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High-impact publication success for early career CHIRI scientists

By Kerrie Collier 22 February 2018 Announcements News Comments off

CMousley&RSteuartTeamBack row l-r: Kelsi Wells, Rob Steuart & Amy Black
Front row l-r: Carl Mousley & Kofi Stevens

Dear friends of CHIRI, what a tremendous outcome for CHIRI-postgraduate students and early career research scientists to have published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Lead postgraduate student Kofi Stevens with Amy Black and Research Assistant Kelsi Wells, enjoy supervision and strong support of the ever enthusiastic Dr Carl Mousley and Dr Rob Steuart, with mentorship support by Prof Colin Stirling.

For those less familiar with the scientific relevance of the study, the findings shed important information on how toxic material may form in certain diseases such as diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. Read more…

Honours student awarded Dementia Australia Research Foundation PhD Scholarship

By Kerrie Collier 15 February 2018 Announcements News Comments off

MEccles 1Please congratulate CHIRI 2017 Honours Student, Melissa Eccles, who was awarded a Dementia Australia Research Foundation PhD Scholarship to continue her work from her honours year, where she identified important regions within the enzyme responsible for amyloid-protein production in Alzheimer’s disease. Read more…

Collaborative study shedding light on potential target for cancer treatment

By Kerrie Collier 15 February 2018 Announcements News Comments off

Mousley, Carl5It gives us great pleasure to see a substantial and complex line of research enquiry be recognised via publication in the prestigious journal Developmental Cell.  CHIRI’s Carl Mousley is a leading author in an international collaborative study shedding light on functional proteins that are critical in regulation of cell proliferation and by extension, potential target for cancer treatment.  Have a read of the study and please take the opportunity to congratulate Carl on this outstanding achievement. Read more…

Lorne proteins prizes awarded

By Kerrie Collier 14 February 2018 Events News Comments off

Lorne1The Lorne Conference Series, held annually in the town of Lorne along Victoria’s picturesque Great Ocean Road, is one of the premiere events in the Australian biomedical research calendar.  CHIRI’s Dr Mark Agostino, along with PhD students Sebastian Pohl and Melissa Eccles, recently attended the 43rd Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function.  Dr Agostino received a Postdoc Travel Bursary for his attendance at the conference and presented three posters of recent work covering topics including Wnt signalling, regulation of integrin signalling, and structural glycobiology.  Sebastian and Melissa both received prizes for their posters, respectively titled “DEAD-box RNA helicase DDX20 in redox-dependent regulation of Wnt/β-catenin signalling in triple-negative breast cancer” and “Specific combinations of presenilin 1 protein regions are required for differential cleavage of amyloid precursor protein and Notch receptor”. The prizes to all of Curtin’s attendees at the conference serve to highlight nationally the high quality of research at CHIRI across all of its key themes. Read more…

2017 Dementia Australia Research Foundation Grants Program

By Kerrie Collier 24 January 2018 Announcements News Comments off

IMG_4989 (2)Congratulations to CHIRI’s Dr Mark Hackett (School of Molecular and Life Sciences) who has been awarded Dementia Australia Research Foundation’s Mamutil Project Grant ($50,000) for his project titled “Investigation of age-related alteration to hippocampal elemental and biochemical homeostasis and neuro-vascular function, as a means to identify new therapeutic strategies to minimize or delay dementia onset in the elderly”.

The Chair of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, said the grants provided vital support to early career researchers who were eager to make a difference in the field of dementia research. Read more…

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…

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