Ritchie Centre researchers, students shine at fetal and neonatal conferences

Dr Stacey Ellery and PhD student Nadia Bellofiore, both from the Embryology and Placental Biology Research Group in the Ritchie Centre.

Dr Stacey Ellery and PhD student Nadia Bellofiore, from the Embryology and Placental Biology Research Group in the Ritchie Centre.

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Researchers and postgraduate students from The Ritchie Centre (Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University) have shone at two of Australia’s biggest fetal and neonatal conferences, which both took place in Queensland last week.

A large cohort from the Ritchie Centre attended the 30th annual meeting of the Fetal and Neonatal Workshop of Australia and New Zealand (FNWANZ, a sub-committee of the PSANZ) on Magnetic Island.

A large number of Honours and PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs) gave presentations at this event, including Nadia Bellefiore, Emily Cohen and Stacey Ellery, who won the Early PhD student; Late PhD student and ECR presentation awards respectively.

The FNWANZ event doubled as a a festschrift for Richard Harding from Monash University’s Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, who was one of the founders of the workshop.

This meeting was immediately followed by another milestone event – the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ)’s 20th Annual Scientific Meeting in Townsville.

Here, Ritchie Centre researchers chaired workshops and gave presentations around topics including sleep, stillbirth prevention, perinatal brain injury and ECR career development.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance ECR award went to Courtney McDonald (first place) and Robert Galinsky (second place).

The Best Poster Basic Science Award went to Lara Bush, while Best Oral Basic Science Award went to Stacey Ellery.

Stacey Ellery also won the PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins ECR Award, which includes travel to present at the American Perinatal Research Society Meeting.

Nadia Bellofiore won the PSANZ President’s New Investigator Award for best overall oral presentation, and travel awards were won by Fiona Stenning, Emily Cohen and Nadia Bellofiore.

A summary of awards:

FNWANZ Awards:

Early PhD student presentation award: Nadia Bellofiore

The Late PhD student presentation award: Emily Cohen

PhD student Emily Cohen with Professor John Bertram, head of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University.

ECR presentation award: Stacey Ellery

PSANZ Awards:

Travel awards:

Fiona Stenning

Emily Cohen

Nadia Bellofiore

Cerebral Palsy Alliance ECR award:

First Place: Courtney McDonald

Second Place: Robert Galinsky

PSANZ Best Poster Basic Science: Lara Bush

PSANZ Best Oral Basic Science: Stacey Ellery

PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins ECR Award (includes travel to present at the American Perinatal Research Society Meeting): Stacey Ellery

PSANZ President’s New Investigator Award for best overall oral presentation: Nadia Bellofiore