Two consecutive TQEH Research Days held in 2017



Spring graduation for PhD students from the BHI

Congratulations to Basil Hetzel Institute Alumni (L-R) Aneta Zysk (Breast Cancer Research Unit), Dijana Miljkovic and Katharina Richter (both ENT Surgery) for graduating with their PhDs from The University of Adelaide last Thursday. All three graduates have remained working in medical/scientific research since submitting their theses. Aneta joined the Intellectual Disability Research Group in the Adelaide Medical School as a research associate in late 2016, Dijana began as the Flow Cytometry Facility coordinator at St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne at the start of 2017, and Katharina is continuing the work initiated by her PhD research. Another BHI based PhD student to graduate in absentia last week was international student Victor Lamin (Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative). Victor returned to Sierra Leone after submitting his thesis and intended to gain work at his local University. If you'd like to benefit from studying for your postgraduate degree at the Basil Hetzel Institute - scholarships are currently open for applications (close in Oct/Nov)!

Dean’s Commendation awarded to Dr Katharina Richter

Congratulations to Dr Katharina Richter for being awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence from the University of Adelaide. Katharina completed her PhD thesis entitled “Towards novel antibiofilm strategies” under the supervision Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde and Professor PJ Wormald in the ENT Surgery research group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH and with Professor Clive Prestidge in the School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia as her external supervisor. Katharina is now working as a postdoctoral researcher in a collaborative project, funded by The Hospital Research Foundation, between ENT Surgery, Prof Clive Prestidge and Dr Nicky Thomas at the Adelaide Biofilm Test Facility. Katharina is seen here volunteering at the BHI display at Science Alive! 2016. Science Alive 2017! is on next Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August - visit for more information.

BHI researchers in the news

Recent stories about BHI researchers have featured on:
Channel 9 news: Adelaide doctors lead world-first trial in preventing heart attacks and chest pain (6 July 2017). A story about the inaugural winners of The Hospital Research Foundation's new "The Basil Hetzel Translational Grant", Prof John Beltrame, A/Prof Chris Zeitz and Swedish collaborator Prof Bertil Lindahl. Read more in the July edition of the BHI Winning News.
The Advertiser: Heart attacks don't just happen to old, unfit men. Women also need to be aware of the dangers (8 July 2017). Includes studies by BHI based research groups led by Prof John Beltrame and Prof John Horowitz.
Ask your Doctor (ABC): TQEH gastroenterologist and BHI PhD student Dr Sam Costello features in Series 1 Episode 9 Gut (11 July 2017) talking about faecal microbiome transplants (9-14mins of episode). Sam and his colleagues will start preparing for FMTs using an anaerobic chamber at the BHI (donated by The Hospital Research Foundation).

BHI Winning News: THRF grant recipients summarise their project aims

The July edition of the BHI Winning News is now available on the BHI website. For many years, a newsletter has been created each month for researchers at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Previously, the editions have only been sent to researchers and their supporters.
The July edition contains summaries of all the recently announced grants and fellowships from The Hospital Research Foundation that will support research at the BHI, TQEH.
The photo was taken at last week's BHI Longest Table Lunch, an annual event that is part of The Longest Table, a fundraising initiative of The Hospital Research Foundation.

Dr Pallave Dasari named as one of the first “Superstars of STEM”

Congratulations to Dr Pallave Dasari (2nd from left in photo), from the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit based at the Basil Hetzel Institute, for being named as one of 30 "Superstars of STEM" in a new initiative of Science and Technology Australia. Pallave is one of 5 South Australian women chosen for this program that aims to "smash existing gender stereotypes" according to CEO of Science and Technology Australia, Kylie Walker and to "make a career in STEM more attractive and achievable option for young Australian women and girls." This photo was taken by Tom Huntley, and accompanied a story published in The Advertiser on 3 July.

THRF announce $2.7 million of funding to BHI and TQEH

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) has announced the recipients of their 2017 Grant Funding Round for the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH). THRF have allocated $2.7 million for research that will be undertaken at the BHI, TQEH, their largest grant round allocation to date at these facilities. The 11 grants and fellowships include "The Basil Hetzel Translational Grant", named in honour of Dr Basil Hetzel AC. This new grant is designed to support high community impact, “shovel ready” projects that have a high likelihood of translating into improved therapy, care or cure within 3 years from the start of the grant. For more information about the recipients of this funding and their research projects, please visit The Hospital Research Foundation's website.

Congratulations to two BHI researchers for winning Virology Conference Awards

Two members of Professor Eric Gowan's Virology Group at the BHI received awards at the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2). Dr Dan Wijesundara, an Early Career Research Fellow funded by The Hospital Research Foundation, received The Westmead Institute for Medical Research Young Achiever Award (HIV; value $500) while Makutiro Masavuli, a PhD student at the University of Adelaide, received the domestic travel award to attend an Australian conference (value $1000). Photo: L-R, Dan and Mak.

Dr Bill Panagopoulos wins the ASMR Ross Wishart Memorial Award

Congratulations to Dr Bill Panagopoulos for receiving the Ross Wishart Memorial Award at the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) meeting in Adelaide. 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. The research Bill presented at the ASMR meeting was done while he was a University of Adelaide PhD student based at the Basil Hetzel Institute (BHI). Bill is continuing his research as a postdoctoral researcher in the Breast Cancer Research Unit at the BHI.

SBS TV’s Insight ‘Gut Feeling’ with TQEH Gastroenterologist Dr Sam Costello

Watch SBS TV's Insight show on Gut Feeling that aired last night and featured Dr Sam Costello, TQEH Gastroenterologist and BHI researcher, together with Dr Michael Mosley (BBC television journalist, producer and presenter) who is visiting Adelaide this week.

Dr Bill Panagopoulos is a finalist in the ASMR Ross Wishart Memorial Award

Congratulations to Dr Bill Panagopoulos, from the Breast Cancer Research Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute, for being selected as one of four finalists in the Ross Wishart Memorial Award which will be presented tomorrow at the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) meeting in Adelaide. Last night, Bill, together with the three other finalists, gave short presentations about their research to those attending the ASMR Gala Dinner which was held at the Adelaide Pavilion. A table of 10 postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers from the Basil Hetzel Institute attended the dinner thanks to generous sponsorship from The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF). These ASMR events take place in Adelaide during Medical Research Week which is celebrated in the first week of June.