St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation

2019 St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium

On Thursday 17 October, the annual St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium was held at the St.George Bank Kogarah Auditorium.

More than 250 SESLHD staff attended the day-long event which showcased current research projects from St George and Sutherland Hospitals, as well as presentations from postgraduate and undergraduate students and keynote lectures across a range of topics.

Professor John Edmonds, Chair, and Jacquie Stratford, CEO, St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF), gave an update on the organisation’s recent achievements and future projects.


A/Prof Greg Davis Co-Chair of the Symposium Committee said “the annual Symposium is an opportunity for people working in the hospitals to have time out to hear about the current research going on to inspire them to think about their work, improve their practice and provide better healthcare for our patients.”

Science and research prizes were awarded to a number of staff from St George Hospital, including:


1st prize Clinical Research – Ms Carlie Stephens

“Burden of disease in advanced cirrhotic patients not suitable for transplant”

Hepatology, St George Hospital


2nd Prize Clinical Research – Dr Patricia Griffiths

“The Calibration of a Bioimpedance Assessment Device (BIA) for the Estimation of Appendicular Skeletal Muscle Mass in the Elderly”

Aged Care, St George Hospital


1st Prize Basic Science and Best Presentation by an Undergraduate Student – Ms Sanjna Kalasabail

“The Role of the Microbiota in Colorectal Cancer”

Gastroenterology, St George Hospital


2nd prize Basic Science – Dr Jason Behary

“Effect of the microbiota on the peripheral immune response in patients with

NAFLD-associated hepatocellular carcinoma”

Gastroenterology, St George Hospital


Best Poster – Ms Jordan Stanford

“Associations between diet quality, clinical outcomes and stool microbiota in adults undertaking haemodialysis therapy”

Visiting MRC Researcher, University Wollongong

Department of Dietetics and Research