Sentinus Success – Northern Ireland Winners

Sentinus Big Bang Competiton Northern Ireland.

St Dominic’s was well represented, with 2 teams competing at the Sentinus 2019 The Big Bang Competition held in the Ulster University Jordanstown, on Monday, 24th June.

Following a gruelling morning of judging and a longer afternoon of sharing their project ideas to more judges and members of the public the pupils were tired by 3pm.

Congratulation to Louise Finnegan who won an award from Norbrook Pharmaceuticals for best laboratory practice. She received a trophy and a cheques for £125. Her project title was “The role of DNA methylation in myocardial fibrosis” and involved a project characterising the effect of DNA methylation inhibition using a demethylation agent on the expression of fibriotic factors in human cardiac fibroblasts.

The second project form Catherine Walsh, Sophie McGregor and Cara McFadden won the Northern Ireland Young Scientist Big Bang Award. Their project title was “Could neutraceticals stop cancer” and involved investigating which type of neutraceticals stopped yeast respiring and therefore may stop cancer. They won the overall grand award and will represent Northern Ireland in Birmingham 2020. Congratulation to all the girls involved!