2023 Symposium success

The annual St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium, held at St George Hospital and The Sutherland Hospital on Thursday 19 October, has been again heralded a huge success.

2023 Medical Research Symposium group winners CEO Chair

The annual St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium, held at St George Hospital and The Sutherland Hospital on Thursday 19 October, has again been heralded a huge success.

The Symposium was chaired by Professor Georgina Hold, Director of Research, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and was officially opened by Tobi Wilson, Chief Executive, South Eastern Local Health District.

The audience also heard from St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation Chair Jill Deering, St George Hospital General Manager Ange Karooz, and The Sutherland Hospital General Manager Vicki Weeden.

Student submitted posters and abstracts for Best Clinical Research and Basic Science Oral Presentations, Best Poster Presentations and Best Presentation by an Undergraduate Student.

Hot topics/Best poster – Oral Presentations was chaired by Dr Julia Beretov Mangos and Professor Peter Gonski. Selected Oral Presentations – Research Across Our Hospitals was chaired by Professor Emad El-Omar, A/Prof Julia Maclean, Dr Halina Leung and Dr Jason Behary.

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

The Hastings Memorial Lecture, supported by the Lion Club of Kogarah, was delivered by University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor Professor Patricia Davidson. The title was Emerging from the Pandemic: Lessons Learned.

The Christopher Stewart Memorial Lecture, supported by St George Private Hospital, was delivered by Professor Steven Krilis, Director, Department of Infectious Disease, Immunology and Sexual Health. The title was Creativity in Science: Inspiration or Perspiration.

Associate Professor Julia Maclean, Conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW; Clinical Specialist, Speech Pathology, St George Hospital delivered a presentation called Through the Kaleidoscope: Using a multidisciplinary lens to optimise research outcomes. Questions and discussion were chaired by Professor Tony O’Sullivan.

Two of the 2022 SSMRF medical research grant recipients also gave short presentations on their research projects. Dr Brendan Smyth’s project is the systematic evaluation of interventions for symptom management in chronic kidney disease using Cannabidiol. Dr Richard Sullivan’s project is to investigate point of care antibiotic allergy assessment and intervention. This session was chaired by Professor Michael Grimm.

1st Prize Oral – Claire Shi – Blood pressure and cardiovascular risk markers 5 years after preeclampsia versus normotensive pregnancy: the P4 study

2nd Prize Oral – Huiling Dong – Mucosal dysbiosis occurs after the development of colorectal adenomas and associates with epithelial barrier dysfunction and mucosal inflammation.

3rd Prize Oral – Sabrina Koentgen – Does autologous faecal microbiota transplant restore gut microbiota health following antibiotic treatment?

Best Undergraduate Oral Prize – Jenny He – Postpartum outcomes in women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy alone versus women with comorbid diabetes: A Blood Pressure Postpartum (BP2) sub-study.

Best Poster (Judges Choice) – Mikayla Li – Relationship of the vaginal microbiome during pregnancy and the development of maternal pregnancy complications: A sub-study of the microbiome understanding in maternity (MUMs) cohort study.

People’s Choice Poster – Swisha Khadka – Understanding the impact of high fat diet on the gut microbiota in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: an in vitro study.

Dr Frank Brennan presented the Alberto Albani Healing Narrative Award to Emma Stradling.

Intern of the Year: Dr Samuel Lees

RMO of the year: Dr Jessica Vough

SSMRF Chair Jill Deering said “I congratulate the award winners and all who presented at the Symposium. I am constantly impressed by the level of medical research talent we have at both St George and Sutherland Hospitals, and this was highlighted throughout the day.”

Symposium Chair Professor Georgina Hold said “the event has been running for more than 30 years and showcases some of the research that underway in our local hospitals while offering an opportunity for postgraduate and undergraduate students to present findings, build on networks, and hear about the many and varied research studies on their doorstep.

I thank the Abstract review committee for their time and expertise as well as members of the Symposium committee for working together to create such a successful event. It certainly is a team effort, and everyone played an important part in bringing the Symposium to life.”

SSMRF CEO Pam Brown said “We appreciate the support from our Symposium sponsors: Club Central, St George Leagues Club, Bendigo Bank, Cincotta Discount Chemist and Smart Salary, and we encourage more sponsors to come on board next year.”

To register your interest in sponsoring the 2024 Symposium email event@ssmrf.com.au or contact SSMRF CEO Pam Brown 0408 402 591.

Read The Leader’s article “South Eastern Sydney Local Health District’s annual research symposium shines a light on St George and Sutherland Medical Research Foundation (SSMRF) early career researchers”.

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