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2019 Highlights

2019 Highlights

Over 400 people interested in and involved in medical and scientific research attended ResearchFest 2019, from 9-17 October.

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:

  •  Debate of the proposition "There is no safe lower limit for sunshine. We should all stay inside and take vitamin D.". Flamboyantly moderated by Mark Lubliner (CMO);  all debaters (Sarah Brennand, Eliza Hawkes, Natalie Yang, Anton Lambers Richard C O'Brien, Nam Anavekar) held the audience spellbound. The negative argument exploited a detail in an x-ray, provided as argument by the affirmative team, and carried the day!
  • Prof Wendy Chapman, Associate Dean for Digital Health and Informatics, Director Centre for Clinical and Public Health Informatics, University of Melbourne offered her insights into the way we can use data that is already in the electronic medical record, in the form of observations or clinical notes, to further improve patient care and improve health outcomes for patients. Dr Chapman highlighted the opportunities that searching the narrative text in the medical record can provide. She described successful methods of using digitised health records and illustrated the high degree of specificity required to design a system that usefully checks data
  • Three well attended poster sessions which had the room buzzing with discussion. 
    • Participation of early career researchers in the Austin LifeSciences symposium; four examples of some of the excellent research being carried out at Austin Health. 
      • More than $14,000 of travel grants awarded 
        • Distinguished Scientist Award presented to Professor Jeffrey Zajac for his research and clinical leadership and encouragement of young people into research. Professor Zajac said he was honoured to accept the award noting his long association with the vibrant research culture at the Austin. He thanked the research community at the Austin for encouraging him as a medical student and junior doctor and praised the health service for maintaining a commitment to supporting research.
        • Initiation of Open Labs afternoon where four research labs opened their doors to visitors to show "what they do"

        Research Week Prizes and Awards 2019

        Congratulations to the  winners of Austin LifeSciences Research Week 2019 prizes and awards.

        These are the winners of the awards for 2019.  The abstracts of these works are in the abstracts pdf 

        Name of recipient Name of award For work
        Professor Jeffrey Zajac AMRF Distinguished Scientist Award 

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

        Ali Ghasem-Zadeh
        AMRF Research Higher Degree Award

        Evaluation of bone microstructure of distal radius and distal tibia on human objects using phase-contrast synchrotron radiation computed tomography

        Teresa MacDonald  AMRF Young Investigator Award Increasing fetal growth velocity increases the risk of shoulder dystocia among non-macrosomic fetuses

        Brooke Chapman

        Allied Health Research Award Reduced handgrip strength in liver transplant recipients is associated with poor outcomes after transplantation
        Wendi Lin

        Austin LifeSciences University of Melbourne Discovery Research Prize

        Measurable residual disease detection by next generation sequencing in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

        Amy Schneider

        Florey Prize for Neuroscience Research Double somatic mosaicism in a child with Dravet syndrome 

        Antonin Serrano

        ONJCRI Scholarship Unravelling breast cancer heterogeneity using genetic barcoded patient-derived xenograft
        Hayley Hall and Sofia Karageorge
        Clinical or Patient Care Nursing Quality Project Award  Seeing the opportunity
        Danielle Wilson Rob Pierce Memorial Award 

        Sleep-disordered breathing in gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia: Impact on maternal and fetal outcomes

        Polly Dufton Nursing Research Award Pre-treatment patient education: Establishing a shared understanding of best-practice
        Lorelle Martin
        LaTrobe University School of Nursing and Midwifery Nursing Journal Award Differences in characteristics, performance targets and outcomes for men and women with STEMI in a large tertiary Australian hospital
        Phelia Kunniardy Clinical Dean's Prize for MD Research Project Inpatient Coronary Angiography is Associated with Reduced Mortality in Patients aged >85 years with Non-ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
        Lakmie Gunarathne
        CEO's Award for Basic Science Research Therapeutic potential of targeting the protective arm of the renin-angiotensin system in cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic portal hypertension
        Laura Bird
        CEO's Award for Clinical Research Neuroprotective value of music training


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