The Hospital Research Foundation announces funding for projects at the BHI, TQEH

The Hospital Research Foundation has announced the successful recipients of a combined $2.53million

04.07.20180 comments

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Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Awards to Dr Danushka Wijesundara and Zelalem Mekonnen

Two BHI researchers from the Virology Group, led by Professor Eric Gowans, received major awards from the recent Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology (ACH2) Conference which was held in the Yarra Valley from 6-8 June. The Hospital Research Foundation's Early Research Fellow Dr Danushka Wijesundara was awarded the Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology (ACHV) Chris Burrell HCV International Travel Award (value $4000), while the ACHV Domestic Travel Award (value $1000) was awarded to PhD student Zelalem Mekonnen..

ASMR Ross Wishart Memorial Award won by Dr Katharina Richter

Congratulations to Dr Katharina Richter, from the ENT Surgery research group, for winning the Ross Wishart Memorial Award at the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Scientific Meeting in Adelaide last week. Another of the four finalists, Dr Sathish Paramasivan, is also from ENT Surgery. The Ross Wishart Memorial Award is given to the person who delivers the most outstanding presentation at the SA division's Annual Scientific Meeting during Medical Research Week. It is named in memory of Ross Wishart, a scientist and long-term member of the SA ASMR committee. Kati is continuing her research at the Basil Hetzel Institute where she completed her PhD (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - The University of Adelaide) in 2017.
The photo shows Kati (centre) receiving the award from ASMR SA State Convenor Miss Annabel Sorby-Adams, with ASMR Scientific Meeting Co-Convenor Dr Bill Panagopoulos announcing the award, which he won in 2017!
14.06.2018

Congratulations to Dr Sivabaskari Pasupathy: Fresh Science SA Finalist for 2018

Congratulations to Dr Sivabaskari (Tharshy) Pasupathy, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative at the BHI, TQEH, for being selected as one of 10 finalists in this year's Fresh Science SA competition. On Tuesday 12 June the finalists will undergo a full-day media and communication training at the SA Museum. Then on Wednesday 13 June they each present short talks to around 400 high school students, before participating in an event intended for members of the general public. Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers share their stories of discovery and gain national media coverage for their work. If you'd like to hear about research being done by the 10 short-listed finalists then register for the free event being held on Wednesday 13 June from 6pm at The Elephant British Pub, 1 Cinema Place, Adelaide.  .

New VC for The University of Adelaide visits the BHI, TQEH

The new University of Adelaide Vice–Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, visited The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and it's research facility the Basil Hetzel Institute, earlier today. Director of Research at TQEH, Professor Guy Maddern gave an overview of research activity at the BHI, TQEH, and then invited Prof Rathjen to field questions from researchers, the majority of whom are students of or are employed by The University of Adelaide. Prof Mike Brooks (DVC-R), Prof Alastair Burt (Executive Dean FHMS) and Prof Ian Symonds (Dean of Medicine) also attended and were able to provide additional information to researchers. (photo L-R: Dr Sam Costello, Prof Peter Rathjen, Dr Rob Byrant. Sam and Rob lead the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Group at the BHI, TQEH)..

Helen Palethorpe awarded Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Congratulations to Dr Helen Palethorpe for being awarded her PhD and receiving a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from The University of Adelaide. Helen completed her PhD with in the Surgical Sciences Research Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, under the supervision of Dr Paul Drew and Dr Eric Smith. Her thesis title was "Fibroblasts, Androgen Signalling and Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma". Her PhD studies were supported by a scholarship from the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide..

In the news: Prof PJ Wormald and A/Prof Sarah Vreugde explain the many uses of chitosan gel

The latest article in The Advertiser's "Wild Science" series once again features BHI based researchers. Professor PJ Wormald and Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde explain how outcomes of research from their ENT Surgery group could soon benefit patients undergoing back surgery. A development grant from The Hospital Research Foundation will fund a clinical trial to investigate the effectiveness of the chitosan gel in improving wound healing and preventing the formation of adhesions after back surgery..

In the news: TQEH gastroenterologist Dr Sam Costello talks about BiomeBank – Australia’s first public stool bank

The Advertiser has a two-page article about Australia's first public stool bank, BiomeBank, established by gastroenterologists Drs Sam Costello and Rob Bryant and located at the Basil Hetzel Institute. Initially the stool is being used in Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) to treat patients with Clostridium difficile infection or Ulcerative Colitis.
Stephanee Hermsen was one of Dr Sam Costello's first patients to undergo this novel therapy, and says that "The next day I was better". Despite cure rates of 80-90% in patients with recurrent C.diff. infections who undergo FMT, the reasons it works are not fully understood. Research is underway at the BHI, TQEH, and with collaborators at other SA hospitals, SAHMRI and Flinders University to "...discover links between the gut microbiome and disease and also to determine whether we can improve disease by modifying the gut microbial environment," Dr Costello says.
21.03.2018