SHMRC 2021 Winners

Congratulations to our SHMRC 2021 winners:


8 Minute Presentation Winner:

Stephon Dymock

3 Minute Presentation Winner:

Alphons Gwatimba

Poster Presentation Winner:

Bailee Renouf

Commendation Award from Perkins Institute

Isabella Trew

Commendation Award from IRH/NCARD

Isabella Trew

Commendation Award from MDWA

Rudra Bhatt

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SHRMC 2019 Event Summary

SHRMC 2019 Event Summary

On Wednesday 14th August, 155 guests, judges, and presenters filed into The University Club for the 13th edition of the annual Students in Health and Medical Research Conference (SHMRC).

SHMRC has developed into a world-class research conference where students present pioneering health research that is both inspiring and innovative – and this year was no exception. The 2019 SHMRC was the biggest conference since its launch in 2007.

Places for participants were competitive, and 33 outstanding individuals were selected to present in either an Oral, 3-Minute Thesis, or Poster category. SHMRC broadened the application process in 2019, and for the first time ever, included presenters from Notre Dame, and Honours and Masters students from UWA.

However, perhaps the most notable aspect of the 2019 Conference was the inclusion of a spectacular judging line-up. With a tremendous 56,257 collective citations between them, SHMRC was honoured with the presence of Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood AM – who is also a founding patron of SHMRC, Nobel laureate Professor Barry Marshall, WA Cancer Researcher of the Year, Professor Anna Nowak, and Director of the National Influenza Centre, Clinical Professor David Smith. Attendees were in awe of the collective knowledge of the fantastic judges, and their contributions to this conference were nothing short of amazing. They found the time to interact with presenters and audience alike, with a few keen attendees spotted even taking selfies with Professor Marshall!

The Conference opened with a stirring address from Professor Wood, who encouraged students to become involved in research to discover “how to make tomorrow better”. An esteemed and successful professional in her own right, she commented on the remarkable level of research being conducted by the next generation. To her, research was about “asking the question, and then not walking away from it”, a challenge she believes, those presenting had duly undertaken.

Nobel Prize recipient in Physiology or Medicine, Professor Marshall, imparted some words of wisdom to medical students in his address: “just see lots of patients”. Admitting he was inspired by the standard of research on display at the Conference, he expected there to be “a few more Nobel Prizes.”

The night rolled on with engaging presentations, whilst guests indulged themselves with canapés and drinks. The crowd did not seem to envy the role of the judges however, as the categories were very much even and it came down to the wire for much of the award deliberation.

Walking away with joint first prize for the Poster Presentation and their share of $300 was Saiuj Bhat and Anubhav Khandelwal. Saiuj presented his research titled ‘A systematic review of sources of dietary salt around the world’, whilst Anubhav presented on ‘Investigating the synergistic activity of Mip and EptA inhibitors to deliver an improved clearance of N. meningitidis by the host immune system’. The poster competition was incredibly close fought, with judges facing the headache of ranking a fantastic field of entrants.

In the 3-Minute Thesis category, Kyle Raubenheimer took home second place and $300 for his amusing presentation titled ‘Increased nitrate intake from beetroot juice does not alter soluble cellular adhesion molecules and circulating inflammatory cytokines in treated hypertensive individuals: a randomised, controlled trial.’ Christopher Ng came away with first place and $350 for his witty and engaging storyline incorporated into his presentation on ‘Childhood obesity and the occurrence of respiratory disease-related hospital admission or death in adulthood for children growing up in a rural area: the Busselton Health Study.’

Finally, for the 8 Minute Oral presentation category, in joint-second place was William Kermode and Kayley Crebbin. William eloquently and confidently presented and answered questions on his research titled ‘Evaluation of a novel targeted next-generation sequencing gene panel in the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency’. Kayley Crebbin incorporated the story of her cousin with cerebral palsy as an inspiration for her research on ‘The SenScreen© Kids assessment of somatosensory function: determination of criteria and assessment of validity in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.’ William and Kayley take home their share of $300. In first place and taking home $500, was Salar Sobhi. Salar presented his research with The Joint Studio on the ‘Prevalence of tibia valga morphology in valgus knees and its implication on total knee arthroplasty and corrective osteotomy.’ His presentation was captivating and logical, and his charismatic style as a “part time medical student, part time carpenter” was quick to win over the crowd.

Well done to all who participated in the Conference. You should all be extremely proud of the work you are involved in, and look forward to seeing you again next year in some capacity.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the wonderful sponsors – Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation, National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases and Institute for Respiratory Health, Muscular Dystrophy WA, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, the University of Western Australia Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and Royal Australiasian College of General Practioners. A special thank you goes to the VIP guests – Ms Joce Young, Professor Xavier Fiorilla, Professor Anna Nowak, Professor Sue Fletcher & Professor Leedman for taking time out of their busy schedules to be in attendance and present the awards to the winning students. The ongoing support of sponsors plays a vital role in the continuation of the success of the conference.

Finally, congratulations to the 2019 SHMRC committee, Saish Neppalli, Tristan Dale, Emma Turner, Ayeesha Thevar, Nathanael Foo, Hannah Greig and Tristan Lee for putting together a successful and inspiring event.

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SHMRC2016: Winners

SHMRC2016: Winners

Thank you fellow research enthusiasts for your great support! We would like to congratulate all presenters for their hard work and to announce the prize winners for the 10th SHMRC:

Oral Presentation
1st place: Mr Saiuj Bhat
2nd place: Ms Elly Haris
3rd place: Mr Werner Jaeger

Poster Presentation
1st place: Jade Newton
2nd place: Melanie Still

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SHMRC2016: Poster Presenters

SHMRC2016: Poster Presenters

Poster Presenters

The SHMRC Committee is proud to announce that the 2016 SHMRC poster presentations will be:

Mr Andrew Szabo

Abstract title

Pre-graduating medical students’ interest in rural internship

Ms Claudia Leslie

Abstract title

Evaluating the Clinical Care Pathway for Dengue in WA hospitals

Mr Gary Zhang 

Abstract title

The effects of sun exposure on body fat and abdominal obesity in breast and prostate cancer patients

Mr Guy Armstrong

Abstract title

Do physical features of the yard space influence the play, physical activity and development of young children?

Ms Jade Newton

Abstract title

Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients who used palliative care services in Australia from July 2011 to June 2014: A descriptive study

Ms Melanie Still

Abstract title

The use of mental health services by medical students at the University of Western Australia (UWA)

Mr Mohamed Kamali

Abstract title

“The Relationship between Pre-schoolers Social‐Emotional Development and Physical Activity”

Ms Sarah Morgan

Abstract title

Does deep brain stimulation impair swimming performance?

Ms Tara Nababan

Abstract title

“My GP will be by my side for the whole journey”: patient and hospital specialist perspectives of GP involvement in lung cancer care.

Ms Zenatalla Ibrahim

Abstract title

Investigating a role for paraspeckles in stress responses in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Mr Naved Samadi

Abstract title

Do lung cancer patients receive guideline consistent diagnosis and staging care: single institution review?

Mr Mark Sorenson

Abstract title

Busselton Hospital:  a case study in effective ED management

Mr Christopher Lim

Abstract title

Determinants of incomplete vaccination and non-vaccination among WA children


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SHMRC2016: Oral Presenters

SHMRC2016: Oral Presenters

Oral Presentations

The SHMRC Committee is proud to announce that the 2016 SHMRC oral presentations will be:

Mr Cameron Scott Lewis

Abstract Title: Comparison of safety between 1-stage and 2-stage surgery: from laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding to laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Cameron is a final year medical student who is passionate about research. He has been involved in various projects and has recently been to the world health organization completing a three-month internship. Additionally, he was awarded the OSSANZ Jamieson scholarship for his research which he will be presenting tonight. This article was recently published in surgery for obesity and related diseases.


Ms Shiwan Fu

Abstract Title: Reviewing strategies for evaluating the impact of mobile eye health units on health outcomes

Shiwan is a second year MD student currently doing research with Lions Outback Vision. Providing healthcare to the remote and underprivileged is a global issue and personal passion. She hopes that her research will become a tiny tiny tiny part of the incremental progress being made towards universal healthcare access.


Mr Saiuj Bhat 

Abstract Title: Infantile Neurodegenerative Disorder Associated with Mutations in TBCD, an Essential Gene in the Tubulin Heterodimer Assembly Pathway

Saiuj is in his Honours year in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course, majoring in pharmacology. His research investigates the role of novel candidate genes in mammalian brain development and human brain disease, with specific focus on neurodevelopmental disorders. He is working in the Brain Growth and Disease laboratory led by A/Prof Julian Heng at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and hope to continue working there during his time at medical school.


Ms Nicola Bailey

Abstract Title: The use of EBUS at a tertiary institution in Western Australia

Nicola is a sixth year MBBS Medical Student who started research through her 3rd year curriculum project and continued this work with the help of a Cancer Council of WA Vacation Scholarship in 2014. Her research investigates the clinical applications of EBUS procedures in the field of Respiratory Medicine at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital where she is excited to begin her internship in 2017.


Ms Elly Harris

Abstract Title: Obstetric and neonatal outcomes in women with schizophrenia and the impact of psychiatric admission during pregnancy

Elly is a 3rd year MD student at UWA who is conducting research with the Child and Mental Illness Clinic at King Edwards Memorial Hospital. She is currently studying at the Rural Clinical School in Narrogin for her third year in medicine.


Mr Werner Jaeger

Abstract Title

Ventriculoperitoneal shunts in neonates: A retrospective study of outcomes with antibiotic-impregnated catheters and a modified peri-operative antibiotic protocol

Werner is a 3rd year MD student involved in the Centre for Neonatal Research and Education at UWA with the current study led by A/Prof. Shripada Rao. He hopes that this neurosurgical study will lead to better outcomes in the management of hydrocephalus in the neonatal population. Werner has carried out prior postgraduate studies at UWA and the Harry Perkins Institute gaining his PhD. He thoroughly enjoys the rewarding experience of what medical research has to offer.


Ms Pulan Bai

Co-authors: Dr Hayley Christian, Sarah Johnson

Abstract title

The Relationship Between Physical Activity, Self-regulation and Cognitive School Readiness in Preschool Children

Pulan Bai has a UWA Bachelor of Health Science and has recently completed a Masters of Public Health. She has been a Research Assistant at the UWA School of Population Health and Centre for the Built Environment and Health since 2013. She is currently the iPLAYCE Study project coordinator.


Ms Francoise Ode-Berryman

Abstract title

Fatty acids and Genome-wide DNA methylation in Western Australian Adolescents

Francoise is a 3rd year MD student at UWA conducting research with the Telethon Kids Institute in the field of epigenetics. With a background in nutrition, she is keen to find evidence of associations between dietary choices, blood markers and methylation status with the aim of understanding how fatty acids impact on our health.



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SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement 6#

SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement 6#

We are proud to announce our final judge for the event: Professor George Yeoh!


Professor George Yeoh received his PhD in Biochmistry from UWA in 1972. Shortly after, he was awarded the CJ Martin Overseas Research Fellow (NHMRC) and studied at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania USA and the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow, Scotland. He filled many roles as Visiting Scientist at a number of prestigious universities in the USA and in Europe. Following his return to Australia, he was successful in obtaining an NHMRC Fellowship and achieved successive renewals to the level of Principal Research Fellow.

He is currently the Associate Dean of Research in the UWA Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, as well as a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Professor Yeoh is the Head of the Liver Disease and Carcinogenesis Laboratory of the Centre for Medical Research at The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and was appointed by UWA as its representative on the Board and brings his knowledge of stem cell biology and tissue repair to the Institute

In other news, RSVP to the 10th SHMRC at and indulge in quality research presentations from your fellow peers (and not to mention refreshments from Crown Perth)!

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SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #5

SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #5

Hey Researchers and Research Enthusiasts,

As we countdown towards the SHRMC, it’s time to introduce our next judge: Professor Christobel Saunders.

Prof Saunders

Prof. Christobel Saunders is a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth, St John of God Subiaco and Fiona Stanley Hospitals in Perth, Western Australia. She is Professor of Surgical Oncology and Head of Unit General Surgery at The University of Western Australia; and Consultant Surgeon for the Western Australian Melanoma Advisory Service.

She is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services nationally as Chair of the WA Cancer Care Taskforce, member ofvarious collaboratives for the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, past founding Advisory Council member for Cancer Australia, and Board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia and Cancer Council Western Australia. Christobel has been involved in the development of numerous best practice guidelines for both patients and clinicians and her work is embedded in a firm evidence base implementing the latest research.

Christobel has worked in the breast cancer field for over 25 years and in 2010 received the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Patrons Award for achievement in breast cancer research as well as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Certificate of Outstanding Service. She was recognised by UWA’s Vice-Chancellor for her contribution to the microscope-in-a-needle invention with the Inaugural Research Award in Impact and Innovation in 2014; and again in 2015 with the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Award.

Christobel’s research covers a wide diversity of areas including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial research and translational and health services research. She has an outstanding funding track record, having attracted $30 million in over 80 grants awarded in Australia since 2002. Christobel has published over 140 scientific papers in refereed journals, three books and 18 book chapters. She is co-author of the book Breast Cancer – a guide for every woman and Breast Cancer: The Facts, which was shortlisted for the British Medical Association Book of the Year in 2010.

Christobel has a passion for health and medical research, patient advocacy and an exceptional clinical track record in the management and treatment of breast cancer.

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SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #4

SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #4

Dear Medical Researchers/Researchers to-be,
It’s less than two months away from SHMRC 2016 and we are here once again to announce our 4th judge for the event. He may be new to the SHMRC, but definitely a veteran in the field of medical research. We are very honoured to welcome our new judge: Professor Barry Iacopetta.

Prof Iacopetta

Prof. Iacopetta completed his PhD in cell biology at UWA. This was followed by three postdoctoral positions in Switzerland (University of Geneva; Swiss Cancer Research Institute; Nestec Ltd.) before returning to Australia to establish a translational cancer research laboratory in the School of Surgery at UWA. The major focus of this laboratory has been the characterization of molecular phenotypes for colorectal cancer, the discovery and validation of prognostic and predictive biomarkers for routine clinical use, and the establishment of a state-wide screening program for the familial cancer condition known as Lynch syndrome. He collaborates with local pathologists, surgeons, oncologists and medical geneticists, as well as overseas colleagues in Singapore, France and Japan. He is the Graduate Research Coordinator in the School of Surgery at UWA and also helped to establish the Graduate Program for the Cancer Science Institute at the National University of Singapore.

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SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #3

SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #3

Dear Researchers and Research Enthusiasts,
Hope that the new semester has been awesome for you all! We are proud to announce our third judge for the SHMRC. She is a Winthrop Professor of Respiratory Medicine and a familiar face during the UWA OSCE exams. She is the other returning judge for this year’s SHMRC: Professor Fiona Lake!


Professor Fiona Lake holds the Eric Saint Chair of Medicine at the University of Western Australia and is a Respiratory Physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth.

Her clinical work includes running the Interstitial Lung Disease clinic at SCGH aiming to provide a multidisciplinary service providing diagnosis and comprehensive management. Understanding patent wishes is a key focus in such patients. She has worked at ways to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and with colleagues, established a community based COPD service. Through clinical work and educational initiatives she works to promote better interprofessional care and hospital linkage to community based services and GPs to provide ongoing care.

In her academic practice, she has a major focus on medical education, both in training health professionals through curriculum development, implementation and accreditation, and in training the supervisors. With a small number of colleagues she established the Teaching on the Run program and subsequently the TELL Centre. With trained collaborators they run up to 40 workshops a month around Australia and New Zealand, training clinicians to be better teachers and supervisors.

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SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #2

SHMRC2016: Judge Announcement #2

To all Researchers and Research Enthusiasts,

We are proud to announce our second judge for the SHMRC. You guys may have seen him often as an OSCE examiner, around in lectures, SCGH, coffee anatomy and last year’s SHMRC. He is none other than our returning judge: Professor Neil Boudville!


Neil Boudville is a Professor of Renal Medicine and Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia. He is also the Head of Department of the Renal Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the Medical Director of the WA Home Dialysis Program. He has 4 current NHMRC Project Grants and is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the Australasian Kidney Trials Network.

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