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ARC Linkage grant success

By Kerrie Collier 24 May 2017 News Comments off


Please congratulate CHIRI’s Professor Ricardo Mancera (School of Biomedical Sciences) on his recent ARC Linkage grant success with his application titled “Advanced cryobanking for recalcitrant-seeded Australian rainforest plants” Ricardo was the leading chief investigator on this grant application, which involves researchers from RMIT, UWA, ANSTO, the US Department of Agriculture, University of South Dakota, Kings Park Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden.  The award is for nearly $600K over 4 years. Read more…

At the forefront – Dr Josh Ramsay

By Kerrie Collier 24 May 2017 News Comments off

In case you missed this lovely article on one of CHIRI’s rising stars, recently published in The West Australian ……


In this special Science on the Swan edition, we profile some of the brightest up-and-coming West Australian researchers and the exciting work they are doing.

Ramsay laboratory, School of Biomedical Sciences and Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, Curtin University Bacterial gene exchange and the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Antibiotic resistance, one of the greatest health challenges of our time, is assisted by the fact that bacteria are able to evolve rapidly and directly share their DNA with each other through a process known as horizontal gene transfer. Read more…

Journal of Biological Chemistry

By Kerrie Collier 24 May 2017 News Comments off

It is always great to have papers published and particularly satisfying to announce high impact factor publications.  On this occasion, please congratulate Mark, Sebastian and Dharma for their pending publication titled Structure-based prediction of Wnt binding affinities for Frizzled-type cysteine-rich domains” in the prestigious Journal of Biological Chemistry.

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(L-R)  Mark Agostino, Sebastian Pohl and Arun Dharmarajan

CCTRM Annual Research Symposium

By Kerrie Collier 24 May 2017 Events News Comments off

Please congratulate Deirdre Coombe & Pritinder Coombe who, on behalf of CHIRI, co-hosted UWA’s Centre for Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine’s 5th Annual Research Symposium. Approximately 65 attendees were hosted to a series of outstanding national and international presentations. In addition to the exceptional presentations, feedback from the postgraduates in attendance indicated they were very interested to hear about the research strategies adopted by leading researchers in the field.

CHIRI Cancer Workshop

By Kerrie Collier 23 May 2017 Events News Comments off

Post Science on Swan, CHIRI hosted a Cancer Workshop which was kindly organised by Delia Nelson, Pritinder Kaur, Nina Tirnitz-Parker, Connie Jackaman, Carl Mousley, Pat Metharom, Deirdre Coombe and Yu Yu.  The meeting had the opportunity to host 5 International/national speakers, as well as featuring CHIRI researchers and PhD students.  Attendance was once again strong, with 65 registrants and substantial interactive discussions took place.  A small number of outstanding student oral presentations were given.  Best student presentation award was to Abhijeet Deshmukh for his talk titled “Epigenetic silencing of secreted frizzled-related protein genes in cancer stem cells from hormone related tumour cells.”

Prof John Mamo and Abhijeet Deshmukh

2017 Science on the Swan Conference

By Kerrie Collier 23 May 2017 Events News Comments off

The Faculty of Health Sciences and CHIRI were pleased to sponsor the Science on the Swan Conference, Perth’s premier conference for health and medical research and to also support attendance of postgraduate students via complimentary registration.  More than half of the submitted abstracts presented at Science on the Swan were from CHIRI postgraduate students.  Moreover, two CHIRI postgraduate abstract submissions were awarded ‘Best Poster Prize’ presentation.  Congratulations to both students:
Benjamin Bartlett (co-authors Imran Khan, Clinton Matthyson, Omar Elaskalani, Ralph Martins, Giuseppe Verdile and Pat Metharom) for the presentation titled “Oligomeric amyloid-beta induces platelet aggregation” and;
Jordan Rowlands (co-authors Rodrigo Carlessi and Philip Newsholme) for the presentation titled “The role of glucagon-like peptide-1 and associated signal transduction in the regulation of pancreatic beta cell metabolism”.

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Presentation of ‘Best Poster Prize’ by Professor Ian Frazer, AC, FRS, FAA to CHIRI’s Jordan Rowlands and Benjamin Bartlett

2nd Annual Day of Immunology hosted by CHIRI

By Kerrie Collier 18 May 2017 Events News Comments off

CHIRI hosted two events in as many days for the Annual Day of Immunology.  Close to 40 staff and students competed in the 2nd annual Day of Immunology 5-a-side soccer tournament organised by PhD student, Waheed Alrehaily, on 27th April.  A number of other staff and students also came to support the “immune cells” in their fight for the ASI cup.   Read more…

CCTRM Annual Symposium

By Kerrie Collier 5 April 2017 Events News Special guests Comments off

Centre for Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine Annual Research Symposium
12th April 2017 – 8.45am-5.00pm, Curtin University, Building 213, Room 104
For further information, please select the links below:

CCTRM Plenary Speakers Program

CHIRI People – Dr Evelyne Deplazes

By Kerrie Collier 31 March 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Evelyne_deplazes_hr_croppedPlease congratulate Dr Evelyne Deplazes on her $32,000 early career grant award from the Cancer Council WA.  An article published today in The West Australian  can be seen here: Read more…

International Day of Immunology Events

By Kerrie Collier 27 March 2017 Events News Comments off

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To celebrate the International Day of Immunology CHIRI is hosting the following events:
2nd Annual Immunology-Themed Soccer Match
Thursday, 27 April, 3.00pm-5.30pm, Curtin University
Contact Waheed: to join a team!  Prizes on offer to the winning team sponsored by the ASI WA branch.
Day of Immunology Morning Tea
Friday 28 April, 10:30am, CHIRI B305 staff room
Bring along your best immunology-themed design to win a prize sponsored by the ASI WA branch!

If you have any queries please feel free to contact

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