Three members of the Virology Group win prizes at a national conference

Congratulations to (left-right in photo) Dr Makutiro Masavuli, Dr Zelalem Mekonnen and Dr Ashish Shrestha for each being awarded a prize at the 14th Scientific Meeting of the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2). The conference was held last week at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Lamington National Park, Queensland. Postdoctoral researcher Mak collected the Roche Young Achiever Award (value $500). Zel, who was recently awarded his PhD,  received the Chris Burrell HCV Travel Award (value $4,000) and The Hospital Research Foundation Early Career Fellow Ashish received the BD Biosciences Travel Grant (value $500). The Virology Group at the Basil Hetzel Institute is led by Professor Eric Gowans and Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk..

New State MP for Cheltenham, Mr Joe Szakacs MP, visits the BHI

State Member of Parliament for Cheltenham, Mr Joe Szakacs MP, met with the Director of Research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Professor Guy Maddern, on Wednesday 29th May. They have both had a long association with TQEH, having each been born at the hospital! Mr Szakacs requested a tour of the Basil Hetzel Institute after receiving the 2018 Research Report. The discussion between Professor Maddern and Mr Szakacs ranged from the translational nature of research at the BHI, the invaluable clinical-research interface at TQEH, our long association with The Hospital Research Foundation (formerly TQEH Foundation), future challenges facing researchers, and a bit of history about some of the great medical advances that have arisen at TQEH..

SA’s Chief Scientist visits the Basil Hetzel Institute

South Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Caroline McMillen met with the Director of Research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Professor Guy Maddern, and the Director of Research for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, Professor John Beltrame, and toured the Basil Hetzel Institute on Monday 29th April. Professor Maddern said of her visit “Caroline McMillen’s visit to the BHI provided some valuable insights into how further collaborations can occur within the South Australian research network. It provided an opportunity to show the activity and facilities within the BHI”..

2018 Basil Hetzel Institute Research Report now available

Professor Guy Maddern, Director of Research at the Basil Hetzel Institute, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, invites you to read the 2018 Basil Hetzel Institute Research Report which summarises the key findings of each research group as well as listing their group members and collaborators. This world map shows that during 2018, members of the Basil Hetzel Institute collaborated with researchers in more than 50 cities across 24 countries..

Professor John Beltrame Appointed as Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Congratulations to Professor John Beltrame on his Appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the general division “For significant service to cardiovascular medicine, and to medical research and education.” John is the Head of the Discipline of Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, leads the Translational Vascular Function Research Collaborative at the Basil Hetzel Institute and is the Director of Research for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN). The full Australia Day 2019 Honours List, where you can find John’s information in the list of Members (AM) in the General Division (A-L), is available online. As is more information on The Order of Australia..

2018 TQEH Research Expo a great success

The 27th TQEH Research Expo was held on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 October. Researchers in training (students or clinical trainees) presented the results of their research in 6 sessions, vying for over $5000 in prizes thanks to our generous sponsors from The Hospital Research Foundation, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Adelaide, the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia as well as Lonza, Southern Cross Science and ThermoFisher Scientific. Additional sponsors Eppendorf, Coherent Scientific, Abacus ALS, Beckman Coulter and the Australian Genome Research Facility also contributed to the overall success of this event. A Researcher Showcase featuring talks from grant and fellowship holders, was well attended by supporters of The Hospital Research Foundation on Thursday afternoon. The Plenary Lecture on Friday was given by Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Adelaide. Congratulations to all the Award Winners, listed by name and research group on the TQEH Research Expo page..

Professor PJ Wormald elected to Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Congratulations are extended to Professor PJ Wormald for being elected as a fellow to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the health and medical landscape in Australia.  Prof Wormald is Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Adelaide and lead researcher of the ENT Surgery research group which is based at the Basil Hetzel Institute, TQEH. The full list of 37 new Fellows can be found here..

Sarah and Zelalem awarded prizes at Florey Postgraduate Research Conference

Congratulations to Basil Hetzel Institute PhD students Sarah Bernhardt (Breast Biology and Cancer Unit) and Zelalem Mekonnen (Virology Group) for being awarded the Adelaide Medical School Prize and Research and Business Partnerships Prize (sponsored by CMAX) respectively at The University of Adelaide Florey Postgraduate Research Conference. The conference, held at the National Wine Centre yesterday, showcases the research activity of higher degree research students within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at The University of Adelaide. During the afternoon, Sarah also presented her 3MT talk again, as she was one of two Faculty students to make it through to the University wide final recently..

In the news: Dr Sarah Appleton and her research on OSA and heart disease

An article about Dr Sarah Appleton's research on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and links with heart disease appeared in The Advertiser on Monday 10 September. "Sleep problems cost Australia up to $66 billion annually, and $6 billion of this is directed to obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a disorder characterised by snoring and repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep...Dr Appleton and her team [The Health Observatory, Basil Hetzel Institute and The University of Adelaide] are in the process of determining if a delayed OSA diagnosis and impact of treatment is linked to the development of heart disease and other conditions in Adelaide men... Now, with funding from The Hospital Research Foundation, researchers will be able to follow these men up and repeat the study to determine the characteristics of men who have severe OSA now but had no or only mild OSA five to 10 years ago." (full article - online subscriber only content: