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Wednesday 11 September 2019 2:42pm

Research Day 2019 stairs 226pxSJWRI Research Day 2019, highlighting the research achievements of the University of Otago's Sir John Walsh Research Institute and Faculty of Dentistry, was held on Wednesday 11 September at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Now in its thirteenth year, the Institute's annual celebration of research excellence featured our staff and students presenting their work to peers, fellow researchers from across the University, industry professionals and dental practitioners.

SJWRI Research Day 2019 schedule

As in previous years, the opening session of Research Day spotlighted one of our areas of research strength as our featured research programme; this year our featured programme was Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Oral Implantology, led by Associate Professor Neil Waddell.

Our opening keynote was given by invited speaker Professor Patrick Schmidlin (pictured below), the head of the Division of Periodontology at the Center of Dental Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Professor Schmidlin's presentation, titled Posterior composite restorations – friend or foe? compared the use of amalgam versus composite resin materials for restorations of posterior teeth.

Patrick Schmidlin Research Day

The programme for the day also featured a presentation from Dr Young-Chul Kwon, Asia-Pacific Scientific Affairs & Education Manager for our long-term supporters 3M Oral Care, on Revisiting caries and the development of preventive treatments.

Research Day presentation awards

Presentation awards were made to the best student oral presentations across the day, as well as the best poster competition entries. Congratulations to the following Research Day presentation award winners:

Student oral presentation awards

Postgraduate winner
Emma Morelli, DClinDent candidate (Periodontics)
Is parity associated with periodontal attachment loss and other oral conditions?
(E Morelli, JM Broadbent, ET Knight, JW Leichter, WM Thomson)
Postgraduate runner-up Yasmeen Ruma, PhD candidate
Characterization of Cryptococcus neoformans lanosterol 14α-demethylase
(YN Ruma, MV Keniya, JDA Tyndall (Pharmacy), BC Monk)
Undergraduate winner
Helene Chua, BDS 3rd year & summer studentship recipient
Cooling efficiency of different coolant port designs on high-speed handpieces
(H Chua, JE Choi, JN Waddell)

Poster presentation awards

Winner Dina Abdelmoneim, PhD candidate
Hydrogels as a 3D cell culture model to evaluate the cytotoxicity of metallic nanoparticles
(D Abdelmoneim, GC Cotton, WJ Duncan, DE Coates)
Runner-up Golnoush Madani, PhD candidate
Expression, purification, and negative staining of Candida albicans plasma membrane protein Cdr1
(G Madani, E Lamping, M Bostina, S Raunser, A Mitra, N Ha, RD Cannon)

The SJWRI Awards for 2019 were also presented as part of the closing session.

Thanks to all who attended, and helped make this year's Research Day another resounding success.

Research Day signage 2019

3M LogoSJWRI Research Day 2019 was made possible by the continued generous support of 3M Oral Care New Zealand.

Emma Morelli presentation award 186pxStudent oral presentation winner Emma Morelli with SJWRI Director, Prof Richard Cannon.

Research Day lunch 186pxResearch Day 2019 was enjoyed by a capacity audience of staff, postgraduates and final-year undergraduate students, as well as dental practitioners and industry professionals.

Dina Abdelmoneim poster award 186pxPhD student Dina Abdelmoneim was the winner of the Research Day poster competition.

SJWRI RS16 morning tea 186pxThanks to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for once again hosting our Research Day.

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