Students from the Centre for Brain Research help celebrate excellence in student research at HealtheX 2018

14 September 2018
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HealtheX is an annual student-led conference, which promotes research collaboration and excellence in presentation skills among postgraduate students in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS), at the University of Auckland.

HealtheX supports emerging scientists’ development by providing a safe platform in which to communicate their research to a wider audience. This is essential for young researchers who must learn to present their science in a way that engages public opinion and secures ongoing funding.

Chaired by students of the Centre for Brain Research, Joseph Chen (MSc Candidate) and Akshata Anchan (PhD Candidate), the event was organised entirely by the post-graduate students from FMHS. HealtheX now has over 100 volunteers, including students, staff mentors and judges, and has become a well-received and valuable annual event.

CBR winners of HealtheX 2018 per category are as follows:

Oral non-doctoral category

Micah Daniel Austria – First Runner Up Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Award

Title: Characterising the vascular changes in the Alzheimer's disease human brain using tissue microarrays

Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging

Supervisor: Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains


Poster category

Yukti Vyas – First Runner Up Poster Presentation Award

Title: Shank2 Changes in Shank3-/- Autism Mouse Model

Department of Physiology

Supervisor: Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery


Jason Yeung – Second Runner Up Poster Presentation Award

Title: Characterisation of Glutamate Receptor Changes in an In Vivo Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging

Supervisor: Dr Andrea Kwakowsky


HealtheX 2018 was sponsored by Auckland Medical Research Foundation, Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust, FMHS Postdoc Society and FMHS Postgraduate Students Associations. These generous contributions are shaping the future of scientific research in New Zealand.

More highlights can be found on the HealtheX Facebook page