Limerick researcher makes quick work of three-sis

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Limerick PhD student James Blackwell from Ballyneety. Photo: Sean Lydon.
Limerick PhD student James Blackwell from Ballyneety. Photo: Sean Lydon.

IT took a Limerick student just three minutes to explain the intricacies of finding brain tumours by ultrasound.

James Blackwell from Ballineety was rewarded for his inventiveness when he was declared overall winner of this year’s NUI Galway’s Three-sis competition.

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The fast-paced event featured three-minute talks by 12 researchers who shared the story of their research using just three presentation slides, in front of three judges and a voting audience.

James took the overall award for his bite-sized talk ‘Finding brain tumours using ultrasound’.

The Limerick man is a PhD candidate split between the School of Physics and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway. His research involves using ultrasound to create stiffness maps of the brain. These can help surgeons to identify brain tumours and other diseases. His work is supported by the Irish Research Council.

The Threesis competition was initiated at NUI Galway in 2012. It is open to all research students and postdoctoral researchers at NUI Galway. Finalists included undergraduate students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from across all Colleges on campus.

Videos of the three winning presentations are available at www.nuigalway.ie/threesis