Biomedical Science News

Associate Professor Kay Double's recent research work discussed in the popular press

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Associate Professor Kay Double's recent research work has been discussed in an article in ScienceNews, Magazine of the Society For Science & The Public.

The article "Evidence conflicts on iron’s role in Parkinson’s disease" also uses an image from, and cites, the brain atlas called BrainScape developed by Biomedical Science staff (Emma Simpson, Janny Chen and Kay Double).

Successful PhD completion - congratulations Abir Alamro

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Congratulations to Abir Alamro who has been awarded PhD in Biomedical Science Sydney Medical School. In her PhD research she worked mainly on synergism in cytotoxicity from combination of phytochemicals in ovarian tumour models under the supervision of Associate Professor Fazlul Huq. Abir is the 19th person to graduate with PhD under his supervision.

Parkinson’s NSW Seed grant application success to Assoc. Prof Kay Double

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Kay Double from the Biomedical Science Discipline and Dr Dominic Hare, University of Technology, Sydney and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne who were successful with their Parkinson’s NSW Seed grant application - to investigate abnormal protein deposition in the brain in Parkinson’s disease.

Associate Professor Kay Double has been invited to attend a World Parkinson’s Day event in the State Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney to receive the award.

News and achievements from the Double group

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Congratulations to Sophie Virachit who was awarded her PhD late last year. Sophie is now a Clinical Research Associate with Boehringer Ingelheim, Sydney. Further achievements by students in the group include a First Class Honours degree (enrolled In the Discipline of Pharmacology, Sydney Uni) to 2015 Honours student Sian Genoud. Sian is now continuing in the Double group as a PhD enrolled in the Discipline of Biomedical Science. Both Sian and fellow PhD student Benjamin Trist were awarded Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) to complete their doctorates. Another recent student joining the group in March 2016 is Karl Aoun who, after a 5 month internship in the Double group in 2014 as part of his Master’s degree at the University of Lyon, France, has returned to begin a PhD enrolled at the University of Sydney.

In February 2016, group leader Associate Professor Double recently gave an invited presentation at the Sixth International Conference on Metals in Genetics, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics in Bangalore, India. This will be followed in August by an invited presentation at the Fourteenth Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Congratulations to Helen Ritchie and Diana Oakes for their grant success

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Congratulations to Helen Ritchie and Diana Oakes who were successful in their grant application from the Australian Dental Research Foundation - The role of foetal hyperglycaemia in the formation of cleft lip and maxillary hypoplasia.

The anticonvulsant phenytoin is known to increase the risk of birth defects in humans. As a side effect it also induces hyperglycaemia. Helen and Diana will be investigating whether hyperglycaemia explains the appearance of the birth defects.