2018 TQEH Research Expo a great success

The 27th TQEH Research Expo was held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October. Researchers in training (



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.

In the news: Prof PJ Wormald and Dr Katharina Richter, ENT Surgery

A story about the "Superbug Solution" was aired on Channel 9 news on Tuesday 6 March. Following successful results in laboratory and pre-clinical research at the Basil Hetzel Institute, a new clinical trial is underway at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital targeting patients undergoing major sinus surgery who are more susceptible to antibiotic resistant infections.
Sweet like chocolate: ABC News, The World Today, Tuesday 6 March 2018

SA Winner of Fresh Science is Dr Katharina Richter, ENT Surgery

Congratulations to Dr Katharina Richter (Postdoctoral Researcher in ENT Surgery, BHI) as the South Australian winner of Fresh Science. This national competition helps early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. Articles/media stories about Kati's research can be found via the following links:
Starving superbugs, then poisoning them: Fresh Science
Sweet like chocolate: ABC News, The World Today, Tuesday 6 March 2018
Superbug solution: Channel 9 news, Tuesday 6 March 2018
Human trials target superbugs: The Lead, Tuesday 6 March 2018
Kati was also a recent winner of the Delegates' Choice Award in the Pitch it Clever competition held at the 2018 Universities Australia Higher Education conference.