Biomedical Science News

Congratulations to Bio PhD student, Kathryn Mathews who has been awarded the 2018 Leslie Rich Scholarship for Research into Dementia

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A Discipline of Biomedical Sciences PhD student, Kathryn Mathews, has been awarded the 2018 Leslie Rich Scholarship for Research into Dementia.

Kathryn, who is based at the Brain and Mind Centre, researches neurogenesis; the birth of new neurons from resting stem cells. Neurogenesis is only found in two areas of the adult brain. One of these regions, the hippocampus, is strongly associated with memory and cognition. In particular Kathryn is interested in regional patterns of neurogenesis throughout the hippocampus, and how changes to these patterns in ageing and Parkinson’s disease may contribute to an increased risk of dementia.

The Leslie Rich Scholarship is a $10,000 research grant awarded yearly to a University of Sydney PhD student investigating dementia. Kathryn plans to use her grant for laboratory costs and attendance at an international conference on neurogenesis to share her results.

Congratulations to Bio PhD student Sachini Jayaratne for being awarded the Harvard University Mobility Scheme

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Sachi is Dr Jaimie Polson’s PhD student (Cardiovascular Neuroscience Lab), working on “The role of maternal “western fast food diet (high fat-high sugar) on the fetal programming of hypertension through autonomic dysfunction”. Sachi was awarded the Harvard University Mobility Scheme from The University of Sydney’s Office of Global Engagement. Its aims are to encourage collaborations between Harvard University and The University of Sydney. Sachi will be working in the laboratory of Professor Joseph Loscalzo’s at the Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 6 weeks in early 2018, learning techniques to study blood vessel redox states and its contribution to hypertension.

https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/08/04/students-and-staff-offered-funding-to-collaborate-with-harvard.html

Congratulations to Karen Ginn who has been promoted to Professor

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Congratulations to Karen Ginn who has been promoted to Professor.

Successful Biomedical Science academic staff promotions

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Congratulations to Helen Ritchie and Bronwen Ackermann who have been promoted to Associate Professor and to Cliffton Chan who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Congratulations to Bio student, Victoria Tung on being awarded her PhD

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Congratulations to Bio student, Victoria Tung on being awarded her PhD.

Victoria was Dr Aaron Camp's first student after his appointment to the University and was crucial in setting up his lab. She achieved a huge amount in her time including an international fellowship, her own grant in aid, she was selected to attend the advanced neuroscience school, she worked in an overseas institute (Denver) for 6 months, and published 6 papers. She was also a member of the Bosch young investigators committee, a demonstrator and a student mentor.

Victoria is currently doing a postdoc at University College London in the Sainsbury Welcome Centre for neural circuits - a brand new high tech institute with access to state of the art equipment and some of the worlds leaders in neuroscience.