Students win big at undergraduate awards

26 Sep 2014

Five talented undergraduate students from the Faculty of Medicine + Biomedical Sciences (M+BS) have scooped awards at the 2014 University of Queensland Undergraduate Conference.

The five M+BS students joined five other undergraduates from across UQ to win awards for oral, poster and Three Minute Thesis presentations.

More than 80 of UQ’s brightest undergraduate students presented at the event, which was held to showcase the incredible and diverse range of undergraduate research at UQ.

Associate Professor Geoffrey Marks, Associate Dean (Academic) at M+BS, congratulated the students on their achievements.

“We are immensely proud of these students and their success in communicating their research at the Undergraduate Research Conference,” Associate Professor Marks said.

“The fact that half the award winners were from the M+BS faculty is testament to the quality of our students and the value of the research opportunities provided in our programs.”

The five M+BS award winners are:

  • Mr Caj Christie for an oral presentation titled: Therapeutic inhibition of neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Mr James Cleland for an oral presentation titled: Investigating the role of arc-positive hippocampal neurons in spatial learning.
  • Ms Jessica McFadyen for an oral presentation titled: Modulation of empathy by caricatured and anti-caricatured faces: an EEG study.
  • Ms Meg Donovan for a poster presentation titled: Understanding the immunomodulatory function of oglufanide disodium in DNCB-induced acute inflammation in K14.E7 mice.
  • Ms Karuna Pham for a poster presentation titled: The role of basement membranes and Scrib in the establishment of polarity in mouse pancreatic β-cells.

Media: Bernadette Condren, Media Manager, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 07 3346 5309,,