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Postgraduate Research Student Conference 1st October 2009


2 October 2009

Vidya Perera who was awarded first prize for best presentation and Claire O'Reilly who was given a special commendation for her presentation at eth postgraduate conference.
Vidya Perera who was awarded first prize for best presentation and Claire O'Reilly who was given a special commendation for her presentation at eth postgraduate conference.

Twenty-one Pharmacy PhD students, currently in the busiest stage of their research took part in the Faculty's Postgraduate Research Student Conference to give an update on their work, explain current investigations and outline the next steps for each of their projects.

This annual event allows PhD students who are mid-way through their projects to present to a cross-faculty audience.

Academics and fellow students from all three disciplines within the faculty attended the conference and provided valuable feedback on each project, questioning results and methodologies, as well as commenting on and making suggestions for future research and experimentation.

Praising the excellent quality and content of this year's presentations, Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Faculty Dean, awarded a prize of $250 to Vidya Perera for best presentation, on his project entitled 'Pharmacokinetics of caffeine and paraxanthine in saliva and plasma to measure CYP1A2 activity'. A special commendation was given to Claire O'Reilly for her presentation on 'Consumer participation in mental health pharmacy education'.

"It's very important that our students have the opportunity to share and discuss their findings as the research progresses", he said "our academic staff are known internationally for being leaders in their field and we encourage a high level of interaction so that students can reap the full benefit of this experience and expertise."

PhD students at the Faculty have a number of opportunities to present their work to academic staff and peers at different stages of their research. First year PhD students are given the opportunity to present to their own disciplines while completing PhD candidates present as part of an ongoing seminar series throughout their final year.

Research topics were spread across the three core disciplines of Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacy Practise. Projects ranged from an evaluation of drug approval processes in Australian paediatric hospitals, to uncovering molecular mechanisms to influence a sparing strategy for corticosteroid use in asthma management. A full list of presentations and research topics is availablehere.

Associate Professor, and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Alaina Ammit, thanked and praised the initiative of the Faculty's postgraduate research sub-committee for organising the conference.

"It was a very successful day and a valuable experience for all of our students" she said, "now they can return to their research with renewed enthusiasm and a fresh perspective".

Further information on research opportunities at the Faculty of Pharmacy can be found on the Faculty's home page www.pharm.usyd.edu.au by clicking onFind a Supervisoror contact:

Research Services Officer


Ph: +61 2 9036 7243


Fax: +61 2 9351 4391

research@pharm.usyd.edu.au


Phone: 02 935