$1.35M awarded for needle-free Zika virus vaccine

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!.

Early Career Award for Dr Katharina Richter

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..

Rheumatologist Dr Huai Leng (Jessica) Pisaniello wins New Investigator Award

Dr Huai Leng (Jessica) Pisaniello, Rheumatology Research Group, was awarded the Australian Rheumatology Association's New Investigator Award following a webinar presentation with three other finalists in early August. These presentations were in lieu of the 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ARA. Jess presented part of her PhD work which was undertaken at the University of Manchester in the UK. The abstract from her presentation can be read here (#89)..

Dr Sam Costello a finalist in PhD Research Excellence Award

Dr Sam Costello, TQEH gastroenterologist and research leader of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, has been named as one of three PhD Research Excellence Award finalists as part of the SA Excellence and Innovation Awards for 2020. Sam completed his PhD at The University of Adelaide in 2019. A date will be announced soon on which finalists and winners can be celebrated..

Three BHI students in Faculty Final of 3MT® Competition

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Adelaide have announced the six finalists in their 3MT®  competition. Three of these are students based at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH. Dr Huai Leng (Jessica) Pisaniello from the Rheumatology Research Group, Unyime Jasper from the Adelaide G-TRAC Centre and Gohar Shaghayegh from the ENT Surgery group. The Faculty's 3MT® Awards Presentation is taking place on Thursday August 20th from 2-3pm. Anyone can register to participate in this virtual event..

Dr Rachel Goggin receives a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Dr Rachel Goggin completed her PhD in ENT Surgery under the supervision of Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde, Professor PJ Wormald and Associate Professor Alkis Psaltis. Her PhD thesis "The Role of Viruses in Chronic Rhinosinusitis" was conferred from The University of Adelaide and she received a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. This photo shows Rachel being presented with the Best Oral Presentation by a Clinical Trainee at the 2018 TQEH Research Expo by the Director of Research at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH, Professor Guy Maddern..

Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence awarded to Dr Beatriz Martins

Dr Beatriz Martins, from the Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (GTRAC) Centre, has been awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for her PhD thesis titled "Built Environment and Frailty: Understanding the influence of neighbourhood on older people's health". Beatriz's PhD was completed at The University of Adelaide under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan (Director, Adelaide GTRAC Centre) and Dr Helen Ruth Barrie (Acting Director, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at The University of Adelaide). During her studies Beatriz was supported by a Beacon of Enlightenment PhD Scholarship, Nagoya University Joint Award with The University of Adelaide..

Dr Sathish Paramasivan awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Dr Sathish Paramasivan from ENT Surgery has had his PhD conferred from The University of Adelaide and has received a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. His thesis, on “The Host-Microbe Interface in Chronic Rhinosinusitis” was supervised by Professor PJ Wormald and Associate Professor Sarah Vreugde. During his studies Sathish was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award, a Bertha Sudholz Research Scholarship and an Academic Surgeon Scientist Research Scholarship from the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation..