HRSC

The Health Research Society of Canterbury

Meetings

Event: Canterbury Health Research Poster Evening
Date: Thursday 10th August 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue: John Britten Building, University of Canterbury

The HRSC Poster Evening is very informal and relaxed, and provides an opportunity for people to display recycled, recently presented or new research posters, and network with other Canterbury health researchers over pizza and light refreshments.

The "Rutherford Prize" for Best Overall Poster was awarded to Christina Wohlrab (PhD student, Mackenzie Cancer Research Group, UOC). 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to Kyla Horne (PhD student, NZ Brain Research Institute) and Prerna Singh (PhD student, Computer Graphics and Image Processing Group, UC). Professor Robin Fraser received an honorable mention for his poster.

Event: Coming out of our silos: ‘Research Without Borders’ - Grand Rounds Pt 2.
Date: Friday 26th May, 12:15 - 1:15 pm (lunch at 11:45 am).
Venue: Rolleston Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Christchurch

Speakers:
  1. Dr Kit Doudney, Canterbury Health Laboratories, Christchurch
    • Collaborative opportunities at CHL - a tertiary-level diagnostics laboratory.
      This talk described some of the specialist clinical investigations undertaken by CHL in collaboration with other institutes, and touched on some new horizons for the laboratories.
  2. Katharina Russell, Department of Wine, Food and Molecular Biosciences, Lincoln University & New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch.
    • Sheep to the rescue! A large animal model of childhood dementia.
      Sheep models are currently being used in treatment trials for Batten disease at Lincoln University in collaboration with the University of Otago, the NZBRI and the MARS group.
  3. Sophie Morton, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury
    • Development of Virtual Patients to aid in Mechanical Ventilation Therapy.
      This research is based around the use of physiological models to deliver patient specific treatment for respiratory failure.
  4. Dr Khoon Lim & Dr Elisabeth Phillips, Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReATE) & Mackenzie Cancer Research Group (MCRG), University of Otago Christchurch
    • When a biologist meets a chemist: Transforming 2D cancer cultures to 3D.
      Combining knowledge in cancer biology and polymer chemistry to engineer 3D tumour models, to better understand breast cancer and test novel anti-cancer therapies.

Event: Coming out of our silos: ‘Research Without Borders’ - Grand Rounds Pt 1.
Date: Friday 19th May, 12:15 - 1:15 pm (lunch at 11:45 am).
Venue: Rolleston Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Christchurch

Speakers:
  1. Mayouri Sukhapure, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch
    • Sex hormones, mood, cognitive function and emotion processing in women.
      Investigating the direct effect of sex hormones (particularly testosterone) on women's brain function, especially in women with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome.
  2. Dr Pippa Scott, Department of Pathology, University of Otago Christchurch
    • A vet's role in human health research.
      Dr Pippa Scott is a vet who has been working in human health research for the last 12 years. She will talk about some of the projects she has been involved in, in New Zealand and overseas.
  3. Sina Ghafoorpoor Yazdi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury.
    • In-silico modelling of aortic arch hemodynamics for surgical implant testing.
      This research project uses in-silico modelling of the aortic arch to further understand hemodynamics, and will be used to inform novel cardiovascular disease therapies.
  4. Dr Isabel Jamieson and Dr Margaret Leonard, Ara Institute of Canterbury and University of Canterbury
    • Research at work: The big Ara picture.
      Who is Ara you ask? Ara, formerly known as CPIT and Aoraki, is bustling with researchers across a variety of disciplines including: health, engineering, business, computing, Māori language and Performance Arts.

Event: Annual General Meeting
Date: Thursday 6 April 2017, 4 pm - 5.30 pm
Venue: Beaven lecture theatre, Level 7, University of Otago, Christchurch
Speakers:

  • Prof. Gail Gillon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, College of Education, Health & Human Development, University of Canterbury - "The University of Canterbury and the Health Precinct".
  • Prof. David Murdoch, Dean and Head of Campus, University of Otago, Christchurch - "The University of Otago, Christchurch, and the Health Precinct".

Previous events

Event: Canterbury Health Research Poster Expo
Date: Thursday 25 August 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Venue: Ground Floor, University of Otago, Christchurch

You are invited to the Health Research Society of Canterbury's 2016 Poster Expo. This is your chance to network and display research posters (both old and new). This is open to all Health Researchers, members and non-members.

Pizza and refreshments provided.

If you would like to display a poster, please email paul.docherty@cantebury.ac.nz with the title, affiliation, and name of presenter.
For catering purposes, please also RSVP to paul.docherty@canterbury.ac.nz.

We hope to see you there!

Events: HRSC 2016 Grand Rounds Series
Date: Friday, 20th and 27th of May 2016, 12:15-13:15 (lunch from 11.50 am).
Venue: Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, University of Otago, Christchurch

Speakers for Friday, 27th May:
  • Georgina Blane: Preventing lung damage via automation and optimisation of mechanical ventilation for critically ill patients in the third world.
  • Guneet Kaur: Amyloid imaging for cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease.
  • Michelle Goodman: Homogenisation theory applied to coupled mammalian cells.
  • Parya Rezaei: Reuse, disposal, and partial remanufacturing of medical devices.
Speakers for Friday, 20th May:
  • Ravinder Reddy Gaddam: The effect of hydrogen sulfide synthesized by cystathionine-gamma-lyase on inflammation and liver sinusoidal endothelial cells in polymicrobial sepsis in mice.
  • Hannah Prebble: Activation of immune cells in live carotid plaque.
  • Megan Stark: Cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease: a study of early-phase amyloid PET and arterial spin labeling perfusion MRI.
  • Finbar J Argus: The effect of irreversibly electroporated cell dynamics on drug transport in electroporated tissue.

Event: HRSC 2016 Annual General Meeting and BBQ
Date: Wednesday 6th April, 2016, 4 pm.
Venue: The Staff Club, University of Canterbury

This meeting included a series of short presentations about health research at the University of Canterbury and opportunities for collaboration, a short and efficient AGM, and was followed by the annual AGM barbecue. Please see the Announcement for further details.


Event: Canterbury Health Research Poster Expo
Date: Wednesday 23 Sept 2015 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Venue: The Staff Club, University of Canterbury

Our annual Poster Expo is a very popular event because of the relaxed atmosphere, cash bar and free pizza! The posters that will be displayed describe findings from many areas of health research, whether clinical, laboratory, or community-focussed. This is your chance to network and display old research posters and new ones before your next conference. This is open to all Health Researchers, members and non-members.

Event: Annual General Meeting
Date: Thursday 26 March 2015, 4 pm start
Venue: RFH Building, Lincoln University

Come join us for the Health Research Society of Canterbury's annual general meeting for 2014, to be held at Lincoln University. The format will be:
4:00-4:30 Presentations: "A snapshot of Health research at Lincoln and opportunities for collaboration."
4:30-5:00 AGM
5:00-6:30 Inaugural AGM Don Bevan Memorial wine appreciation and tasting. This will be hosted by Bernard Newman, WFMD, Lincoln University, as part of our "live well" mantra, followed by a Barbeque.

This function will be held in the Replacement for Hilgendorf (RFH) building at Lincoln University. Go straight through the Springs Rd/Ellesmere Junction Rd roundabout and continue about 400 metres to (South) Gate 3, turn right in to a carpark on the right and RFH is on the left. See this map (PDF, 2.7 MB) or Google Maps. The talks will be short and informative. RSVP for catering purposes (tracy.melzer@otago.ac.nz).


Event: Canterbury Health Research Poster Expo
Date: Thursday 2 October 2014, 5.30 - 7.30 pm
Venue: The Staff Club, University of Canterbury

This is a very popular event because of the relaxed atmosphere along with fizz, beer, wine, and pizza.  Posters are invited that describe findings from any area of health research, broadly defined (whether clinical, laboratory, or community-focussed). Senior and junior researchers from all institutions are welcome.

This is an opportunity to give those conference posters a second airing. If you want to display a poster please send an electronic copy of the poster as a pdf or ppt file in A4 size to tracy.melzer@otago.ac.nz by 29th September to register. NOTE: We would prefer posters as A0 portrait (840 mm wide x 1180 mm high) or smaller but we can accept a limited number in the landscape format. Poster hanging for accepted posters is from 4 pm Thursday October 2nd.

Event: HRSC 2014 Grand Rounds Series
Date: Friday, 30 May, 12:15-13:15 (lunch from 11.50 am).
Venue: Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, University of Otago, Christchurch

The oral presentations at the 30 May session (chaired by Steven Gieseg) are:

  • "Rapid osseointegration of titanium scaffolds in a sheep model." – S. Tredinnick, NZi3 & Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, and Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Med, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • "Sequencing of pharyngeal pressure during wake and sleep swallowing." – K Lamvik, Communication Disorders, University of Canterbury, and NZ Brain Research Institute.
  • "Skin Electroporation: Test Cell Re-Configuration." – S Becker, Engineering, University of Canterbury.
  • "Trace amine-associated receptor 1 activation modulates methamphetamine's neurochemical and behavioural effects." – Yue Pei, Dept Psychology, University of Canterbury.

The oral presentations at the 16 May session (chaired by Geoff Shaw) were:

  • "A Pressure Reconstruction Method to Estimate Respiratory Mechanics of Breathing Masked by Spontaneous Breathing Efforts." – V Major, Centre for Bio Engineering, University of Canterbury and Dept Intensive Care, Christchurch Hospital
  • "Association between telomere length and life stress in two New Zealand cohorts." – S Jodczyk, Dept Pathology and Dept Psychology Med, University of Otago, Christchurch.
  • "Deep brain stimulation of the nucleus accumbens attenuates relapse to cocaine seeking." – Jennifer Hamilton, Dept Psychology, University of Canterbury.
  • "Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: a potential marker for cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease." – M Almuqbel, Dept Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, and New Zealand Brain Research Institute

Event: Annual General Meeting
Date: Monday 31 March 2014, 4.30 - 5.30 pm
Venue: Beaven lecture theatre, Level 7, University of Otago, Christchurch
Speaker: Dr Ian Town, Principal Advisor, Christchurch Central Development Unit

The Health Research Society of Canterbury's belated annual general meeting for 2013 included a short presentation by Dr Ian Town about the future of the Health Precinct, which was followed by discussion, a brief AGM, nibbles and drinks.


Event: Health, Risk & Sausages
Date: Thursday 3 October 2013, 5 - 8.30 pm
RSVP: Wednesday 2 October to steven.gieseg@canterbury.ac.nz
Venue: The Staff Club, University of Canterbury

Two eminent Christchurch health researchers, Dr Erik Monasterio and Professor Richard Porter plus four student presentations from Universities of Otago, Canterbury and Lincoln talking about nurse movements, brain imaging, breathless sheep and errors in glucose measurement.

Be part of the Health Research Community and network over an expertly oxidised sausage. (This event does not have the Heart Foundation tick). Talks end around 7 followed by BBQ.

Dr Erik Monasterio is a forensic psychiatrist and senior clinical lecturer with the University of Otago, Christchurch School of Clinical Medicine. Before completing his specialist training Dr Monasterio spent many years mountaineering and mountain guiding in all the major mountain chains of the world (where he has established over 40 new routes over rock, ice and mixed terrain).

Professor Richard Porter’s interests and research are in the areas of affective disorders, psychopharmacology, the neurobiology of affective disorders and neurodegenerative disorders and particularly the neurobiology of cognitive impairment. He is a consultant psychiatrist specializing in psychiatric care of adults with intellectual disability.

Event: Canterbury Health Research Poster Expo

Date: Thursday July 4th 2013, 6 - 8 pm
Venue:NZi3 building, Creyke Road, University of Canterbury

This is a very popular event because of the relaxed atmosphere along with fizz, beer, wine, and pizza.  Posters were invited that described findings from any area of health research, broadly defined (whether clinical, laboratory, or community-focussed). Senior and junior researchers from all institutions were welcome.

Event: HRSC 2013 Grand Rounds Series
Dates: Friday, 3 May AND 10 May, 12:30-13:30.
Venue: Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, University of Otago, Christchurch

The oral presentations at the 3 May session were:

  • "Use of the DISST model to predict insulin pharmaco-kinetics during the oral glucose tolerance test and reduce the cost of deriving the Matsuda index." – Shaun Davidson, Centre for Bioengineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • "Calcium role in oxLDL mediated cell death in human monocytes: Possible mechanism in the progression of atherosclerotic plaque." – Izani Othman, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • "Are you managing your mechanical ventilator correctly? A model-based answer to an on-going question." – Daniel Redmond, Centre for Bioengineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • "Simultaneous discrimination of multiple intrinsic bio-markers in excised atheroma with spectral molecular imaging." – Raj Panta, Department of Radiology, University of Otago, Christchurch

The oral presentations at the 10 May session were:

  • "Can this cool new glycaemia metric tell me if my critical care patients are going to live or die?" – Felicity Thomas, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • "The impact of physiological levels of vitamin C on tumour growth and HIF-1 activation in the Gulo-/- mouse." – Elizabeth Campbell, Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • "Cost-effective hemodynamic monitoring of critically ill patients via model-based analysis of aortic pressure measurements." – Shun Kamoi, Centre for Bioengineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • "Redirection of steroid biosynthetic flux from testosterone to cortisol in cultured Leydig cells exposed to dibutylphthalate." – A Ridden, Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
  • "Evaluating BRCA1 and BRCA2 sequence variants that modulate isoform expression." – Vanessa Lattimore, Mackenzie Cancer Group, Department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch
These abstracts will be published in The New Zealand Medical Journal.

Event: Annual General Meeting
Date: Friday 22 March 2013, 4 pm
Venue: Beaven lecture theatre, Level 7, University of Otago, Christchurch
Speakers:

We heard two eminent scientists discuss the future of collaborative health research in Christchurch. This was followed by a brief AGM, nibbles and drinks. Please see the announcement PDF for further information.


Event: Canterbury Health Research Poster Expo
Date: Tuesday 24 July 2012, 5.30 - 8 pm

Eng TohThis is a very popular event because of the relaxed atmosphere along with fizz, beer, wine, and pizza.  Posters were invited that described findings from any area of health research, broadly defined (whether clinical, laboratory, or community-focussed). Senior and junior researchers from all institutions were welcome.

The prize for the best student poster was won by Eng Toh (MBChB/PhD Student, University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences).

Event: HRSC Scientific Presentations
Date: Friday 4 May and Friday 11 May 2012, 12:30 - 13:30 pm.
Venue: Christchurch Hospital Grand Rounds Series, Oncology Lecture Theatre, Christchurch Hospital

The oral presentations at the 4 May session were:

  • Simon Feng – "ASL derived perfusion network shows correlation with saccadic eye movement measures in Parkinson's disease."
  • Rachel Cotter – "The trace amine-associated receptor 1 partial agonist, RO5203648, prevents methamphetamine-induced stimulation and methamphetamine self-administration."
  • James Revie – "Aortic flow energetics in a porcine study of septic shock."
  • Nicole Coufal – "Identification of novel genetic variants as candidate risk factors in BRCAx hereditary breast cancer."

The oral presentations at the 11 May session were:

  • Liam Fisk – "Glycaemic control through stochastic forecasting: Implementing STAR as the standard of care in Christchurch Hospital ICU."
  • Hannah Burrowes– "Neopterin synthesis in macrophage derived multinucleated giant cells."
  • Argene Montgomery-Honger– "Parental experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit."
  • Gemma Moir-Meyer– "Identification of rare DNA copy number variants overlapping mismatch repair pathway genes in endometrial cancer patients and their potential contribution to disease risk."

Event: Scientific Meeting & AGM
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2011, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
Venue:Central Library Undercroft at the University of Canterbury

The HRSC Scientific Meeting and AGM was held on Tuesday 15th November 2011 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. This session consisted of four oral presentations (see below) followed by a brief AGM of the Society, and drinks and nibbles during a poster expo. The HRSC Annual General Meeting was held at approximately 6:30 pm.

The AGM session is normally held in the Medical School, but because of earthquake problems the 2011 venue was the newly refurbished Undercroft at the base of the Central Library of the University of Canterbury (Central Library Map - Undercroft).

The oral presentations at this session were:

  • Catherine Lizamore – "The effects of intermittent hypoxic exposure on heart rate variability in a sedentary population"
  • Robert Lopez – "How testicular salvage data may influence future management of perinatal torsion of the testis"
  • James Revie – "Model-based diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism and septic shock in porcine trials"
  • Anastasia Shchepetkina – "Intracellular antioxidant activity of 7,8-dihydroneopterin protects macrophages from oxidised low-density lipoprotein"