Sir James Mackenzie Prize, 2019

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s University of Dundee Sir James Mackenzie Prize is Aurelien-Xuan Bahuet, Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology at the TORT Centre.

Eleven of the best and brightest students from the intercalated 2018/19 students’ BMSc batch from the School of Medicine were chosen to give podium presentations in recognition of their excellence in research. Presentations, lasting 8 minutes with 2-minute Q&A, took place in front of a judging panel at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre on 19th June, 2019.

Xuan presented his research entitled “Changes in Core Muscle Activation and Lumbar Posture when using different Lifting Belts in a Conventional Deadlift”. Xuan also won the Department of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery’s Intercalated BMSc Presentation Skills Award for 2018-2019 (pictured top right). The latter is awarded each year to the student who has best presented their research, orally by PowerPoint, and visually via a scientific research poster.

Full list of Sir James Mackenzie Prize nominees in the order of presentations given:

  1. Tim Brow, Applied Orthopaedic Technology - “The Effect of Short and Long Term Foam Rolling on Lower Limb Kinematics in Cyclists”.
  2. Lisa Kilday, Anatomy - “Structural Changes in Schizophrenia: A Comparison of Genetic and Perinatal Factors”
  3. Keeran Vickneson, Cardiovascular & Diabetes Medicine - “Cold Exposure as a Dishabituating Stimulus Restores Counter-regulatory Responses in Recurrent Hypoglycaemia”
  4. Tom Bisset, Forensic Medicine - “Can Pulmonary Oedema be Quantified at Autopsy”
  5. Lauren Crossley, Genetics, Cancer and Personalised Medicine - “BRCA Mutation Status: A Predictive Biomarker for Prophylactic Hysterectomy”
  6. Catriona Grant, Healthcare Improvement - “A mixed methods approach to understanding the feasibility of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) in two Palliative Care settings”
  7. Rachel Agnew, Human Reproduction, Assisted Conception and Embryonic Stem Cells - “Business Plan for Introducing Tubal Patency Assessment by HyCoSy in NHS Tayside”
  8. Ainslie Taylor, Neuropharmacology and Behaviour - “Delta-opioid Receptors: a Target for "Rapidly Acting” Antidepressants?”
  9. Kirsty Lennon, Medical Education - “Medical Students' Perceptions and confidence in their Ability to apply Nutrition Principles in Clinical Practice”
  10. Aurelien-Xuan Bahuet, Applied Orthopaedic Technology - “Changes in Core Muscle Activation and Lumbar Posture when using different Lifting Belts in a Conventional Deadlift”
  11. Sophia White, Healthcare Improvement - “A systems Approach to Teenagers Self-Managing their Type 1 Diabetes for Service Improvement within NHS Tayside”

Professor Rami Abboud, Co-Director of the Intercalated BMSc in Applied Orthopaedic Technology degree and Xuan’s project principal supervisor, stated:

“Firstly I’d like to congratulate all the students for being nominated for this prestigious prize. It is reward enough just to be nominated in my opinion. Secondly I would like to applaud Xuan for winning the Sir James Mackenzie prize. His presentation skills really stood out from what were all excellent talks on sound and diverse research topics. I am proud to say that over the years our Applied Orthopaedic Technology students have done exceptionally well and this is the third year in a row that a student studying Applied Orthopaedic Technology at the TORT Centre has been awarded the Sir James Mackenzie Prize (2016-2017 Erin Frizzel, 2015-2016 Iona Robertson).”