Independent Learning Project (ILP)

Independent Learning Project (ILP)

Overview

Overview

The Independent Learning Project (ILP) is intended to provide UNSW medical students with a period of in-depth study that engenders an approach to medicine that is constantly questioning and self-critical. The ILP aims to promote lifelong learning patterns and skills which will enable them to approach future medical challenges in their careers with a rigor and depth not possible without a detailed knowledge of the formal processes of research, literature appraisal, data collection, analysis and presentation. By the end of the ILP the students will be expected to achieve the following specific goals:

  • An ability and inclination to question the basis of current scientific thinking in relation to medical and public health practice.
  • To retrieve literature on a topic and demonstrate a familiarity with the use of medical databases.
  • To evaluate current knowledge in a field and to provide a critical appraisal of that body of knowledge.
  • To identify a problem in their chosen field and to understand and participate in the process of designing a scientific investigation of the problem.
  • To be aware of the ethical issues involved in medical research as applied to their area of study.
  • To critically evaluate data including the appropriate use and application of analytical procedures.

Structure

ILP Structure

The courses comprising the ILP (MFAC4508 to 4509) must be taken consecutively. Progression from one course to the next can only occur when all the assessment requirements have been satisfied. In order to progress from one course to the next each student must attain satisfactory grades. Additionally, MFAC2507 - Clinical Transition course will be run at the end of the ILP.

  • ILP and General Education courses

Students are required to undertake 12 units of credit of general education courses prior to the start of Phase 3. Students are advised to enroll in 6 UoC extra courses in semester 1 and 2 concurrently with the ILP enrolment.

  • Exemptions

Students who complete the BSc (Med) Honours program are exempted from undertaking the ILP.

  • Rules of Progression

ILP Rules of Progression

Getting Started

Information Session


Criteria for Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor

  • The supervisor and co-supervisor must be an UNSW staff member or have a conjoint appointment with UNSW (no exceptions to this rule).
  • The supervisor and co-supervisor must have a PhD and/or a medical degree (unless specifically exempted by the committee).

  • The supervisor and co-supervisor should have academic/medical qualifications relevant to the project.


Application Form

  • ILP application is available in eMed. The closing date is on Monday 20 June 2016.
     
  • Application Form [word] (To avoid unexpected loss of data entry, it is recommended to complete this form in a word version and then paste your responses into an online application form)

Scholarships


Projects

How projects are generated

Students are encouraged to negotiate an ILP with prospective supervisors. Some projects will also be designed by supervisors and listed on the ILP web page on eMed for students to view. In both cases the ILP application form must be completed by the supervisor.

UNSW Medicine affiliated staff members (either academic or conjoint staff member) who are interested in taking up ILP students can advertise this by updating their staff profile at the Faculty website (see instructions here). For more information on this, please contact Ms Linh Luong ( ILP@unsw.edu.au. )

How projects are allocated

In the beginning of year 3, an ILP/Honours information session will be held to provide information on how to negotiate a project with supervisor. The following two months, students are encouraged to contact potential ILP supervisors and negotiate an ILP.

Students who negotiated an ILP will be allocated to that ILP. Students who do not negotiate an ILP will be allocated according to the Phase 2 allocation system. The same allocation process will be used to allocate students to clinical courses and ILPs.

How to negotiate

Previous ILP/Honours projects

Examples of previously completed project submission forms

Example of work contract

Examples of previous year students ILP final report

Location of ILPs

Location of ILPs

ILP is designed to be undertaken in one of UNSW Medicine's Schools or a UNSW affiliated research institute or centre.

Every year, projects offered at different rural clinical schools are available for students to choose. Students interested in doing projects in certain rural clinical school campuses are strongly advised to contact the Head of Campus for more information.

The following Rural Clinical Schools offer ILP projects to students -

Coffs Harbour - Coffs Harbour Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Port Macquarie - Port Macquarie Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Wagga Wagga - Wagga Wagga Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Albury - Albury Rural Clinical School - more information, please click here

Interstate or Overseas ILPs will not be considered.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

For Supervisors

  1. I am interested in supervising ILP students. How do I make students aware of this?

UNSW Medicine staff and conjoint who are interested in supervising ILP students need to update their research profile. To do this, you need to access your research profile and make sure that you add your topics in the ILP section which is located near the end of your profile page. For more information, please read the instruction available here.


For Students

  1. I am interested in negotiating ILP project. How should I start?
    The best place to start negotiation process is to check ILP supervisors list. You can either search by research area or by the staff list.
     
  2. What is the difference between an ILP and a BSc (Med) Hons for 2008 onwards cohort students?
    The ILP is 30 Units of Credit (UoC); the BSc (Med) Hons is 48 UoC. Therefore undertaking a BSc (Med) Hons normally adds a semester to the time for which you will be enrolled – your combined MBBS and BSc (Med) Hons will be 6.5 years in length. The BSc (Med) Hons can only be undertaken after Year 3 i.e. if you wish to enrol for a BSc (Med) Hons instead of an ILP, you can only do so in Year 4. The work involved in an Honours project is substantially more than an ILP and the expected outcomes are more advanced. In addition, there will be additional HECS fees. The Honours program is reserved for students who have excelled in their studies over years 1-3, demonstrated by a minimum average of at least 70 for Phase 1 Medicine courses (excluding end of Phase 1 exams and portfolio).

The BSc (Med) Hons is designed for an enrolment over one full academic year whereas the ILP is the equivalent of 24 weeks full time (or 30 weeks when undertaken concurrently with 12 UoC general education courses). Students cannot enrol in any other courses while enrolled in the BSc (Med) Hons Program.

  1. I am interested in applying to do the BSc (Med) Hons Program. Who is eligible to apply?
    Students who wish to apply for the BSc (Med) Hons Program must have completed at least 3 years of BMed MD degree requirements and obtained an average of at least 70 in their Phase 1 Medicine studies. Please note however that this information may change in the future.
     
  2. What are the requirements for consideration to the BSc (Med) Hons program for entry?
    This information is current at the time of updating this information however it may change in the future.
    Students need to have:
  • completed at least 3 years of BMed MD degree requirements
  • obtained a minimum 70 average, calculated by taking a straight mean of Medicine subjects only from Phase 1 (excluding portfolios and end-of-phase exams)
  • acceptance by a supervisor
  • approval by the BSc (Med) Hons Committee to undertake the proposed topic with the proposed supervisor

For more information on the BSc (Med) Hons Program, please see the BSc (Med) Hons website.

  1. Can I start an ILP and upgrade to the Honours Program?
    As a rule, the Faculty will not allow ILP's to be upgraded to a Bsc (Med) Hon program once the ILP has commenced.
     
  2. Can I do an ILP jointly with other students?
    No, the ILP is designed to be undertaken as an independent area of research. Some ILPs may be similar or part of a bigger project, but each ILP is undertaken and assessed independently.
     
  3. Can I take an ILP at a location other than a UNSW campus or a UNSW teaching hospital?
    The ILP is designed to be undertaken at a UNSW campus, a UNSW teaching hospital, or a UNSW affiliated research institute or centre (including Rural Clinical Schools). An application for a negotiated ILP at any other location in Australia will be considered by the ILP Committee on a case by case basis. Overseas ILPs will not be considered.
     
  4. I started my Medicine course in 2010 and interested in applying to the BSc (Med) Hons Program in 2013. Can I still complete my Medicine studies in 6 years?
    The combined BMed MD/ BSc (Med) Hons program is designed to take a minimum of six and a half years to complete. The extra six months allows for completion of the 12 units of general education courses. The Faculty discourages students from overloading in earlier years to complete the extra-Faculty elective courses prior to commencing the BSc (Med) Hons Program. Students will need to apply to the Faculty for approval to take more than the standard load (usually 24 Units of Credit).
     
  5. Are there any scholarships for ILP students?
    A limited number of scholarships are available for students undertaking ILP in certain areas. For more information please check the scholarships page.
     
  6. If I complete my Medicine studies mid year, when do I graduate and when can I start my internship?
    The main graduation ceremony takes place in December. However, students who complete their studies in mid-year can attend another graduation, usually in October. In the past, students who have completed their studies in mid-year have been able to commence their internship mid-year.

There are some changes affecting internship. Students are advised to read the IMET website

3MT

UNSW ILP - Three Minutes Thesis (3MT)

ILP students will have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specilaist audience. Each presentation will be assessed by a panel with the mark contributing to the overall ILP grade and also as a competition (with a $500 gift voucher prize) voted by the audience.

Below is the 3MT program.

  1. Monday 21 September 2015 - Please click here to see the program
  2. Monday 28 September 2015 - Please click here to see the program
  3. Thursday 1 October 2015 - Please click here to see the program

Publications

Our ILP and Honours students succeed in their research projects through publications and presentations. Below is a list of achievements.

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

2012 Achievements

Student: Arndt, Grace
Supervisor: Dr Emily Granger
Title: Clamshell incision vs Sternal-Sparing incision in Lung Transplantation
Poster: International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Annual Meeting, Montreal, 2013,
Authors: Arndt G, Granger E, Glanville A, Malouf M, Havryk A, Plit M, Soto C, Dhital K, Jansz P, Spratt P

Student: Bleasel, Jonathan
Supervisor: Dr Scott Woojin Kim
Title: Increased expression of ABCA8 in multiple system atrophy brain is associated with changes in pathogenic proteins
Article: Journal of Parkinson's Disease, 2013, 3(3):331-9
Authors: Bleasel JM, Hsiao JH, Halliday GM, Kim WS

Student: Butel-Simoes, Grace
Supervisor: Prof Allan Spigelman
Title: Analysis of patient reports on the referral process to two NSW cancer genetic services
Article: Familial Cancer, 2014,
Authors: Butel-Simoes GI, Spigelman AD

Student: Butel-Simoes, Grace
Supervisor: Prof Allan Spigelman
Title: Case report - metachronous central nervous system desmoid tumours and thyroid carcinoma in a young familial adenomatous polyposis patient
Article: Familial Cancer, 2013, 12(4):647-9
Authors: Butel-Simoes GI, Spigelman AD

Student: Butel-Simoes, Grace
Supervisor: Prof Allan Spigelman
Title: Case report - metachronous central nervous system desmoid tumours and thyroid carcinoma in a young familial adenomatous polyposis patient
Oral Presentation: International Society of Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours, 5th Biennial Meeting, Cairns, Australia, 2013
Authors: Butel-Simoes GI, Spigelman AD

Student: Butel-Simoes, Grace
Supervisor: Prof Allan Spigelman
Title: Analysis of patient reports on the referral process to two NSW cancer genetic services
Poster: International Society of Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours, 5th Biennial Meeting, Cairns, Australia, 2013
Authors:  Butel-Simoes GI, Spigelman AD

Student: Cannon, Christine
Supervisor: Dr Scott D'Amours
Title: Penetrating chest trauma - A 16 year review at an Australian Major Trauma Centre
Oral Presentation: SWAN trauma conference, 2012,
Authors: Cannon C, D'Amours S

Student: Carpenter, Elise
Supervisor: Prof George Murrell
Title: Sling versus abduction pillow - mechanics
Poster: Annual meetings of American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), Omaha, USA, 2013
Authors: Hawthorne J, Carpenter E, Lam PH, Murrell GAC

Student: Carpenter, Elise
Supervisor: Prof George Murrell
Title: Sling versus abduction pillow - mechanics
Poster: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 2014
Authors: Hawthorne J, Carpenter E, Lam PH, Murrell GAC

Student: Cham, Jamie
Supervisor: Dr Kumud Dhital
Title: Pulmonary endarterectomy for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension: The St. Vincent's Hospital Experience
Oral Presentation: Annual Meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in Kobe, Japan, 2013,
Authors: Cham J, Dhital K, Kotlyar E, Keogh A

Student: Chim, Daniel
Supervisor: A/Prof Americo Migliaccio
Title: Visual contribution to the high-frequency human angular vestibulo-ocular reflex
Article: Experimental Brain Research, 2013, 230(1):127-35
Authors: Chim D, Lasker DM, Migliaccio AA

Student: Christie, Laura
Supervisor: A/Prof Peter Wong
Title: How literate are our patients? The health literacy of patients attending a rural and city rheumatology practice
Poster: Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Rheumatology Association, Perth, 2013,
Authors: Christie L, Johnston J, Freeman D, Joshua F, Bird P, Chia K, Bagga H, Wong PKK

Student: Couch, Mikayla
Supervisor: Dr Susan Woolfenden
Title: Parent's Evaluation of Developmental Status in Urban Aboriginal Families
Article: International Congress of Paediatrics, 2013,
Authors: Couch M, Woolfenden S , Zwi K

Student: Evans, Nadia
Supervisor: Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: "It’s more than dollars and cents”: The long term impact of childhood cancer on parents’ occupational and financial health
Article: Psycho-Oncology, 2014,
Authors:  Wakefield CE, McLoone JK, Evans N, Cohn RJ

Student: Evans, Nadia
Supervisor: Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: The psychological impact of receiving a cancer diagnosis in childhood: Parental experiences and implications for ICU practice
Oral Presentation: Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Education, 2012,
Authors: Wakefield CE, Evans N, McLoone JK, Cohn RJ

Student:  Evans, Nadia
Supervisor:  Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: When the ‘all clear’ is not so clear: Families’ coping with fear of childhood cancer recurrence
Oral Presentation: Inaugural Survivorship Conference, Flinders Centre for Cancer Innovation, Adelaide, 2013,
Authors:  McLoone JK, Wakefield CE, Evans N, Cohn RJ

Student: Evans, Nadia
Supervisor: Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: Eight diagnoses later, they finally got it right: Familial diagnostic experiences in paediatric oncology
Poster: Australian New Zealand Children’s Haematology and Oncology Group (ANZCHOG), Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, 2013,
Authors: Evans N, Wakefield CE, McLoone JK, Cohn RJ

Student: Finlay, Allie (Allison)
Supervisor: Prof Maria Craig
Title: Enterovirus infection, microRNA levels and type 1 diabetes: regulation of genes involved in inflammation and human pancreatic beta cell death
Poster:  Diabetes Journal, 2013,
Authors: Akil ASAS, Finlay A, Hardikar AH, Nam C, Pang I, Wilkins MR, Rawlinson WD, Craig ME

Student: Fitzgerald, Nicholas
Supervisor:  A/Prof Hiran Selvadurai
Title:  Diffusion capacity in children: what happens with exercise?
Article: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, 2013, 14(3):190-194
Authors:  Fitzgerald NM, Fitzgerald DA, Lands L, Selvadurai H

Student: Fitzgerald, Nicholas
Supervisor:  A/Prof Hiran Selvadurai
Title: Diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide (DLCO) pre- and post-exercise in children in health and disease
Article:  Pediatric Pulmonology, 2013,
Authors:  Fitzgerald NM, Kennedy B, Fitzgerald DA, Selvadurai H

Student: Fitzgerald, Nicholas
Supervisor:  A/Prof Hiran Selvadurai
Title: The relationship between peak exercise and diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide in elite swimmers and children with cystic fibrosis
Oral Presentation: European Respiratory Society Annual Scientific Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 2013,
Authors:  Fitzgerald N, Kennedy B, Fitzgerald D, Selvadurai H

Student: Fuchs, Talia
Supervisor:  Dr Evelyn Smith
Title: Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 is associated with cognitive impairment and predicts cognitive decline - the Sydney Memory and Aging Study
Article:  Aging Cell, 2013, 12(5):882-9
Authors: Fuchs T, Trollor JN, Crawford J, Brown DA, Baune BT, Samaras K, Campbell L, Breit SN, Brodaty H, Sachdev P, Smith E

Student: Gunaratne, Pramudie
Supervisor:  A/Prof Ute Vollmer-Conna
Title:  Mood disturbance after infection
Article:  Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2013, 47(12):1152-64
Authors:  Gunaratne P, Lloyd AR, Vollmer-Conna U

Student: Hatzistergos, Joanna
Supervisor:  Dr Kumud Dhital
Title: Outcomes after Orthotopic Heart and Heart-lung Transplantation for Congenital Heart Disease in Australia and New Zealand
Oral Presentation: 33rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation in Montreal, Canada, 2013
Authors:  Hatzistergos J, Pettersson R, Weintraub  R, Keogh A, Winlaw D, Dhital K

Student: Hawthorne, Jacqueline
Supervisor:  Prof George Murrell
Title: Sling versus abduction pillow - mechanics
Poster: Annual meetings of American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), Omaha, USA, 2013
Authors:  Hawthorne J, Carpenter E, Lam PH, Murrell GAC

Student: Hawthorne, Jacqueline
Supervisor:  Prof George Murrell
Title:  Sling versus abduction pillow - mechanics
Poster: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 2014
Authors:  Hawthorne J, Carpenter E, Lam PH, Murrell GAC

Student: Horsley, Patrick
Supervisor:  A/Prof Tom Shakespeare
Title: Improved Outcomes with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy Combined with Temozolomide for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Multiforme
Article:  Neurology Research International, 2014, 2014 (2014)
Authors: Aherne NJ, Benjamin LC, Horsley PJ, Silva T, Wilcox S, Amalaseelan J, Dwyer P, Tahir AMR, Hill J, Last A, Hansen C, McLachlan CS, Lee YL, McKay MJ, Shakespear TP

Student: Huang, Shuying
Supervisor:  Prof Paul Thomas
Title:  Proportion of T regulatory cells in the peripheral blood of sarcoidosis patients
Article: Respirology, 2013, 18(2):48
Authors:  Huang S, Herbert C, Keoshkerian E, Lloyd A, Thomas PS

Student: Huang, Shuying
Supervisor:  Prof Paul Thomas
Title: IFN-γ levels in exhaled breath condensate and peripheral blood of sarcoidosis patients reflect an immune paradox
Article:  Respirology, 2013, 18(2):48
Authors:  Huang S, Herbert C, Keoshkerian E, Lloyd A, Thomas PS

Student: Huang, Shuying
Supervisor:  Prof Paul Thomas
Title:  Proportion of T regulatory cells in the peripheral blood of sarcoidosis patients
Poster: The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meetings, Darwin, 2013
Authors:  Huang S, Herbert C, Keoshkerian E, Lloyd A, Thomas PS

Student: Huang, Shuying
Supervisor:  Prof Paul Thomas
Title: IFN-γ levels in exhaled breath condensate and peripheral blood of sarcoidosis patients reflect an immune paradox
Poster:  The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meetings, Darwin, 2013
Authors:  Huang S, Herbert C, Keoshkerian E, Lloyd A, Thomas PS

Student: Huang, Tony
Supervisor:  Dr Rupert Leong
Title: 39 Early Treatment With Immunomodulators Is Associated With Change in the Natural History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Multicentre Longitudinal Study -Sydney, Australia 1942-2012
Article:  Gastroenterology, 2013, 144(5) Supp1:S-10
Authors: Kariyawasam VC, Lunney PC, Huang TD, Middleton K, Wang RR, Selinger CP, Katelaris P, Andrews JM, Leong RW

Student: Jacob, Joshua
Supervisor:  Dr John Gan
Title:  Teaching Medical students Practical Ultrasound
Oral Presentation: Provincial Surgeons of Australia Annual Scientific Conference, 2013
Authors:  Jacob J, Gan J, Krahe L, Mccoll A, Mclachlan C

Student: Klocker, Amadeus
Supervisor:  A/Prof Maria Craig
Title: Blood β-hydroxybutyrate vs. urine acetoacetate testing for the prevention and management of ketoacidosis in Type 1 diabetes: a systematic review
Article:  Diabetic Medicine, 2013, 30(7):818-24
Authors:  Klocker AA, Phelan H, Twigg SM, Craig ME

Student: Ko, Yanna
Supervisor:  Dr Rupert Leong
Title: Environmental Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Case-Control Study in a Middle Eastern Migrant Population
Article: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2014, 12(1):160-1
Authors: Ko Y, Karnib M, Samuels D, Alrubaie A, Rahme N, McDonald C, Katelaris P, Barr G, Jones B, Paven G, Chapman G, Park G, Meredith C, Connor S, Gearry R, Leong R

Student: Ko, Yanna
Supervisor:  Dr Rupert Leong
Title: Epidemiological Studies of Migration and Environmental Risk Factors in the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Article:  World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2014, 20(5): 1238-47
Authors:  Ko Y, Butcher R, Leong R

Student: Ko, Yanna
Supervisor:  Dr Rupert Leong
Title: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Environmental Risk Factors: a Case-Control Study of the Middle Eastern Migrant Population
Oral Presentation: Digestive Diseases Week, Orlando USA, 2013
Authors:  Ko Y, Leong R

Student: Ko, Yanna
Supervisor:  Dr Rupert Leong
Title: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Environmental Risk Factors: a Case-Control Study of the Middle Eastern Migrant Population
Oral Presentation: Institute of Digestive Diseases Symposium, Hong Kong, 2013
Authors:  Ko Y, Leong R

Student: Ko, Yanna
Supervisor:  Dr Rupert Leong
Title: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Environmental Risk Factors: a Case-Control Study of the Middle Eastern Migrant Population
Prize: Young Investigator Award - First Runner Up, Institute of Digestive Diseases, Hong Kong, 2013
Authors:  Ko Y, Leong R

Student: Kwon, Ivy Yi Hyun
Supervisor: Dr Phillip Read
Title: The prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis detected by wet mount and polymerase chain reaction in Sydney women
Article: Sexual Health, 2013, 10(4):385-386
Authors:  Kwon I, McNulty A, Read P

Student: Kwon, Ivy Yi Hyun
Supervisor:  Dr Phillip Read
Title: The prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis detected by wet mount and polymerase chain reaction in Sydney women
Poster: International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections IUSTI Conference, Melbourne, 2012
Authors:  Kwon I, McNulty A, Read P

Student: Leo, Grace Sze Yin
Supervisor:  Dr Antony Lau
Title: High definition versus standard definition 64-slice CT coronary angiography in detection of in-stent restenosis
Oral Presentation: Cardiac Society, Australia and New Zealand Conference, Gold Coast, 2013,
Authors:  Leo G, Friedman D, Eggleton S, Lau A

Student: Li, Zuo
Supervisor:  Dr Lu Liu
Title: Expression of water channel aquaporins in human colon; alterations in colonic disorders
Poster:  Australian Neuroscience Society Annual Conference, 2013
Authors:  Li Z, Markus I, Li J, Bertrand PP, Liu L

Student: Lim, Li Chin Deborah
Supervisor:  Prof John Smoleniec
Title: Neurodevelopmental outcomes of children born to mothers with intrauterine conditions (NOCIC): Intrauterine growth restriction
Article:  Journal of paediatrics and child health, 2013, 49(2):365
Authors:  Lim LCD, Eapen V, Cˇrncˇec R, Smoleniec J

Student: Lim, Li Chin Deborah
Supervisor:  Prof John Smoleniec
Title: Neurodevelopmental outcomes of children born to mothers with intrauterine conditions (NOCIC): Intrauterine growth restriction
Oral Presentation: Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand PSANZ, Adelaide, 2013
Authors:  Lim LCD, Eapen V, Cˇrncˇec R, Smoleniec J

Student: Lim, Li Xian
Supervisor:  Dr Jackie Curtis
Title: Initiation of cannabis and nicotine use in young people experiencing first-episode psychosis
Oral Presentation: Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research Conference, Perth, 2012
Authors:  Lim LX, Roland S, Curtis J, Ward PB

Student: Lim, Li Xian
Supervisor:  Dr Jackie Curtis
Title: Initiation of cannabis and nicotine use in young people experiencing first-episode psychosis
Poster: 8th International Conference on Early Psychosis, San Francisco, 2012
Authors:  Lim LX, Roland S, Curtis J, Ward PB

Student: Lim, Yi Chen
Supervisor:  Dr Holly Seale
Title: Examining the views of key stakeholders regarding the provision of occupational influenza vaccination for healthcare workers in Australia
Article:  Vaccine, 2014, 32(5):606-10
Authors:  Lim YC, Seale H

Student: Liu, Amy
Supervisor:  Dr Manoj Saxena
Title: A Comparison of core and peripheral temperature measurement in adult critically ill patients with acute brain injury and sepsis
Oral Presentation: St George and Sutherland Medical Research Symposium, 2012
Authors:  Liu A, Saxena M, Myburgh J, Miller J, Inskip D

Student: Loh, Chee Hoou Clement
Supervisor:  Prof Dedee Murrell
Title: Excellent reliability and validity of the Epidermolysis Bullosa Disease Activity and Scarring Index (EBDASI)
Oral Presentation: International Investigative Dermatology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013,
Authors: Loh  CCH, Kim J, Su JC, Daniel BS, Venugopal SS, Rhodes LM, Intong LRA, Law MG, Murrell DF

Student: Lu, Sandy
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title: Prevention of diabetes and heart disease -- patient perceptions on risk, risk assessment and the role of their GP in preventive care
Article:  Australian Family Physician, 2013, 42(5):328-31
Authors:  Lu S, Harris MF

Student: Pasfield, Adam
Supervisor:  Dr Amanda Henry
Title:  Anti-Mullerian hormone: a predictor of adverse pregnancy outcomes?
Poster: Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, 2013
Authors:  Whitton K, Shand A, Pasfield A, Nassar N, McShane M, Han X, Henry A

Student: Purvis, Claire
Supervisor:  Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: Sleep needs of parents caring for children with cancer
Oral Presentation: Australian & New Zealand Children’s Oncology group annual scientific meeting, Melbourne, 2013
Authors:  McLoone JK, Wakefield CE, Doolan EL, Purvis C, Cohn RJ

Student: Rashidianfar, Amirsalar
Supervisor:  Prof Richard Harvey
Title:  Adult cardiac-resident MSC-like stem cells with a proepicardial origin
Article: Cell Stem Cell, 2011, 9(6):527-40
Authors: Chong JJ, Chandrakanthan V, Xaymardan M, Asli NS, Li J, Ahmed I, Heffernan C, Menon MK, Scarlett CJ, Rashidianfar A, Biben C, Zoellner H, Colvin EK, Pimanda JE, Biankin AV, Zhou B, Pu WT, Prall OW, Harvey RP

Student: Rashidianfar, Amirsalar
Supervisor:  Prof Richard Harvey
Title: Characterisation of stemness factors in adult cardiac stem cells
Poster: Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute's 12th International Symposium, 2011
Authors:  Rashidianfar A, Asli NS, Chandrakanthan V, Xaymardan M, Harvey RP

Student: Roland, Stephanie
Supervisor:  Dr Jackie Curtis
Title: The use of metformin in preventing obesity and metabolic syndrome in early psychosis
Oral Presentation: International Early Psychosis Association IEPA Conference, San Francisco, USA, 2012
Authors:  Roland S, Lim L, Curtis J, Ward P, Samaras K

Student: Roland, Stephanie
Supervisor:  Dr Jackie Curtis
Title: The use of metformin in preventing obesity and metabolic syndrome in early psychosis
Oral Presentation: Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research ASPR Conference, Perth, 2012
Authors:  Roland S, Lim L, Curtis J, Ward P, Samaras K

Student: Rubenis, Imants
Supervisor:  Prof George Murrell
Title: Primary Versus Revision Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair - An Analysis In 350 Consecutive Patients
Oral Presentation: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Specialty Day, New Orleans, USA, 2014
Authors:  Shamsudin A, Lam PH, Rubenis I, Peters KS, Murrell GAC

Student: Rubenis, Imants
Supervisor:  Prof George Murrell
Title: Primary Versus Revision Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair - An Analysis In 350 Consecutive Patients
Poster: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 2014
Authors:  Shamsudin A, Lam PH, Rubenis I, Peters KS, Murrell GAC

Student: Sierakowski, Amy
Supervisor:  Prof John Smoleniec
Title: Developmental and behavioural outcomes of Uncomplicated monochorionic diamniotic twins Born in the third trimester
Article:  Journal of paediatrics and child health, 2013, 49(2):413
Authors:  Sierakowski A, Eapen V, Cˇrncˇec R, Smoleniec J

Student: Sierakowski, Amy
Supervisor:  Prof John Smoleniec
Title: Developmental and behavioural outcomes of Uncomplicated monochorionic diamniotic twins Born in the third trimester
Oral Presentation: Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand PSANZ, Adelaide, 2013
Authors:  Sierakowski A, Eapen V, Cˇrncˇec R, Smoleniec J

Student: Tang, Melissa
Supervisor:  A/Prof Maria Craig
Title: Autonomic neuropathy in young people with type 1 diabetes: a systematic review
Article:  Pediatric Diabetes, 2013, 14(4):239-48
Authors:  Tang M, Donaghue KC, Cho YH, Craig ME

Student: Tang, Reuben
Supervisor:  Dr Andrew Georgiou
Title:  Surgical safety checklists: a review
Article: ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2014, 84(3):148-54
Authors:  Tang R, Ranmuthugala G, Cunningham F

Student: Thompson, Jessica
Supervisor:  Dr Alishia Williams
Title: A novel Investigation into the Impact of Distress Tolerance on iCBT Treatment of Depression
Article:  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2013, 5:469-75
Authors:  Williams AD, Thompson J, Andrews G

Student: Tian, David
Supervisor:  Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor
Title: Effects of Vaccination with Altered Peptide Ligand on Chronic Pain in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, an Animal Model of Multiple Sclerosis
Article:  Frontiers in Neurology, 2013, (4):168
Authors:  Tian DH, Perera CJ, Apostolopoulos V, Moalem-Taylor G

Student: Tian, David
Supervisor:  Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor
Title:  Neuropathic pain in animal models of nervous system autoimmune diseases
Article:  Mediators of Inflammation, 2013, 2013:298326
Authors:  Tian DH, Perera CJ, Moalem-Taylor G

Student: Tian, David
Supervisor:  Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor
Title: Chronic Pain in Animal Models of Multiple Sclerosis
Poster:  UNSW Brain Science Symposium, 2012
Authors:  Tian D, Perera CJ, Moalem-Taylor G

Student: Ting, Yu Shan
Supervisor:  A/Prof William Sewell
Title: Role of CD200 in Distinction Between Atypical CLL and Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Oral Presentation: Australasian Flow Cytometry Group Annual Meeting, Wellington, NZ, 2013,
Authors:  Ting YS, Smith SABC, Brown DA, Sewell WA

Student:  Xu, Mimi
Supervisor:  Dr Alex Wilde
Title: Exploring culture-specific differences in beliefs about causes, kinship and the heritability of major depressive disorder: the views of Anglo-Celtic and Chinese-Australians
Article:  Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2013, 22(5):613-24
Authors: Xu M, Zou L, Wilde A, Meiser B, Barlow-Stewart K, Chan B, Mitchell PB, Sousa MS, Schofield PR

Student: Zhang, James
Supervisor:  Dr Sally Nathan
Title: New research has found Facebook can help troubled youths reach out to get help
Oral Presentation: Channel 10, Ten News, Sandra Sully, 2013,
Authors:  Nathan S, Zhang J

Student: Zhu, Yunyun
Supervisor:  Dr Sian Smith
Title: Supporting patients with low health literacy: what role do radiation therapists play?
Article:  Supportive Care in Cancer, 2013, 21(11):3051-61
Authors:  Smith SK, Zhu Y, Dhillon HM, Milross CG, Taylor J, Halkett G, Zilliacus E

Student: Zou, Lilian
Supervisor:  Dr Alex Wilde
Title: Exploring culture-specific differences in beliefs about causes, kinship and the heritability of major depressive disorder: the views of Anglo-Celtic and Chinese-Australians
Article:  Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2013, 22(5):613-24
Authors: Xu M, Zou L, Wilde A, Meiser B, Barlow-Stewart K, Chan B, Mitchell PB, Sousa MS, Schofield PR

2013 Achievements

Student: Bui, David
Supervisor:  Prof William Walsh
Title:  The Effect of Sterilisation Protocol on Meniscal Allograft
Oral Presentation: New South Wales Australian Orthopaedic Association Annnual Scientific Meeting, 2013
Authors:  Bui D, Lovric V, Oliver R, Bertello N, Broe D, Walsh W

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: INTRA-ABDOMINAL HYPERTENSION AND ABDOMINAL COMPARTMENT SYNDROME: Pathophysiological and non-operative management
Article:  Minerva Anestesiologica, 2013
Authors:  Rastogi P, Iyer D, Aneman A, D'amours S

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: The Natural History of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome
Oral Presentation: Australian Medical Student Association Convention, Gold Coast, 2013,
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, D’Amours S, Aneman A

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: Cardiothoracic surgery and intra-abdominal hypertension: An undervalued association?
Oral Presentation: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore, 2014
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, Aneman A, D’Amours S

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: Early Experiences with the Resuscitation with Angiography, Percutaneous Techniques and Operative Repair (R.A.P.T.O.R) Hybrid Suite
Oral Presentation: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting, Singapore, 2014
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, Aneman A, D’Amours S

Student: Iyer, Dushyant
Supervisor:  Dr Scott D’Amours
Title: A predictive tool for the development of intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome in critically ill patients
Poster: International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brussels, Belgium, 2014
Authors:  Iyer D, Rastogi P, Aneman A, D’Amours S

Student: Lawrence, Renae
Supervisor:  Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: Comparing the models of care utilised by Australia and New Zealand childhood cancer long term follow-up clinics
Oral Presentation: Australian New Zealand Children’s Haematology and Oncology Group (ANZCHOG), Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, 2013
Authors:  McLoone JK, Wakefield CE, Lawrence R, Cohn RJ

Student: Lawrence, Renae
Supervisor:  Dr Claire Wakefield
Title: Transition practices in paediatric hospitals: providing cancer survivorship care from childhood to adulthood
Oral Presentation: National Youth Cancer Services Network Meeting, Melbourne, 2013,
Authors:  McLoone JK, Wakefield CE, Lawrence R, Cohn RJ

Student: Lee, Jia Li
Supervisor:  A/Prof William Sewell
Title: Flow cytometry of T cells and the role of V-beta assessment
Oral Presentation: Australasian Flow Cytometry Group Annual Meeting, Wellington, NZ, 2013,
Authors:  Sewell WA, Lee LJ, Smith SABC, Brown DA

Student: Mason, Emma
Supervisor:  Dr Lynne Wray
Title: Sexually acquired reactive arthritis at Sydney Sexual Health Centre 1992-2012
Oral Presentation: Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Darwin, 2013,
Authors:  Mason E, Wray L, Foster R, Donovan B

Student: Newton, Sally
Supervisor:  Dr Renée Morris
Title: The Differential effects of Rubrospinal Tract and Red Nucleus Lesions on Skilled Reaching
Poster:  Annual Neuroscience Society, Melbourne, 2013,
Authors:  Newton SS, Kearsley AP and Morris R

Student: Pillay, Megan
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title:  Quality of care measures in multimorbidity
Article: Australian Family Physician, 2014, 43(3):132-6
Authors:  Pillay M, Dennis S, Harris MF

Student: Pillay, Megan
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title: Multimorbidity: negotiating priorities and making progress
Article:  Australian Family Physician, 2013, 42(12):850-4
Authors:  Harris MF, Dennis S, Pillay M

Student: Pillay, Megan
Supervisor:  Dr Mark Harris
Title:  Multi-morbidity and low health literacy in general practice: double trouble
Oral Presentation: Health Literacy Network: Crossing Disciplines, Bridging Gaps, 2013
Authors:  Pillay M, Dennis S, Harris MF

Student: Ryan, Amitée
Supervisor:  A/Prof Rebecca Dignan
Title: The PAINLESS trial (Painbuster Length of Stay) - Redefining Pain Management After Cardaic Surgery: A Randomised Pilot Trial
Oral Presentation: Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013
Authors: Dignan R, Ryan A, Mann K, Patterson E, Gebski V, Keech A, O’Regan W, Hong S, Aty W, French B, Wolfenden H, Vallely M, Bannon P, Rajendran S, Turner L

Student: Tan, Kevin
Supervisor:  A/Prof Jia Lin Yang
Title: Uncovering a key to the process of metastasis in human cancers: a review of critical regulators of anoikis
Article:  Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 2013, 139(11):1795-805
Authors:  Tan K, Goldstein D, Crowe P, Yang JL

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