2015 - 2019 MHTP PhD Student Symposium
Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) PhD Symposium celebrates the fantastic research of 2nd and 3rd year PhD Students across the MHTP.
The 2019 MHTP PhD Student Showcase Symposium took place on Thursday 29 August, showcasing the amazing and impactful work of our PhD students. The event was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the significant discoveries that are happening within the Precinct, and to hear from our future research leaders.
There were 38 posters on display and 12 oral presentations, each highlighting the incredible breadth of research projects across MHTP.
Our congratulations to the winners and all of the students who participated.
Oral presentation winners
First prize for best presentation – Mary Mansilla from the Department of Molecular and Trans Science - ‘A placenta-specific protein that is critical for a healthy human placenta’
Second prize for best presentation - Tayla Penny from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - ‘Multiple doses of umbilical cord blood cells improve long-term perinatal brain injury’
People’s Choice award - Stephanie Cowan from the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food – ‘Inflaming public interest - using a whole diet approach to Lowe inflammation in chronic disease’
First prize went to Mary Mansilla
Equal second prize went to Ingrid Dudink, Tomalika Ullah, Jennifer Hutchinson & Carrie Ng
The 2018 MHTP Research Symposium was an overwhelming success. More than 220 posters were submitted and displayed throughout Monash Medical Centre, the Monash Children’s Hospital and the Translational Research Facility. For the third consecutive year there were ‘standing room’ only crowds for the keynote speaker. Professor Ian Frazer AC spoke about the history of papillomavirus and the development of a vaccine.
|Poster Category||Abstract title||Best Poster Prize Winner - $500|
|Women's Health and Female Reproduction||The Role of PFN1 in Endometrial Cancer||Lisanne George|
|Public Health & Health Services||Antibiotic prescribing patterns in the paediatric community||Sabrina Yeh|
|Oncology (supported and sponsored by MPCCC)||DNMT1 depletion by Guadecitabine induces potent anti-T-cell lymphoma activity in vitro andin vivo||Belinda Maher|
|Nursing and Midwifery||Person-Centredness in a Complex Care Program: Perspectives of Clients and Staff||Julie White|
|Mental Health and Neurosciences||Do patients with Motor Neurone Disease experience disorders of olfaction?||Chi Hsuan Hu|
|Inflammatory & Infectious Diseases||Glucocorticoid-Induced Leucine Zipper (GILZ) Represents A Checkpoint Limiting Type 1 Interferon (IFN) Production In SLE||Champa Nataraja|
|Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Surgery||Just Say No To the Just In Case Cannula: Does a Multimodal Intervention Reduce Peripheral Intravenous Cannula (PIVC) Associated Health-care Acquired Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemias?||Chhavi Raj Bhatt|
|Diabetes, Obesity, Men's Health & Reproduction & Endocrinology||Does combined osteopenia/osteoporosis and sarcopenia confer greater risk of fracture than either condition alone in older men? The Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project||David Scott|
|Child & Neonatal Health||Epidemiology of adenotonsillectomy in Victoria and risk factors for postoperative complications||Aimy Tran|
|Cardiovascular Disease||Application of the DILEMMA score to improve lesion selection for invasive physiological assessment||Michael Michail|
|Allied Health and Other||Cultural empathy in physiotherapy students: a pre-test post-test study utilising virtual simulation.||Annika Ward|
Translational Research Young Investigators Poster Competition Winners
|Poster Category||Abstract title||Best Poster Prize Winner|
|Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases||Assessment of gut dysfunction in a mouse model of stroke||Kathryn Kumar (1st prize $500)|
|Other||Development of assisted reproductive techniques to conserve Australia’s native fish||Nicola Rivers (2nd prize $200)|
|Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases||Prospective Validation of the Lupus Low Disease Activity State - a Treatment Target for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus||Dr Vera Golder (3rd prize $100)|
Nicole Free, winner of the Moash Univesrity 3MT final, won best oral presentation at the MHTP PhD student showcase symposium. Dr Jasna Aleksova took out second prize, while Gloria Leung received the People’s Choice award.
Poster competition winners
Best Poster Prize Winner - $500
Age dependent effect on post-stroke infection
Shu Wen Wen
Child and neonatal health
Differential effects of umbilical cord blood cells to reduce neuroinflammation following neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
Diabetes, obesity, men’s health & reproduction and endocrinology
Sarcopenic Obesity is Associated with Lower Proximal Tibial Cortical Bone Quality, Increased Intermuscular Adipose Tissue and Poor Physical Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Emergency medicine, anaesthetics, intensive care and surgery
Determining an optimal skin closure technique for children undergoing elective surgical procedures
Inflammatory and infectious diseases
The role of dietary fibre on the progression of colitis
Mental health and neurosciences
Mesenchymal stem cells modulate brain inflammation after LPS administration in preterm fetal sheep
Nursing and midwifery
Admission temperature of preterm infants – mitigating the effects of increased transportation time and distance to A new NICU
Oncology (First State Super corporate sponsor)
Novel Therapeutic Strategies in Thyroid Cancer
Public health and health services
Factors associated with stroke patients experiencing severe complications in acute hospitals in New South Wales (Australia)
Women’s health and female reproduction
The Effect of Partial Amniotic Carbon Dioxide Insufflation on the Fetus During Fetoscopic Surgery
The Best Way To Go”; Navigating hospital end of life care research dilemmas”
PhD student showcase symposium winners
- 1st place: Dr Nitesh Nerlekar (Epicardial Adipose Tissue – The link between inflammation, obesity and coronary artery disease)
- 2nd place: Ms Madison Paton (Mesenchymal stem cell therapy for preterm brain injury in fetal sheep)
- People’s choice: Ms Brittany Croft (Investigating the role of FGF9 in disorders of sex development)
Best of ECR Oral Presentations winners
- 1st place: Mr Dinesh Giritharan (Use of decision support tools for discharge planning in a general medical unit)
- 2nd place: Dr Stacy Ellery (Creatine synthesis in fetal growth restriction and preeclampsia: potential implications for placental bioenergetics)
Oral presentation winners (PhD students)
- 1st Zoe Marks
- 2nd Sarah Meiklejohn
- 3rd Shavi Fernando
Poster prize winners
- Cancer- Dean Popovski
- Cardiovascular- Brian Ko
- Child Health and Neontal Health- Flora Wong
- Diabetes, Obesity, Men’s Health and Endocrinology- David Scott
- Emergency Medicine/Anaesthetics/ICU/Trauma/Surgery- Simon Bell
- Inflammation & Infectious Diseases- Michaela Finsterbusch
- Mental Health & Neurosciences- Thanh Phan
- Nursing and Midwifery- Christine East
- Public Health & Health Services (including Ageing and Allied Health)- Amanda Thrift
- Women’s Health- Harriet Fitzgerald
- 1st $1,000 - Virginia Deswaerte
- 2nd $300 - Amy Winship
- 3rd $100 - Le Son Tran
The 2015 (inaugural) MHTP PhD Student Symposium held on Friday 20 November at MMC was an overwhelming success.
Chaired by our own students, ten outstanding PhD students from across various academic departments at SCS and Hudson Institute presented their research.
"The quality and diversity of laboratory and clinical research presented by these remarkable PhD students was frankly breathtaking," said Head, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health Professor Eric Morand, who opened the session together with Professor Bryan Williams.
"We know that the School of Clinical Sciences has the largest cohort of PhD students amongst Monash University's clinical schools and I am now more confident than ever that it is also the best."
First prize for best presentation was awarded to Natalie Bitto while Dr Moya Vandeleur received second prize. The Students' Choice Award went to Lexie Prokopuk.
Professor Rosemary Horne was given a special award in recognition of her exceptional and long service to the PhD program.
"I look forward to this symposium becoming a regular event on the academic calendar and representing an incredible forum for our diverse and talented staff and students to come together and share their research," added Professor Morand.