By creator to www.gympietimes.com.au
GYMPIE’S personal Hollier O’Neill, has been introduced because the winner of UQ’s prestigious College of Medication Three Minute Thesis competitors and can take her entry by means of to the following spherical later this yr.
Miss O’Neill, a PhD pupil, entered the competitors with a video explaining her analysis into bettering coronary heart transplants and outcomes.
“Regardless of being an outstanding, lifesaving process, nearly one in six coronary heart transplant recipients don’t survive the primary yr post-op,” she mentioned.
“The three minute thesis is a contest the place PhD college students from throughout all areas goal to interrupt their whole analysis mission all the way down to a 3 minute presentation.”
Miss O’Neill’s presentation, which could be viewed here, described how learning ranges of molecules, referred to as microRNA, may assist enhance the guts transplant course of.
Miss O’Neill likened the microRNA to the oil in a race automobile, it retains every part working, however typically it could actually spring a leak and cease serving to.
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“My analysis primarily goals to measure the degrees of microRNA within the oil earlier than, throughout and after engine transplant, and correlate these measurements with the automobile end result,” she mentioned.
“If decrease ranges equal unhealthy, then we are able to improve the MicroRNA beforehand and improve the probabilities of a profitable transplant.”
The 3MT competitors was began by UQ in 2008 is now held in over 900 establishments throughout 85 nations.
“There’s 4 main rounds; college hears, college finals, UQ finals after which Asia-Pacific.
“I’ve simply obtained a spot within the UQ finals by successful the College of Medication ultimate,” Miss O’Neill mentioned.
Miss O’Neill, mentioned she has had some “actually wonderful alternatives” come her means in recent times.
“I used to be raised in Gympie, proud St Pat’s graduate!”
After highschool, Miss O’Neill moved from Gympie to Brisbane after being accepted right into a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at UQ.
She additionally did a stint abroad on the College of Edinburgh throughout her undergraduate diploma, after which did six months of analysis on the College of Oxford for her honours program.
Now, at solely 23, Miss O’Neill has accomplished the undergraduate diploma with honours, is in her second yr of a MD-PhD program, working within the Essential Care Analysis Group, and subsequent yr will begin a Physician of Medication diploma whereas ending off her PhD concurrently.
She is on monitor to graduate with each levels in 2024.
“I’m not 100 per cent certain what space of analysis or medication I wish to find yourself in,” she mentioned.
“I really like the guts, however trauma or paediatrics are additionally on the playing cards, however I do know that I wish to be doing each the analysis and the scientific work..”
Miss O’Neill will probably be taking her entry to the following spherical of UQ’s 3MT finals on September 16.