2014 UQ Medical Society Student Research Conference

23 October 2014

The 2014 UQ Medical Society Student Research Conference, held in October at Translational Research Institute, was another impressive showcase of UQ medical students’ research achievements.

University of Queensland School of Medicine

The event comprised a research expo with more than 20 groups, centres and institutes across UQ highlighting research opportunities for students.
The Expo was complemented by a parallel Poster Session with 18 impressive research posters on display. It was a busy buzzing atmosphere attended by an estimated 200+ students.
The Expo/Poster Session was followed by the Scientific Program of student oral presentations and the keynote speaker, Professor Pam McCombe. Six oral presentations were chosen as finalists out of 39 submitted abstracts and Professor Darrell Crawford presented prizes to the winners:

  • School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Best Oral Presentation went to Liam Coulthard: “The innate immune complement C5a Receptor Controls Proliferation of Embryonic Neural Stem Cells”
  • School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Best Poster went to Nathan Bain: “Eph-ephrin signalling blockade ameliorates TNFα-induced permeability changes in a human endothelial cell layer in vitro”
  • QIMR Berghofer Award for Most Innovative Research went to Patrick Candy: “Colon cancer discovery could take treatment up a notch”
  • QBI People’s Choice Poster Award went to John Ross Kucharczyk: “Early experience and operative technique of robotic-assisted partial nephrectomy”

Associate Professor Diann Eley, MBBS Program Research Coordinator said UQMS are to be commended for putting on such a professional event.
“Clearly their enthusiasm for research is matched by the prowess of our novice researchers and confirms the high level of quality and research promise we have amongst our medical student cohort,” Associate Professor Eley said.
Thanks to everyone who attended and in particular the donation of prizes by the UQ School of Medicine, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR Berghofer), and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).
Big thanks also go out to Expo representatives who devoted their time to meeting with and talking to students about research opportunities:

  1. Princess Alexandria Hospital Research
  2. Lung & Allergy Research Centre
  3. Centre for Kidney Disease Research
  4. Dermatology Research Institute
  5. Burns Trauma & Critical Care Research Centre
  6. Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer (QIMRB)
  7. Queensland Brain Institute (QBI)
  8. Diamantina Institute (DI)
  9. Translational Research Institute (TRI)
  10. Discipline of General Practice
  11. Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
  12. UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)
  13. HABs Faculty
  14. Mater Research Institute
  15. School of Pharmacy
  16. Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre
  17. Inter-group Dynamics & Health
  18. Rural Clinical Schools, Rockhampton & Toowoomba
  19. Hear & Say
  20. Red Cross Blood Service
  21. Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI)


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