2016 Highlights

2016 Highlights

2016 saw the introduction of ResearchFest at Austin Health.

Poster sessions were held 3 - 7 October and lectures, oral presentations and symposia were held between 4-26 October. Over 400 people interested in and involved in medical and scientific research attended.

The festival of research aims to provide opportunities for researchers to display their work, form new collaborations and learn about the work of their colleagues.

Highlights included:
• Professor Tim Flannery's insights into Climate Change. Professor Flannery eloquently argued for action to meet the agreed less than two degrees of global warming. He gave a number of examples of methods of achieving this target. There were more attendees than seats in the lecture theatre. Professor Flannery engaged in a lively question and answer session before congratulating all the award winners.

• Debate of the proposition "Trust me I'm a website ". Moderated by Prof Zajac; The Webmaster (Tessa Young), Chris Leung, and Stephen Warrillow courageously argued for the affirmative with assistance from both ‘80's leathers and cheeky Google searches. The negative argument prevailed masterfully argued by Joe Anthony Rotella, Lachlan Miles and Natalie Hannan (MHW).

• Two well attended poster sessions which had the room buzzing with discussion.

• Three oral sessions where presenters each had eight minutes plus two minutes questions to present their work.

• Participation of early career researchers in the Austin LifeSciences symposium; four examples of some of the excellent research being carried out at Austin Health.

• $19,000 of travel grants awarded including a new award for Nursing Quality Projects

• Distinguished Scientist Award presented to Professor Julie Bernhardt for her research and clinical leadership and encouragement of young people into research. Professor Bernhardt said she was honoured to accept the award noting her first research award was the Allied Health Research Award. She also acknowledged the skills and support of her team.



Research Week Prizes and Awards 2016

Congratulations to the  winners of Austin LifeSciences Research Week 2016 prizes and awards.

These are the winners of the awards for 2016.  The abstracts of these works are in the abstracts pdf 

Name of recipient Name of award For work
Professor Julie Bernhardt
AMRF Distinguished Scientist Award 

To honour Professor Bernhardt's contribution to the research community at Austin Health, in both clinical and basic research and her commitment to fostering young people into research and supervision of post-graduate degree students.

Jason Trubiano
AMRF Research Higher Degree Award The Impact of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Led Antibiotic Allergy Testing Program on Prescribing
Salvatore Mangiafico
AMRF Young Investigator Award Untangling The Role Of The Alzheimer's Protein Tau In Type 2 Diabetes
Linh Nguyen
Conference Travel Award for Early Career Researcher The role of the renin angiotensin system on the development of colorectal liver metastases
Emilio Werden
Conference Travel Award for Early Career Researcher Cognition is associated with hippocampal volume and cortical thickness early after ischaemic stroke
Chih-Chiang (Jason) Hu Conference Travel Award for Early Career Researcher Renal tubular sodium transporter expression and phosphorylation are altered in pre-eclampsia
Moritz Eissmann
Conference Travel Award for Early Career Researcher Mast cell-associated macrophage recruitment promotes gastric tumour growth
Alan Gemmill
Allied Health Research Award Randomised Trial of Antenatal Depression Treatment - Impact on Early Child Developmental Outcomes
Roxanne Haste
Austin Lifesciences Prize for Basic Research New medical therapeutics for ectopic pregnancy
Catherine Brock
Clinical Dean's Prize for Scholarly Selective Poster Presentation Quelling the silent epidemic of chronic hepatitis B: a novel method of screening at risk communities in the emergency department
Mark Ng Tang Fui
Department of Medicine (UoM) Research Higher Degree Award Testosterone Treatment Increases Loss of Body Fat and Prevents Loss of Lean Mass in Obese Men with Low Testosterone Levels on a Hypocaloric Diet: A randomized trial
Vincent Doré
FNI Prize for Neuroscience Research Regional association between cortical volumes and imaging tau pathology using 18F-AV1451 and 18F-THK5351
Mariah Alorro
ONJCRI Scholarship Exploring the Signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) as a therapeutic target
Kylie Clarkson
Nursing Research Award Activated clotting time (ACT) guided transradial (TR) band removal post coronary angiography: a pilot study
David Berlowitz
Rob Pierce Memorial Award  A randomized controlled trial of auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea after acute quadriplegia (COSAQ).