LIVERPOOL SCIENTISTS WIN EPILEPSY RESEARCH GRANTS
Research Foundation has awarded grants to 2 of the cities leading
scientists. Professor Ann Jacoby from the University of Liverpool
has received a 3-year grant of over £57,000, while Dr Richard
Appleton of the Roald Dahl EEG Unit at the Royal Liverpool
Children's Hospital has been awarded over £6,500.
Professor Jacoby's grant will fund a study into the effects of being
diagnosed with epilepsy on quality of life. She will look at factors
such as the number of seizures a patient has, how successful their
treatment is and how seizures affect the patients social
interactions and psychological state.
Professor Jacoby explained:- "We will be sending
questionnaires to 2,400 people for at least four years and
collecting information on their health, everyday functioning and
quality of life. By the end of the study we will know more about how
to best support people diagnosed with epilepsy, both medically and
Dr Appleton's grant will fund a study of "Refractory Convulsive
Status Epilepticus" (RCSE), a form of epilepsy which is not
successfully treated by drugs and can cause brain-damage or even
death, particularly in children. Dr Appleton and his colleagues will
carry out a national audit of RCSE in the UK and make a record of
all children who are admitted to intensive care with RCSE over one
year. Researchers will study how many children get RCSE, the causes
of each individual case, what treatment was given to them and how
they progress afterwards.
Dr Appleton explained:- "The study should indicate which
treatments are the safest and most effective as currently there is
little consensus amongst doctors about which drugs are best to use.
Hopefully in the future the results will ensure fewer children
suffer brain damage or death because of RCSE."
Leigh Slocombe, Executive Director of the Epilepsy Research
Foundation, said:- "We are delighted to award these 2 grants
to such interesting and important research programmes. We look
forward to the results and hope that we can begin to make some
College garden designs to be displayed at Southport Flower Show
2 STUNDENTS at
Myerscough College have won a student garden design competition
sponsored by Southport Flower Show. Their designs will now be built
and displayed at this year’s Southport Flower Show on 17-20 August.
Helen Chaffer and Paul Richards are on the Foundation Degree in
Garden Design course at Myerscough College. The theme of the
competition for this year is water so their designs incorporate
unique water features.
The budget for each garden is £5000 and both designs will be built
for the Southport Flower Show.
John Smyth, a Tutor in Garden Design at Myerscough College, said:-
“This is an excellent opportunity for the students to have
their work exhibited at such a high profile event and will put them
in good stead for the future careers.”
The attached photo shows John Smyth with one of the winners, Paul
Richards and his winning design at the recent Garden Design
Exhibition held at Myerscough College. Paul, aged 38, from Ormskirk,
plans to become a full time Garden Designer on completing the
course. His garden, which will be built at Southport Flower Show, is
a 6 metre by 6 metre symmetrical design. There is a rill of water
across the centre with square stepping stones and three walls
surrounding the garden. Trees are positioned in each corner and
there are benches placed at either side of the water.
The Garden Design Exhibition was an opportunity for the public to
view garden and landscape designs and other project work by final
year garden design students. Work of outstanding quality and design
flair was on show revealing the artistic and creative skills of
twenty students. The exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors, many
of them enquiring about having their own gardens designed and
thereby launching the careers of some of the students. There will be
a second chance to see their work, which will be on display during
the College Open Day and Country Fair on Sunday 4 June
For further information about courses offered at Myerscough College