessors.
Neurosurgery in particular has developed my interest from my time spent on placements visiting neurosurgical units both locally and overseas to gain a greater insight into the pathophysiology behind GBM and hopefully assist in the development of novel treatments in the future.
Hopefully these experiences will help to shape the society and provide new and exciting events over the next few years.
Jun Lau | Vice-President
Having completed my intercalated degree in clinical neuroscience, I am currently in my 4th year at the University of Glasgow. I have an interest in neurosurgery and, to date, have completed a total of 15 weeks outwith the regular curriculum in numerous neurosurgical departments (including Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow) in order to gain a better understanding of this intriguing specialty.
Noting the importance of obtaining a wider view of the neurosciences, I have also completed a SSM in neurology at the Institute of Neurosciences and Spinal Unit, Glasgow, and taken time to participate in research involving pathway mapping in the spinal cord, the effects of decompressive craniectomy in primary head injury, and ventriculo-pleural shunts.
Having been part of the committee since 2014, I am delighted at what the society has become today and will continue to strive to improve it, bringing more interesting opportunities to all our colleagues.
Michael Helley | Treasurer
It was a first year dissection session in which a mass of grey was placed in my hands that I realised I was interested in the nervous system. In my hands wasn’t just a specimen from a cadaver, it was the former seat of someone’s consciousness, a lifetime of memories, decisions and emotion.
To pursue my interest in neuroscience I underwent an intercalated Masters of Research at the University of St Andrews before transferring across to 3rd year Medicine at Glasgow. My research focussed on trying to increase the intrinsic capability of corticospinal tract neurons to regenerate following injury by attempting to target growth receptors from the cell body to axon ends using viral vectors.
I am thrilled to be part of Glasgow Neuro to further explore my own interest in the nervous system and neurosurgery and to facilitate the spread of interest in the neurological sciences and clinical specialities.
Rebeka Nagyova | Secretary
Currently in 3rd year of Medicine, I’ve had an interest in Neurology for a while now and am delighted to be part of this society which strives to offer high quality events, lectures, conferences and clinical skills teaching sessions to students in the UK with an interest in the Neurology/Neurosurgery field. I hope to be able to contribute as the society grows and attracts more students into this exciting part of medicine.
Christina MacKaill | Electives & Research Officer
I am a 4th year medical student whose interest in neurology grew last summer when doing an elective in trauma in Chicago. Because of the frequency of gun-related trauma on a daily basis, I was looking at CT scans of gunshot wounds to the head and accompanying the neurosurgeon to declare people brain dead several times a week. I found the process of declaring people brain dead, although extremely harrowing, deeply moving.
I also got to experience and take part in neurology from a paediatric perspective last year, when I spent 5 weeks in craniofacial surgery. I assisted with craniosynotosis surgeries and I found the various congenital abnormalities and the development of the brain fascinating. It is an ever-advancing and evolving field and the connections the neurology society have and the work they do is very impressive, and something I am thrilled to be a part of.
Hopefully I can bring a lot to the society and I will be an enthusiastic addition to the team!
Dearbhla McCotter | Clinical Skills Co-ordinator
I’m a 4th year medical student and I’m thrilled to be a part of this committee. I’ve always loved neurology and I believe this began when I read books such as ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ and ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ and neurology articles in New Scientist magazine. Since then, I’ve tried to incorporate more neurology into my placements any way I can.
I have previously undertaken a self-selected module at the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit in which I learnt about spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation and acute management of traumatic spinal injuries. I’ve also been fortunate enough to join multiple neurosurgeries, and have seen spinal fusion surgery and frontal and temporal lobe biopsies.
I am excited to organise clinical skills events for students within the medical school and to help with the general running of the committee for the upcoming year!
Joanna Ashby | Conference Co-Convener
During the final year of my Biomedical degree in London, I selected Clinical Neuroscience and Surgical science modules to accompany a dissertation involving clinical research into cognition. Consequently I arranged a weekly surgical placement throughout final year to provide a clinical context to my lab-based teaching. On graduating, I have contributed to research on antimicrobial pharmacokinetics, orbital floor fracture, acute kidney injury, inoperable brain tumours and cortical mapping. I am currently undertaking a research elective at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square London and I am on the organising committee for the sold-out international ’Advanced techniques in neurosurgical oncology’ course in London this summer.
I look forward to working with the committee in advance of Glasgow Neuro Conference this November in addition to further integrating this UK leading neuro group with student learning at University of Glasgow.
Elliot Tilling | Clinical Skills Co-ordinator
I am a current 3rd year medical student at the University of Glasgow and I am due to start an Intercalated degree in Clinical Neuroscience in September. During my first three years of medical school I have developed interests in neurosurgery and paediatrics and hope to further these through my current SSC and upcoming elective at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. I am excited by what this society has achieved in the past and, as a new member of the committee, I look forward to contributing to its future success.
Robyn Maitland | Conference Co-Convener
I am currently a 2nd year medical student at the University of Glasgow. My first two years at university have opened my eyes to the world of neurology and neurosurgery and have made me realise that it is this career path that I want to specialise in. I am hoping to undertake an SSC in neurology next year. Having seen what the committee has done in the past, I am eager to help organise a conference that will stand up to and surpass what has previously been done.