The fifth annual SCMB Research Students Symposium held November 2009 has been hailed as one of the most successful to date, according to Head of School, Prof Alastair McEwan.

The symposium, held at The Women's College on the St Lucia campus, attracted nearly 200 registrations from MPhil, PhD and Honours students, amongst others.  For the first time, postgraduate coursework project students were invited to participate. 

Nearly 50 posters were presented, and students were selected on the basis of submitted abstracts to give oral presentations.

The day, which also included scientific equipment supplier displays and participation by a number of learned societies, was rounded off with a fascinating talk from guest speaker Prof Michael Good, AO, Director of Queensland Institute of Medical Research.  Prof Good spoke on the immunological challenges of developing vaccines for variant organisms.
(Photo:  Double prizewinner Ivana Ferreira with her poster “Anclystoma canimum excretory/secretory products induce alternatively activated macrophages and polarized Th2 response in mice.”)
The following prizes were presented:
Oral presentation prizes
The GE Healthcare 1st Prize: James Haycock
The Beckman Coulter 2nd Prize: Therese Seldon
The Bruker BioSpin 3rd Prize: Benjamin Langley
MPhil and PhD poster presentation prizes
The Sarstedt 1st Prize: I-Chun (Ian) Lin
The Chem-Supply 2nd Prize: Yin Xiang Setoh
The Invitrogen 3rd Prize: Mai Othman and Justin Roby (equal 3rd)
Honours poster presentation prizes
The GeneWorks 1st Prize for Honours student poster presentation: Sebastian Kaiser
2nd Prize for Honours student poster presentation: Ivana Ferreira
The Quantum Scientific People’s Choice Poster Prize: Hamish Cavaye
Society-sponsored & discipline-specific prizes
The Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Prizes, awarded for the best presentations by ASBMB members: James Haycock (1st prize); Therese Seldon (2nd prize)
The Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) Prizes, awarded for the best microbiology presentations: Yin Xiang Seetoh (1st prize); Mai Othman and Justin Roby (equal 2nd prize)
The Royal Australian Chemical Institute prize for best chemistry presentation: I-Chun (Ian) Lin
Best parasitology presentation: Ivana Ferreira
Congratulations to all presenters and attendees.
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