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Sam Orde at Research Day 2019

Dr Sam Orde, from Nepean Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, explains how a transesophageal echocardiogram is recorded

Minds meet to meld ideas

27 Sep 2019


Innovation was on show at the annual Nepean Research Day with over 50 projects presented and keynote presentations on heatwave public health guidance and cardiovascular imaging.

Nepean Hospital is fast becoming a centre for clinical and other health-related research with presentations this year from two internationally-recognised projects that are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of influenza infection and maternal diet impacts on babies.

Associate Professor Benjamin Tang, who recently published a world-leading study of flu infection in Nature Communications, talked about the important role of ‘big data’ in future medical research.

Dr Mingjing ‘Phyllis’ Hu, discussed her recent study on the impact of diet on one of the most common complications in pregnancy, preeclampsia, and the longer term effect on babies’ immune systems. The research was lead by Professor Ralph Nanan.

Other Nepean research presented this year included:

  • The NBMLHD Quality Award winning Forensic Photography project
  • Analysis of lymph node involvement in lung cancer
  • A review of ultrasound images of the thalamus in unborn babies to build a picture of this important structure in the brain to help predict neurodevelopment in the future
  • A review of rigid removable dressings for patients with major lower limb amputations which showed improved patient outcomes
  • Research looking at air pollution and cardiovascular disease

Research Day 2019 presenters and organisers

2019 Nepean Research Day presenters and organisers with NBMLHD Chief Executive Kay Hyman (second from right)

Keynotes were delivered by two international leaders in their respective fields.

Professor Thomas Marwick, Director of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, spoke about cardiovascular imaging of people who are asymptomatic.

Professor Marwick’s research interests include the early detection of cardiovascular disease and cost-effective cardiac imaging techniques.

Associate Professor Ollie Jay, Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and Lead Researcher in the Charles Perkins Centre Research Node at The University of Sydney explored using physiological evidence to inform heatwave public health guidance.

This year 34 local high school students also attended the Nepean Research Day as part of our program to encourage young people to consider careers in health, medicine, nursing and science.