Publish Date: 
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:00

2018 Translational Research Symposium Wrap-up

The 2018 Translational Research Symposium was a huge success with over 300 attendees participating across the day. 

The event began with an insightful discussion panel with six guest speakers giving advice on how to progress your career successfully- some key take-aways included: 

  • find yourself a mentor,
  • attitude is key,
  • and don't view failure as failure. 

A record 121 posters were presented on the day and were of an extremely high standard as were the 12 oral presentations. 

The keynotes Dr David Loch and Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton demonstrated that a PhD really can lead you anywhere such as into patent law in David's case and science engagement within the public sector in Nikkis. 

Exhibitors also had a full day with 17 of them spread across the venue, special thanks to Platinum sponsor Mimotopes for sponsoring the sought after coffee machine. 

Over $3500 in prize money was awarded at the end of the day- congratulations to all of the winners. 

Key Prizes 

Oral Winner

Kylie Alexander

Oral Runner up

Johnson Da Huang 

Translational Relevance Prize

Danielle Harrop

Poster Prize - Professional Division

Development Category

Winner: Thomas Mullins

Runner Up: Ella Trembizki


Implementation Category

Winner: Alexandra Lyons

Runner Up: Rehan Villani


Discovery Category

Winner: Yash Chhabra

Runner Up: Adriana Pliego, Christine Zhang


Poster Prize - Student Division

Discovery Category

Winner: Johanna Erbani, Gayathri Thillaiyampalam, James Dight

(3 way winner tie, no runner up given due to 3 winners)


Development Category

Winner: Paula Kuo

Runner Up: Christopher George


Implementation Category

Winner: Nida Murtaza 

Runner Up: Tayla Robertson 


Lastly well done to the 2018 Organising Committee Chaired by Samantha Cosh, for their hard work in planning and implementing the biggest symposium so far. 

Discussion Panel 'Careers Beyond Academia'  

Members of the committee organising registrations for the day. 

Poster presentations - one of two packed sessions 

Poster presentations - one of two packed sessions