Our 2015 SJWRI Research Day was held on Thursday 9 July at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in the Octagon. Research Day is our annual celebration of the research achievements of the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry, featuring presentations from academic researchers and postgraduate students, a research poster competition, and the presentation of the SJWRI Awards for 2015. Research Day also saw the launch of our 2013-14 SJWRI Research Highlights, our two-yearly snapshot of research achievements, news and events within the Institute and the Faculty.
Following a mihiwhatakau delivered by Professor John Broughton on the theme of 'Special Operations in Dentistry', the meeting was opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) Professor Richard Blaikie, whose address touched on the recent success of Dentistry at Otago being ranked in the top ten worldwide.
Professor Paul Brunton, in his inaugural Research Day as Dean of the Faculty, gave a keynote presentation outlining his vision for the future of oral health and dental research in the Faculty, at Otago and nationwide. Following this, Director of the SJWRI, Professor Richard Cannon, presented the SJWRI Awards for 2015. Congratulations to the following recipients:
2015 Sir John Walsh Research Award: Professor Mauro Farella
2015 Basic Research Award: Dr Jonathan Broadbent
2015 Clinical Research Award: Dr Li Mei
Research Publication Award for 2014: Associate Professor Brian Monk
Postgraduate Research Publication Award for 2014: Allauddin Siddiqi
In addition to the Dean, our keynote staff research presentations were given by Research Fellow Dr Dawn Coates, on her work in bisphosphonate-induced necrosis of the jaw, and by Professor Mauro Farella, who outlined the Institute's research aims and achievements in Craniofacial Biology and Clinical Oral Physiology, an emerging research programme of the SJWRI.
As in previous years, a selection of our doctoral research students (PhD and DClinDent candidates) presented their research to the meeting, with prizes awarded for the best postgraduate oral presentation. The research poster competition, introduced last year for staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, was also held again this year.
Student Oral Presentation Award: Olivia Apperley and Sobia Zafar (joint award)
Staff Research Poster Competition: Dr Li Mei
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition: Allauddin Siddiqi
Undergraduate Poster Competition: Tony Lin and Joyce Yu (joint award)
For the first time, Research Day met social media, with the meeting being live-tweeted on the Institute's Twitter account @SJWRI. If you missed the event, we've gathered all the #SJWRIResearchDay tweets together in this Storify link: https://storify.com/SJWRI/2015-sjwri-research-day.
Thanks to all staff and students of the SJWRI and Faculty of Dentistry who helped make our 2015 Research Day such a success.