Isobel Corin Research Award Winners 2013


Isobel Corin was an active Western Sydney community member of the Inner Wheel Club of Penrith and a teacher and librarian at the Emu Plains School. After being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002, Mrs Corin shared her dream of expanding medical research. The Isobel Corin awards are named in her honour to share her tenacity for life, her determination to expand medical development and for her unwavering contribution to the Western Sydney community. These awards now enable medical students from the Sydney Medical School Nepean to attend scientific and medical conferences in Australia and overseas. These important scholarships are awarded annually.

Students attend and present at these conferences their research findings, giving them invaluable experience in sharing and presenting research papers amongst the scientific community. From these conferences our students form important professional networks which will serve them well to instigate research collaborations further along in their career.

Thanks to donations from the Nepean community for these travelling scholarships, in 2013 we were able to send several students. Students applied and the Scientific Advisory Committee selected the following winners:

Sandra Bermeo

Thanks to the Isobel Corin Award travel scholarship, Ms Sandra Bermeo was able to attend the annual meeting for the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in 2013. The internationally recognised event attracts over 5000 researchers, where they are encouraged to interchange knowledge and collaborate on breakthrough findings, as well as network with their international counter parts. University of Sydney PhD student, Ms Bermeo, described her time at the event as ‘invaluable’ to expanding her knowledge as a researcher and to her investigations into human health.

During the four day event in Baltimore, Maryland, Ms Bermeo participated in speed networking, meet-the-professor sessions, young investigator networking, and leadership lessons from esteemed academics plus poster tours. Ms Bermeo presented her work to her peers, where she gained valuable feedback about her research in the ageing bone field.

Vinayak Nagaraja

University of Sydney PhD student Vinayak Nagaraja, travelled to Helsinki, Finland in August 2013, to present at the International Surgical Week (ISW) conference. With a long list of international attendees, Mr Nagaraja participated in high-quality learning seminars, state of the art lectures and listened to clinical updates. World-renowned speakers at the conference gave insights into what is in store for surgery in the future, including collaborations between surgery and robotic technology. Mr Nagaraja presented his work on lymph node dissection practices, receiving positive feedback from a team of surgical oncologists from both Singapore and the MD Anderson Cancer Centre.

Lai Peng Wong

Lai Peng Wong was awarded a 2013 Isobel Corin Travel Scholarship which enabled her to attend the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society in Barcelona, Spain, last year. Attended by over 3000 delegates, practicing in nursing, physiotherapy, urology and urogynaecology, this conference is one of two key international urogynaecology conferences held annually.

Ms Wong delivered to presentations on her PhD research, including a discussion on defect pelvic floor muscles and vaginal prolapse. Ms Wong was very impressed with the engagement of the audience during both her presentations, which garnered several interesting questions from an esteemed audience. Discussion around both her key topics will be invaluable to ongoing patient counselling and provided further investigation opportunities for another research project. Ms Wong thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the lectures and debates, conducted by world experts within her field.

Should you wish to support these or any other student scholarships for medical students please contact Abel Orellana abel.orellana@sydney.edu.au or Rebecca Palser rebecca.palser@sydney.edu.au.