Dr Sam Davenward

Title: Lecturer
Phone: 01782 733765
Email: s.davenward@keele.ac.uk
Location: FY Centre, Bungalow 77
Role: FY Tutor
Contacting me: By email
Sam Davenward

Sam first arrived at Keele in 2005 to study a dual honours degree in Chemistry with Applied Environmental Science.  She graduated with a first class degree and also achieved a certificate of competence in Japanese.  Following this Sam completed a PhD in chemistry, supervised by Prof. Chris Exley, looking at the use of silicic acid-rich mineral water in reducing aluminium body burden in different groups of individuals.  Sam has since completed a PGCE in secondary science at the University of Wolverhampton.  She returned to Keele to join the Foundation Year as a Teaching Fellow and Personal Tutor in 2015, and is currently working towards a MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

My research focussed on elucidating the use of silicic acid-rich mineral water in reducing the body burden of aluminium.  This project employed electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS) to quantify trace elements within urine samples, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy to determine creatinine concentrations using an adaptation of the Jaffe method.

Selected Publications

  • Davenward S, Bentham P, Wright J, Crome P, Job D, Polwart A, Exley C. 2013. Silicon-rich mineral water as a non-invasive test of the 'aluminum hypothesis' in Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis, vol. 33(2), 423-430. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Davenward S, Bentham P, Wright J, Crome P, Job D, Polwart A, Exley C. 2013. Silicon-rich mineral water as a non-invasive test of the 'aluminum hypothesis' in Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis, vol. 33(2), 423-430. link> doi>

Teaching involvement in current modules:

Foundation Year Modules

FYO-00024  Communication Skills for Health Professions

FYO-00104  Academic Development for Vocational Learners (Module Leader)

FYO-00108  Academic Development (Module Leader)

FYO-00121  Fundamental Chemistry for Nursing & Midwifery (Module Leader)

FYO-00134  Fundamental Chemistry for Biology & Environmental Science (Module Leader)

External presentations:

The renal handling of silicon in healthy humans.  Platform presentation, Silicon by the Sea Conference (2009), San Diego (postgraduate bursary received).

Urinary excretion of silicon and aluminium in healthy individuals.  Platform presentation, 9th Meeting on Aluminium (2011), Niagara, Canada (postgraduate bursary received).