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International Biology of Ageing II conference prize winner

By Kerrie Collier 20 November 2017 News Comments off

Best Short TalkCongratulations to CHIRI’s Dr Connie Jackaman  (School of Biomedical Sciences)  who was awarded the Best Short Talk prize at the International Biology of Ageing II conference held at the Grand Copthorne Hotel in Singapore 14th-17th November 2017.  The presentation titled Depletion of macrophages in elderly, but not young, mice improves IL-2/anti-CD40 immunotherapy and increases anti-tumour T cell activity was chosen from a panel of international experts in the ageing field across Europe, UK, USA and Singapore.

CHIRI PhD Student recommended for Chancellor’s Commendation

By Kerrie Collier 20 November 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Khaleque, Himel Nahreen7Congratulations to CHIRI PhD Student Himel Khaleque who has received two A* for her PhD and was also recommended for a Chancellor’s Commendation.  Her thesis was entitled “Acidihalobacter: Novel Halotolerant Iron- and Sulfur- Oxidizing Acidophiles with Potential for Saline Water Bioleaching”.

Himel is a microbiologist biotechnologist who joined the School of Biomedical Sciences in 2014 for her PhD under the primary supervision of Prof Elizabeth Watkin and was co-supervised by Dr Josh Ramsay  and Dr Anna Kaksonen of CSIRO- Land and Water.

PhD Success – Revathy Carnagarin

By Kerrie Collier 8 November 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Carnagarin, Rev3Another PhD success story with CHIRI PhD Student Revathy Carnagarin, primary supervised by Prof Crispin Dass and co-supervised by Prof Arunasalam Dharmarajan (School of Biomedical Sciences) securing a position as a post doc research associate- clinical research at UWA Medical School.  Revathy is now located at Dobney Hypertension Clinical Research, Royal Perth Hospital and reports to Winthrop Professor Markus Schlaich, Dobney Chair in Clinical Research.  Congratulations and good luck Revathy on this fantastic appointment!


Cancer Researcher – Abhijeet Deshmukh

By Kerrie Collier 30 October 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Abhijeet_CHIRI BlogCongratulations to CHIRI PhD candidate, Abhijeet Deshmukh (School of Biomedical Sciences) for receiving a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the prestigious centres devoted exclusively for cancer research, patient care and education.  It is affiliated with University of Texas, Houston, Texas, USA.  Abhijeet will be working on the identification and characterisation of cancer cells that have undergone Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, either within the primary tumor or within blood. This is will include developing small molecule inhibitors to inhibit EMT and cancer stem cell properties for treating metastasis and preventing or treating the development of therapy resistance. Read more…

NHMRC Research Fellowship – Prof Christopher Reid

By Kerrie Collier 25 October 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Chris ReidCHIRI is delighted to celebrate one of our own with the announcement of a prestigious NHMRC Research Fellowship awarded to Professor Christopher Reid: Improving the Prevention, Treatment and Management of Cardiovascular & Chronic Disease in the Community ($774,540).  Chris is one of CHIRI’s lead eminent researchers within the Vascular & Metabolic Theme of CHIRI.  Chris  is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with joint appointments as Research Professor in both the School of Public Health at Curtin University in Perth and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne. He is Director of the Monash Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement (2016-2020).  He holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship in addition to being the Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant (2016-2020), focusing on cardiovascular disease prevention.  His major research interests include clinical outcome registries, randomised controlled trials, and epidemiological cohort studies. Read more…

2018 Spinnaker Grant – CHIRI Recipient

By Kerrie Collier 25 October 2017 Announcements News Comments off

Jully photoCongratulations to CHIRI Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr. Jully Gogoi Tiwari (School of Biomedical Sciences).  Her research project titled “Targeting the Fn14 receptor to inhibit chronic liver disease progression” has been successful in attracting a 2018 Spinnaker Grant of $15,000. The grant will be formally awarded at the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation’s Annual Awards Night on 4th Dec, 2017.   Jully works in Dr Nina Tirnitz-Parker’s “Liver Disease and Regeneration Group”, where her research focuses on the identification, characterisation and experimental manipulation of adult liver progenitor cells/liver stem cells and their role in hepatic regeneration vs. hepatocarcinogenesis.

Stem Cell and Cancer Researcher – Malini Visweswaran

By Kerrie Collier 20 October 2017 Announcements News Comments off

MaliniCongratulations to CHIRI PhD student Malini Visweswaran (School of Biomedical Sciences), who has received outstanding academic achievement for her PhD thesis examination.  Malini’s PhD thesis has been awarded an A grade distinction and supported for the Chancellor’s commendation from both her thesis examiners.

Malini is a stem cell and cancer researcher who joined the School of Biomedical Sciences and CHIRI in 2013 for her PhD under the primary supervision of Professor Arun Dharmarajan, co-supervised by Professor Philip Newsholme and Associate Professor Rodney Dilley.  Her PhD was on “Implications of the Wnt signalling pathway for adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells in a breast tumour environment”.

 Malini has been recognised by her colleagues and staff as being very hard working and helpful, and who is highly motivated to achieve great outcomes.  Malini has had an excellent academic track record throughout her career as she was the First rank holder for her post-graduation in Stem Cell Technology and Tissue engineering and the recipient of a Gold medal and Second rank for her post-graduation in Applied Microbiology from the University of Madras, India.

Please congratulate Malini, wish her good luck for the future.


Novel collaborative studies between CHIRI-researchers and the Curtin Institute for Computation specialist Dr Kevin Chai

By Kerrie Collier 28 September 2017 News Comments off

*Quantitation of cerebral capillary immunofluorescence images

Research team: Dr. Matt Albrecht, Mr. Corey Giles, Prof. John Mamo, Dr. Ryu Takechi, Dr. Virgine Lam.  CIC specialist: Dr. Kevin Chai

Working over at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI), our group has a specialised interest in exploring the relationship between blood brain barrier (BBB) leakage and cognitive decline. To do this, we collect images in mouse models using interventions that impair, restore, and/or maintain BBB function. The images are generated by fluorescence staining of brain slices for the protein immunoglobulin G (IgG). Read more…

Visit to CHIRI – EU-Australian consortium

By Kerrie Collier 14 September 2017 News Special guests Comments off

The first group of European researchers with expertise in biochemical and nano-technological science are visiting Dr Hani Al-Salami’s lab, in a collaborative project funded by the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 grant.

European visitors

Dr Bojan Stanimirov (right) and Dr Nebojsa Pavlovic (left) are part of the EU-Australian consortium who secured an EU Horizon 2020 funding (2016; 4 years), which incorporates leading researchers from the EU (Serbia, Germany and France) and Australia (Curtin). Read more…

Award-winning cancer treatment discovery to improve survival

By Kerrie Collier 24 August 2017 News Comments off

New hoDelia and DPpe for improving the life expectancy of mesothelioma patients is emerging, with CHIRI researchers recently discovering an important link between the cancer and immune function.

Lead researcher Dr Delia Nelson, who was recently awarded CHIRI Best Publication by the WA Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and for Mental Health, the Honorable Roger Cook MLA, said her team were able to uncover that mesothelioma patients have significant immune defects, and those with better immune function lived longer. Read more…

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