Publications and Prizes

Undergraduate student, Julia Halligan (Medicine, 2017) co-authored a paper Reducing weight and BMI following gestational diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of digital and telemedicine interventions that was published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, an open access diabetes journal from the ADA and BMJ, in January 2021.

Julia describes the experience below. 

I am a medical student at St Hilda’s College and as part of my 3rd year course I was required to gain research experience for my final honours project. I have a particular interest in clinical research, especially prevention of chronic disease and the impact of lifestyle changes on this. I approached Professor Andrew Farmer, an academic GP in the Oxford Primary Health Care team with a special interest in digital and telemedicine interventions.  

I worked with his team to investigate whether these interventions were effective in reducing weight in women with prior gestational diabetes, as they have a higher risk of developing full-blown diabetes later in life. These digital interventions have been rapidly developing over the past decade, accelerated by the current pandemic and the increasing demand for remote healthcare. Overall, we found these interventions do appear promising in reducing risk factors for subsequent diabetes and heart disease, and I am excited about future work in this field.  

We were delighted when Andrew Williams (Physics, 2015), and Ishaan Kapoor (Biomedical Sciences, 2017), were among the 2019 Laidlaw Scholars. We were equally proud when Isabel Galwey (Oriental Studies, 2015) and Lachlan Hughes (Modern Languages, 2014) were among the 2018 Laidlaw Scholars.

The Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme was launched at the University of Oxford in 2016, building upon Lord Laidlaw’s visionary commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education. It aims to equip undergraduate students with the necessary research skills and leadership skills to help them fulfil their ambitions beyond their course of study, whether they intend to pursue a career in research or in another sector.