2022 HaBS 3MT Competition Finalists

28 Jul 2022

PhD students from UQ's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences will compete in the Faculty Final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition on Wednesday 3 August. 

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take nine hours to present, but students in the UQ 3MT® Competition will present their thesis and its significance in dynamic and informative video presentations of just three minutes in length. 

The winner will progress to the 2022 UQ 3MT® Final hosted by the UQ Graduate School on Wednesday 14 September, where they could win research grant funding. 

The winner of the UQ Final will represent UQ at the Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT® competition. 

Find out more about this year’s Faculty finalists below.

Dr Manal MasoodDr Manal Masood – School of Dentistry  
3MT Title: Missing the Point?- The hidden dangers of oral piercings
Manal is working as a dentist with Queensland Health and is a MPhil student with UQ's School of Dentistry. Her current project under the supervision of Dr Sobia Zafar and Professor Laurence Walsh investigates the impact of oral piercings and the extent of metal ion release under acidic challenge. 

Amjad AlmuqrinAmjad AlmuqrinSchool of Dentistry 
3MT Title: Arresting Tooth Decay: from black to white 
Amjad is a PhD candidate in The School of Dentistry at The University of Queensland. He is a specialist in paediatric dentistry. 

Chris AndersonChris AndersonSchool of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences 
3MT Title: The need for physical activity in children with congenital heart defects
Chris is an accredited exercise physiologist with an interest in working with children with chronic medical conditions. His PhD seeks to optimise exercise prescription and delivery for children and adolescents with congenital heart defects 

Naomi FersteraNaomi FersteraSchool of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences 
3MT Title:  Leaving a legacy
Naomi is completing her PhD investigating the long-term effect of exercise on cognitive outcomes for older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Naomi has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years, but her passion lies in education. She is an accredited exercise physiologist, exercise scientist, nutritionist and former high school teacher. 

CJ CabilanCJ Cabilan School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work 
3MT Title: What’s new in the nurse’s toolkit to prevent workplace violence 
CJ is a nurse researcher and a PhD student. Currently, her work is focused on the implementation of a digital occupational violence risk assessment tool and highlighting issues around occupational violence in the emergency department. 

Natalie CraigNatalie CraigSchool of Psychology 
3MT Title: Social groups and post traumatic growth: how we connect can determine how we recover 
Natalie is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant with the Social Identity and Groups Network (SIGN), studying social identity-based approaches for facilitating recovery from psychological trauma. 

Ming ZhaoMing ZhaoSchool of Psychology 
3MT Title: To imitate or to get more rewards- trolley dilemma in child imitation 
A PhD Candidate, Ming's primary research interest is in the field of developmental psychology with a focus on child social learning. She is specifically interested in imitative behaviour in children- how strong is a child's drive to learn by imitation? 

Isaac CarmichaelIsaac CarmichaelSchool of Pharmacy  
3MT Title: Revolutionising sight-saving treatment with ultrasound 
Completing a Bachelor of Pharmacy with a major in clinical and experimental therapeutics, Isaac returned to UQ to start an intercalated Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy program. His project investigates the unique interactions between drug-filled echogenic liposomes and ultrasound, with the intention of developing an efficient retinal drug delivery platform ready for clinical application. 

Carly BeggsCarly BeggsSchool of Pharmacy 
3MT Title: It doesn’t have to Bee like this 
Carly is undertaking a PhD in environmental toxicology at UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Science. Carly has been working as a Research Technician in the field of analytical chemistry for several years since completing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Canberra.

Helen WallaceHelen WallaceSchool of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 
3MT Title: What is the role of language in driving? 
Helen is an experienced speech pathologist and PhD candidate with the Queensland Aphasia Research Centre. She has worked with people with aphasia who had difficulty returning to driving and this has now become the focus of her research. 

Amelia TanAmelia TanSchool of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences  
3MT Title: "Every day, I get better and better”: using a decision-making aid to achieve meaningful rehabilitation outcomes after a brain injury
An occupational therapist with clinical experience working in Singapore and Australia, Amelia's PhD investigates decision-making aids for upper limb interventions in neurological rehabilitation.