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Judging Amy a winner at ASMR 2018

By Amanda Iannuzzi 14 June 2018 News Comments off
Curtin University Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences, Professor Archie Clements, Amy Woodfield, and CHIRI Director, Prof. John Mamo.

Curtin University Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences, Professor Archie Clements, Amy Woodfield, and CHIRI Director, Prof. John Mamo.

It was a golden moment for the Curtin Health Innovation Research Centre when one of its recent Honours students, Amy Woodfield, stepped onstage at the Australian Society of Medical Research (ASMR) WA Symposium Gala Dinner.

Amy was there to accept the Silver Sponsors Award for the symposium’s Best Presentation by an Honours Student for 2018.

Amy completed her Honours project at CHIRI last year, under the supervision of Associate Professor Giuseppe Verdile, whose team is working in collaboration with Prof. Paul Fraser at the University of Toronto to characterise a new preclinical model of Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.

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Building a body of research on muscle repair

By Amanda Iannuzzi 7 June 2018 News Comments off

CHIRI Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Federica Tomay is part of a team working to turn back the clock on immune system decline with ageing, with a particular focus on muscle repair.

Declined immune function slows healing and delays tissue regeneration, making the elderly more prone to injury and two times more likely than young people to develop complications following injury.

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Days in the life of a CHIRI researcher

By Amanda Iannuzzi 31 May 2018 News Comments off
Callum Verdonk, Linton Robins and Tahlia Bastholm.

Callum Verdonk, Linton Robins and Tahlia Bastholm.

Is Shenton College Year 12 student Linton Robins a future microbial genetics researcher at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI)? Time will tell but Linton is on the right track having recently completed a three-day work placement under the supervision of PhD students Tahlia Bastholm and Callum Verdonk.

Tahlia and Callum are researchers in Dr Josh Ramsay’s team, which looks at the genetics of bacteria and their role in the spread of infectious diseases. They welcomed Linton with a tour of CHIRI’s facilities, followed by some hands-on work in the lab.

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New blood Nick joins renewed heart disease research effort

By Amanda Iannuzzi 24 May 2018 News Comments off
CHIRI Director Professor John Mamo, PhD student Nick Fimognari and Professor Spencer Proctor.

CHIRI Director Professor John Mamo, PhD student Nick Fimognari and Professor Spencer Proctor.

It has been more than a decade since the Curtin Health Innovation and Research Institute (CHIRI) Director Professor John Mamo and his former PhD student Professor Spencer Proctor teamed up and made some ground-breaking discoveries in heart disease research.

Their pioneering study turned some previously held misconceptions about the causes of heart disease on their head, finding lipoproteins from dietary fats to be a major contributor to the disease.

The findings surprised the research world and earned the pair an international reputation that led to Professor Proctor securing a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council-Early Career Research Fellowship, which he completed at the University of Alberta in Canada, where he is now based.

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Research that gets under your skin

By Kerrie Collier 22 May 2018 News Comments off

Gardner, Joanne5When you’re a researcher at CHIRI the work can really get under your skin!

Just ask CHIRI’s Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Joanne Gardner (School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences).

It’s been great having Joanne working with us as part of Associate Professor Pritinder Kaur’s team, whose research is focused on improving the regeneration abilities of skin stem cells.  Joanne had previously completed her PhD here at CHIRI.

The research team is working to develop better ways of growing skin in the laboratory for transplanting onto patients with skin-related injuries including burns, or to replace skin lost in the removal of skin cancer.

Hear more about what Joanne has been up to on this video.

CHIRI researchers discover wedded bliss

By Kerrie Collier 21 May 2018 Announcements News Comments off

CHIRI albumBefore the weekend’s royal wedding, there were the CHIRI weddings. Not a white coat in sight, as four of our researchers stepped out of the lab and into a life of wedded bliss. Researchers spend their lives discovering things so no surprise that two of our researchers discovered love with each other! I’m sure you’ll agree that all of our brides and grooms looked nothing short of regal on their special days. To all our newlyweds, thank you for sharing your stories with us. Congratulations from all your friends and colleagues at CHIRI. If you have a story to share, please let us know here.

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CHIRI professor joins expert panel of stem cell researchers

By Kerrie Collier 15 May 2018 Announcements Events News Comments off

Stem largeCHIRI Associate Professor Pritinder Kaur will join five other leading Australian stem cell researchers as a panellist at a free public forum in Melbourne in June.

The ‘Stem Cell Research – Now and in the Future’ public forum will discuss how stem cells could change the future of medicine.

As the Head of CHIRI’s Epithelial Stem Cell Biology Group, Associate Professor Kaur will give a brief presentation on her research, which is focused on epithelial stem cells and uses human skin cells as a model for understanding how the epithelial layers are developed, before fielding questions from the general public in a Q&A discussion. Read more…

CHIRI’s ‘brainchild’ named among WA’s leading researchers

By Kerrie Collier 8 May 2018 News Comments off

Lam, Virginie3Congratulations to CHIRI post-doctoral research fellow Dr Virginie Lam on being recognised among WA’s six leading researchers, and as ‘The Brainchild’, by The West Australian newspaper for her work investigating links between Vitamin D and brain health.

Dr Lam is profiled among a number of passionate, highly skilled scientists and health practitioners who are working to deliver breakthroughs in chronic disease management, brain development and mental health and Aboriginal health and wellbeing across WA.

Dr Lam’s research focus is ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, where she is investigating how vasoactive nutrients (micro-nutrients and vitamins), and specifically Vitamin D, effect the micro-vessels in the brain.

The profile of Dr Lam and her work is part of Science on the Swan, an annual health and medical science conference established by the Western Australian Health Translation Network. The network’s members include Curtin University.

Read the feature on The West Australian Science on the Swan website:

CHIRI’s Facility Manager chairs 4th Annual Research Facilities Design and Development Summit

By Kerrie Collier 4 May 2018 News Comments off

The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) has some pretty impressive facilities, so who better to chair the 4th Annual Research Facilities Design and Development Summit than one of our own?

CHIRI’s Research Facility Manager, Dr Rob Steuart has been in Sydney chairing the 2-day summit, which ran from 30 April to 1 May 2018. Rob’s official duties include opening and closing the summit, and no doubt assisting with the odd speaker introduction, housekeeping message or IT solution in between.

This year’s summit covered topics including:

  • innovation and finding the best designs for research facilities;
  • construction strategies to boost operations of research facilities;
  • maximising the use of space in the development of research facilities; and
  • providing management advice to prevent return on investment losses.

You can find out more about the summit on the International Quality and Productivity Centre website Well done Rob!

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CHIRI hosts EU Ambassador – Horizon 2020 funding of MEDLEM project

By Kerrie Collier 15 March 2018 Announcements Events Facilities News Special guests Comments off

The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute was privileged to host His Excellency, the European Union Ambassador, Mr Michael Pulch. The primary purpose for the Ambassador’s visit was to celebrate and learn more about Curtin University-CHIRI’s Dr Hani Al-Salami’s involvement as a Chief Investigator in the MEDLEM project, which has received $500K funding through the Horizon 2020 European Union initiative. The Horizon 2020 is an €80 billion research investment program, the largest ever supported through the European Union. The MEDLEM project is developing nano-sensors for optimizing chemotherapeutic treatment in highly fragile leukemia patients .

The visit of his Excellency to Curtin and CHIRI was kindly hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Deborah Terry, with interactive discussions between the Deputy Vice Chancellor-International, Prof Seth Kunin, the Pro-Vice Chancellor Health Sciences, Professor Michael Berndt, the Dean of Research Professor Torbjorn Falkmer and the Director for CHIRI, Prof John Mamo. The delegation was given a tour of our innovative research labs, meeting some of our talented early career researchers and postgraduate students. You can read more about Horizon 2020 here:

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(l-r) Prof John Mamo, Dr Rob Steuart, Dr Hani A-Salami, Mr Michael Pulch, Prof Torbjorn Faulkmer, Prof Michael Berndt and Prof Seth Kunin


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