UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


ICH Annual Open Day and Poster Competition

The Institute held its annual Poster Competition and Postgraduate Research Open Day on Wednesday 6th November 2019. The poster competition was divided into categories along research theme lines, and additional categories for MRes students and new doctoral research students in their first 12 months here at ICH. The categories were as follows:

  • MRes
  • Best Newcomer
  • Developmental Biology & Cancer
  • Developmental Neurosciences
  • Genetics & Genomic Medicine
  • Infection, Immunity, Inflammation
  • Population, Policy & Practice

Visiting students and current students registered at ICH were invited to vote for their favourite poster for the ‘Students’ Choice Award’.

In total there were 77 posters on display. The posters gave an excellent indication of the depth and diversity of the research taking place in the Institute. The difficult task of judging the posters was kindly undertaken by Chiara Bacchelli, Mona Bajaj-Elliott, Steve Hart, Anne Johnson, Leah Li, Frederique Liegeois, David Long, Hannah Mitchison, Federica Montanaro, Claire Thorne, and Ania Zylbersztejn. Once again the judges were very impressed by the overall quality of the posters.

The winners and special commendations were:

“OVERALL BEST POSTER” MRes in Child Health
Sihan CUI for her poster entitled
“An investigation of the influence of early breastfeeding experiences, support and maternal factors on breastfeeding outcomes in mothers breastfeeding a late preterm infant”

“BEST NEWCOMER” Cross-Programme
(Students registered 0-12 months as at day of competition)

Specially Commended
Matías GARRIDO FLORES for his poster entitled
“Mind the gap: epithelial cell expansion for a pre-clinical tissue-engineered oesophagus”

“Overall Best Newcomer”
Raasib MAHMOOD for his poster entitled
“Why do neural tube defects affect the brain more commonly in females than males?”


Specially Commended
Daniyal JAFREE for his poster entitled
“A novel origin of lymphatic endothelial cells in the kidney”

2nd Prize
Ellie WESTON for her poster entitled
“Investigating Inositol Status in Relation to Neural Tube Defects”

1st Prize
Michael MAGNUSSEN for his poster entitled
“Combining multiphoton-inducible hydrogel bioprinting and 3D culture to establish tissue polarity in iPSC derived engineered cardiac tubes”


Specially Commended
Kate MARESH for her poster entitled
“Disordered brain connectivity and reduced grey matter volume in Duchenne muscular dystrophy”

2nd Prize
Clarissa SORGER for her poster entitled
“Structural brain changes in children with neuropathic pain: preliminary results”

1st Prize
Melanie KOELBEL for her poster entitled
“Do you remember? Sleep fragmentation and immediate memory recall in Sickle Cell Anaemia”


Specially Commended
Nandaki KESHAVAN for his poster entitled
“Gene therapy for mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome”

2nd Prize
Tomas BALDWIN for his poster entitled
“Exposure to decanoic acid increases mitochondrial DNA content in a human neuronal-like cell line“

1st Prize
Harriet GUNN for her poster entitled
“Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Adolescents: Towards the Discovery of Novel Non-Invasive Biomarkers”


Specially Commended
Gaetano NASO for his poster entitled
“CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated In Situ Correction of COL7A1 splice-site mutation hotspot”

2nd Prize
Helen DOUGLAS for her poster entitled
“Establishing valid wear-time of activity trackers for the assessment of daily physical activity in children and young people with cystic fibrosis”

1st Prize
Polly LIVERMORE for her poster entitled
“The experience of Juvenile Dermatomyositis described through poetry”


Specially Commended
Kulnipa KITTISAKMONTRI for her poster entitled
“Dietary protein intake during complementary feeding and its impact on infant growth in an area facing double burden of childhood malnutrition”

2nd Prize
Mingyue GAO for her poster entitled
“Secular trends in blood pressure trajectories in Chinese children and adolescents born 1981-2000:  the impact of changing growth trajectories”

1st Prize
Joseph WARD for his poster entitled
“Global patterns of mortality in adolescents and young people 10-24 from 1950 – 2017”

Polly LIVERMORE for her poster entitled
“The experience of Juvenile Dermatomyositis described through poetry”

The Open Day attracted more than 30 potential higher degree research students, who came from a range of British universities within the Russell Group, as well as a number of colleges and universities from within London.

The ICH Open Day Lecture was given by Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, UCL Institute for Global Health, entitled “Studying Sex and Health: yesterday, today, and tomorrow”. Professor Dame Johnson gave an excellent lecture focussing on sexual attitudes and lifestyles and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. After the lecture Professor Dame Johnson handed out certificates (the prizes followed later) to the prize winners of the poster competition.  A Lecturecast recording of Professor Dame Johnson’s talk will be available on the ICH intranet.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors, judges, porters and all involved in the organisation of the day, but my particular thanks go to Stella Fusco and Annie Murphy for ensuring the day was such a success.

Claire Thorne
Departmental Graduate Tutor (Research)