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Blood clot cake and bacteriophage dipping bread were on the menu when staff and students from the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) gathered to celebrate the International Day of Immunology on 29 April 2016.

Bacteriophage dipping bread featured at the Day of Immunology's morning tea.
Bacteriophage dipping bread featured at the Day of Immunology's morning tea.
Blood clot cake was a popular choice at the morning tea.
Blood clot cake was a popular choice at the morning tea.

The immunology-themed morning tea also featured flow cytometry sushi, precision B cell cake and chocolate truffle mice amongst other creative entries from the 30 staff and students who attended. PhD student, Gae Ellison’s, bacteriophage dipping bread was voted the winning entry.

 

The chocolate truffle mice were a hit.
The chocolate truffle mice were a hit.
The precision B cell cake.
The precision B cell cake.

In the afternoon, staff and students competed in CHIRI’s inaugural Day of Immunology five-a-side soccer tournament at Lower Henderson Court, outside Building 305.

Four teams entered the competition, T Cells, Dendritic Cells, Macrophages and B Cells. After the round of games, the T Cells were exhausted whilst the Dendritic Cells struggled to process their loss. The B Cells went on to play the Macrophages in the final decider for the cup.

In the first half, the B Cells closely regulated the Macrophages shutting down their attack and preventing them from scoring. The B Cells then released their attack in the second half, scoring 2 goals to win 2-0.

The day was a fantastic success and will become an annual event.

The B Cells won the soccer tournament.
The B Cells won the soccer tournament.

Turkish coffee morning

Members of staff were invited by Senior Technician, Luma Abu-Alsaad, to experience Turkish coffee in a Middle Eastern environment.

Luma went to a great deal of effort to decorate the staffroom with scented candles and Middle Eastern fabrics, and prepared and served traditional Turkish coffee with accompanying sweet treats.

Luma served traditional Turkish coffee with accompanying sweet treats.
Luma served traditional Turkish coffee with accompanying sweet treats.

Staff members were very appreciative of the experience, and commended Luma on the great tasting coffee and the wonderful atmosphere she had created.

The staffroom was decorated with scented candles and Middle Eastern fabrics.
The staffroom was decorated with scented candles and Middle Eastern fabrics.

Wellness fairies

The wellness fairies organised an Easter hunt in the spiritual garden for members of staff. Prizes of Easter eggs were awarded to those who managed to find tiny chickens that had been hidden around the garden. Small chocolate eggs and several varieties of hot cross buns were provided for all staff to enjoy with their morning tea.

The wellness fairies organised an Easter hunt for members of staff.
The wellness fairies organised an Easter hunt for members of staff.