2022 St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium

Tobi Wilson of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Professor Emad El-Omar, UNSW Microbiome Research Centre (MRC), the Hon Linda Burney MP, and SSMRF's Pam Brown and Jill Deering at the 2022 St George & Sutherland Hospital’s Medical Research Symposium.
Tobi Wilson of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Professor Emad El-Omar, UNSW Microbiome Research Centre (MRC), the Hon Linda Burney MP, and SSMRF’s Pam Brown and Jill Deering at the 2022 St George & Sutherland Hospital’s Medical Research Symposium.

 

Read The Leader’s article “Medical research on show for 2022 St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium”

 

The annual St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium, held on Thursday 20th October, has been heralded a huge success.

The Symposium has been running for over 30 years and showcases some of the research that is currently being produced within our hospitals and offers an opportunity for postgraduate and undergraduate students to present findings; build on networks; and hear about other research on their doorstep.

Health professionals and students submitted abstracts for consideration of Best Clinical Research and Basic Science Oral Presentations, Best Hot Topics, Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate Student and Best Poster People’s Choice.

The Symposium was opened this year by Associate Professor Amany Zekry, Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, and a lead researcher at the UNSW Microbiome Research Centre (MRC). The audience also heard from St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation CEO Pam Brown, and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive, Mr Tobi Wilson.

The Acknowledgement Of Country was performed by the Minister for Indigenous Australians, Hon Linda Burney, Member for Barton.

In addition to the Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations the Symposium featured three keynote lectures from invited speakers.

Professor Emad El-Omar, Editor in Chief of the “Gut” journal, delivered the first lecture, “How to publish and get your research seen”, which was The Hastings Memorial Lecture, supported by the Lions Club Kogarah.

The Christopher Stewart Memorial Lecture, supported by St George Private Hospital, was delivered by Professor Peter Gonski, Geriatrician. His lecture was titled “Avoiding hospitalisation, everyone’s a winner!

The third lecture was delivered by Southern Eastern Sydney Local Health District Director of Research, Medical Co-Director of the ESCM program of Medicine at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW, Professor Chris White, the lecture was titled “Implementing the SESLHD Research Strategy”.

The Alberto Albani Healing Narrative Award was won by Dr Jordan Maxton.

SSMRF CEO Pam Brown said, “I congratulate the award winners, the grant recipients and all who presented at the Symposium. The extremely high level of research and results really stood out during the course of the day. We should be proud to showcase this immense research capability at our local St George and Sutherland Hospitals.

I thank everyone who participated in the Symposium and look forward to another successful event next year.”

Best Clinical Research and Basic Science Oral Presentations 
1st Place (Sponsored by Lions Club of Kogarah)
Dr SJ Shen
Title: Effect of gut influence on the immune environment in pre-clinical hepatocellular carcinoma

2nd Place (Sponsored by SSMRF)
Ms Mary Anderson
Title: Anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder six months postpartum following hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and normotensive pregnancy: A P4 and BP2 sub-study

3rd Place (Sponsored by SSMRF)
Ms Camilla Hirsch
Title: Blood Pressure Postpartum (BP2) randomised control trial: Women’s nutritional and physical activity outcomes six-months following a hypertensive pregnancy

Best Presentation by an undergraduate (Sponsored by St George Hospital Medical Staff Council)
Ms Emily Stevenson
Title: The role of maternal antenatal lifestyle in predicting infant growth outcomes

Hot topic/Best Poster – Judges’ Choice (Sponsored by St George Hospital Medical Staff Council)
Dr Ke Sun
Title: JMO-led Morbidity and Mortality meeting – an innovative quality improvement initiative

Best Poster – People’s Choice Award (Sponsored by St George Hospital Medical Staff Council)
Dr Halina Leung
Title: Anti-platelet factor 4 antibodies activate platelets and neutrophils and are responsible for the clinical features of vaccine-induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia (VITT)

Intern /RMO of the year
Intern of the Year: Dr Jessica Lloyd
RMO of the year: Dr Fay Huang

We would also like to acknowledge and thank Symposium Organising Committee, Abstract Reviewers, and this year’s sponsors.

2022 Symposium Organising Committee

  • Prof Georgina Hold
  • A/Prof Greg Davis
  • Prof Emad El-Omar
  • Ms Lauren Sturgess
  • Ms Pam Brown
  • Dr Jason Behary
  • Dr Alex Farrell
  • Dr Ke Sun
  • Dr Yalinna Yang
  • A/Prof Julia McLean
  • Chloe Hicks
  • Ms Deborah Broder
  • Ms Muslima Rahman

2022 Symposium Abstract Reviewers

  • Dr Michal Szczesniak
  • A/Prof. Ivor Katz
  • Dr SJ Shen
  • Dr Bill Giannakopoulos
  • Dr Julia Beretov
  • Dr Jose Perdomo
  • Dr Chris Weatherall
  • A/Prof. Julia Maclean
  • Dr Fei Chen
  • Dr Zhouran Chen

Sponsors

  • St George Hospital Medical Staff Council
  • St George Private Hospital
  • The Kogarah Lions Club
  • SESLHD
  • SSMRF
  • UNSW

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