Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Awards and Recognition

2020 Summer Scholar Symposium - Anmol Sandhu, Fay Abdul Ghani


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The winners and judges (from left to right: Prof. Cameron Grant, William Xu, Fay Abdul Ghani, Anmol Sandhu and Prof. Philippa Poole)

The New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC) hosted its annual Summer Scholar Symposium on 21st Feb 2020. Thirteen Summer Students from the Department of Ophthalmology and the Molecular Vision Laboratory presented at the symposium. One of the students was on an elective in India and presented via a pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation. She then connected via zoom to answer any questions from the audience.

The symposium was attended by approximately 40 staff, students and Faculty members. Presentations were judged by Professor Phillippa Poole, Head of School of Medicine and and Professor Cameron Grant Head of Department - Paediatrics: Child & Youth Health.

The winner of the symposium was Fay Abdul Ghani from Molecular Vision Laboratory. She was supervised by Dr Haruna Suzuki-Kerr and Dr Julie Lim. Second Prize went to William Xu from the Department of Ophthalmology. His Supervisor is Professor Helen Danesh-Meyer. Third Prize was awarded to Anmol Sandhu from the Department of Ophthalmology. Anmol was supervised by Professor Trevor Sherwin and his team.

See the article in NZ Optics:  http://www.nzoptics.co.nz/articles/archive/summer-scholar-symposium-2020/

2019 BIRU Image Competition - Judy Loh


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Immunolabelling of a diseased mucosal sample with C3B9 (red) and DAPI stain

Judy Loh wins the Special Patriot Award 2019, titled ‘Which came first, the kiwi or the egg?’.

2019 Summer Scholar Symposium - Mehek Dutta


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First Prize winner Mehek Dutta (centre) with the judges Professor Andrew Shelling (left) and Associate Professor Bridget Kool (right)

The New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC) hosted its annual Summer Scholar Symposium on 25th February 2019. Seventeen Summer Students from the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) and the Molecular Vision Laboratory presented at the symposium. The students presented on the research projects that they had worked on over the 10 week studentships.

The symposium was attended by approximately 65 staff, students and senior faculty members.

The presentations were judged by Associate Professor Bridget Kool, Associate Dean (Academic) and Professor Andrew Shelling, Associate Dean (Research), FMHS.

First prize was awarded to Mehek Dutta from Ophthalmology, who was initially supervised by Dr Carol Greene and thereafter received major assistance from the Sherwin Lab Group: Professor Trevor Sherwin, Jane McGhee and Salim Ismail.

2018 APAO, Hong Kong, Most Popular Video Award - Salim Ismail


Salim Ismail wins Most Popular video award at the APAO 2018 congress:

2018 BIRU Image Competition - Catherine Tian


Catherine Tian wins the Visualisation and Analysis Award for her video titled ‘Battles of the Sexes’.

2018 Summer Scholar Symposium - Catherine Tian


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The winners and judges (from left to right: Prof. Andrew Shelling, Hannah Ng, Catherine Tian, Charisse Kuo and Prof. Alan Merry).

"The New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC) hosted its annual summer student symposium on 2nd March 2018. Seventeen Summer Students from the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) and the Molecular Vision Laboratory presented at the symposium. The students presented on the research projects that they had worked on over their 10-week studentships.

The symposium was very well attended with approximately 70 staff, students and senior faculty members. Presentations were judged by Professor Alan Merry, Head of School of Medicine and Professor Andrew Shelling, Associate Dean (Research), FMHS.

First prize was awarded to Catherine Tian who was supervised by Professor Trevor Sherwin."

2017 RANZCO Allergan Film Festival Best Video Award - Jane McGhee

Jane McGhee wins Best Research Video and Best overall film at the 2017 RANZCO conference in Perth:

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"We have won both the ‘best research video’ and the ‘best video’ award in the RANZCO Congress film festival, with a shiny award to show for it. The winning video was entitled ‘Walking with Dying Spheres or Die Another Day’. The contributors were Salim Ismail, Jeremy Mathan, Jane McGhee, Dr Jinny Yoon, Ye Li and Associate Professor Trevor Sherwin. The video is essentially a fly on the wall documentary taking a lighthearted look at the trials and tribulations of our stem cell-enriched spheres during laboratory experimentation. We wanted to showcase some of our interesting time lapse videos that wouldn’t normally make it into publications and presentations and also show the promising results that we are getting in examining the potential of these spheres for corneal regeneration."

2016 BIRU Image Competition - Himanshu Wadhwa, Ye Li


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Confocal z-stack projecion images of corneal stem cell-enriched spheres cultured from cells isolated from human ocular tissue.

Ye Li also wins the Visualisation and analysis award for her image titled ‘Fungal Invasion’:

2016 Exposure Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Oral Competition Winner - Himanshu Wadhwa


2015 Summer Scholar Symposium Winner - Himanshu Wadhwa

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The New Zealand National Eye Centre (NZ-NEC) hosted its annual Summer Student Symposium on Friday 20th February. Sixteen summer students from the Department of Ophthalmology, the Department of Optometry and Vision Science and the Department of Pharmacy gave presentations on the research projects that they had worked on over their 10-week summer studentships. The symposium was well attended by senior academic staff, students and funders of the summer studentship scholarships.  The symposium provided an excellent opportunity for the students to share the results of their summer studentship with the wider ophthalmic and optometry communities, their supervisors, colleagues and peers whilst boosting confidence in their presentation skills.

The presentations were judged by Deputy Dean, Distinguished Professor Ian Reid and Associate Professor Warwick Bagg, Head of Medical Programme. First prize was awarded to Micahel Wang who was supervised by Associate Professor Jennifer Craig in the department of Ophthalmology and funded by the Uniservices. Second prize was won by Himanshu Wadhwa. Himanshu was supervised by Associate Professor Trevor Sherwin in the department of Ophthalmology and funded by the Tom Cat Trust. The third prize was won by Jeremy Mathan. Jeremy was supervised by Dr Hussain Patel, Associate Professor Dipika Patel and Professor Charles McGhee, and was funded by Save Sight Society.

2014 Exposure Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Oral Competition Third Prize - Jeremy Mathan


Jeremy Mathan wins third prize for his presentation 'An investigation into the use of peripheral corneal spheres as a defined transplantable element in Limbral Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD)'.

2013 BIRU Image Competition - Salim Ismail


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FUCCI (Fluorescence Ubiquitination Cell Cycle Indicator) transduced corneal cells indicate their stage of the cell cycle as they migrate out from a central sphere.

Salim Ismail wins the Light Microscopy award titled ‘Show you true colours’: