HealtheX 2021

On behalf of the HealtheX 2021, we would like to thank the presenters, judges, and attendees, both staff and student alike, for contributing to the 15th anniversary of the HealtheX Conference. Congratulations to all of our participants and winners!

Doctoral Oral Presentation Awards

Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) Outstanding Emerging Researcher & Best Doctoral Oral Presentation Award

Robyn May - A computational model to identify cardiovascular remodeling related to prematurity and predict later cardiovascular risk
Liggins Institute and Auckland Bioengineering Institute
Supervisor: Dr. Soroush Safaei

AMRF Doctoral Oral Presentation Runner Up Award

Wenxuan Chen - IGF signaling mediates lymphatic vessel growth in zebrafish
Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology
Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Astin

Second Runner-Up Doctoral Oral Presentation Award

Risa Takahashi - Understanding the Innate Immune Response to Group A Streptococcus Pili
Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Tsai

Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Awards

Best Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Award

Caitlin Jardim - Osteoarthritis: Uncovering gene expression differences between the sexes
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
Supervisor: Dr. Raewyn Poulsen

Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation First Runner-Up Award

Doris Zhang - The Impact of COVID19 lockdown on Chinese Care Homes in New Zealand
Department of Psychological Medicine
Supervisor: Dr. Gary Cheung

Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Second Runner-Up Award

Agrani Ratnayake Kumar - Ethnicity, deprivation, and access to endoscopic sinus surgery
Department of Surgery
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Wood

Poster Presentation Awards

Auckland Medical Research Foundation Best Poster Presentation Award

Phoebe Burns - Investigating the influence of hypoxia on cGAS-STING signaling in macrophages
Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre
Supervisor: Dr. Dean Singleton

Poster Presentation First Runner-Up Award

Gabrielle Sebaratnam -  Can psychological factors and colonic motility predict postoperative complications? An observational pilot study
Department of Psychological Medicine
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent

Poster Presentation Second Runner Up Award

Delshad Kalantry - In vivo fibre photometry in freely behaving mice: A technique to measure hippocampal neuronal activity
Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging
Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Kwakowsky

3-Minute Elevator Pitch Presentation Awards

Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust Best Elevator Pitch Presentation Award

Jenna Keepa - Atrial Fibrillation after cardiac surgery; An analysis of New Zealand Cardiac Surgery Registry data
School of Nursing
Supervisor: Dr. Cynthia Wensley

FMHS-Post Doctoral Society First Runner Up Elevator Pitch Present at ion Award

Michael Pudjihartono - Functional interpretation of enhancer mutations driving the onset and progression of melanoma
Liggins Institute
Supervisor: Professor Justin O'Sullivan

FMHS-Postgraduate Student Association Second Runner-Up Elevator Pitch Presentation Award

Marvin Liu - Visualisation of PEGylated Nanocarrier for Thymopentin in Immunodepression Modulation
School of Pharmacy
Supervisor: Associate Professor Jingyuan Wen