PIONEERING research into diabetes by a Bodmin College A-level student could save some patients with the disease from undergoing amputations.
Zoe Foster's work will now be discussed by health professionals at the Diabetes UK conference to be held in Manchester in March.
Zoe, 17, was awarded a Nuffield bursary to work in the Diabetes Research Centre at the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Plymouth Diabetes Centre under the guidance of Mr Graham Bruce, Dr Buki Ajala and Professor Ann Millward, investigating the backgrounds of patients with diabetes who had to undergo lower limb amputation.
Zoe's work showed that half had previously had foot ulcers and the majority had some previous nerve damage (neuropathy).
It was the first time such data has been available to medical researchers, and it is hoped her work will enable a reduction in the number of amputations.
Dr Martin Dixon, director of science at Bodmin College, said: "Zoe's work was deemed good enough to be submitted to the Diabetes UK conference. She's just heard it's been accepted and means that, despite only being in the sixth form, this aspiring young lady will have her first piece of published work at the age of 17.
"Zoe's received offers from two medical schools to study medicine from September.
"This is a great achievement for a hardworking and enthusiastic student."