PhD student wins Best Presentation Award at ICMMA 2017

Mohammad Al-Obaidy, a joint PhD Student at the School of Medicine and the School of Science & Engineering, has won Best Presentation Award at the 19th International Conference on Microscopic and Macroscopic Anatomy (ICMMA) in Barcelona, for his presentation entitled ‘Morphometric study of human anterior and posterior meniscofemoral ligaments of the knee joint on Thiel embalmed cadavers’. Mohammad was awarded the certificate of “outstanding work” by the Program Committee as per the Conference Awards Scheme.

The conference ran from 26-27 February 2017, and brought together leading academic scientists and researchers to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Computer Medical Applications. It also provided a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Computer Medical Applications.

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Left: Mohammad, eighth from right, with fellow presenters at ICMMA 2017; Right: Mohammad presenting his research findings

Mohammad’s PhD research is being funded by Umm AlQura University in Saudi Arabia and is being jointly run by the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, at the TORT Centre, and the Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (CAHID). His primary supervisor is Professor Tracey Wilkinson (Principal Anatomist and Cox Chair of Anatomy, CAHID), co-supervised by Mr David Nicoll (Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, TORT). 

The idea for this research came when Mohammad wanted to combine the human anatomy from a surgical and clinical point of view, and the immunohistochemistry analysis to investigate the role of the PCL and MFLs macroscopic and microscopic. The research has evolved to encompass all the knee surgeons in Ninewells and Perth to obtain more PCL and MFLs from surgical biopsies during total knee arthroplasty for nerve map creation to investigate the pain and stability after the surgery from neurological point of view.

As the Head of Department and Chair of the Thesis Monitoring Committee (TMC) that Mohammad attends, I have first-hand experience of his passion and commitment to his research project pushing the boundaries to achieve his targets. My two colleagues on the TMC have equally been impressed with the drive, sincerity and commitment that Mohammad continually exhibits and the recent findings that he presented were outstandingly novel. His engagement with the orthopaedic surgeons at Ninewells Hospital has reached a level high enough for him to be invited to attend theatres which has enabled him to excel in his project, the latter without any doubt was facilitated by his supervisor, Mr Nicoll. This multidisciplinary project is an example of the many projects that we run at IMAR/TORT and the success is down to the team effort of student/supervisors. I am sure that this is the first award of many that Mohammad will acquire”, stated Professor Rami Abboud.

Professor Tracey Wilkinson, added: “Mohammad is an excellent student and is a credit to our university. He is a great example of someone who works incredibly well independently, crossing the disciplines of medicine and science. We are very happy to have Mohammad with us here in Dundee, and are delighted that his work has been recognised with this award”.


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