2021 UQ Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase

Presented by the UQ Medical Society, the Ochsner Medical Student Association, and the Office of Medical Education

Post-Conference Report

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or presented at the 2021 Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase on 6 October 6-7:30pm at the TRI Auditorium.

This year’s call for abstracts attracted 54 submissions from which 10 oral presentations, 14 live posters and 24 ePosters were accepted.  After our virtual event in 2019, the move back to an in-person conference this year was welcome and enjoyed by 70 attendees including, medical students, provisional and pre-med students and staff.

Professor Stuart Carney, the UQ Medical Dean, opened the conference, followed by student oral presentations and a panel discussion / Q&A session.  Professor Di Eley gave closing remarks and announced the winners of the oral presentations and live poster displays.

Conference recording

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2021 ePosters

2021 ePoster Winners

2021 ePosters

All posters and ePosters will be on display at the St Lucia Clinical Unit. Students and staff are invited to visit and view our students’ research.

Conference prize winners (in alphabetical order)

  • Oral presentations: Grace Baxter (MD2), Nordan Flaaten (MD3), Rosie Stoke (MD3)
  • Live poster displays: Catherine Anderson (MD1), Kiran Asplett (MD2), Stephanie Dowsett (MD2), Austin Kalirai (MD3), Andy Ou (MD2), Yuheng Wang (MD2)
  • ePosters: An To (MD1), Carl Kim (MD4), Jared Ong (MD3), Kiana Moussavi (MD4), Lukas Khunel (MD3), Nicholas Newcomb (MD4)

Thank you to UQMS and OMSA research representatives Shamima Banu Mohamed Ansari (MD4), and also Priya Puri (MD3 Ochsner) and Jaskaren Dhillon (MD2 Ochsner) for their help.

And a big thank you to our judges for their time and expertise in reviewing and scoring 10 oral presentations and 38 posters!


  • Dr Robert Ellis (Translational Research Institute and Princess Alexandra Hospital)
  • Dr Joan Lee (St Lucia Clinical Unit)
  • Dr Rob Eley (Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit)


  • Associate Professor Graham Leggatt (Diamantina Institute)
  • Dr Tamara Blake (Child Health Research Centre)
  • Dr Tiana Gurney (UQ Rural Clinical School)  

From the Ochsner Clinical School:

  • Professor Mark Roberts
  • Dr Courtney Parke
  • Dr Julia Garcia Diaz
  • Dr Daniel Fort,
  • Dr Nick Duesbery
  • Dr Jeff Burton
  • Dr Edmond Kabagambe

Finally, a special thanks to the Faculty of Medicine and the Ochsner Clinical School for providing the prizes.

Watch the recording of 2020 Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase HERE