2015 ABI Research Forum best yet

10 March 2015

Around 220 people attended the 2015 ABI Research Forum, including representatives from all institutions involved in the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence – University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, Auckland University of Technology and Callaghan Innovation. There were also a number of University of Auckland attendees from outside of the ABI.

The day commenced with an address by ABI Director Professor Peter Hunter, describing the Institute as it is now in 2015 and the funding environment in which it operates. Keynote speeches were given by Associate Professor Nigel Anderson from the University of Otago’s Centre of Bioengineering on “MARS Spectral CT Imaging”, and Professor John Windsor of the University of Auckland’s Department of Surgery. Professor Windsor’s topic was “Medical Technology – the End and the Beginning”.

This year’s research forum also included a session focused around the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE). Both the director (Professor Peter Hunter) and the associate director (Dr Diana Siew, Collaghan Innovation) of the CoRE gave speeches on the overall objective of the CoRE and medical technology translation, respectively. Dr Paul Roberts (ABI)also spoke about the new doctoral training programme offer to the CoRE students and Dr Koray Atalag (ABI, NIHI) spoke the importance of health informatics in the current era of medical technology. Another highlight of the day were the “3-minute thesis” presentations given by a selection of PhD students.

The forum closed with a prizegiving for the best student oral and poster presentations. The winners were as follows:

Jonathon Luiten

Best Summer Student Poster

BabyX remote presence device
Jonathan Luiten


Yuan Mai

Best Summer Student Poster, Runner Up

Micropumps and mixing
Yuan Mai


ABI Director Peter Hunter later gave particular thanks to Dr Vicky Wang and her team for the quality of their organization, stating that “today's was the best Research Forum we've ever had”. He also thanked the two keynote speakers and Drs Roberts, Atalag and Siew, as well as all the graduate students, postdocs and other ABI staff who presented their work.


For more:

Recordings of the Director’s Address and the two “3-minute Thesis” sessions are available here.

The posters will become available on this website over the course of the next week on the Research Forum page.