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Sydney Catalyst Postgraduate and Early Career Research Symposium a Huge Success

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21 May 2018



The first big event in the Sydney Catalyst calendar for 2018, the Postgraduate and Early career Researcher Symposium was held in early May. The working group, led by Helen McGuire and including Marissa Williams, Amelia Smit and David Croucher, created a fantastic full day event including a keynote speaker, panel discussion, 13 oral presentations and networking opportunities. 


This popular event was the highlight of the year so far, with almost 70 members in attendance. Participants were fortunate to hear from our key note speaker, Professor David Thomas from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, who discussed the challenges and trends of implementing translational research across the spectrum.


The central office team were overwhelmed with virtual poster submissions, creating our first ever virtual symposium. We also received a number of fantastic abstract submissions and wish we could have heard oral presentations from everyone. 


13 oral presentations were conducted on the day across the translational spectrum and from a mix of research focus. The calibre was outstanding and Sydney Catalyst would like to congratulate everyone who submitted an abstract and/or virtual poster. 


Our panel discussion, facilitated by Lisa Horvath, focused on developing a successful career in translational cancer research. With great questions from the audience, the panel gave their frank and honest insight into developing a career in research, including navigating the funding space, developing your niche, and balancing your career and family. Thank you to Dr Prunella Blinman, Professor Phyllis Butow, Associate Professor Chris Milross and Professor Lisa Horvath for participating in such an engaging debate. 


At the end of the day a number of Best Presentation prizes were awarded, including;


  • Best T1T2 presentation - Jarem Edwards
  • Best T2T3 presentation -  Erin Moth
  • Best example of translation - Megan Best
  • People's Choice - Alison Young
  • Best T1T2 virtual poster - Clara Choi
  • Best T2T3 virtual poster - Brooke Nickel


Congratulations to all the winners. The judges found the task quite challenging as every presentation was of such a high calibre! We would like to send a big congratulations and thank you to all of our oral presenters. Without you the day would not have been such a success. 


The final component of the event was our networking drinks. It was lovely to meet and get to know so many of our members and hear about their amazing research. We were able to have valuable discussions with the aid of several screens set up to view the virtual posters. 


The feedback from our evaluation survey indicated you all enjoyed the venue and catering, the quality presentations and how well timed everything was. We love hearing such positive feedback! Keep it coming!


Sydney Catalyst and the working group would like to extend a big thank you to the Faculty staff: David Thomas, Lisa Horvath, Phyllis Butow and Phil Hogg for your contributions, as well as dedicating your time for the day. 

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