Young Investigators

Congratulations to the winners of the recent Young Investigators Awards 2016, kindly supported by Envoi

A goal of the Gastroenterological Society of Queensland is to foster medical research in Queensland and the Society encourages all young investigators, to each year, consider submitting an abstract in the fields of Gastroenterology or Hepatology at the Annual Update Conference. Two cash prizes were awarded. $1000 for the Winning submission in two categories. 

The following criteria had to be adhered to; 

1. The bulk of the research must be executed in Queensland during the last 24 months. 

2. The presenter is to be currently undertaking clinical medical training or engaged in scientific research, or must have received their college fellowship or doctorate within the past five years. 

3. The presenter must not have been a previous recipient of the award. 

4. The presenter must have had a major role in the planning and performance of the research work and have been responsible for the preparation of the abstract.

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Basic Science category winner, Xuan Banh, Princess Alexandra Hospital, BrisbaneClinical Science category winner, Richard Cheng, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Young Investigator Awards 2016 FinalistsL to R: Daniel Burger, Richard Cheng, Xuan Banh, Richard Skoien

The Winner of This Year's Young Investigator Award (Basic Science) went to 

Xuan Banh, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane

CRIG defines a novel population of phagocytic peritoneal macrophages associated with disease severity in patients with cirrhosis and ascites

The Winner of This Year's Young Investigator Award (Clinical Science) went to

Richard Cheng, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Risk factors predicting recurrent ileal resections in patients with Crohn’s Disease


Alex Huelsen, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane

Unsedated oesophagogastroduodenoscopy – a randomised controlled trial to assess and compare the tolerability of transnasal versus small caliber per-oral versus conventional approach

Abdulnasser Lafta, Nambour Hospital, Sunshine Coast

Are copper studies being overused as a part of the liver screen to investigate patients with liver disease? A retrospective observational study

Antonio Lee, QEII Jubilee Hospital, Brisbane

Assessing the acceptance of Australian patients towards optical diagnosis as a potential management paradigm for diminutive colorectal polyps

Desmond Patrick, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

Regional transfer patients are more likely to undergo colectomy compared with metropolitan presenting patients with acute severe ulcerative colitis

Gautam Rishi, QIMR, Brisbane

Iron and erythropoiesis: a novel role for transferrin receptor 2 in iron-deficient anaemia

Rhiann Sue See, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane

HBV screening in the context of Rituximab therapy: a retrospective audit