Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you will not see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Preclinical Medicine Undergraduate students Thomas Henning, Ivan Jim Paul and Owen Sweeney have helped Oxford build on last year to achieve the University's best ever performance in The National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition. Preparation for their successful participation was assisted by DPAG's Professor Zoltán Molnár, Dr Michael Gilder and Samuel Snowdon.

Congratulations are in order to three University of Oxford Medical students, Thomas Henning (St Edmund Hall), Ivan Jim Paul (St John's College) and Owen Sweeney (Lady Margaret Hall), for their strong performance in the pre-clinical category of The National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition (NUNC) 2021. Thomas Henning is this year's Pre-Clinical Runner up, and Ivan Jim Paul and Owen Sweeney also achieved two of the top ten performances, becoming distinction winners.

The NUNC is an annual competition sponsored by The Anatomical Society open to all medical students in the UK and Ireland. It first started in 2013, and has since run annually at the University of Southampton, although this year it took place virtually. It now attracts over 150 students. The competition has 3 main components: a neuroanatomy spotter examination, a clinically-orientated multiple-choice examination and series of talks from on aspects of neuroscience. Although this year the event went fully digital, the format remained the same, with exams taking place via an online portal and talks happening over Zoom.

In preparation for the event, Thomas, Ivan and Owen were supported by Ivan's tutor, Professor Zoltán Molnár, DPAG Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, Tutorial Fellow at St John’s College and the organiser of the Neuroanatomy Practicals for 2nd year medical students at Oxford, DPAG Departmental Lecturer Dr Michael Gilder, DPAG Anatomy Teaching Prosector Samuel Snowdon, and Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology David Dupret. The team were also delighted to have the support of last year’s competitors, Oliver Bredemeyer, Kacper Kurzyp and Rafee Ahmed, who returned to help with the preparations.

Professor Zoltán Molnár said: “The National Undergraduate Competition is an excellent event where students can gain additional experience in neuro imaging, histology, clinical case histories and gross anatomy. Participation is voluntary. I am delighted to see how well Thomas, Ivan, Owen and other Oxford students performed, and was particularly pleased to see that Oliver Bredemeyer, last year’s runner up from St John’s College helped the preparations showing great leadership. We shall build on this success and continue to nurture a supportive and interactive medical student community at Oxford.”

Similar stories

Richard Tyser and Jack Miller honoured by the British Society of Cardiovascular Research

Dr Richard Tyser is this year’s winner of the Bernard and Joan Marshall Early Career Investigator Prize, and Dr Jack Miller has received a runner-up award, at the British Society of Cardiovascular Research Autumn Meeting.

Xin Sun shortlisted in national science image competition

DPAG Postdoctoral Research Scientist Dr Xin Sun has been shortlisted in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) annual ‘Reflections of Research’ image competition.

Gosia Cyranka and Sian Wilcox honoured by The Physiological Society

DPAG DPhil students Gosia Cyranka and Sian Wilcox have been awarded prestigious Early Career Researcher Prizes at Physiology 2021, The Physiological Society's Annual Conference celebrating first-class physiology.

Small Lecture Theatre renamed to honour DPAG pioneer Florence Buchanan

The newly renamed Florence Buchanan Lecture Theatre is testament to Dr Buchanan’s pioneering career in physiology, in line with the Department's ongoing commitment to acknowledge the significant contribution of women to DPAG and its predecessor departments.

The prime of Professor Dame Kay Davies

Professor Dame Kay Davies, Professor of Genetics, first woman appointed Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy at Oxford, first woman to become Head of Department for DPAG, University-wide champion of equality, and award winning scientist known for her work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has 'retired' after a lifetime's research, but remains Professor Emeritus at DPAG.