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Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation visit to CHIRI

By Kerrie Collier 24 March 2017 News Comments off

Avner Pancreatic Cancer FoundationAvner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Director, Caroline Kelly visited Curtin Innovation Research Institute at Curtin University on Friday 24th March 2017 to meet the research group recipient of one of the 2016 Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation Accelerator Grants. Read more…

CCTRM Annual Research Symposium

By Kerrie Collier 24 March 2017 Events Special guests Comments off

On behalf of the organising committee we are pleased to announce that this year’s CCTRM Annual Research Symposium will be hosted by Curtin University on 12th April 2017, venue: Tim Winton Theatre, Building 213.104:LT, Curtin University.

Confirmed Invited keynote speakers include Professor Andrew Elefanty, Professor David Becker and Professor Geoffrey Laurent.

Attendance at the symposium is free but for catering purposes please RSVP to by Monday 3rd April 2017.

Please come and join us and find out more about Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine studies underway in WA.

CHIRI Seminar Series – 6/4/2017 – Building 405.201:LT

By Kerrie Collier 24 March 2017 Events News Special guests Comments off

The next seminar in the CHIRI Seminar series is Thursday, 6th April at 1.00pm, presented by A/Prof Julian Heng from the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute.  The title of is talk is “Interpreting the architecture of genetic mutations in brain developmental disorders and early onset neurodegeneration”.  A light lunch will be provided from 12.15pm onwards in room 305:139 (CHIRI Staff Room).

Please feel free to forward to colleagues/students who may be interested in this seminar.

CHIRI People – Rob Steuart

By Kerrie Collier 24 March 2017 News Comments off

Steuart, Rob3Dr Rob Steuart, CHIRI’s Facility has been invited to be part of a delegation of researchers from the soon to be formed Australian Metabolomic Phenotyping Centre at Murdoch University.  They will travel to Imperial College in London next week to visit the National Phenome Centre.

The National Phenome Centre is the world leader in large scale phenotyping studies and is supported by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research. The National Phenome Centre is one of the founders of the International Phenome Centre Network, which the Australian Metabolomic Phenotyping Centre will be a member of. 

Upon returning from the UK, Rob has been invited to speak at and chair the 2017 Research Facility Design and Construction Conference in Sydney Australia.  This is the second time that Rob has been asked to speak at and chair this annual conference, which brings together research facility managers, university properties staff, architects, laboratory designers and consultants to talk about issues and solutions in research facility management and design.

CHIRI Microscopy

By Kerrie Collier 24 March 2017 Facilities Technology Comments off

Ultraview confocal microscope: the facility has recently upgraded the 405nm and 561nm lasers. With installation all lasers were optimised and this has greatly improved the instrument capabilities. Please note previous laser power settings may need to be adjusted for the system. If you have any questions or need help with setup with the new lasers please feel free to contact Connie Jackaman.

Image of the Month: We are starting up again with Image of the Month, leading to a prize for best image at the end of the year!

If you would also like to submit an image for this round, please send through by COB Friday 31st March  to Connie Jackaman or can drop by the office (305.106) with it on USB and include a sentence or two lay description. Any type of techniques or images generated in the facility are welcome!

Welcome to CHIRI – Dr. Matthew Albrecht

By Kerrie Collier 2 March 2017 Announcements News Comments off

2017-02-24 09.19.41Please welcome Dr Matthew Albrecht, an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow who extends CHIRI’s expertise in preclinical and clinical neurological disorders theme. Matthew graduated from his PhD (Pharmacology, UWA) in 2012 studying the effects of dexamphetamine on electrophysiology, phenomenology, and behaviour associated with schizophrenia in human subjects.  Read more…

CHIRI/Sarich – new appointments

By Kerrie Collier 24 February 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Julian Heng Melinda Fitzgerald

Please welcome two recent outstanding research appointments, Professor Melinda (Lindy) Fitzgerald and Associate Professor Julian Heng. Lindy and Julian will be physically located at the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute, but are fully affiliated with the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI).

Lindy and Julian add significant capacity to the Neurological research pillar within CHIRI and our ViNC themes.  They are keen to engage with the CHIRI research community through collaborative research, student supervision, involvement in research symposia and provision of guest lectures. They will both present their research through the CHIRI seminar series in the near future, but a short biography describing their research can be found by selecting ‘read more’ below. CHIRI will be providing full service assistance to Lindy and Julian with respect to laboratory management and research activities. Read more…

Welcome to CHIRI – Dr. Yu Yu

By Kerrie Collier 1 February 2017 Announcements News Comments off


Please join us in welcoming Dr Yu Yu to the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute.

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CHIRI People – Dr Sheena Regan

By Kerrie Collier 15 December 2016 Announcements News Comments off

We would like to congratulate Dr Sheena Regan, co-supervised by Prof Arunasalam Dharmarajan, who has been awarded a “Society for Reproductive Biology Early Career Researcher Collaborative Research Travel Award”.  The ECR Collaborative Research Grants are a new initiative from the SRB.  These awards will fund the travel of an ECR to the institution of another ECR for the purpose of planning joint research and/or the conduct of preliminary experiments or to allow the training of an Early Career Researcher by another (for example in a technique).

CHIRI People – Dr. Mark Agostino

By Kerrie Collier 13 December 2016 Announcements News Comments off

Agostino, Mark2Congratulations to Dr. Mark Agostino, who has received a Raine Priming Grant for 2017/2018 for his project titled ‘Structural characterization of the Wnt signalling pathway’.  Read more…

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