The Dean's Prize

The Dean’s Prize was introduced in 2007 as a way of raising the profile of the scheme within the Medical School and showcasing the high quality of the science that was being done by the scholarship holders in their projects.

This year's Dean's Prize seminar was hosted by The Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School on 11 March 2015. Eight students were selected to give presentations about their research projects to compete for the Dean's Prize.

First prize was awarded to Madeleine Fitzpatrick for her project titled Collapsing neuroblastoma cell architecture to stop invasion and metastasis, supervised by Geraldine O'Neill at the Kid’s Research Institute.

Second prize was awarded to Stefanie Portelli for her project titled Identification of conserved sites for structure based vaccine design – Ebola virus: A test case, supervised by Garry Lynch at the Central Clinical School

Third prize was awarded to Sing-Young Chen for her project titled Title: The protective effects of fenofibrate in diabetes-related vascular complications, supervised by Jun Yuan Heart at the Heart Research Institute

2014/2015 Dean

2014/2015 Dean's Prize participants with Deputy Dean, Cheryl Jones and Academic Director, David Handelsman

Previous Dean's Prize Winners

2013 Dean's Prize

Joint winners-
Stephanie Eid, The role of androgens in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Supervisor: Dr Kirsty Walters, ANZAC Research Institute

Holly Kristensen Determining the role of gut microbiota in obesity and diabetes
Supervisor: Associate Professor Anand Hardikar, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre

2012 Dean's Prize

Winner- Andrian Yang Bioinformatic analysis of the human beta globin genes
Supervisor:Clinical Professor Leslie Burnett, Royal North Shore Hospital.

Joint second place:
Sarah Kim The Role of RANK in Breast Cancer Cell Growth
Supervisor: Dr. Yu Zheng and Associate Professor Hong Zhou, ANZAC Research Institute

Sophie Hale Evolution of pertussis epidemics and effect of genotypes on infection outcomes and immunisation
Supervisor: Dr Nicholas Wood, Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School.

2011 Dean's Prize

Winner- Kathryn Hulme How deep is a deep breath?
Supervisor: Dr Cheryl Salome and Mr David Chapman, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

Joint second place-
David Tunnicliffe Gender differences in myocardial response to Ischemia-Reperfusion
Supervisor: Dr Anastasia Susie Mihailidou, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Northern Clinical School

Jessica Tong Lamin A/C Deficiency is Associated with Fat Infiltration of Muscle and Bone: A Proposed Model of Sarco-Osteopenia
Supervisor: Associate Professor Gustavo Duque, Nepean Clinical School.

2010 Dean's Prize

Winner- Lucia D Wang A new approach to the prevention of neonatal sudden unexpected death in NSW
Supervisor: Professor Heather Jeffery, School of Public Health.

Joint Second Place-
Martin Hong- IGFBP-3 glycosylation status: A potential sensor of ER stress
Supervisor: Dr Steve Grkovic, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Northern Clinical School

Candy Pang- An analysis of Australian public media (newspapers and television news stories) on HPV vaccination
Supervisors: Dr Spring Cooper and Dr Julie Leask, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

2009 Dean's Prize

Winner- Michael Smith - Acute rheumatic fever presentations in a tertiary paediatric centre
Supervisors: Dr Yvonne Zurynski and Professor Elizabeth Elliott, Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Joint second place
Emily King - Novel molecular targets for diagnostics of Infectious Diseases
Supervisors: Dr Vitali Sintchenko and Dr Neisha Jeoffreys, Western Clinical School

Athina Pirpiris - The urethral motion profile as a predictor of stress urinary incontinence
Supervisors: Associate Professor Hans Peter Dietz and Klara Shek, Nepean Clinical School.

2008 Dean's Prize

Winner- Dominic Balasuriya - The roles of a-actinin-3 in bone cells and bone tissues and the effects of its deficiency in bone density and strength
Supervisor: Dr Nan Yang, Institute for Neuromuscular Research, Children's Hospital at Westmead

Joint Second Place-
Sophie Shu Yi Han - Tandem affinity purification to identify novel IGFBP-3-interacting proteins with the potential to influence cancer
Supervisor: Dr Steve Grkovic, Growth Group, Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Elicia Rodas - The synthetic antioxidant bisphenol protects kidney epithelial cells from myoglobin toxicity
Supervisor: Dr Paul Witting, ANZAC Research Institute

2007 Dean's Prize

Winner- Min Zhi Xing - The role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in liver cancer
Supervisors: Dr Nicholas Shackel and Dr Susan McLennan, Sydney Cancer Centre

Second place- Stephanie Hing - Development of a novel model for the study of prostate progenitor cells
Supervisor: Dr Qihan Dong, Central Clinical School