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Postgraduate research conference highly relevant to the healthcare system

Published: 4 July 2013

The University of Southampton’s Health Sciences’ postgraduate research conference which took place last week was attended by a large crowd of over 100 guests from across the Faculty and beyond.

Over 20 research posters were presented and 14 oral presentations took place simultaneously between two lecture theatres.

Commenting on the presentations, Dean of the Faculty, Professor Jessica Corner, said: "We have some incredibly fascinating research presented here which is interesting and highly relevant to the healthcare system and current economic climate.

"This event is a great showcase for the novel and important work going on within our Faculty and a real testimony to the quality and strength of our PhD students and their supporting tutors."

Best Oral Presentation was jointly awarded to Cathy Murphy for her presentation on ‘How and why do clinicians make the decision to place a urinary catheter in acute care?' and Lindsay Voss for her presentation on ‘Multiagency response to childhood sexual abuse: a case study that explores the role of a specialist centre'.

Best Poster Presentation was awarded to Shabana Malik for her poster ‘Honey and mast cell degranulation in interstitial cystitis'.  Sophia Hulbert was also Highly Commended for her ‘Feasibility study of whole body coordination during turning in people with Parkinson's disease'.

The Wessex Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) Award was given to Sinead Helyar for her ‘Development of a low-fidelity oral medication administration computer simulation for first-year nursing students'.  Wanicha Pungchompoo was also Highly Commended for her ‘Experiences and health care needs during the last year of life of older people with end stage renal disease managed without dialysis in Thailand.'

The HIEC Award is given to a research project where the results can be applied directly in Wessex based health and care services to improve patient health.

The project will receive support in disseminating the outcomes to the relevant service providers and be highlighted on the Wessex HIEC website, including a podcast.

The work of last year's Wessex HIEC winner, Lindsey Hooper, has been made into a film which can be seen here on the Wessex HIEC WIRES website.

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