A Royal Naval Reservist and biochemistry graduate from the University of Bristol, has secured a placement at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD).

The organisation is one of the research groups worldwide investigating different brain neural stem cells.

 Midshipman Matt Sherwood is working with principal investigator Dr Claudia Barros, and postdoctoral fellow Dr Jon Gil-Ranedo and their team on the neural stem cell project.

Matt said:

“This incredibly exciting opportunity to work with Dr Barros’s team will provide me with my first hands-on experience of stem cell research”.

Matt's placement has been funded by the Peninsula Medical Foundation, a charity which raises funds for PUPSMD.

 Dr Barros commented:

“We are looking forward to welcoming Matt to the team. While with us he will gain experience across a spectrum of research techniques.”

Denis Wilkins, Chair of the Peninsula Medical Foundation, added:

“The Foundation is really pleased to be supporting talented young scientists such as Matt."

"This particular research project offers the chance of hope for the many thousands affected by neurodegenerative disease.”

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