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.
• 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.
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.
||AMRF Research Higher Degree Award||The Impact of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Led Antibiotic Allergy Testing Program on Prescribing
||AMRF Young Investigator Award||Untangling The Role Of The Alzheimer's Protein Tau In Type 2 Diabetes
||Conference Travel Award for Early Career Researcher||The role of the renin angiotensin system on the development of colorectal liver metastases
||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|
||Conference Travel Award for Early Career Researcher||Mast cell-associated macrophage recruitment promotes gastric tumour growth
||Allied Health Research Award||Randomised Trial of Antenatal Depression Treatment - Impact on Early Child Developmental Outcomes|
||Austin Lifesciences Prize for Basic Research||New medical therapeutics for ectopic pregnancy
||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
||FNI Prize for Neuroscience Research||Regional association between cortical volumes and imaging tau pathology using 18F-AV1451 and 18F-THK5351
||ONJCRI Scholarship||Exploring the Signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) as a therapeutic target
||Nursing Research Award||Activated clotting time (ACT) guided transradial (TR) band removal post coronary angiography: a pilot study
||Rob Pierce Memorial Award||A randomized controlled trial of auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea after acute quadriplegia (COSAQ).