Myo Htet

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I obtained my MBBS degree from University of Medicine, Mandalay, Myanmar in 2011. Before I graduated, I undertook one year house internship training in Mandalay General Hospital, Mandalay. In 2012, I came to Glasgow to study MSc Diabetes Care and Management at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). The MSc course was truly multi-disciplinary approach, student centred and research based. Individual subspecialised areas were run by bringing together experts from diabetes research areas with focus on stroke, myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis, obesity, novel therapeutics in diabetes, stem cell and islets xenotransplant, endocrinologist and ophthalmologist from NHS, specialist nurse from diabetic retinal clinic, podiatric medicine, nutrition, mental health, sexual dysfunction, public health, diabetic renal disease, microbiologist and precision therapy in diabetic wound healing etc.

After doing dissertation project on ‘The elationships between Diabetes and Hypertension’ for my MSc, I became interested in insulin and endothelin signalling pathways and, endothelial dysfunction in microcirculation. Therefore, I decided to continue PhD in cardiovascular research. My area of research is pulmonary hypertension and microcirculation. My other areas of research interest are diabetes, gestational diabetes, atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction.

I am currently enrolled as a fourth year PhD student at GCU and now writing up thesis for my PhD in cardiovascular research.

GCU has been one of the best places to conduct research and study especially on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. It offers advanced sophisticated facilities and customized tools to conduct research for each discipline. It provides us insights into in depth understanding of molecular mechanisms and disease pathobiology. Students are lucky to have supervisors who are very kind, supportive and have proven strong records of peer reviewed publications at high impact factor journals. Moreover, students have chances to broaden their knowledge in basic science and learn cutting edge technologies not just in their own research areas but also in different research fields through regular talks given by PhD students, postdocs, senior research scientists, professors and other highly qualified researchers from different institutions across the world. Not just from academic point of view, students are also trained to have personal development plans, career planning and are required to attend workshops and demonstrate regularly. More importantly, with the support from university, students have to present posters and/or oral communications about their original scientific findings at conferences either nationally or internationally giving chances to get feedback, collaborate and exchange knowledge with experts from around the globe. Therefore, it is fair to say that, GCU graduates have good potential for career success and brighter futures are waiting in the wings.