The Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology (ACHV) has awarded three prizes, valued at $2,000 each, to early career researchers who submitted abstracts and presented short talks at the virtual annual ACH2 meeting held on the 5th of November. Dr Mak Masavuli, a postdoctoral researcher with the Viral Immunology Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, was awarded a prize for his talk on "Evaluating the immunogenicity of a cocktail HCV DNA vaccine in mice". Hopefully he will have the opportunity to present his results at the 2021 meeting!.
The 2020 SA Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) held a virtual meeting over November 9th and 10th. Two researchers in Associate Professor Wendy Ingman's Breast Biology and Cancer Unit, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, were awarded prizes for their presentations. Postdoctoral researcher Dr Sarah Bernhardt won the Ross Wishart Memorial Award for her talk titled “The impact of menstrual cycling on precision medicine for premenopausal breast cancer patients”, while PhD student Amita Ghadge won the Robinson Research Institute Prize for her talk titled “Deposition of adipose tissue during puberty alters mammary cancer risk in adulthood”. The Ross Wishart Memorial Award is given to the person who delivers the most outstanding presentation at the SA division's Annual Scientific Meeting. It is named in memory of Ross Wishart, a scientist and long-term member of the SA ASMR committee. [photo L-R: Amita Ghadge and Dr Sarah Bernhardt]..
The Heart Foundation’s Vanguard Grants are available to researchers for concept studies, with the potential to improve cardiovascular health in the short term. John Horowitz, an Emeritus Professor at The University of Adelaide, and Group Leader of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, is a chief investigator on two of the three Vanguard Grants awarded to South Australian researchers, from a total of 24 grants. More details can be found in the November edition of the BHI Winning News. [photo: John Horowitz, back row third from right, with his Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group. Taken February 2020]..