In photos: Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) Research Forum 2018

15 February 2018

The ABI research forum took place on 13 February 2018 at the Faculty of Medical and Health Science. This annual event has gone from strength to strength and showcases the diverse research that happens at ABI. The focus for this year was on clinical validation, translation and measurements. This year’s forum featured keynotes from the Maori, academic, industry and clinical perspective. Keynote speakers comprised Dr Lance O’Sullivan (MD and New Zealander of the year, 2014), Reece Moors (Science for Technological Innovation, National Science Challenge), Professor Marco Viceconti (University of Sheffield, UK), Adrian Bowling (Mole Map) and Associate Professor Greg O’Grady (University of Auckland).

Dr Lance O’Sullivan spoke about democratising healthcare through the iMoko app. Reece Moors gave an overview of the New Zealand economy from a Maori perspective. Professor Marco Viceconti, who works closely with Professor Peter Hunter on the Virtual Physiological Human shared with the audience his career journey from orthopaedic engineering to establishing the Insigneo Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK. Adrian Bowling discussed the potential for computer-assisted diagnosis for skin cancer while Associate Professor Greg O’Grady took the audience through engineering in clinical surgery. Engaging Q&A sessions followed the keynotes. The day also featured a three-minute thesis competition and poster presentations from ABI students and postdoctoral researchers at ABI.

Winners for the poster and three-minute thesis competition were:

  • Best student oral presentation and runner up:  Duncan Bakke & Quinn Boesley
  • Best student poster and runner up:  Yuwen Zhang & Ashley Cherian Abraham
  • Best post doc poster: Beverly Chen
  • Best summer student poster and runner up: Nathan McDougall & Kevin Choi

Well done to the organising committee for putting together a successful forum filled with knowledge sharing and updates on our inspirational research.

For a summary of the day’s event also check out #abirf18 on Twitter!

Photos by Prasad Babarenda Gamage.