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]..
Dr Stephen Kao (second from right in photo) completed his PhD in ENT Surgery under the supervision of Associate Professor Alkis Psaltis and Dr Mahnaz Ramezanpour. His PhD thesis "Nasal mucus: friend or foe? The effect of mucus on mucosal barrier dysfunction in chronic rhinosinusitis" has just been conferred by The University of Adelaide and he also received a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Stephen was supported by three scholarships, a Research Training Program Stipend and Bertha Sudholz Research Scholarship from The University of Adelaide and an Academic Surgeon Scientist Research Scholarship from The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. He is currently working as an ENT registrar at the Women's and Children's Hospital in North Adelaide. Stephen writes "The BHI has been an amazing, supportive and friendly environment for me to cultivate and enhance my knowledge on snot. A runny nose is snot a laughing matter!" [photo: TQEH Research Expo 2018. L-R: Chair Dr Tania Crotti with presenters in the Junior PhD student (Laboratory) session Dr Michael Gouzos, Dr Giri Krishnan, Dr Stephen Kao, and Dr Maryam Nakhjavani]..
The 29th TQEH Research Expo, part of CALHN Research Week, was held on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October 2020. Undergraduate, honours and postgraduate research students presented the results of their research in either mini-oral presentations (3 minutes plus questions) or oral presentations (10 minutes plus questions). This year's Plenary Lecture was given by Professor Toby Coates in a session chaired by Professor Guy Maddern, Director of Research at the BHI, TQEH. Overall 8 prizes were awarded to 8 different students from 5 different research groups based at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, with both the University of South Australia and The University of Adelaide represented. Full details of winners, sponsors and a slideshow of photos taken during the expo can be found here..
Congratulations to Professor John Beltrame, research leader of the Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, for being named as the Australian cardiology researcher with the highest number of citations from papers published in the last 5 years in the top 20 journals in the field! The Australian’s Special Report covered 255 research fields, with 66 research field leaders being named in the area of Health and Medical Sciences. While The University of Adelaide was the “lead institution” in a few fields, including cardiology, Professor Beltrame was the only South Australian “field leader”..
A publication from the PhD research of Dr Vahid Atashgaran has won the Society for Reproductive Biology - Reproduction, Fertility and Development (SRB-RFD) Publication of the Year Award, announced during the virtual AGM of the SRB held yesterday. Vahid completed his PhD, through the University of Adelaide, in the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, under the supervision of Associate Professor Wendy Ingman, Dr Pallave Dasari and Professor Simon Barry. He was also awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Vahid is currently working in the Tumour Microenvironment Laboratory at the Centre for Cancer Biology, University of South Australia. [photo: A/Prof Wendy Ingman with Dr Vahid Atashgaran after his graduation ceremony at The University of Adelaide in May 2019]..
Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk and her Viral Immunology Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, have been awarded funding from the highly competitive Biomedical Translation Bridge (BTB) program (part of the Medical Research Future Fund) to develop a novel needle-free vaccine to prevent infection of pregnant women with Zika virus. The technology, developed in collaboration with industry partner Enesi Pharma, Oxford, UK, combines protective Zika virus DNA vaccine with Enesi Pharma's ImplaVax® Technology. If you are curious about how needle-free vaccination works watch this video!.
Dr Katharina Richter, NHMRC CJ Martin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Surgical Science Research Group, has been awarded a Jim Pittard Early Career Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology. This award is to “recognise distinguished contributions in any area of Australian research in microbiology by scientists in early stages of their career”. Each year the two recipients present their research at the Annual Scientific Meeting..