BMedSc (Hons) graduates win awards at international conferences

Two JCSMHS Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) graduates have made Monash proud by winning awards at two different international conferences recently.

Dr Ooi Hean Sun has won the Young Investigator best poster award at the Pan-Asian Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (in short PACTRIMS) that was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 23 to 25 November 2017.  

Dr Ooi Hean Sun won award at international conference

Dr Ooi presented a poster on his team’s research – Gut Microflora: Association Between Appendectomy and Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica. His poster was judged by the Scientific Program Committee chaired by Professor Jun-ichi Kira, together with its members comprising academicians from Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Iran, New Zealand and Philippines. Dr Ooi's poster was selected out of 138 posters to receive the MSJ- PACTRIMS Young Investigator Best Poster Award.

Dr Hardesh Singh, on the other hand, was awarded the third prize in the Professor Mustaffa Young Investigators’ Award category at the Diabetes Asia Conference 2017 held recently in Kuala Lumpur.  His research on the “Impact of Diabetes Complications and Severity, Medication Adherence, and Psychosocial Well-being on the Quality of Life of People with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” competed against several projects conducted across Asia.

Dr Hardesh won Young Investigators' Award

With a strong interest in endocrinology, Dr Hardesh took up the project under the supervision of Dr Amutha Ramadas and Professor Rusli Nordin for BMedSc (Hons) program. His passion and hard work led him to graduate with a first class honors.

Dr Hardesh is currently working on publishing his research in an international journal. He remarked that winning the award has fueled his interest in taking his project to a larger scale and hopes his findings can aid in improving the care of patients with diabetes.