Top scholarship for young Sheffield doctor

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A young Sheffield doctor is off to carry out research at one of the world’s most prestigious universities after landing a place on a famous transatlantic exchange programme.

James Pearson, 25, a former pupil at Westfield School at Sothall, is off to Yale for a year after winning a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his research on diabetes.

Previous winners of the scholarship include politician Shirley Williams, author Sylvia Plath and composer Aaron Copland.

James, who also went to Gleadless and Reignhead primaries, studied molecular medicine at Bristol University and is now based in Cardiff where he is working on his PhD.

His mum Helen, who now lives in Halfway, said she was particularly proud of James’ success as he had been up against such stiff opposition.

“He will be going to Yale next January and it is such a great opportunity for him,” she said.

“James has worked with voluntary groups and charities to raise awareness of diabetes issues and has also campaigned for diabetes rights.”

This year’s 42 scholars were invited to a reception held at the home of the US Ambassador.