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Conferences

Congratulations to Dr Kevin Keane for being awarded a prize for his presentation at the ASMR WA Scientific Symposium in June. Dr Keane was awarded a Post-Doctoral Platinum Award at the ASMR Medical Research Week Dinner, for his presentation ‘Higher Beta-hCG and Higher Birth Weights Are Generated from Single Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)’. This article was recently published in Reproductive Biomedicine Online. Dr Keane’s co-investigators were Kamarul Bahyah Mustafa, Peter M Hinchliffe and Jason L Conceicao, supervised by Adjunct Clinical Professor John Yovich and Professor Philip Newsholme.

Dr Keane was awarded a Post-Doctoral Platinum Award at the ASMR Medical Research Week Dinner.
Dr Keane was awarded a Post-Doctoral Platinum Award at the ASMR Medical Research Week Dinner.

26th Annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting

A number of Curtin staff and students were selected to present at the Combined Biological Science Conference on Friday 25 August.

Dr Evelyne Deplazes and Revathy Carnagarin, who is co-supervised by Professor Philip Newsholme, were selected to give a presentation in the ECU New Investigator session, Lelinh Duong and Dorji Dorji in the Infection and Immunity session and Kofi Stevens and Anthony Kent in the Cell and Developmental Biology session. Former students, Vishal Chaturvedi and Sheena Regan, were selected to give talks in the WA Department of Heath New Investigator Session and the ECU New Investigator session respectively.

Students or recently finished students

  • Revathy Carnagarin
  • Dr Sheena Regan (recently finished PhD student with Dharma, presenting PhD work)
  • Dr Vishal Chaturvedi (recently finished PhD student with Deirdre, presenting PhD data)
  • Lelinh Duong
  • Dorji Dorji
  • Kofi Stevens
  • Anthony Kent

Staff


Report on the Second Biennial Australasian Haemochromatosis Conference, Brisbane, Qld, by Dr Ross Graham

On 6 and 7 August this year, two of my students and I presented at Haemochromatosis Australia’s Second Biennial Australasian Haemochromatosis Conference, held at the QIMR-Berghofer Institute in Brisbane. Australia has one of the highest prevalences of haemochromatosis in the world, and this conference brings together fundamental scientists, clinicians and haemochromatosis patients to discuss the latest research into the disease and its complications.

I presented a paper discussing plasma fat profiling in iron-loaded fatty liver disease patients, Abhishek Singh (PhD) presented his work on mitochondrial function in iron and lipid-loaded hepatocytes and Robert Harvey (Honours) presented his work on dysregulation of glucose metabolism in models of haemochromatosis.

The conference boasted presentations by two international guest experts in iron disorders, Professor John Crowe, University College Dublin, Ireland, and Professor Pierre Brissot, University Hospital Pontchalliou, France, as well as internationally recognised local experts Professor Lawrie Powell, University of Queensland, and Professor John Olynyk, Adjunct Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences.

The atmosphere of the conference was very congenial, making it easy to discuss research with colleagues and patients alike.

Ross Graham thanks the School of Biomedical Sciences for travel funding and the McCusker Charitable Foundation for funding the work. Abhishek Singh is the recipient of an ORD-School of Biomedical Sciences scholarship and Robert Harvey presented work conducted whilst he was a recipient of a Helmerhorst Summer Vacation Scholarship from the School of Biomedical Sciences.

Robert Harvey, Ross Graham and Abhishek Singh presented at Haemochromatosis Australia’s Second Biennial Australasian Haemochromatosis Conference in Brisbane.
Robert Harvey, Ross Graham and Abhishek Singh presented at Haemochromatosis Australia’s Second Biennial Australasian Haemochromatosis Conference in Brisbane.

International Conference Presentations

Professor Fergal O’Gara was an invited speaker at the 1st International Conference on the Marine Microbiome, Discovery and Innovation, which ran from 27 to 30 June in Berlin, Germany. Professor O’Gara’s presentation title was, ‘Integrated (meta)genomic and Synthetic biology approaches for Bioactive Bio-discovery’.

 

Professor Fergal O’Gara was an invited contributor at the Science Foundation Ireland’s Solid State Pharmaceutical conference at the University of Limerick Ireland on 1 June. He presented a Masterclass on the application of Metagenomics for the discovery of new Biocatalysts.

 

Professor Fergal O’Gara was an invited speaker at the EU conference on Industrial application of Marine Enzymes in Dusseldorf, Germany on April 27. Professor O’Gara addressed the topic of ‘Genomic mining of new bioactive compounds’.