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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

        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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