An Aberdeen university PhD student has won first prize for a presentation of her research in Australia.
Marjorie Johnston, who studies at the University of Aberdeen, attended the 15th World Congress on Public Health, in Melbourne earlier this month.
The 32-year-old’s presentation discussed her research into multi-morbidity – people living with two or more chronic medical conditions- using data from The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s cohort.
Marjorie, who lives in Hazlehead, said the data followed Aberdonians born in the 1950s as they aged.
She said: “This has given a wide range of information on childhood characteristics and health characteristics.
“We can use this to answer a range of questions about how and why people become ill – looking from birth all the way up to older age.”
Other presentations at the conference covered topics as diverse as climate change, smoking cessation, infectious disease and healthcare systems.
Marjorie, who also completed her undergraduate degree in Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, gained funding for her PhD from the Chief Scientists Office and NHS Grampian.
She said: “I found it a great experience to present my work to people from all over the world – it was challenging but I learned a lot.
“The win means a lot to me and my research. It allowed me to publicise my work and also the fantastic resource I use. I feel I can take what I have learned and use it positively.”
Following her PhD, Marjorie will take up a dual role working in NHS Grampian in Public Health as well as carrying out research at the University of Aberdeen aimed at improving healthy ageing.
PhD supervisor, Dr Mike Crilly said: “We are obviously very pleased that this important work, undertaken by a locally trained Aberdeen doctor and based on data collected about schoolchildren in Aberdeen from the 1950’s, has been recognised at an international conference.
Marjorie won 500 Australian dollars in book vouchers for Oxford University Press for first place.