Dr Sophie Miller Memorial Prize

May 7, 2020


The Anatomical Society is delighted to announce the first recipient of the Dr Sophie Miller Memorial Prize: Dr Kevin Byrnes, a PhD Student based in the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick.

Dr Byrnes will present his lecture “The mesentery: a new model of abdominal compartmentalisation?”, which we hope will be delivered at the Winter Meeting of the Anatomical Society in Newcastle, January 6th-8th 2021. 

Regius Professor Simon Parson, President of the Anatomical Society highlighted the exceptional quality of the applications to this new prize, and the challenge in choosing a winner. We are delighted to be able to support Dr Sophie Miller’s parents who are kindly funding the Prize, in memory of their daughter. 

Dr Sophie Miller’s parents commented "As Sophie's parents we are very proud of her research work and the passion and enthusiasm that she had for science. She would like nothing better than to encourage fellow scientists and we are delighted to celebrate her memory in this way and very grateful to the Anatomical Society for arranging it."

Dr Sophie Miller was an Anatomical Society funded PhD student from 2011-2014 at Cambridge University.  She investigated olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) and their potential for transplant-mediated repair of the central nervous system. During this time she presented at many Anatomical Society meetings, with one of the publications from her PhD work appearing in the September 2016 issue of The Journal of Anatomy.

She passed away in December 2016 and her family have generously provided support for young and aspiring scientists through the Anatomical Society in her memory.