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NDORMS alumnus Dr Anand Segar has been awarded the Louis Barnett Prize 2015, presented to a young New Zealand surgeon or surgical trainee with the best research paper at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons New Zealand Annual Meeting.

Louis barnett prize for ndorms alumnus
Anand Segar (left) with the Chair of the NZ ASM Organising Committee, Nigel Willis.

Anand is currently an Orthopaedic Surgery Trainee in Hamilton, New Zealand. He interrupted his orthopaedic training to pursue full time research in Oxford and completed his DPhil at NDORMS this year.

Speaking of this prize, he says: "Previous award recipients are now eminent surgeons and leaders within their field. Winning this award is an inspiration to continue along an academic surgical pathway. The competition was tough with excellent papers so I was very surprised but hugely excited to receive the Louis Barnett Prize for my in vitro research."

Anand also received a European Spine Society Award in the second year of his DPhil and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Young Investigators Award earlier this year for his epidemiological research.

“These awards are a nice recognition for hard work. I am tremendously grateful to my supervisors and mentors Dr Jill Urban, Associate Professor Andy Judge and Professor Jeremy Fairbank who supported and encouraged me throughout my DPhil”, says Anand.

"NDORMS is a motivating and inspirational environment for orthopaedic research. The resources and expertise available are amazing. My DPhil was unique in the sense that it was translation with in vitro, clinical and epidemical aspects. As a young surgeon, this was an ideal fit and almost only possible at NDORMS. There are few places in the world where you can immerse yourself in such an environment.”

"I must also thank my funders, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Foundation for Surgery, the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, the Oxford Nuffield Medical Trust and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Wishbone Trust."