Highlights for me were the keynote and plenary speakers who reminded us of work done by early lymphologists, reinforced what we know about the lymphatic system and demonstrated experimental imaging that gave us a peek into the future of MLD referrals.
I really enjoyed Marlys Witte’s workshop on medical ignorance, the importance of recognising what we don’t know and asking questions.
I was able to deliver 2 papers from the PhD research.
A reliability study on the tissue tonometers which showed that all three are reliable devices to use in the Myanmar Study.
And some preliminary results of the Myanmar early detection study showing that there is a difference in the asymptomatic legs of young people in Myanmar who are infected with LF compared to uninfected controls.
On the last day there was a ‘Hot Topics’ panel session which turned out to be not so ‘hot’ since everyone agreed that MLD is still an effective and necessary component of lymphoedema management. I tweeted it via @Jan-MLD
I delivered two post conference workshops on Lymph Taping
Applications for Lymphoedema
Three hours of basic taping techniques, theory on the physiological effects of the tape and correct stretch and placement for seroma and unilateral arm lymphoedema
Lymph Taping in the Tropics – Three hours of exploring the tape as an alternative to compression. Participants attempted to tape their own hands as a glove replacement.
The JCU Division of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in conjunction with The North Queensland Festival of Life Sciences held a competition for higher degree students at The Townsville Hospital recently.
Our MC for the event was Associate Professor Andreas Lopata who ably kept things moving on time. The judges were
Professor Damon Eisen Director of Clinical Research the Townsville Hospital
Dr Melissa Crowe Director, Cohort Doctoral Studies Program
Dr Margaret Jordan Senior Research Fellow Molecular and Cell Biology
Associate Professor Bill Warren Molecular and Cell Biology
I got some great informal feedback from a couple of the judges about my presentation which was really valuable.
Four prizes of travel awards were offered and I won one!!
I’ll be using the prize money to travel to Myanmar in January to present the results of the study at the 44th Annual Myanmar Heath Research Conference.
Here is the full presentation with a script – although once I got going I didn’t follow the script exactly…
Big thank you to DPHTM and NQFLS for their support of HDR students, it’s really important that we have these opportunities to refine our presentation skills – and the assistance to travel to conferences doesn’t go astray either!!