CCS Three minute thesis competition 2012

2011 3MT thesis finalists
2011 3MT winners. L-R: Michael Cangkrama (CCS), 3rd place; Tanuja Rajah (Science Faculty), 1st place; Julia Gilmartin (Pharmacy), 2nd place. See Michael's presentation at 2011 Three Minute Thesis Videos.

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Central Clinical School HDR students regularly compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition, offered in every Australian university. The CCS 3 Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for HDR students to convey the relevance and importance of their research in just 3 minutes.   It is an excellent opportunity to achieve a higher profile for research students and their work. The winner represents Monash University in the national competition.

For details of registration and other 2012 dates, see the University 3MT web page.

Six CCS students competed on Thursday 2 August 2012. The winner was Nigel Rogasch, MAPrc, who will represent CCS in the Faculty Finals on Thursday 23 August at 2.00pm in the M2 Lecture Theatre, Building 13A.  The overall University final will be on Tuesday 4 September.

CCS 3 Minute Thesis 2012 participant videos

Danielle Michell
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Speaker: Danielle Michell
Supervisor: Professor Jaye Chin-Dusting, BakerIDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Title: Hypertension induced inflammation in the endothelium: The signalling pathways involved

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Laboratory Medicine. Currently she is undertaking her PhD in the Vascular Pharmacology Laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. The aim of her project is to understand the vascular inflammatory mechanisms induced by high blood pressure with the view to prevent blood pressure-related complications such as atherosclerosis.

Jeremy Wrobel
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Speaker: Jeremy Wrobel
Supervisor: Professor Trevor Williams, Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed)
Title: Heart-lung interactions in patients with emphysema

Jeremy is a respiratory physician with a special interest in pulmonary hypertension, emphysema and advanced lung disease. His PhD thesis is on pulmonary hypertension in patients with emphysema. His research focusses on clinical, physiological and pathophysiological aspects of pulmonary hypertension in emphysema.

Melonie Voevodin
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Speaker: Melonie Voevodin 
Supervisor: Professor Paul Komesaroff, Centre for Ethics and Medicine in Society
Title: Can dieticians turn around the obesity epidemic?

Melanie is a dietitian and health economist.  She has worked in government, academic and private sectors, and is now halfway through a PhD at Monash University.   Her research goal is to find a simpler way to captue data as part of health professionals’ every day practice.  This research is focused on dietitians who provide a service to people who are overweight as the initial case example.   Melanie expects the outcomes from her PhD will help improve the health of Australians by better use of available data.

Neil Bailey
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Speaker: Neil Bailey
Supervisor
: Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
Title: Neural changes in depression following a traumatic brain injury

Neil is currently completing his PhD at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. His thesis examines the development of depression following a traumatic brain injury with electroencephalography (EEG). Prior to commencing his PhD, he provided ABA therapy for children with Autism, after having completed his honours in psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington.

Nigel Rogasch
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Speaker: Nigel Rogasch
Supervisor: Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
Title: Cortical inhibition, plasticity and working memory schizophrenia

Nigel’s research focuses on the role of neural mechanisms such as cortical inhibition and neuroplasticity in memory. He is currently exploring whether abnormalities in these mechanisms contribute to cognitive impairments in people with schizophrenia. Nigel graduated with a BSc(Hons) in neurophysiology at the University of Adelaide in 2007. He has worked in research laboratories in Adelaide and Izmir, Turkey on a variety of topics ranging from learning and memory in the human motor system, motor control following muscle damage and peripheral reflex networks. His research utilises techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG).

Sarah Charnaud
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Speaker: Sarah Charnaud
Supervisor: Professor Brendan Crabb, Burnet Institute
Title: Mechanism of protein export in the malaria parasite Plasmodium Falciparum

Sarah studied molecular biology BSc and Honours in molecular biology in the UK. Her first position was in industry doing genetic toxicology testing for potential new drugs, before moving into malaria drug discovery at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From there she heard about Brendan Crabb's work and pestered him for a year until he gave her a job as an RA in his lab. Sarah started a PhD 2 years ago on export mechanisms in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.