BOSCH INSTITUTE NEWS 2016

The HL and PO Bishop Fellowship in Neuroscience 2017 - 2019

HL and PO Bishop Fellowship

The Bosch Institute is pleased to invite applications for The HL and PO Bishop Fellowship in Neuroscience 2017 - 2019.

Made possible by a bequest made by Professor P.O Bishop FAA FRS and Mrs Hilare Bishop, this Fellowship is to be awarded to a member of the Bosch Institute, of the University of Sydney.

The Fellowship is to enable the awardee to visit a neuroscience centre for collaborative work, or to fund or support a novel development in neuroscience, or to improve the communication and teaching of neuroscience.

Applications are invited from eligible people, i.e. from members of the Institute. Applications close March 31, 2017.

A pro-forma application can be downloaded here.

Applicants with other queries should contact the Chief Operating Officer of the Institute (). There is no age limit or requirement.

The value of the award is up to $50,000. The Fellowship will commence in mid-2017, and the project and budget should be planned over the two years to mid-2019.

The Fellowship will be awarded every two years thereafter.

P.O. Bishop served and Professor and Head of Physiology from 1955 – 1967. He moved to the Australian National University in 1967, also as Professor of Physiology. After his retirement, he returned to the University of Sydney as an Honorary Fellow in Anatomy, from 1987. In 1993 he was awarded the Australia Prize, jointly with HB Barlow and VB Mountcastle, for his work on the neural basis of stereopsis.

The printable version of this advertisement can be downloaded here.


The Bosch Institute Advanced Microscopy Facility “Micrograph of the Year” Competition 2016 is now open!

Micrograph Of The Year (MOTY) 2016

The Bosch Institute Advanced Microscopy Facility “Micrograph of the Year” Competition 2016 is now open!

To enter:

  • Choose your BEST micrograph(s) taken with a transmitted light, fluorescence, confocal or electron microscope. No more than THREE images can be submitted per person.
  • Complete an official entry form that is attached to this email. Please be sure to read all the Terms and Conditions in this form and to follow the instructions carefully.
  • Email the completed entry form and digital copies of your images to

All entries must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday December 7th 2016. No entries will be accepted after this time.

Only current Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Bosch Institute and Bosch AMF registered members can apply.

Selected entries will be displayed in the Anderson Stuart Common (date and time to be arranged) and the top winning entries will be notified early December 2016. Printing of the selected entries is kindly sponsored by Anatomy & Histology, The University of Sydney.

There are fabulous prizes to be won thanks to the generosity of the sponsors: Leica Microsystems Australia, Nikon Australia, Coherent Scientific, ATA Scientific, LasTek Australia and the Bosch Institute.

Click here to download the flyer.

We look forward to receiving your entries.


Faculty of Medicine Awards

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At the recent Faculty of Medicine dinner, Dr Daniel Johnstone was officially congratulated for receiving a Young Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and for his nomination as President-Elect of the Australian Society for Medical Research. Under International Awards, it was noted that Professor John Hearn had been awarded a prestigious degree - an Honorary Doctorate of Science by University College Dublin. Senior Technical Officer Adel Mitry received a richly deserved award for "Exceptional performance by professional staff".

We join the Faculty in congratulating Dr Daniel Johnstone, Professor John Hearn and Mr Adel Mitry.



Daisy Shu tops thousands of international entries to win ARVO M-I-T 'Lens' award

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Daisy Shu

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology congratulates Daisy Shu on her win at the 2016 'Annual Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting'.

Daisy presented a poster on her research - titled 'Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-7 modulates TGFß-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of lens epithelial cells' in Seattle, WA, USA. Her work was selected for the Members-In-Training (MIT) Poster Award judging session, where she won the best poster for the 'Lens' section.



This is the second year in a row that a student from the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology has won the award. The 2015 awardee was Fatima Wazin.

The meeting took 6,200 entries for its various competitions from almost 11,000 researchers from over 75 countries. ARVO has a stated mission to advance research around the world for the understanding of the visual system as well as for preventing, treating and curing its disorders.


A/Prof Karen Ginn and the Shoulder lab team presented their research work at the International Congress of Shoulder & Elbow Therapists in Jeju Island South Korea

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Darren Reed (staff), John Breckenridge & Sally McLaine (PhD students) presented results of their research into shoulder muscle activity patterns during exercises, cortical changes associated with chronic shoulder pain & shoulder muscle strength in young swimmers respectively.

A/Prof Karen Ginn gave an invited lecture on the contribution of active muscle splinting to decreased range of motion in patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder – research conducted as part of Luise Hollmann’s Masters degree.


2016 Bosch Institute Annual Scientific Meeting - 21st July 2016

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Theme: Ideas and technology - Engines of medical science
Date: Thursday, 21st July 2016
Time: 8.45am - 5.00pm (Registration 8.00am)
Venue: New Law School Lecture Theatre 101, New Law School Building, The University of Sydney

Program: Click here to download the short program.

Click here to download the full program.

Registration: is FREE but ESSENTIAL for catering purposes.
Click here to register.

Abstract Submission: by 29th June, 5.00PM
This is your opportunity to be part of a great meeting by presenting your research - and there are 2 ways you can do this:

  • Submit an abstract to present a poster (All – Welcome)
  • Submit an abstract to present a 3-minute thesis talk (for postgraduate students)

NB - Any field of research will be considered.

Submission Information:
To be considered for a presentation:

  • The presenting author must register for the Meeting.
  • Please read the Abstract Guideline.
  • Please use the Abstract Submission Template and send to

3 Minute Thesis
Adjudicator: TBA
At this year's Annual Scientific Meeting, we will select from the submitted abstracts, 8-10 Postgraduate students to deliver oral presentations using the "3-minute thesis" format. Any field of research will be considered for this open session. Selected students will present to the audience one static PowerPoint slide (no animations, no sound) and a talk of a maximum of 3 minutes.

Confirmed Speakers To Date

  • Dr James Burchfield
    School of Molecular Bioscience, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Victoria Cogger
    The University of Sydney
  • Professor Jennifer Gamble
    Centenary Institute
  • Professor Georges Grau
    Discipline of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Ron Grunstein
    Discipline of Medicine, Woolcock Institute, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Gary Halliday
    Dermatology, Bosch Institute, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Jodie Ingles
    Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine & Cell Biology, Central Clinical School
  • Dr Dan Johnstone
    Discipline of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Gavan McNally
    The University of New South Wales
  • Dr Elizabeth New
    School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Michael O'Rourke
    The University of New South Wales
  • Professor Jonathan Stone
    Discipline of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Dan Yang
    The Laboratory of Chemical Biology, The University of Hong Kong

Congratulations Hannah Glover - ATA Young Scientist runner up

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Hannah Glover, a third year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr Michael Morris, Bosch Institute, University of Sydney has recently been awarded an ATA Scientific Young Scientist prize.

The Morris lab studies embryonic stem cells and aims to understand the processes governing amino-acid mediated stem cell differentiation to neural cells. Hannah’s project focuses on understanding the mechanism of the amino acid, L-Proline, in regulating cell fate and cellular characteristics involved in regulation of pluripotency and differentiation.

The intent of the ATA Award is to provide financial assistance to talented young scientists to attend scientific meetings or to further their careers in research. ATA try to run the award at least four times a year and in the four years since the first award have awarded over 40 students with over $35K.

Hannah plans to use her award to help her travel to two conferences in the US - Crossing Boundaries to propel tissue engineering into the clinic at Stanford University, CA on September 12-14th and From Stem Cells to Human Development, in Southbridge, MA in September. For a complete review - see the link below.
http://www.atascientific.com.au/eventsandtraining/reviews/travel-award-review/




Nature' publishes work from Anatomy and Histology student Kennedy Wolfe

Kennedy Wolfe of the Integrative Biology and Evolution of Marine and Freshwater Invertebrates Laboratory is part of the team whose work was published in Nature this month.

The new findings from fieldwork undertaken at the University of Sydney’s One Tree Island Research Station provides fresh evidence that ocean acidification resulting from carbon dioxide emissions is already slowing coral reef growth.

Kennedy is a PhD student under the supervision of Maria Byrne. The lab has many projects focusing on the understanding of various marine animals and the pressure of changing climate conditions.

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One Tree Island researchers collecting data

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION ALREADY SLOWING CORAL REEF GROWTH

FROM: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-ocean-acidification-coral-reef-growth.html

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New findings from fieldwork undertaken at the University of Sydney’s One Tree Island Research Station provide fresh evidence ocean acidification resulting from carbon dioxide emissions is already slowing coral reef growth.

It is estimated that 40 percent of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as the result of human activities – including the burning of fossil fuels - is absorbed by the ocean. There, the chemistry of seawater becomes more acidic and corrosive to coral reefs, shellfish, and other marine life. This process is known as ‘ocean acidification’.

Coral reefs are particularly vulnerable to the ocean acidification process, because reef architecture is built by the accretion of calcium carbonate, called calcification, which becomes increasingly difficult as acid concentrations increase and the surrounding water’s pH decreases. Scientists predict that reefs could switch from carbonate calcification to dissolution within the century due to this acidification process.


In the first experiment to manipulate the chemistry of seawater in the ocean, a team of researchers brought the pH of a reef on One Tree Island closer to what it would have been in pre-industrial times, based on estimates of atmospheric carbon dioxide from that era. They then measured the reef’s calcification in response to this pH increase. They found calcification rates under these manipulated pre-industrial conditions were higher than today.

The team was led by Rebecca Albright and Ken Caldeira from Stanford University and included the Disciplines PhD candidate Kennedy Wolfe, who was instrumental to the fieldwork undertaken to create these findings.

Previous studies have demonstrated large-scale declines in coral reefs over recent decades. Work from another team led by Caldeira found rates of reef calcification were 40 percent lower in 2008 and 2009 than during the same season in 1975 and 1976. However, it has been hard to pinpoint exactly how much of the decline is due to acidification and how much is caused by other anthropogenic stressors like ocean warming, pollution, and over-fishing.

“Our work provides the first strong evidence from experiments on a natural ecosystem that ocean acidification is already causing reefs to grow more slowly than they did 100 years ago,” Albright said. “Ocean acidification is already taking its toll on coral reef communities. This is no longer a fear for the future; it is the reality of today.”

Increasing the alkalinity of ocean water around coral reefs has been proposed as a geoengineering measure to save shallow marine ecosystems. These results show this idea could be effective. However, the practicality of implementing such measures would be almost impossible at all but the smallest scales.


“The only real, lasting way to protect coral reefs is to make deep cuts in our carbon dioxide emissions,” Caldeira said. “If we don’t take action on this issue very rapidly, coral reefs, and everything that depends on them, including both wildlife and local communities, will not survive into the next century.”

One Tree Island is a unique reef ecosystem that, at low tide, forms a ponded lagoon surrounded by a coral reef edge. “This habitat is ideal for experiments like these, allowing researchers to monitor reef response to changes in seawater conditions enclosed within the lagoon”, Wolfe said. “We manipulated the current conditions of seawater by scooping 15,000 litres of water into a tank similar in shape to a large inflatable pool. We then pumped the water onto the reef, measuring the difference in response between present-day water and pre-industrial conditions.”

The research was supported by the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research.