UQ Medical Student Research Conference

Presented by the UQ Medical Society, the Ochsner Medical Student Association, and the Office of Medical Education

Conference Report

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or presented at the 2019 Medical Student Research Conference on 9 October 12:30-5pm at UQ Centre for Clinical Research (CCR). 

This year’s call for abstracts attracted 53 submissions from which eight oral and 20 poster abstracts were chosen for presentation on the day. The afternoon began with lunch and a chance to mingle with academic staff as well as view posters on display. Professor Stuart Carney, the Medical Dean, opened the conference followed by eight student oral presentations, interrupted by afternoon tea and more poster viewing and networking.

The highlight of the afternoon was the keynote address by Dr Michael Wagels, a specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Senior Lecturer at UQ. Professor Carney presented the certificates and prizes to all the award winners before closing the conference.

Congratulations to all the award winners:

Faculty of Medicine Award for Best Poster presentation: Andrew Su

Deep Learning Model for Automated Cancer Classification based on Image data and Molecular Markers

Queensland Brain Institute Poster Award: Ian Doig

The effect of day of admission and surgeon experience on hip fracture outcomes tracked one year post-operatively

Translational Research Institute Poster Prize - most translational research: Chloe Yap Connecting comorbidities with brain-gut-microbiome-stress axis biology in autism spectrum disorder: a review

Ochsner Clinical School prize for the best Phase 1 Research: Omeed Faghih

Preclinical development of methionyl-tRNA synthetase inhibitors as novel antibiotics against gram-positive bacteria

Faculty of Medicine Award for Best Oral presentation: Cody Frear

Negative pressure wound therapy for small-to-medium-sized  paediatric thermal burns 

QIMR Berghofer Research Institute Oral presentation prize: Grace Boyd

Endoscopically resected colorectal polyps ≤10mm are not always innocuous: caution against a routine discard policy

Faculty of Medicine “People’s Choice” Award - Oral presentation: Cody Frear

Negative pressure wound therapy for small-to-medium-sized   paediatric thermal burns  

Thank you to all our reviewers and judges.

A special thanks to Graham Leggatt who organised all the judges. 

Abstract reviewers

  • Graham Leggatt, UQ Diamantina Institute (UQDI)
  • Paul Dawson, Mater Research Institute (MRI)
  • Peter Simpson, UQCCR
  • Alka Kothari, Faculty of Medicine (FoM) & Ob-Gyn Redcliffe Hospital
  • Rob Eley FoM
  • Megan Steele, FoM
  • Remo Ostini, FoM Rural Clinical School

Oral presentation judges

  • Amy Johnston, FoM ED, PA Hospital and School of Nursing & Midwifery
  • Paul Dawson, Mater Research Institute

Poster presentation judges

  • Aideen McInerney-Leo, Giorgia Mori and Natale Snape - Diamantina Institute
  • Julie Wixey and Priyakshi Kalita de Croft – UQCCR
  • Anuj Sehgal, Kavita Bisht and Michaela Kindlova – Mater Research Institute
  • Marjan Mojtabavi Naeini and Claudia Bruedigam – QIMR Berghofer

Student research representatives:

Cody Frear, Sam Tan, Nick Newcomb and Chloe Yap

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support:

  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute  
  • Translational Research Institute
  • Queensland Brain Institute 
  • The UQ Faculty of Medicine  
  • UQ Centre for Clinical Research
  • UQ Diamantina Institute
  • Mater Research Institute
  • Child Health Research Centre


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