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Staff successes!

Research partnership delivers dividends

In June, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Berndt, Head of School, Biomedical Sciences, Professor Philip Newsholme and Dean International, Associate Professor Celia Cornwell, visited Universidad São Paulo (USP), which is ranked in the QS Latin America rankings as the top university in the region. Professor Newsholme, who has a FAPESP-funded (Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo/Sao Paulo Research Foundation) research project with a colleague at USP in biomedical sciences, was visiting to conduct research. Discussions were held with a wide range of health-related academic areas at both the São Paulo and the Ribeirão Preto campuses of USP, and the potential for the development of additional research links in nursing, physiotherapy, nutrition and occupational therapy was identified.

 

High profile visitor to Curtin discusses joint projects

Dr Guruprasad, Chief Executive of the Gokula Education Foundation (Medical), parent of MS Ramaiah University, visited Curtin from Wednesday 6 July to Thursday 7 July 2016. Discussions were held regarding potential joint projects and, at a meeting with the School of Nursing, an opportunity for MS Ramaiah to host Curtin nursing students for a two-week study visit was identified. In a meeting with the School of Physiotherapy, an opportunity was identified for MS Ramaiah to host a short course on sports physiotherapy.

 

International Marketing Consultant trains overseas agents

International Marketing Consultant for the Faculty of Health Sciences, Cecilia Ting, hosted a full day agent-training workshop focusing on health sciences in Chandigarh, India on 2 June 2016. Eleven key counsellors from Chandigarh, Jalandhar and Ludhiana attended the training. The presentation provided the counsellors with further insights into our programs, and it was followed by an interactive discussion about opportunities for student recruitment and overall feedback. Cecilia also visited Kochi, which is a good source of students for the faculty, and met with a number of agents. The trip was organised with assistance from the Regional Recruitment Manager, South Asia, and her team.

 

Students attend summer school on ayurveda and integrative medicine

Five students from various health disciplines are participating in a summer school on ayurveda and integrative medicine run by the MS Ramaiah Indic Center of MS Ramaiah University, with which Curtin has a Memorandum of Understanding.

 

School of Biomedical Sciences has funding win

Co-investigators Dr Kevin Keane and Professor Philip Newsholme, School of Biomedical Sciences, and Adjunct Clinical Professor John Yovich, PIVET Medical Centre, have been awarded $25,000 from Merck Serono for a project entitled ‘The Role of Vitamin D in Male and Female Infertility’.

 

Letter to the editor

Dr Josh Ramsay, Lecturer School of Biomedical Sciences, recently published an invited Letter to the Editor in the journal Mobile Genetic Elements (MGE), reviewing work he and his colleagues published in Nucleic Acids Research, which won a Faculty of Health Sciences High-Impact-Factor Award, and in the Journal of Bacteriology.

In the Letter to the Editor the team reviewed and further documented work carried out by the School of Biomedical Sciences lecturer, David E. Townsend, in the 1980s at Curtin, and revealed how important his discoveries were to our present understanding of antibiotic-resistance gene transfer in the bacterial pathogen ‘Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus’ (MRSA). David E. Townsend sadly passed away this year.

The letter can be read here, the Journal of Bacteriology article can be read here and the Nucleic Acids Research article can be read here.

 

Janet and Jim in the news

 Dr Janet Beilby, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, was interviewed by 10 Eyewitness News about Jim the Avatar. The news item, which had about 780,000 viewers, can be viewed on the school’s Facebook page.