A LUDLOW medical student has been awarded a prize from leading medical research charity Arthritis Research UK.

Katherine Bishop, from Knowbury, won the charity’s annual prize in recognition of her research which explored micro particles in rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe form of inflammatory arthritis, causing painful swollen joints and fatigue.

Katherine, aged 24, a student at the University of Liverpool, was awarded £250 and a silver medal beating other students in her college to this prestigious award.

“I was delighted to have had the opportunity to conduct this research and would like to thank Arthritis Research UK for their recognition of my work,” said Katherine.

Keir Windsor, education manager at Arthritis Research UK, congratulated her on her work.

"Arthritis Research UK is leading the fight against arthritis and we want to ensure that those affected by the condition are able to remain active, doing the things that they love,” he said.

The medical student prize in musculoskeletal medicine is open to every medical school in the UK with one winner from each being awarded for an outstanding piece of written work.