Crawley surgeon takes on dozens in national competition

Philip Alexander, 36, an eye surgeon from Crawley is attending Parliament to present his science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges.'jpco--04-03-15-eye SUS-150225-144150001
Philip Alexander, 36, an eye surgeon from Crawley is attending Parliament to present his science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges.'jpco--04-03-15-eye SUS-150225-144150001

A man from Crawley will be judged against dozens of other scientists in a national competition.

Philip Alexander, 36, an eye surgeon at University Hospital Southampton, is attending Parliament to present his science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday (March 9).

His research is on retinal cell transplantation, as a treatment for blinding diseases such as macular degeneration.

Philip was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants .

He said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our work, to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration between biologists, chemists and surgeons, and show MPs and ministers how important this work is for developing new medical treatments.“

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said, “This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Philip’s research has been entered into the Biological and Biomedical Sciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.