Dr Simon Waterworth Scholarships Fund
March 26, 2020 | Simon Jenkins
Research into a protein crucial to the efficient function of the heart is being supported by a gift in memory of Dr Simon Waterworth (PhD Chemistry 1990).
The Dr Simon Waterworth Scholarships Fund, established to support research in chemistry and medicine at the University, has enabled Sarah Mapplebeck to investigate titin, a protein which is essential for the work of muscles.
In the human body, titin serves as a molecular spring to provide muscles with elasticity. Mutations in titin cause diseases such as dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively.
Sarah is now in the second year of her PhD studies, after completing her undergraduate degree at Leeds in 2018. She hopes the work will eventually aid the future development of diagnostic tests and medicines for a large variety of diseases. In a letter to the trustees she says: “The scholarship has enabled me to fully immerse myself in everything my research degree has offered.”
Sarah is pictured (right) with Helen and Don Buckley, Trustees of the Dr Simon Waterworth Scholarships Fund