Faculty of Health

State's medical research showcased

The very best of Tasmanian scientific excellence and achievement has been celebrated during Medical Research Week.

Hosted by the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), the week celebrated and showcased the advancements of the medical research community throughout Tasmania.

A highlight to events, a gala dinner was held with the 2017 ASMR Medallist, Professor Richard Wilkinson, as guest speaker.

Professor Wilkinson has led a distinguished career examining the social determinants of health, with his research uncovering economic inequality as the key driver for numerous health (and social) problems in developed countries like Australia.

The 2017 ASMR Post-graduate Student Awards were also announced at the dinner.

Dean Picone presentation “Accuracy of cuff measured blood pressure: compendium of three separate systematic reviews and individual participant data meta-analyses” was awarded first prize.

Patricia Graham’s talk on “Finding glaucoma susceptibility genes in extended families” was runner up.

The student award aims to recognise outstanding contributions to medical research by post-graduate students, and provide an opportunity for them to share their research with the medical community.

The University hosted a lunch on behalf of ASMR for medical research students interested in furthering their research careers.

The ASMR is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research with the Tasmanian branch supported by the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the Schools and Centres of the Faculty of Health.

The events of ASMR Medical Research Week in Tasmania were organised by Drs Phillippa Taberlay, Brad Sutherland, Carlie Cullen, Kimberley Pitman, Lei Si and Dino Premilovac.

The ASMR’s Medical Research Week is being held nationally from 1-9 June, 2017.

Photo caption: ASMR President Dr Daniel Johnstone (centre) with Patricia Graham and Dean Picone