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Two Brunel scholars win prestigious Fulbright Awards

Just three Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards have been given to UK scholars this year (2009/10).

The award will enable Dr Taylor, 26, to perform a 10-month post-doctoral research project under the mentorship of Professor Bruce Johnson (Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA) entitled “Work of Breathing in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure: Implications for Exercise Tolerance.“

The funded project comprises an investigation into the role of the respiratory system in limiting exercise tolerance among heart-failure patients. The intended outcome is a therapeutic aid to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of discomfort, which will hopefully improve the tolerance of exercise.

Alongside the work he has completed with the GB Paralympic team in the build-up to the Beijing games, the new award will provide an excellent career foundation for the 26-year-old Glaswegian who has been with the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Brunel University for the past five years.

Dr Christine Riefa lectuer in the Brunel Law School is also a Fulbright recipient. She has received an EU Scholar-in-residence award and will spend five months at Cleveland-Marshall, Ohio, from January 2010 to May 2010.

She will be teaching European Consumer Law and conducting research on the protection of consumers in virtual environments (such as Second Life) and take an active part in the local legal community.

Notes to Editors
For further details on the Fulbright Awards, contact the Director of the Awards Programme, Michael Scott Kline, email:; Tel: 0208 7539 4409.

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