21 February 2024

The University of Nicosia Medical School (MS) and the School of Veterinary Medicine (VM), in collaboration with the MS Student Society and the Medical Students Research Society, hosted the UNIC Health Student Research Conference on 14 February 2024. This hybrid event attracted faculty and students from both the MS and VM, showcasing 13 student research projects.

This year, the Conference featured a new section, UNIC Health Student International Achievements, designed to encourage students to engage in international conferences and networking events. Notable presentations included ‘Matakia’, an innovative medical start-up concept developed by MD 6-year students Maria Witkowiak and Linn Persson, which achieved 5th place at the European iDays Finals in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, MD 6-year student Fathima Asma Anverdeen presented her accomplishments at the Medical Trainees Conference in Newcastle, UK.

An interactive workshop on patient-centred research was also provided, facilitated by Olesia Verstiuk, a fourth-year MD student.

The Conference concluded with an awards ceremony. The “Best Oral Presentation Award” was awarded to Fong King Hei Anthony, an MBBS P-Year student, for his presentation titled “Modelling diabetic blood flow in coronary vessels, post-stent placement”. The “Best e-Poster Presentation Award” was received by Zeid Fahed Hussni Abu Hjleh, a 6th-year MD student, for his poster “A near-fatal case of hidradenitis suppurativa associated with sepsis and ischaemic heart disease”. The “Most Innovative Research Award” went to Olesia Verstiuk, a 4th-year MD student, for her oral presentation on “Sharing Bad News: Identifying Differences Between the Skills Taught and Observed in Clinical Placements”. Furthermore, the “Dr. Lakis C. Anastassiades Prize” was presented to Virginia Constantinou, a 5th-year MD student. This prize is awarded based on students’ contributions to the School, the community, student support, and/or science and education.

2024 Award Winners with Members of the Organising Committee

L-R: VM Research Coordinator, Dr Nikolas Perentos, MS Associate Dean for Students, Dr Persoulla Nicolaou, UNIC Health Senior Administrator for Research, Ms Marianna Orfanidou, Award Winners Olesia Verstiuk, Fong King Hei Anthony, Zeid Fahed Hussni Abu Hjleh, Virginia Constantinou, MS Associate Dean for Research, Dr Despo Ierodiakonou