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Award for scientist funded by Brain Tumour Research

A researcher at our Centre of Excellence at Imperial College, London has been named by the Women’s Engineering Society as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering.

Dr Sophie Morse was given the honour for her work on improving the way drugs are delivered to the brain using a non-invasive and targeted ultrasound technology combined with microbubbles. Funded by Brain Tumour Research as part of our Imperial team, she will apply this ultrasound technique to the field of brain sciences, specifically to brain tumours.

Announced yesterday,  International Women in Engineering Day, this is the latest of a number of awards that Dr Morse has received for her work. She has previous been awarded the Gold Medal in Engineering at the STEM for Britain event in the UK Parliament, Young Investigator Awards from the British and European Ultrasound Societies, and the William James Award from the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Dr Morse said she was honoured to receive the award: “It means a lot to me that all the passion and time I’ve put into developing this technology to deliver drugs to the brain, while advocating for women so they feel comfortable in engineering, is being recognised. I am so thankful to everyone who has supported, mentored and encouraged me along the way.”

Dr Karen Noble, our Director of Research, Policy and Innovation, said: “We extend our congratulations to Dr Morse for this latest award recognising her important work.

“Focused ultrasound is a really exciting area of brain tumour research, offering a targeted, less-invasive way to cross the blood brain barrier for more effective drug delivery to the brain. This research brings hope for better treatments and outcomes which are so desperately needed for brain tumour patients and their loved ones.”

See the full list of winners on The Guardian website here.

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