The Australian Centre for Blood Diseases is celebrating the lifetime achievements of Professor Hatem Salem AM with a one-day symposium/festschrift on Friday 26 April reflecting on the significant contributions of Prof Salem, who retired at the end of 2012 as Head of ACBD. All welcome. See more details for the Festschrift. Online RSVP. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Keynote speakers will include distinguished Australian scientists and medical researchers.
23 Mar 2013
When immune cells go bad! Autoimmune problems, allergy and cancer. Free public lecture hosted by Day of Immunology Melbourne
- Date & time: Monday 29 April 2013, 5:30pm-8:00pm
- Venue: Melbourne Brain Centre (Kenneth Myer Building) Cnr Royal Parade & Genetics Lane, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010
Dr Michael Roche has been awarded the 2012 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Michael completed his PhD thesis last year in CCS's Department of Medicine, supervised by Associate Professors Paul Gorry and Melissa Churchill, Heads respectively of the Burnet Institute's Laboratories, HIV Molecular Pathogenesis and HIV in the CNS. His thesis title is: "HIV-1 Envelope protein determinants of viral tropism and antiviral drug resistance."
Dr Hao Lu (Dept of Infectious Diseases) received the Young Investigator Award at the Conference for Retrovirology and Opportunistic Infections 2013. See his poster abstract, Mechanism of HIV Latency and Reactivation. He is working on how histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) stimulate latent, or resting, HIV to become active. Histones are proteins which structure DNA. HDACs are enzymes which allow histones to wrap DNA more tightly.
Dr Jessica Mountford (ACBD), was awarded her PhD in December 2012 and has taken a postdoctoral research position at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis was "Defining the role of class II Phosphoinositide 3-Kinases in platelet function". Platelets are the principal blood cell responsible for the development of arterial thrombosis. Jessica's thesis investigates the signalling pathways of an intracellular enzyme, Class II PI3K, involved in cell signalling events.
Dr Rebecca Segrave (MAPrc) was recently awarded a beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety's ECR Award 2013 ($97,598). Her research involves the combined application of neuroscience (such as EEG and fMRI), brain stimulation (such as DBS and tDCS) and neuropsychological techniques to better understand the biological psychiatry of major depression and develop improved treatment options for this condition.
Dr Lachlan Gray (Dept of Infectious Diseases) won the Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant 2012 ($2000) and the Geoffrey Connard Travel Fellowship 2012 ($2600). Lachlan also won the first prize ($250) in the 24th Alfred Week Research Poster Display, held at Alfred Hospital, Melbourne in October 2012. His research interests focus on understanding HIV brain infection and its role in the development of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders.
Dr Sara Prickett (Dept of Immunology) is CIA on a small project grant, for generating pilot data, from the Monash Strategic Grant scheme commencing January 2013. Sara is a research fellow in Prof Robyn O'Hehir's and Prof Jenny Rolland's Allergy Laboratory. Her research interests are primarily in allergen-specific T cell responses. See Sara's Monash Researcher profile.
Dr Justin Hamilton, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, is CIA on an NH&MRC Project Grant, 'Defining the function of the thrombin receptor, PAR4, on human platelets'. Justin is a senior research fellow in the ACBD. He is using novel genetic approaches to identify other potential targets for the development of anti-platelet drugs. For more about Justin, see his Monash research profile.
Vale Professor Don Esmore. Long-time Alfred Health staff member and Monash Department of Surgery adjunct, highly regarded cardiothoracic surgeon and transplant pioneer, Don passed away in February following a long battle with myeloma. Don was instrumental in bringing transplant services to the Victorian community and helped many patients.
22 Mar 2013
Infectious disease researchers have moved a step closer to finding a cure for HIV by successfully luring the “sleeping” virus out of infected cells. The researchers, led by Professor Sharon Lewin, have shown in a human trial that the cancer drug vorinostat alters how HIV genes are turned on and off and in effect wakes up “sleeping” virus that persists in patients on standard HIV treatment.
'Foldit' is a multiplayer online game developed by molecular biologists enabling people to play competitivelyto fold the best proteins. The question is, can human players really help computers fold proteins? Humans have great pattern recognition and puzzle-solving abilities, which can be developed into algorithms for computer programs. So if you like to play 'Angry Birds' and like science, why not play 'Foldit' instead? See more at: http://fold.it/portal/info/about