New Award for Nottingham Student to Pursue Research into Paget’s Disease of Bone
Ana Navarro Martinez is a Nottingham research student hoping to make a significant impact on research being carried out at Nottingham University into ancient skeletons. This is all thanks to a new bursary from the Paget’s Association, the only UK charity dedicated to helping those with Paget’s Disease of Bone. Ana will be responsible for protein analyses and the interpretation of DNA sequencing information from the medieval skeletal collection at Norton Priory Museum, based in the north west of England.
The Michael Davie Student Research Bursary was awarded to Ana, providing her with £6000 to pursue this research. She will work under the mentorship and supervision of Dr Rob Layfield at the University of Nottingham.
Dr Layfield, of the Nottingham Paget’s Association Centre of Excellence, explains, “The project includes different elements relevant to disease mechanisms in modern and ancient Paget’s Disease of Bone. We have confirmed that protein and DNA can be extracted and identified from bone samples from the medieval skeletons at Norton. This raises the prospect of unlocking the ‘chemical memory’ of the bones to, for the first time, identify and understand an ancient disease. These new analyses could potentially aid today's clinicians.”
Professor Roger Francis, Chairman of the Paget’s Association, presented Ana with the award on the 29th September at a Paget’s Information event in Norwich. Commenting on behalf of the Association, Professor Francis said, “The Trustees of the Paget’s Association thought it fitting that the bursary be named after Dr Michael Davie, a retired consultant physician from Oswestry and former Trustee of the Paget’s Association. Dr Davie established The Michael Davie Research Foundation, which promotes research into bone disease and has made a significant monetary contribution towards our student research bursaries. We were pleased that Michael could join us in Norwich to see the awards presented. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ana on being awarded the bursary. We look forward to seeing her research progress.”