Congratulations to our 2023 No-Bell Prize winners

The Melbourne Medical School and Melbourne Dental School are pleased to announce the winners of the No-Bell Prize competition held on Tuesday 11 July.

No-Bell Prize 2023
(L-R) Alice Ruiye Chen, Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, Emma Boehm and Scotia Mullin

Congratulations to Emma Boehm (Department of Clinical Pathology) for winning the 2023 No-Bell Prize competition, followed by our two exceptional runners-up, Alicia Ruiye Chen (Department of Surgery – Ophthalmology) and Scotia Mullin (Melbourne Dental School). Scotia was also awarded the People’s Choice Award, which was voted by the audience at the event.

Hosted by Professor Alastair Sloan (Head, Melbourne Dental School) and Associate Professor Catherine Quinlan (Academic Lead – Graduate Research, Melbourne Medical School), the event featured nine graduate researchers demonstrating proficiency in communicating their research in clear and accessible language as they pitched their research to our panel of judges.

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty (Nobel Prize winner) awarded the prizes and shared an inspiring message about the importance of good communication.

The audience heard some amazing presentations, and we extend our congratulations to all of our participants for the strength of their research pitches.

Find out more about the No-Bell Prize event on our website.

No-Bell Prize 2023
Back row L-R Ciara Murphy (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Alice Ruiye Chen (Surgery – Ophthalmology), Scotia Mullin (Melbourne Dental School), Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, Emma Boehm (Clinical Pathology), Yali Deng (Surgery), Prof Alastair Sloan (Melbourne Dental School), Front row L-R Erin Crellin (Paediatrics), Matthew Coleman (Paediatrics), Victor Duong (Medicine – Northern Health), Ella Swaney (Paediatrics)

More about our winners:
Emma Boehm:
Rare Disease Oncogenomics Laboratory, Department of Clinical Pathology, University of Melbourne, and Endocrinologist and Nuclear Medicine Fellow, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. PhD Research Topic: Utilising genomics for discovery of diagnostic and surveillance biomarkers in neuroendocrine tumours

Alice Ruiye Chen: Centre for Eye Research Australia and Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery. PhD Research Topic: Retinal age gap as an excessive biomarker of ageing

Scotia Mullin: Melbourne Dental School. PhD Research Topic: A Mixed Method Assessment of Strangulation Amongst Men Who Have Sex with Men: Forensic, Medical, and Clinical Implications.