Paediatric Neuroscientist, Dr Lara Menzies, returned to Teesside High School in Eaglescliffe on 9 December to inspire both pupils and parents as principal speaker at the school’s annual Speech Day.
Dr Menzies delivered a fascinating speech about her career in medicine and handed out over 100 awards to outstanding Teesside High School pupils during the ceremony.
London-based Dr Menzies left Teesside High School in 2000 to read Medical Sciences at Queens’ College Cambridge, specialising in neuroscience.
Teesside High School Headmaster, Malcolm Wilkinson, said: “It was an honour to welcome Lara back to her old school. We are all so proud of everything that she has achieved since her successful time here.”
In 2007, Dr Menzies was awarded the British Neuroscience Association Prize for her PhD in Brain Imaging. In 2008, she also won the University of Cambridge Department of Paediatrics Annual Prize and the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health Medical Student Prize for her achievements as a paediatric medical student.
Dr Menzies currently works at The Whittington Hospital in Highgate and continues her research, as well as completing a part-time Masters Degree in Paediatrics.
Mr Wilkinson continued: “Lara really did amaze our pupils by delivering a fantastic speech about her career and achievements to date. We hope that this really did show our pupils how much they can achieve.”