2020 MHTP PhD Student Symposium

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2020 MHTP PhD Student Symposium

The virtual symposium was held on Wednesday, 7 October 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The event celebrated the fantastic research of 2nd and 3rd year PhD Students across the MHTP.

Organised by the HISS Committee, Jin Graham and Professor Kate Loveland, the symposium combined amazing science with some entertainment!

In addition to student talks, attendees were treated to 'The HudCast' featuring a special episode with Professor Eric Morand. (Link to full episode of the HudCast on Apple Podcasts / Link to full episode of the HudCast on Spotify / Links to Video Clips shown: Clip 1 and Clip 2).

Also featuring at the symposium was a video by students thanking supervisors for their support. Students were asked to send in a short statement about what their supervisor does to support and motivate them – over 45 responses were sent in from all across the School – a must watch!

Symposium Speakers were 2nd and 3rd year PhD students nominated from each SCS department and MCHRI. Judges from across MHTP scored the talks to decide the winners of best presentation.

Read about all the Speakers and their research here!

Prize winners

Leon Siriwardhana1st Place – Leon Siriwardhana (Department of Paediatrics/The Ritchie Centre)
Leon is a fourth year medical student undertaking the MD/PhD pathway. He commenced his PhD in 2019 with the Infant and Child Health group at The Ritchie Centre and Department of Paediatrics, following the completion of his Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) in 2018.
Shamil Cooray2nd Place – Dr Shamil Cooray (Monash Centre for Health and Research Implementation)
Shamil is an Endocrinologist with clinical appointments at Monash and Alfred Health. He is also a PhD candidate at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. He is supported by an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, the Australian Academy of Science and Diabetes Australia. During his PhD, he undertook a Clinical Research Fellowship in Clinical Prediction Modelling at the Barts Research Centre for Women’s Health at Queen Mary University London funded by the Endeavour Leadership Program.
Anqi Li3rd Place – Anqi Li (Obstetrics and Gynaecology/The Ritchie Centre)
Anqi is a PhD candidate in the Amnion Cell Biology research group at The Ritchie Centre. Her project involves close collaboration with Scinogy Pty Ltd and Thermo Fisher to develop processes using a novel cell processing device for the cell and gene therapy industry. The findings from her research has provided critical support for device development.