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.

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HealtheX Conference Information

  • Date: Friday 8th September 2023
  • Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Grafton Campus, University of Auckland

HealtheX Recruitment Meeting

HealtheX 2023 is having a committee recruitment meeting on March 31st at 2pm, in room 503-028. This is a chance to hear more about the board member positions and to sign up.

    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