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Dr Stephanie Dakin was awarded the prize for best scientific oral presentation and DPhil student Roxanna Abhari received the prize for best scientific poster, at the 4th International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium (ISTS) in Cape Town.

The Symposium is a highly acclaimed clinical and scientific meeting for everything tendon related, with this year's theme being 'Today's research, tomorrow's translation'.

Arthritis Research UK Fellow Dr Dakin said: 'I'm delighted to have been awarded the ISTS prize for best scientific oral presentation for our work on 'Persistence of tendon inflammation: a leading role for the stroma?' and am very grateful to the support of the Carr research team for enabling us to perform this study. The findings from this work emphasise the important contribution of tendon cells to the development of chronic inflammation and recurrent disease'.

Roxanna presented work on the "Development and optimization of an electrospun material with potential for use in rotator cuff tendon repair", where she showed that heat treatment can be used to tailor the degradation rate of electrospun material to a clinically relevant profile for tendon repair. Her future work will aim to better match the degradation of the implant and gradual loss of mechanical properties with the new matrix deposition within the structure.

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