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PhD students win awards at 2017 NZSO Conference

Monday 16 October 2017 3:55pm

Christina ErnstPhD student Christina Wohlrab from the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group was awarded the PHARMAC Young Researcher Award at the New Zealand Oncology Society Conference over the weekend.

Linda Buss, Rebekah Crake and Christina Wohlrab (all PhD students in the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group) were all recipients of Oncology Trainee Travel Awards.

In total, nine staff and students from the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group and Centre for Free Radical Research travelled to Auckland for the society’s 49th annual scientific meeting to give presentations.

Mackenzie Chair Professor Bridget Robinson took part in the panel discussion, Tissue banking in New Zealand: What does the future hold?

Oral presentations

  • Is there a role for ascorbate in regulating hypoxia factors in renal cell carcinoma? – Christina Wohlrab (MCRG)
  • Nanopore sequencing of full-length BRCA1 mRNA transcripts reveals co-occurrence of known exon skipping events – Dr Logan Walker (MCRG)
  • Cancer-associated adipocytes alter proteomic expression of human breast cancer cells – Rebekah Crake (MCRG)
  • Effects of Exercise on the Breast Tumour Microenvironment in Hyperlipidaemic Mice – Linda Buss (MCRG)

Poster presentations

  • Low ascorbate levels are associated with increased expression of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 in human breast cancer – Prof Margreet Vissers (CFRR)
  • The potential use of ascorbate as an epigenetic drug in acute myeloid leukaemia – Dr Andrew Das (CFRR)
  • Vitamin C administration in colorectal cancer patients: a clinical trial – Prof Margreet Vissers (CFRR)