Dr Valeria Bergomi Student Inspiration Award (Postgraduate) Winner 2020

Dr Valeria Bergomi, 26, from Italy and currently living in Saffron Walden, Essex, has won the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award as part of one of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in the world, the International Canine Health Awards.

Valeria, who is currently an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge, with a research interest in canine diabetes and anatomic pathology, has been awarded a prize of £10,000 to help further expand her research and work, with the intention to carry out a PhD in this area, upon completion of her MPhil.

Diabetes mellitus affects a large number of dogs and Valeria’s current project is mainly focused on identifying the immune cell population surrounding and infiltrating pancreatic islets in dogs, in order to hopefully advance targeted treatments that will prevent islet destruction. Dr Bergomi has already identified changes within the canine pancreas that will help to increase understanding in this area.

Following a PhD, Valeria plans to complete a residency in anatomic pathology in order to pursue a career as a pathologist.

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