MDRI PhD Students win National Conference Awards

Dhara Amin and Javad Tavakoli

PhD students, Javad Tavakoli and Dhara Amin (pictured) both won awards at the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia, held in Adelaide from April 27-29.

Javad won the Inaugural Clayton Adam Award for Best ECR Scientific Presentation: Tavakoli J, Amin DB, Freeman BJC, Costi JJ. The biomechanics of the inter-lamellar matrix and the lamella during disc herniation: Which is the weakest link?

Dhara won Best Poster Award: Amin DB, Moawad C, Costi JJ. Analysis of internal disc strains and injury simulation of repetitive lifting motions.

Each award came with a cash prize of $1,000.

Six current Flinders undergraduate students (pictured below) also received the opportunity to attend the event, thanks to Associate Professor John Costi who funded their registration tickets. What an amazing opportunity for these students to learn from and network with experts in the field.

A/Prof John Costi’s research team (PhD and undergraduate students) at Spine Society of Australia Meeting

On 22 April, Dhara Amin also won the National final of the IET Present Around the World (PATW) competition in Sydney for her talk: “Debunking myths about slipped discs”.

After winning the state final of the competition in October, Dhara received a fully funded trip to Sydney for the national competition, and will now represent Australia at the Regional Competition in Singapore in August, with the opportunity to compete at the Global Final in London in November.  Good luck Dhara!

Racking up her frequent flyers, Dhara will also head to Banff, Canada May 14-18 to present her research at the 45th International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS).






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