ARGANZ is delighted to offer the Mendelson Research Prize to RANZCR registrars to encourage research in abdominal imaging. 

You are invited to submit your research, with up to four finalists accepted for oral presentation at the annual ARGANZ meeting.  First prize is a trip to the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) Annual Meeting in Europe including flights, accommodation and registration. This is the premier international abdominal imaging meeting suitable for all levels of abdominal imagers. There are lectures where you can hear directly from the leaders in abdominal imaging, as well as basic teaching sessions for trainees through the School of ESGAR. There is plenty of opportunity to hear from, and contribute to the latest scientific research. Second prize receives complimentary registration for the following year’s ARGANZ meeting and up to $1000 reimbursement for flights and accommodation.

Oral presentation at the ARGANZ meeting fulfills the requirements for the RANZCR Project 2 (transitional trainees). Abstracts not accepted for oral presentation may be offered a paper poster presentation. 

The prize was created in 2015 and in 2017 was named after the founding Chairman of ARGANZ, Professor Richard Mendelson, Royal Perth Hospital, WA. Richard was the driving force behind the creation of ARGANZ and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for promoting Abdominal imaging in Australia and New Zealand. 

Congratulations to Dr Alexander Kirwan from Prince of Wales Hospital NSW, for winning the 2024 Mendelson Research prize. He presented his research on “Spectral dual layer CT for choledocholithiasis: A blinded comparison study”.

The runner up prize was awarded to Dr Thu Nguyen from South Australia Medical Imaging for her presentation on “Automated triage of abdominal X-ray reports using large language models”.

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