HealtheX Conference

HealtheX is a forum where students can get together and present their research in order to network and engage with fellow scientists, promote research and scientific thinking and improve their communication skills. It is a great opportunity to share your research in a friendly and supportive environment. It is an excellent platform through which you can receive significant feedback, especially if you have not previously had the chance to attend a national or international conference. It is also an opportunity to share with local colleagues what you have already shared with members of the international scientific community.

HealtheX adds value to your CV and there are great prizes up for grabs. Even if you’re not presenting research, it’s a great opportunity to hear about the depth and breadth of research within the faculty.

To keep up to date with HealtheX, follow the official Facebook page.

HealtheX Conference Information

  • Date: Friday 2nd September 2022
  • Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Grafton Campus, University of Auckland, with a Zoom option

HealtheX Schedule and Abstract Booklet

The latest version of the HealtheX 2022 Booklet contains:

  • The conference schedule
  • Zoom links if you are attending the conference remotely
  • Abstract information for each oral, poster, and 3-minute elevator pitch presentations

Conference Photo Gallery


To view our photo gallery for HealtheX 2022, please click here.

HealtheX 2022 Award Winners

On behalf of the HealtheX 2022, we would like to thank the presenters, judges, and attendees both staff and student alike, for contributing to the 16th anniversary of the HealtheX Conference.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS), Auckland Medical Research Foundation, the Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust, the Liggins Institute, the FMHS Postdoctoral Society, the FMHS Postgraduate Student Association, as well as our newfound supporting partners Abacus dx, and New England BioLabs for their partnership and support.

During our Prizegiving Ceremony, we awarded over $15,000 worth of prizes – congratulations to the following winners!

Doctoral Oral Presentation Awards

Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) Outstanding Emerging Researcher & Best Doctoral Oral Presentation Award

$1,000 and a $3,000 AMRF Travel Grant

Julia Plank – Brain temperature as a measure of neuroinflammation: assessment using whole-brain magnetic resonance spectroscopy

School of Pharmacy

Supervisor: Dr Joanne Lin


AMRF Doctoral Oral Presentation Runner Up Award

$700 and a $2,000 AMRF Travel Grant

Alice McDouall – Detrimental effects of slow rewarming after therapeutic hypothermia for cerebral ischemia in near-term fetal sheep

Department of Physiology

Supervisor: Associate Professor Joanne Davidson 


Second Runner Up Doctoral Oral Presentation Award


Pang Ying Cheung – Go big: the power of the mesoscope

Department of Physiology

Supervisor: Dr Juliette Cheyne

Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Awards

Best Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Award


Senilaite Tautuiaki – The effects of kawakawa (Piper Excelsum) consumption on markers of inflammation

Liggins Institute

Supervisor: Dr Farha Ramzan


Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation First Runner Up Award


Holly Wilson – Characterising the  nature of inflammation-induced cerebellar injury in the preterm-equivalent rat

Department of Physiology

Supervisor: Associate Professor Justin Dean


Non-Doctoral Oral Presentation Second Runner Up Award


Grace Tawhai – The Development and Testing of a Novel Solute for Nasal Irrigation in CRS

Department of Surgery

Supervisor: Professor Richard Douglas

Poster Presentation Awards

Auckland Medical Research Foundation Best Poster Presentation Award

$1,000 and a $2,000 AMRF Travel Grant

Vanshika Chinchalkar – The use of Optical Coherence Tomography to Visualise the Inner Ear

Department of Physiology

Supervisor: Dr Haruna Suzuki-Kerr


Poster Presentation First Runner Up Award


Cameron Heyman – Investigating White Matter Hyperintensities in the Context of Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease

Department of Psychology

Supervisor: Professor Lynette Tippett


Poster Presentation Second Runner Up Award


Steven Yoo – Determination of regions of interests in human brain atlases for upper limb recovery prediction

Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Supervisor: Professor Alan Wang

3-Minute Elevator Pitch Presentation Awards

Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust Best Elevator Pitch Presentation Award


Jaymie Rogers – Addressing access to eyecare in Aotearoa: A qualitative approach

School of Optometry and Vision Science

Supervisor: Associate Professor Jacqueline Ramke


FMHS-Post Doctoral Society First Runner Up Elevator Pitch Presentation Award


Catriona Miller – Untangling the spectrum: Using genetics to identify autism and co-occurring traits

Liggins Institute

Supervisor: Professor Justin O’Sullivan


FMHS-Postgraduate Student Association Second Runner Up Elevator Pitch Presentation Award


Cherry Sun – Term side-population trophoblasts can be maintained in culture and differentiated to mature trophoblast populations

Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Supervisor: Associate Professor Jo James