PhD student Amita Ghadge wins ASMR Ross Wishart Memorial Award

Congratulations to Amita Ghadge, a PhD student in the Breast Biology and Cancer Unit,  for being awarded one of two Ross Wishart Memorial Awards at the SA Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Annual Scientific Meeting held on Wednesday 9th June. Amita gave a 3 minute overview of her research at the Gala Dinner on Monday night in addition to her formal presentation at the conference. Her talk "The developmental origins of mammographic density and breast cancer risk" is based on her PhD research which she is completing at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH under the supervision of Associate Professor Wendy Ingman, Professor Rebecca Robker and Dr Pallave Dasari. Amita is currently finalising her thesis and aims to submit it in a few months..

Congratulations to all students who graduated from The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide has held a series of graduation ceremonies over the last week or so. To see a full list of the BHI, TQEH students who had their degrees conferred in 2020, see pages 20-21 of the BHI Research Report 2020. This photo shows 4 of the 12 students who completed their Bachelor of Health and Medical Science Honours degrees at the Basil Hetzel Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2020. All 12 students were awarded First Class Honours. In addition, Sophie Camens was awarded a University Medal for 2020 for outstanding academic merit throughout her undergraduate studies (read more). Of these 12 Honours students, 5 have commenced their PhDs at the BHI, TQEH (Olivia Girolamo, Joshua Kovoor, Michelle Sims, Dawn Whelan and Kenny Yeo)..

NHMRC Partnership Project Grant for the PAMICO Project

A National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project Grant, providing $1,499,233 in funding over 3 years has been awarded for the PAMICO Project - Personalising Acute Myocardial Infarction Care to improve Outcomes. Chief Investigators for this project are:.

Adelaide node of A3BC welcomes first participant!

The Adelaide node of the Australian Arthritis & Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC), coordinated at the BHI, TQEH by Professor Catherine Hill and Dr Carlee Ruediger, has welcomed its first participant, Justin Baldwin, who completed his questionnaires and provided blood samples to kickstart the data collection. Justin was happy to be involved in the Collaborative which he hopes will help other people with these conditions..

Dr Michael Gouzos receives Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Dr Michael Gouzos (second from left in photo) has qualified academically for his degree of Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Adelaide and has also received a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. Michael's PhD thesis "A delicate balance: Modulation of reactive oxygen species after sinus surgery to improve the healing process" was supervised by Professors PJ Wormald and Alkis Psaltis and Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde in the ENT Surgery group at the BHI, TQEH. Michael was the recipient of a Research Training Program Stipend from The University of Adelaide. He is currently working as a Clinical Service Registrar in ENT Surgery at the Flinders Medical Centre..

University Medals awarded to Sophie Camens and Dr Sunita De Sousa

Sophie Camens (ENT Surgery) has been awarded a University Medal for 2020 for outstanding academic merit throughout her undergraduate studies. This includes last year at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, where she completed a First Class Honours degree and received a Medical Specialities Honours Award from the Adelaide Medical School. Sophie's thesis "Preclinical development of a P. aeruginosa phage cocktail for use to treat infections with multi-drug resistant bacteria" was supervised by University of Adelaide researchers Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde, Professor Alkis Psaltis (TQEH) and Dr Sha Liu. She was supported by a scholarship from The Hospital Research Foundation..

Prestigious Honorary Fellowship awarded to Professor Guy Maddern

Professor Guy Maddern, Head of The University of Adelaide's Discipline of Surgery, and hepatobiliary surgeon at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). These fellowships are awarded to individuals who possess an international reputation in the field of surgery or medicine, with only 5-12 being awarded each year. Professor Maddern says "It is a great honour to be offered an Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work closely with the American College on a number of initiatives, particularly in the area of new technologies in surgery. This relationship has continued to the present day and each year we provide a new technology review for the American College of Surgeons to disseminate to their membership"..

Executive Dean’s Research Award for Professor John Beltrame

Congratulations to Professor John Beltrame for being awarded the Executive Dean's Award for Research Excellence (Senior Career category) for 2020. The award was presented by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Professor Ben Kile, at a ceremony held on Thursday 4 February. The citation, read by Ben before presenting the award, said "... this recipient has been a long-standing member of The University of Adelaide. In the recipient's most recent role [Head, Department of Medical Specialities, Adelaide Medical School], they have responsibility of supervising over 900 affiliates and 20 staff. In addition, they have published over 93 papers [in the last 5 years] and in 2020 were identified as the Australian researcher with the highest number of citations for papers published in the last five years in the top 20 journals in their field. The recipient has contributed to many successful grant applications, with 7 currently active, including 3 NHMRC grants. Well recognised at all levels for their expertise and leadership in the field of cardiovascular medicine…the recipient is Professor John Beltrame". [photo supplied by The University of Adelaide: L-R, Professors Ben Kile and John Beltrame]. .

Dr Danielle Taylor wins inaugural Place Award from the Institute of Australian Geographers

The Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Presidents’ Leadership Award for Contribution by an Early Career Scholar (PLACE) recognises excellence in any area of geographic scholarship or academic endeavour contributing to the discipline of geography in Australia. Two national awards have been announced in their inaugural year – one of which has been awarded to Dr Danielle Taylor. Danielle is a Hospital Research Foundation mid-career fellow with the Adelaide GTRAC Centre and an associate investigator in the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing (CRE) at the University of Adelaide..