L-R: Winners Jacob Cao, Anton Kalsbeek, Brigitte Phillips and Sam Rogers
19 June 2015
Congratulations to the eleven Postgraduate Research students who took part in the 2015 St Vincent’s Precinct Three Minute Thesis Competition on 18 June.
Jacob Cao, from the Cardiac Transplantation Division at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, won the first prize with a presentation titled “Reviving the Dead and Saving Lives”.
Jacob is a first year Masters of Science student supervised by Prof Kumud Dhital, investigating how to improve methods for the handling of donated after cardiac death (DCD) livers used in transplantation.
Sam Rogers, from the Cell Division Lab, at the Garvan Institute won the second prize with a presentation titled “The Great Wall to Cancer”. Sam is a second year PhD student supervised by Dr Andrew Burgess and his research focuses on the role and regulation of Greatwall, a critical checkpoint of mitosis.
A shared third prize was awarded to two Garvan PhD students: Anton Kalsbeek and Brigitte Phillips.
Anton is in his second year of study and is supervised by Prof Vanessa Hayes in the Human Comparative and Prostate Cancer Genomics Lab. His presentation, titled “Illuminating Prostate Cancer treatment decisions” explained how his research is aimed at identifying mutations in the mitochondrial genome that could determine prostate cancer prognosis and guide treatment decisions.
Brigitte is also in her second year of study and is supervised by A/Prof Antony Cooper in the Parkinson’s Disease and Neurogenomics Lab. In her presentation, titled “The Biography of Parkinson's Disease”, Brigitte explained how her research is aimed at understanding how environmental and genetic factors interact in the onset of Parkinson’s Disease.
The judging panel included Prof John Shine AO FAA, Jill Margo (Health Editor and Men’s Health Columnist, The Australian Financial Review) and Alessandra Panizza (Science Year 12 St Catherine’s School student).
Garvan Research Foundation kindly offered the three cash prizes to the finalists, who will go on to compete in the next stage, the UNSW Faculty of Medicine Three Minute Thesis Heat, held on 3 July.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience with the aid of a single static PowerPoint slide.