Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Announce Winner of 2010 William Stokes Award

The RCPI William Stokes Award 2010 has been awarded to Dr Sanjay Haresh Chotirmall for his research paper titled “17β-Estradiol Inhibits Il-8 In Cystic Fibrosis By Up-Regulating Secretory Leucoprotease Inhibitor”.

The William Stokes Award, established in honour of Dr. William Stokes, an eminent Dublin physician in the 1800’s, was set up to support and recognise the highest standard of research by Specialist Registrars.

Dr Chotirmall was selected as the winner this year from three finalists who presented their research papers to an adjudication panel on Friday 5 November 2010 during the RCPI St Luke’s Day Symposium celebrations. Finalists were shortlisted from a range of high quality research abstracts submitted by Specialist Registrars.

Sanjay Haresh Chotirmall graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2005 with an honors degree in Medicine and in the top 5% of his class. He also won the college’s gold medal in Microbiology in 2003. During his early clinical training at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin he attained memberships of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) and the United Kingdom (MRCP UK) by examination.

In 2007, Dr Chotirmall was awarded a prestigious ‘Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI) Clinician Scientist Fellowship’ that has allowed him to pursue a PhD in Professor Gerry McElvaney’s laboratory where he is investigating the role of oestrogen in cystic fibrosis. The work he presented during the RCPI St Luke’s Day Symposium has already been published earlier this year in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and has received national and regional press focus.

The research has additionally been recognised by the Faculty of 1000 Biology, an online research service that highlights the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences as recommended by distinguished faculties.

Dr Chotirmall is currently training on the Respiratory Specialist Registrar (SpR) scheme and is based at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He is also an active member of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology’s (ISHAM) working group for fungal infections in cystic fibrosis. His main research interests focus around gender differences, fungal pathogens and the inflammatory state associated with cystic fibrosis and other chronic inflammatory respiratory diseases. 

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