The future is bright for health translation in Queensland

Congratulations to all the winners of the poster and pitching sessions at the inaugural Queensland Research Excellence Showcase 2024.

LSQ partnered with Queensland Health to organise these sessions, and we were thrilled to see the breadth of translation-ready research emerging from the Queensland health sector.

Showcase attendees chose the poster winner, voting on a broad range of subjects, from medicinal cannabis in palliative care, to hypothermia deaths in Queensland, to translating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge to clinical practice.Congratulations to poster winners:

🏆 Abiola Albert, Mental Health Clinician, Palm Beach Community Mental Health Service: “Enhancing and promoting the prescription of physical activity to mental health consumers”

🏆Sara Hubbard, Research Governance Officer, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service: “Living two careers: Health researchers and role conflict"

🏆 Oystein Tronstadt, Physiotherapy Clinical Leader, Prince Charles Hospital: “The ICU of the Future Project – Redesigning the ICU environment to optimise patient outcomes”

Congratulations also to pitch winners:

🏆 Rueben beer, Neuroimmunology Research Fellow, Metro South Health: “Measuring early and significant treatment effect in multiple sclerosis using advanced magnetic resonance imaging”

🏆Associate Professor Paige Little and Professor Geoffrey Askin, Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service: “Equitable care for children with spinal deformity”

🏆 Sharadha Subedi, Clinician Researcher, Infectious Diseases, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service: “Implementation of a rapid diagnostic panel to diagnose meningitis and encephalitis”Many thanks to MTPConnect for sponsoring the pitching award and to the judges: Mark Kendall from WearOptimo, Michelle Williams from Sanofi, Dr Alisa Selimovic, Senior Investment Manager, IP Group plc, and Dr Mark Ashton, Director Griffith Enterprise, Griffith University.

The six winners won cash prizes to support their research translation.With a keynote address from Professor Ian Frazer and Professor John Fraser; fascinating overviews from Colleen Jen, Deputy Director-General, Clinical Planning and Service Strategy, Queensland Health, and Professor Dr. Julie-Anne White, Executive Director, Office of Research and Innovation, Clinical Planning and Service Strategy, Queensland Health, the day was stimulating and inspiring.

Plus, as a bonus, we were treated to a moving performance from some of the “ballet for brain injury” performers from the Queensland Ballet Van Norton Li Community Health Institute.

Research shows that dance has been shown to help people withcope with their physical, emotional and cognitive impairments and, this program provided a perfect example of research translating into a program that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

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