Presentation Awards – SA Men’s Health Research Symposium

Congratulations to Helen Palenthorpe (pictured bottom right) and Joule Li (pictured bottom left) who were awarded the best poster and podium presentations respectively at the South Australian Men’s Health Research Symposium at SAHMRI during National Men’s Health Week (June 15-21).

Helen’s (PhD student, University of Adelaide), paper was on myofiboblast androgen receptor expression modifying direct and indirect interactions between myofibroblasts and prostate cancer cells in vitro.  Joule’s (Honours Medical student, University of Adelaide) presented on the inverse association between grip strength and risk of incident type 2 diabetes mellitus in community-dwelling men.

The Symposium brought together members of the public and representatives of stakeholder organisations and young researchers from the three SA Universities and other institutions working in men’s health. We thank Mrs Julie Patterson from and A/Prof Lisa Butler for their invited talks and the following delegates for their research presentations:

  • Dr Carol Lang  (Research Fellow, University of Adelaide): Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) are associated with depression in a community based population of Australian men.
  • Jane Fischer   (PhD student, Flinders University): Work-place risk factors for men’s mental health: a systematic review.
  • Dominic Gallagher        (Research Officer, Flinders University): Prevalence of problem gambling among Indigenous and non-Indigenous male prisoners: Association with imprisonment and previous help-seeking behaviour.
  • Victoria Kostadinov       (Research Officer, Flinders University): Prevalence and predictors of risky alcohol consumption among older Australian men.
  • Dannielle Post (PhD student, University of South Australia): An evaluation of the implementation of health promotion strategies in a remote mining and steel-making organisation.
  • Stefanie Lopriore (PhD, University of Adelaide): Structural organisation and interactional difficulty in men’s calls to a medical helpline.
  • Yingting (Tina) Cao (PhD student, University of Adelaide): Macronutrient intake and sleep: cross-sectional associations in a cohort of community dwelling men.
  • Michelle Forgione (Summer Vacation student, University of Adelaide): Satisfaction with care in men with prostate cancer.
  • Vandna Sharma (Masters student, University of Adelaide/SAHMRI): Exogenous lipids effect on prostate cancer cell lines in response to Enzalutamide.
  • Irene Nikoloudakis (Summer Vacation student, University of Adelaide): Predictors of online health information seeking by gender.
  • Phoebe Drioli-Phillips (Summer Vacation student, University of Adelaide): Health attitudes and behaviours of Australian men and likelihood of using a dedicated men’s health service.
  • Helana Shehadeh (PhD student, University of Adelaide): Dietary antioxidant and micronutrient supplementation to a high fat diet reduces sperm oxidative stress and improves fertilisation rates in a mouse model.
  • Dr Sean Martin (Research Fellow, University of Adelaide/SAHMRI): Understanding Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) as a beacon for men’s health.
  • Dr Michael O’Callaghan (Research Fellow, Repatriation General Hospital): Delays in prostate cancer treatment following diagnosis.
  • Jennifer Fish (PhD student, Flinders University/FCIC): Men’s experiences of seeking help for cancer symptoms.
  • Clare McGuiness (PhD student, University of Adelaide): Cognitive style as a predictor of men’s use of cancer screening.
  • Dr Eric Smith (Research Fellow, University of Adelaide): Expression of androgen receptor and the androgen-responsive gene FKBP5 are independent prognostic indicators for oesophageal adenocarcinoma.
  • Dr Damien Leach (Research Scientist, University of Adelaide): Loss of fibroblast AR signalling induces changes in the neoplastic extracellular matrix to enhance cancer cell invasion and negatively affect patient outcome.
  • Daniel Neumann (Honours Student, University of South Australia) Regulation of prostate cancer cell plasticity and alternative splicing by the RNA binding protein Quaking,
  • Dr Rajdeep Das (PhD student, University of Adelaide): MicroRNA-194 promotes migration and invasion of prostate cancer cells by regulating epithelial-mesenchymal transition.
  • Heather Armstrong (PhD student, University of Adelaide/SAHMRI): The Hsp90 inhibitor, NVP-AUY922, produces anti-tumour activity through altered cytoskeletal reorganization and concomitant modulation of fibronectin secretion.


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