International BRAIN Unit neurosciences doctor wins national neuro-competition


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International BRAIN Unit neurosciences doctor wins national neuro-competition

A neurosciences doctor based at the Brain Repair and Intracranial Neurotherapeutics (BRAIN) Unit has won the National Anatomical Society’s Postgraduate Neuroanatomy Competition 2017.

Ronak Ved, a Neurosciences Doctor at Cardiff and Vale Neurosciences Directorate in the University Hospital of Wales, was awarded first prize after competing in the UK-wide event hosted at The University Hospital of Southampton.

The competition saw doctors representing neuroscience departments from across the country compete across three examinations. Participants took on a neuroimaging assessment, a challenge involving dissected brain specimens and a clinical-based written exam.

Top accolade

As the only entrant representing a Welsh Hospital, Ronak did the region proud and claimed the top accolade after securing the highest score in every component of the contest.

“It is a real privilege to be recognised for this national honour,” said Ronak, whose role is funded by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

“In my job, it is essential to integrate neuroscience knowledge with effective clinical care to deliver high quality treatment and instil confidence in our patients.

“This competition put all of these skills to the test, and I’m delighted to help place a spotlight on the BRAIN Unit as a centre of excellence in neurosurgery and neuro-therapeutic development, both on a local and national level.”


Jessica Castle, Director of Operations for the Specialist Services Clinical Board said: “We were really pleased to learn that Ronak won this national event and we would all like to congratulate him on this fantastic achievement.

“He is a well-respected and valued member of the Neurosciences team who has worked for the department for some time and has recently taken up the post of Neurology Teaching Fellow with us.”

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