Every October for the past 30 years TQEH Research Expo has been held. This event now forms part of CALHN Research Week. Congratulations to all research students and trainees at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH), who presented their results at the 30th TQEH Research Expo. Eight prizes were awarded across different categories thanks to our generous sponsors and were presented by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the Honourable Stephen Wade MLC. These awards followed a day and a half of presentations, and the 30th Plenary Lecture, delivered by SA Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael Cusack. Full details of the prize winners and their sponsors can be found here. .
Photo L-R: Mr Paul Flynn, CEO THRF Group, Professor John Beltrame AM, Director of Research CALHN, Professor Richard Ruffin, Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Mr Raymond Spencer, Chair CALHN, Dr Prue Cowled and Professor Guy Maddern, Director of Research BHI, TQEH. [taken by Andrew Beveridge, ASB Creative].
Professor Robert Fitridge is Professor of Vascular Surgery at The University of Adelaide and Consultant Vascular Surgeon for CAHLN (Central Adelaide Local Health Network) and the Lyell McEwin Health Service. Rob is the lead investigator on a new grant aimed at “Improving telemedicine delivery for Aboriginal people with diabetes-related foot complications using Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR).”.
Dr Maryam Nakhjavani has received a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from The University of Adelaide and has been awarded a highly prestigious fellowship from Deakin University in Victoria..
Congratulations to Amita Ghadge, a PhD student in the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit, for being awarded one of two Ross Wishart Memorial Awards at the SA Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Annual Scientific Meeting held on Wednesday 9th June. Amita gave a 3 minute overview of her research at the Gala Dinner on Monday night in addition to her formal presentation at the conference. Her talk "The developmental origins of mammographic density and breast cancer risk" is based on her PhD research which she is completing at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH under the supervision of Associate Professor Wendy Ingman, Professor Rebecca Robker and Dr Pallave Dasari. Amita is currently finalising her thesis and aims to submit it in a few months..
The University of Adelaide has held a series of graduation ceremonies over the last week or so. To see a full list of the BHI, TQEH students who had their degrees conferred in 2020, see pages 20-21 of the BHI Research Report 2020. This photo shows 4 of the 12 students who completed their Bachelor of Health and Medical Science Honours degrees at the Basil Hetzel Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2020. All 12 students were awarded First Class Honours. In addition, Sophie Camens was awarded a University Medal for 2020 for outstanding academic merit throughout her undergraduate studies (read more). Of these 12 Honours students, 5 have commenced their PhDs at the BHI, TQEH (Olivia Girolamo, Joshua Kovoor, Michelle Sims, Dawn Whelan and Kenny Yeo)..
A National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project Grant, providing $1,499,233 in funding over 3 years has been awarded for the PAMICO Project - Personalising Acute Myocardial Infarction Care to improve Outcomes. Chief Investigators for this project are:.
The Adelaide node of the Australian Arthritis & Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC), coordinated at the BHI, TQEH by Professor Catherine Hill and Dr Carlee Ruediger, has welcomed its first participant, Justin Baldwin, who completed his questionnaires and provided blood samples to kickstart the data collection. Justin was happy to be involved in the Collaborative which he hopes will help other people with these conditions..
Dr Michael Gouzos (second from left in photo) has qualified academically for his degree of Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Adelaide and has also received a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Michael's PhD thesis "A delicate balance: Modulation of reactive oxygen species after sinus surgery to improve the healing process" was supervised by Professors PJ Wormald and Alkis Psaltis and Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde in the ENT Surgery group at the BHI, TQEH. Michael was the recipient of a Research Training Program Stipend from The University of Adelaide. He is currently working as a Clinical Service Registrar in ENT Surgery at the Flinders Medical Centre..
Sophie Camens (ENT Surgery) has been awarded a University Medal for 2020 for outstanding academic merit throughout her undergraduate studies. This includes last year at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, where she completed a First Class Honours degree and received a Medical Specialities Honours Award from the Adelaide Medical School. Sophie's thesis "Preclinical development of a P. aeruginosa phage cocktail for use to treat infections with multi-drug resistant bacteria" was supervised by University of Adelaide researchers Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde, Professor Alkis Psaltis (TQEH) and Dr Sha Liu. She was supported by a scholarship from The Hospital Research Foundation..