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CDU student in line to win international competition

Dr Winnie Chen is pictured after winning the CDU leg of the Visualise your Thesis competition
Dr Winnie Chen is pictured after winning the CDU leg of the Visualise your Thesis competition

An animation created by a Charles Darwin University PhD student is in the running to win an international Visualise your Thesis competition. 

Dr Winnie Chen created the animation to showcase a tool she is developing through the Menzies School of Health Research to help doctors diagnose and manage kidney disease. 

Dr Chen won the CDU leg of the Visualise your Thesis competition in August to go in the running for the international Visualise Your Thesis competition, where she will go up against entrants from other Australian and international universities.

Her video will be assessed by a panel of judges for the overall prize while she also has a chance to win the people’s choice award if her animation receives the most views. 

A practising GP, Dr Chen said it took her around two days to compile the minute-long video, using clear and simple graphics to help explain her research. 

“It’s exciting, I wasn’t expecting to make it to the international leg,” she said.  

“I wanted to communicate the project in simple terms, it is often hard to describe verbally, so using diagrams proved really effective. 

“I’ve had a lot of really good feedback from people who didn’t understand what my research was, saying ‘I finally get what you’re doing’.”  

The clever video explains electronic medical records are like jigsaw puzzles, with many pieces in many places, and describes how her tool helps doctors put the pieces together.  

To help Dr Chen in the people’s choice award, her video can be viewed here

The competition closes this Sunday, 18 October. 

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