HSC PhD student Colleen Deane has recently been very successful in winning an internal grant of £1000 on behalf of Santander to support her PhD research activities. These funds will support accommodation costs allowing Colleen to collaborate with the University of Nottingham on her PhD topic which will be investigating mechanisms regulating muscle mass decline in the elderly. Colleen will be working with world leading researchers in the field of human molecular and metabolic physiology based at the recently awarded MRC/ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing. Colleen will also have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art data analysis techniques which will be sure to equip her for a very successful research career. In addition to developing collaborative links and learning techniques, the results will contribute towards Colleen’s thesis, future publications and conference presentations. Thus the personal and academic outputs are extremely promising with potentially high ramifications for the prevention of age-related muscle loss. For any further information regarding Colleen’s research, please contact her: cdeane@bournemouth.ac.uk