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Research Excellence Awards Submissions

Sponsored by the PA Research Foundation and Translational Research Institute (TRI), the Research Excellence Awards showcased the best clinical and laboratory/basic science research undertaken by student and early career researchers across Metro South Health (MSH) and affiliated research institutes.

The PAH Health Symposium invited all authors of abstracts to submit e-posters; abstracts pre selected for a poster presentation were eligible for Research Excellence Awards. These posters had a one minute video pitch attached and presenters were available to discuss their research alongside their poster at the Research Excellence Awards poster viewing and People's Choice Awards. 

View the posters and attached video pitch below.

PA Research Foundation Researcher of the Year Award

Oral presentation

Voting for the People's Choice PA Research Foundation Researcher of the Year Award will be open to registered in-person attendees on Thursday 26 August in the 1.45pm-3.15pm session.

Student researcher, Clinical Science

  • Diagnostic efficacy of computed tomography in the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome - Ms Kelly Teresa, University of Queensland
  • Keratinocyte cancer risk prediction and associated chemoprophylaxis prescriptions and healthcare costs - Dr Ruby Lee, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Using sputum proteomics for personalised prediction and treatment of severe asthma exacerbations - Ms Lisa M Jurak, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

Student researcher, Laboratory/Basic Science

  • Using unsupervised learning methods to identify ugly duckling naevi - Mrs Dilki Jayasinghe, University of Queensland
  • Elevated PD-1/TIM-3 Expression on Peripheral Immune Subsets in Patients with Bladder Cancery - Mr Nathan Mackenzie, Queensland University of Technology
  • Chemoprevention of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and its precursors in solid organ transplant recipients using topical sirolimus: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot trial - Ms Ho Yi Wong, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

Early career researcher, Clinical Science

  • Comparison of outcomes of the dexamethasone implant (Ozurdex) for diabetic macular oedema, retinal vein occlusion, and non-infectious uveitis - Mrs Ljubica Bukorovic, Metro South Health
  • Nutritional Status Following COVID-19 in a Cohort of Kidney Disease Patients - Soraya Cunningham, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Predicting optimal normal brain dose in hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy for single brain metastases using volumetric modulated arc therapy - Miss Erin Johns, Queensland Health

Early career research, Laboratory/Basic Science

  • Wee1 inhibition induces Bax/Bak mediated mitotic cell death due to premature mitotic entry from replication stress and extended mitotic arrest - Dr Sugandha Bhatia, Queensland University of Technology
  • Understanding the pathobiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection: a multi-organ study - Dr Arutha Kulasinghe, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute
  • Patient-derived xenografts as a model to evaluate rare and aggressive variants of prostate cancer - Dr Patrick Thomas, Queensland University of Technology

People's Choice Award

As voted by registered in-person attendees for the oral final presentation session. Only one vote per person.
Winners of the oral award categories will each receive $1,000.

PA Research Foundation Best Poster Award

Poster presentations

Voting for the People's Choice PA Research Foundation Best Poster Awards will be open to registered in-person attendees on Thursday 26 August in the 3.30pm-5pm session.
Poster winners will be announced on Friday 27 August during the Kurt Aaron Oration session from 8.30am-10am.

Student researcher, Clinical Science

  • Experiences of Emergency Department care among frequenst presenters who have a history of childhood adversity - Mrs Vicki Binnie, PA Hospital/University of Queensland
     Poster | Video     
  • Assessing the effects of star-PEG heparin hydrogels and cryopreservation on viability of prostate cancer patient-derived explants - Miss Abby Templeton, Queensland University of Technology. 
    Poster | Video

Student researcher, Laboratory/Basic Science

  • Investigating the Role of novel transcripts from the MYCN locus driving neuroendocrine prostate cancer - Miss Rae Brown, Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Queensland
    Poster | Video
  • Exploring the Functional Role of ProsmiR and Therapeutic Potential of its mimic in prostate Cancer - Mr Bhanu Lalkota, Queensland University of Technology
    Poster | Video
  • Profiling the tumour-immune microenvironment of bladder cancer: Development and optimisation of a tumour-infiltrating phenotyping flow cytometry panel - Miss Claire Nicholls, Queensland University of Technology
    Poster | Video

Early career researcher, Clinical Science

  • A Dedicated Pharmacist working within the ‘Hospital in the Home’ Team to Optimise Patient Flow–A retrospective audit – Mrs Natasha Chye, Princess Alexandra Hospital
    Poster | Video
  • Hypoxaemia on the first day following major non-orthopaedic surgery is associated with a higher risk of postoperative pneumonia, ICU re/admission, reintubation, and death - Ms Claire Hackett, Princess Alexandra Hospital
    Poster | Video

Early career research, Laboratory/Basic Science

  • Vascular endothelial stem cell functionality in atherosclerosis - Ms Rachel Nano, Queensland University of Technology
    Poster | Video
  • Cold atmospheric plasma enhances radiotherapeutic response of A431 squamous cell carcinoma cells - Dr Gishan Ratnayake and Aleksandra Rajapakse, Ropart
    Poster | Video
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity alters therapy response in prostate cancer - Dr Nataly Stylianou, Queensland University of Technology
    Poster | Video

People's Choice Award

As voted by registered delegates. Only one vote per person.
Winners of the poster award categories will each receive $500.

General ePosters

Last updated 14 March 2023
Last reviewed 21 October 2022