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.