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.

An Oxford University medical student who stepped in to help a stranger off a train has been identified following a viral appeal to find and thank her. Rebecca te Water Naude was once a member of Stephanie Cragg's Group here in DPAG.

David Murray, who has Parkinson's Disease, had been travelling by train from London to Cardiff when his medication failed, leaving him barely able to move.

Fourth year Oxford medical student, Rebecca te Water Naude, saw Mr Murray struggling at Cardiff Central Station on 28th March and helped him off the train before calling station staff to ensure he received help.

After the event he took to Twitter to find the student who helped, with his message being re-tweeted more than 28,000 times.

Rebecca is a former DPAG student who was part of Stephanie Cragg's laboratory: her research dissertation investigated the regulation of calcium channels which are implicated in Parkinson's. 

The full story is available on the University of Oxford website.

Similar stories

Dr Derek H. Bergel

Molly Stevens FRS delivers 2021 Mabel FitzGerald Prize Lecture

The annual lecture is held in dedication to pioneering Physiologist and Scientific Explorer, Mabel FitzGerald, in whose honour the Department recently erected The Physiological Society blue plaque outside the Cardiac Science Centre.

Pioneer of 'reverspective' art unveils celebrated optical illusion piece in honour of Sir Colin Blakemore FRS

British artist Patrick Hughes has donated an artwork entitled “Popsee” to DPAG in honour of Emeritus Professor of Physiology Sir Colin Blakemore FRS and their shared interest in visual perception.

Dame Kay Davies FRS delivers inaugural Sir Wilfrid Le Gros Clark Prize Lecture

The new annual lecture is held in honour of Sir Wilfrid Le Gros Clark, the Department’s former Chair of Anatomy, after whom the Le Gros Clark building is named, who was a leading figure in British anatomy.