Showcase will zoom in on local health care innovation

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Local research stars and international speakers will be in the spotlight when Health Beyond Research & Innovation Showcase returns later this month.

The showcase was postponed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic but it is being staged as a series of online Zoom seminars each month until November this year.

Community members can watch the monthly presentations via Zoom.

South Western Sydney Local Health District is again partnering with Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research to host this popular showcase.

Chief executive Amanda Larkin says the first seminar on May 19 will have a nursing focus to honour international nurses day and the international day of the midwife celebrations.

 “I am excited we are starting the seminar series with one of the district’s most celebrated nursing researchers Dr Evan Alexandrou, who is the chief investigator of the world’s largest study related to peripheral catheters,’’ Ms Larkin said.

Dr Evan Alexandrou will be in the spotlight in this year’s Health Beyond Research & Innovation Showcase

“Dr Alexandrou will be joined by an international speaker, Matthew Ostroff, from St Joseph’s University Hospital New York, who will talk about vascular access in Covid-19 patients.

“The virtual showcase is a wonderful platform for the innovations and breakthroughs that will benefit our community in south western Sydney and around the world.

 “It will feature a wide range of topics including pancreatic research in July and allied health in October.’’

Anyone who misses a live seminar can tune in later via

“I have no doubt everyone in the community will be impressed by the talented researchers and speakers who will be presenting their work and highlighting the cutting-edge research under way across south western Sydney,’’ Ms Larkin said.

 “I encourage people of all ages and interests to tune in and be part of this popular seminar series.’’

 To register to attend the showcase and receive regular updates, visit

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