The fifth annual symposium for the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science was held last Monday and Tuesday in the Beaven Lecture Theatre.
Over 50 staff and students attended the two half day sessions featuring 11 presentations. The symposium also featured a happy hour at the end of day one and a shared potluck lunch at the conclusion of the event.
Dr Anna Pilbrow, a guest speaker from the Department of Medicine, won the best talk prize with her presentation entitled, Learning to fail.
The runner up best talk prize went to Associate Professor John Pearson who taught the audience some basic New Zealand Sign Language.
Other presentation topics included: an introduction to the Department's recently formed Green Team, an Ancient Egyptian perspective on thoracic pathology, and travelling through Sri Lanka.
The Department's symposia are always accompanied by a writing competition. This year's competition was slightly different, with members of the Department creating memes about their research, PhD project or science in general.
There were 67 meme entries, and Dr Vanessa Lattimore from the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group won the Best Meme Prize. The memes were judged by the symposium delegates.
The fifth Pathology and Biomedical Science Symposium received support from the University of Otago's Continuing Education Fund.