Biomedical Science News

Assoc. Prof Kay Double invited to give keynote address at conference

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Assoc. Professor Kay Double has been invited to give a keynote address at the 7th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC7) on the Gold Coast, Queensland within the theme “Metals in Physiology and Disease”.

The 7th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC7) will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from Sunday 30 November to Friday 5 December, 2014. The AsBIC conferences address the important issues at the forefront of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, with a special emphasis on the developments coming out of the Asian Pacific region. The AsBIC7 conference will build on the success of previous AsBIC meetings that have been held in Hong Kong (2012), Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2010), Jeju Island, Korea (2008), Nanjing, China (2006), Goa, India (2004), and Okazaki, Japan (2002) and will address the following themes:

  • Metalloproteins - Structure and Function
  • Metals in Medicine
  • Metal Ion Transport and Homeostasis
  • Metals in Physiology and Disease
  • Molecular Imaging - Multiple Modalities
  • Environmental Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry
  • Bioinspired Chemistry
  • Bioinorganic Materials and Nanotechnology

Assoc. Prof Fazlul Huq gave keynote address at conference in Nellore, India

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Associate Professor Fazlul Huq gave a key note lecture titled: “Platinum based anticancer drugs and their combination with phytochemicals” at the Global Summit on Emerging Science and Technologies as applied to Cancer Therapy and Environmental Toxicology, held in Nellore India during 1-3 August 2014 where he also chaired a keynote lecture session, and was a member of the International Advisory Committee.

Discipline research student obtains grant to study overseas

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Congratulations to Dr Aaron Camps research student Victoria Tung who obtained a University of Sydney Grant In Aid ($2500) to support a period of overseas research towards her PhD candidature.

Victoria will be working with Dr. Katie Rennie at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado in Denver USA where she will be characterising the electrophysiological properties of vestibular hair cells in ageing mice. Specifically, while in Colorado Victoria will investigate how the cellular responses of our balance receptors- the vestibular hair cells- change during ageing. Using young and old mice, Victoria will make patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings from the two types of vestibular hair cells (type I and II) as well as the calyx primary afferent neurons that transmit signals from the peripheral balance organs back to the brain. Ultimately, Victoria's work may lead to novel therapeutic targets to ameliorate age-related declines in balance performance. Victoria leaves for the US in 2 months time.

Discipline involvement in brain awareness activities in local school

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Dr Jin Huang organised a variety of fun and hands-on brain awareness activities on Wednesday 18th June 2014. These activities aimed to increase public awareness of the benefits and progress of brain research. Dr Huang and her team (see below) with Year 8 kids from Condell Park High School performed a range of brain related activities. From the positive feedback students provided, it was clear the kids loved to experiment with their reflexes, get their hands dirty (lamb brain dissection) and enjoyed the tasting of jelly beans. They also discovered some amazing body sensations and found out how the brain works! Below are some of the written comments the kids provided:

  • Today's activities in the incursion were amazing and we love to repeat them again!
  • We appreciate your visit and hope to see you again sometime. A warm welcome.
  • Had a great time, learnt many things.
  • Epic and awesome.
  • Great.
  • Fascinated by the particular aspects of science learnt.
  • It was good to have some information on the brain and other functions. Overall, they were well prepared and done.

We would like to thank our Discipline of Biomedical Science for funding these activities. These activities are also part of the activities organised by members of the Sydney Chapter of The American Society for Neuroscience and members of the Australasian Neuroscience Society.

Team members:
Discipline of Biomedical Science: Drs Jin Huang (leader), Alan Freeman, Elizabeth Hegedus, Damian Holsinger and Miss An Truong
Discipline of Physiology: Dr Dario Protti, Mr Josef Daroczy, Mr Ibrahim Darwish and Mr Charles Yates
BMRI: Dr Eryn Werry
ACU: Dr Paul Tawadros

Dr Jin Huang