Dr Scott Clark receives the RANZCP Early Career Psychiatrist Award

Congratulations to Dr Scott Clark for being awarded the 2017 RANZCP Early Career Psychiatrist Award. Scott's Nature paper (Translational Psychiatry) published in September 2016 resulted in him receiving this award. The University of Adelaide, Medicine Today and Psychiatric News all published articles related to this publication. This Award was established by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1979 to encourage and promote research in psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand. It is presented annually to the Fellow (within five years of their election to Fellowship of the College) or registrar who has contributed the most significant paper published in the past two years. (the photo shows Scott presenting his work to a keen group of University of the 3rd Age (U3A) participants at Flinders University during 2016)..

Jason Gummow receives University award for thesis excellence

Congratulations to Jason Gummow for being awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide. Jason completed his PhD with the BHI Virology Group in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Eric Gowans and Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk. A story about his research was published by The Hospital Research Foundation in December 2015.

Vale Dr Basil S. Hetzel 1922 – 2017

The research community at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) is saddened by the death of Dr Basil Hetzel AC. In 2001 the long-standing research activities of TQEH were renamed as the Basil Hetzel Institute. Basil was a proud supporter of all research endeavours and regularly attended the annual TQEH Research Day. He was a great mentor and active supporter of research and of people doing research. Long-term colleague and friend Emeritus Professor Richard Ruffin (photo, left) says Basil was "... a unique person with a research track record that very few will emulate, unless they are on their way to receiving a Nobel Prize". In 1959 Basil was the first Michell Professor of Medicine at TQEH, University of Adelaide, a position that Dick was appointed to three decades later and which Professor John Beltrame (photo, right) holds today.

High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana visits the Virology Group

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Mr Lapologang Caesar Lekoa requested meetings with medical researchers during his two day visit to South Australia. Botswana has the third highest prevalence of HIV in the world, so visiting Professor Eric Gowans at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, provided an excellent opportunity for him to learn about research into developing vaccines for HIV and Hepatitis C. Photo L-R: Leah Rensburg-Phillips, Manager, Protocol, Protocol Unit, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA Government; Lovemore B Tafa, First Secretary, Botswana High Commission, Canberra; Lapologang Caesar Lekoa, High Commissioner, Botswana High Commission, Canberra; Eric Gowans, Virology Group Leader, Basil Hetzel Institute.


Frontline attack against HIV infection is closer to reality

Professor Eric Gowans and Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk have reported recent findings from their Virology Group in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. Their laboratory studies represent an important step forward in attempts to introduce a first line of defence against HIV at the site of infection. First and third authors on this publication, Khamis Tomusange and Jason Gummow, both recently completed their PhDs with Eric and Branka as their supervisors. To date, these research findings have been reported in today's Advertiser newspaper, ABC online, Gay News Network and many more beyond our shores. These research results are being discussed ahead of World AIDS Day which is held on 1 December every year. World AIDS Day raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is also a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
Photo: Virology Group August 2016: L-R: Zelalem Mekonnen, Professor Eric Gowans, Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk, Makutiro Masavuli and Dr Danushka Wijesundara.

The 25th Anniversary of TQEH Research Day was a great success!

The 25th Anniversary of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital's annual Research Day was a great success, with excellent presentations by all student speakers and a thought-provoking and engaging talk from CEO of the NHMRC by Professor Anne Kelso AO. Anne summarised the state of medical research in Australia, the current NHMRC Strategic Review, and briefly spoke of the benefits that should eventuate from the Medical Research Future Fund. She also offered some words of wisdom to current postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers considering a research career. We thank our major sponsors of the day, The Hospital Research Foundation, and other sponsors: The University of Adelaide, The University of South AustraliaSouthern Cross Science Pty Ltd, SARSTEDT Australia Pty Ltd, John Morris Group, VWR International Pty Ltd, ThermoFisher Scientific Inc., Beckmann Coulter, Eppendorf, Merck and Lonza/Peprotech. Visit TQEH Research Day for names of prize winners. For more photos please visit the BHI Facebook page


Clinical Practice Unit researchers are finalists in the 2016 SA Health Awards

Congratulations to 4 members of the Respiratory Medicine Clinical Practice Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, for being selected as finalists in the Young Professional of the Year category of the 2016 SA Health Awards: Dr Kristin Carson, Harshani Jayasinghe, Joep van Agteren and Zoe Kopsaftis are pictured (L-R) with their research group leader Professor Brian Smith. Winners will be announced at the SA Health Awards ceremony on 25 November.

Congratulations to three PhD students – Bill, Sven & Abdul

Congratulations to PhD students Bill Liapis (Breast Cancer Research Unit, headed by Prof Andreas Evdokiou), Sven Surikow (Cardiovascular Pathophysiology & Therapeutics Group, headed by Prof John Horowitz) and Dr Abdul Sheikh (Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative, headed by Prof John Beltrame) for winning awards at the University of Adelaide Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Florey Postgraduate Research Conference, held on Thursday 29th September.