The 125 Fund Stories: Moonisah

Moonisah Usman, PhD Biomedical Sciences, 2019

My PhD project is about a disorder that affects over a third of the childhood population in the UK – obesity. Over the last three years I have worked immensely hard by collaborating with two NHS hospitals to uncover the potential cancerous effects of increased body fat in children. This year, I finally established a range of significant, compelling findings that I was able to disseminate on an international level at the prestigious 25th Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research: thanks to funding from The 125 Fund.

I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out I had received the funds. I was extremely excited that a financial barrier had been lifted and I could go abroad and network with leading researchers in my field.  I do not come from a privileged background and so the funds really meant a lot to me – my parents were extremely proud as well.

My research has benefitted hugely from the exposure at the conference. My abstract was published in an open access journal and I have been able to share this work with our collaborators – strengthening our ties and considering what we could investigate next.

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