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There is a strong research emphasis within the School of Biomedical Sciences with a focus on eight priority areas detailed below.  The majority of research in the School is carried out in the new CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct, which was officially opened in September, 2012.

CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct

The Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute Biosciences has established a precinct that unites teams across the breadth of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences and public health at a $35 million research and education facility, at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus.

Visit the CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct website

Research Grant Success

A number of Biomedical Sciences research staff have recently been successful in obtaining funding through various research grants.

Nationally Competitive Grants (October/November)

NHMRC project Grant
Cellular cross-talk between liver progenitor cells and hepatic stellate cells is required for hepatic fibrogenesis.
Grant Ramm, John Olynyk and Nina Tirnitz-Parker.

Diabetes Australia Research Trust
Deleterious effects of cholesterol lowering medications in the aetiology and treatment of diabetes.
C Mamotte, P Newsholme, E Helmerhorst, K Munyard

Australian Rotary Health
‘Group mindfulness-based cognitive therapy versus group support for self-injury among young people: a pilot randomised control trial’
Clare Rees, Penny Hasking, Ottmar Lipp and Lauren Breen of the School of Psychology and Cyril Mamotte (Biomedical Sciences).

FAPESP and the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) research exchange grant
Lipid metabolism in insulin secretion
Angelo Rafael Carpinelli
Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas / USP (University Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Philip Newsholme  
Curtin University

Equipment Grant (November)

Mass Cytometry: A breakthrough in multidimensional systems biology
Prof D D Sampson; Prof S P Collin; Prof A S Whiteley; Prof D A Mackey; A/Prof M D Linden; Prof M C Berndt; Prof P Newsholme; A/Prof G Verdile; Dr J E Tirnitz-Parker; Dr D J Nelson; Prof  S A Mallal; Prof U M Ryan; Dr P A Stumbles; Dr G L Maker; Prof R N Martins; A/Prof M Ziman; Dr E S Gray; Dr D H Strickland; Dr J Waithman; Dr M Howlett; Dr B A Foley

Grants in Previous Months

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Grant
The influence of selective breeding on MHC diversity.
CIs Stear (Glasgow University), Matthews (Glasgow University) and Reeve (Glasgow University). PIs Groth (Curtin University), Karrlsson (DAFWA)

Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia
Selective biomining of rare earth phosphate ores and minerals’
A/Prof. Liz Watkin and Jacques Eksteen of WA School of Mines

ARC Linkage Grant
Advanced cryobanking for propagation-recalcitrant and critically endangered plant species.
R Mancera, G Bryant, S Turner, E Bunn

Research Contracts
(i) Commercialisation project with Selvax
(ii) ‘Contract Research’ commercially sensitive information
Dr. Delia Nelson

Images from Research

Melanoma metastasis

‘Melanoma metastasis’, from:  Dye DE, Medic S, Ziman M and Coombe DR (2013) Melanoma biomolecules: independently identified but functionally intertwined. Frontiers in Oncology. 3:252. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2013.00252

Detection of Rat Amylin

‘Detection of Rat Amylin’ from Alvarez de Eulate E, O’Sullivan S, Fletcher S, Newsholme P, Arrigan DW: Ion-transfer electrochemistry of rat amylin at the water-organogel microinterface array and its selective detection in a protein mixture. Chem Asian J. 2013 Sep;8(9):2096-101. doi: 10.1002/asia.201300215. Epub 2013 Jun 7.