Ben Amberg wins Faculty Three Minute Thesis Final

From equitable access to health services in regional areas to new treatments for brain injuries, the 2020 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final showcased the high calibre of graduate research being done within the Faculty.

The 3MT competition offers PhD students the opportunity to raise their research profile and enhance their communication and presentation skills.  In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s final was been moved to a virtual format.  The eleven finalists pre-recorded a video submission, with just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to present their 80,000-word theses.

Congratulations to Ben Amberg from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, who took out first place as the Faculty’s winner, with his presentation ‘Mrs Donald’s balloon and fetal surgery’. He was also the winner of the Faculty’s People’s Choice Award, awarded by popular vote. Ben’s research looks at improving fetal surgeries, and he’s supervised by Professor Stuart Hooper, Associate Professor Ryan Hodges and Dr Kelly Crossley.

You can watch Ben’s winning presentation below:

Samoda Rupasinghe from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Jemma Keeves of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine were named the second and third place winners. Samoda’s research explores if exosomes can be used to treat stroke patients and Jemma’s looks at improving health service delivery and access for people following a serious injury. Samoda will now progress to the Monash wildcard competition, competing for a spot in the Monash 3MT final.

Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, Deputy Dean of Academic and Graduate Affairs, acknowledged the contribution of all finalists to ground-breaking health research.

“These research projects are outstanding and of the highest quality. This important work has the potential to not only transform the lives of patients, but of whole communities. I am so proud to be part of witnessing their research journeys.”

Ben will represent Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in the Monash 3MT virtual final on 18 August.