Awards, Prizes and Publicity

Congratulations to members of The Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry who have received the following awards, grants, prizes, publicity or appointments:

2011

Mary Collins on her promotion to Professor

Rujee Duke on receiving her 25 year Long Service Bronze medal from the University

Graham Johnston on his retirement after 31 years as Professor of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry and his appointment as Emeritus Professor

Katherine Locock on her appointment to a postdoctoral position at CSIRO in Melbourne

2010

Graham Johnston on being awarded Life Membership of the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) at their annual scientific meeting in Melbourne

Steve Devenish on his award of a John A. Lamberton Research Scholarship

Jane Hanrahan on her promotion to Associate Professor

Graham Johnston on his appointment as a Regional Editor of the journal Medicinal Chemistry

Katherine Locock on her appointment as an Associate Lecturer

2009

Robin Allan on his retirement and on his appointment as an Honorary Associate Professor. He joined the Department of Pharmacology in 1980 and enjoyed a distinguished career in teaching and research.

Mary Collins on her appointment to the Editorial Board of the Springer journal Amino Acids

Mary Collins on her appointment to Pharmaceutical Subcommittee of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC)

Tina Hinton on her appointment as a Level B Lecturer (0.5 FTE) and as an Honorary Lecturer

Navi Gavande on winning the prize ($500) for the best student poster at AIMECS09, the 7th Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry International Congress in Cairns, 23-27 August 2009 (poster: Gavande NS, Johnston GAR, Hanrahan JR and Chebib M 'Fluorescent GABAc probes for receptor visualization and localization studies')

Graham Johnston on the GARJfest held in his honour in Sydney 28-29 November 2009 on Molecular Pharmacology of Amino Acid Transmitters: From Cryptic to Contemporary Drug Targets.

2008

Mary Collins - on receiving a Faculty of Pharmacy Teaching Award for Excellenece in Research Higher Degree Supervision

Rujee Duke - together with Colin Duke and Van Tran (Pharmacy) for their successful NHMRC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grant for $285,000 on "Complementary medicines based on propolis produced by honeybees from Australian flora".

Navi Gavande - on winning a prize for the best student poster at 3D at the Cove, RACI Division of Biomolecular Chemistry, Couran Cove, Queensland, 13-17 July 2008 (poster: Gavande N, Johnston GAR, Hanrahan JR and Chebib M 'Fluorescent GABAc probes for receptor visualization and localization studies')

Jane Hanrahan, Mary Collins, Graham Johnston and Robin Allan - on being part a successful NHMRC Equipment Grant application for $100,000 towards the purchase of a Varian 400MHz NMR system to be housed in Pharmacy

Jane Hanrahan - on the award of funding for the development of a cross Faculty Interprofessional Learning Orinetation Package

Graham Johnston - on receiving the 2008 ASCEPT Achievement Award for outstanding service to Australasian pharmacology

Graham Johnston - on being appointed an Associate Editor of Future Medicinal Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Current Bioactive Compounds

John Kumar - on receiving the Bionomics Best Thesis Award from the RACI Division of Biomedicinal Chemistry for the best PhD thesis submitted in the previous two years in Biomolecular Chemistry

Sarah Lummis (University of Cambridge) - on the award of a University of Sydney International Visiting Research Fellowship to visit the Department for collaborative studies with Rujee Duke and Graham Johnston

Chiu Chin Ng - on the award of a John A Lamberton Research Scholarship

Kelly Skillbeck - on speaking at the Schizophrenia Research Institute's Cocktails & Consciousness event about 'life at the cutting edge of brain research'.

2007

Renee Granger - on her appointment as a Scientific Communications Associate, Intercontinental Information Sciences, Eli Lilly Australia P/L

Graham Johnston - on being invited to join the honorary editorial board of Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry

Graham Johnston - on being reappointed to the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal by the Governor-General for a 5 year term from 1 October 2007.

Graham Johnston - on the award of an honorary degree of Doctor of Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Copenhagen, the first such degree awarded from the newly formed Faculty of Pharmacuetical Sciences, previously the Royal Danish School of Pharmacy

Ju-young Lee - on her appointment as a NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow working with Rujee Duke and Graham Johnston

Ken Mewett - for his part in the Logie award-winning documentary 'Who killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler?'

Kelly Skilbeck - on being featured in the appeal for funds by the Schizophrenia Research Institute

2006

Sonja Schleimer - on the award of her PhD

Mary Collins - on being promoted to Associate Professor

Jane Hanrahan - on being promoted to Senior Lecturer

Jane Hanrahan, Mary Collins and Graham Johnston on the award of a R&D Joint Venture between Neuro Therapeutics Ltd and The University of Sydney, to study GABA-C receptor antagonists for the treatment of memory disorders and myopia ($280,250 in 2006/7)

2005

Erica Campbell - on her appointment as a Regulatory Affairs Associate with Sanofi-Aventis

Mary Collins - on being elected as President-Elect of the RACI NSW Division

Mary Collins - on being elected to ASCEPT Council

Mary Collins - on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Mary Collins - on being awarded an ARC Discovery Grant with Mal McLeod (Chemistry) on 'Elucidating the mode of action of nicotinic receptor ligands' worth $95,000 in 2006, $90.000 in 2007 and $90,000 in 2008.

Renee Granger - on her award of an Edith Mary Rose Travelling Fellowship to enable her to visit Prof Paladini's laboratory in Buenos Aires.

Renee Granger and Katherine Locock - on being awarded John A Lamberton Research Scholarships, each worth $5,000, to assist them with their PhD studies on the chemical understanding of brain function.

Belinda Hall - on her appointment as a Scientific Communications Associate with Eli Lilly Australia

Belinda Hall and Shelley Huang - on the award of their PhDs

Jane Hanrahan and Graham Johnston - on the award of an ARC LIEF Grant of $1,400,000 in 2006 to purchase a High Resolution Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometer and a Carbon, Hydrogen Nitrogen and Sulfur Analyser for chemical characterization in the School of Chemistry. (T. Maschmeyer, S. Kable, P. Karuso, D. Gore, J.R. Aldrich-Wright, K. Downard, M.M. Harding, M. McLeod, K.A. Jolliffe, G.A.R. Johnston, J.R. Hanrahan & K.J. Fisher)

Graham Johnston - on receiving a special award from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for his service to Pacifichem

Graham Johnston, Jane Hanrahan, Mary Collins and Ken Mewett - on being awarded a NHMRC Project Grant on Positive modulation of ionotropic GABA receptors ($528,750 over 3 years)

John Kumar - on his award of the Alchemia Prize for the best student oral presentation at the Biomolecular Chemistry Division section of Connect 2005, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute 12th National Convention in Sydney July 2005

Tina Hinton - on being appointed to a Level B Lectureship in the Department of Pharmacology

2004

Robin Allan - on being awarded an ARC Discovery Grant together with Ivan Kennedy and colleagues in Agriculutre worth $100,000 in 2005, $93,000 in 2006 and $95,000 in 2007 to work on endocrine dispupting compounds.

Tina Hinton - on being appointed as an Associate Lecturer (Continuing) (0.8 FTE) in the Department of Pharmacology

Renee Granger - on the award of The John Young Prize for an outstanding oral presentation by a Postgraduate Research Student at the Institute of Biomedical Research IVth Annual Young Investigators Symposium on 17 December 2004.

Graham Johnston, Andrew Moorhouse (UNSW) and Rujee Duke - on the award of a NHMRC project grant of $170,500 pa 2005-7 to study cage compounds as blockers of GABA and gkycine receptor-channels.

Sonja Schleimer awarded Dean's Startup Scholarship for her PhD studies in 2004.

Kelly Skilbeck - on the award of a NISAD Summer Scholarship

Shelley Huang awarded an APSN student travel grant to attend the Asian Pacific Society of Neurochemistry meeting in Hong Kong in February 2004

2003

Mary Collins - awarded a University of Sydney Sesqui R&D grant with Malcolm Mcleod (Chemistry) on the 'Incorporation of unnatural amino acids into proteins' ($48,962)

Tina Hinton - Dr Tina says thanks to NISAD - story on the October issue of Headlines, the Newsletter of the Neuroscience Institute of Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders

Mary Collins and Graham Johnston - Together with Malcolm McLeod (Chemistry), Joanne Jamie (Chemistry, Macquarie University) and Roger Read (Chemistry, UNSW) on the award of an ARC LIEF grant of $110,000 towards the purchase of a Robocyte medium throughput secondary functional screening facility

Graham Johnston - appointed to the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal by the Governor General for a further 4 year term from 1 October 2003.

Tina Hinton - appointed as a Level A Lecturer (0.6 FTE) in the Department of Pharmacology from 24 February

Graham Johnston - awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in pharmacology

Sonja Schleimer - awarded a NISAD Post Graduate PhD Scholarship to study GABA transporters in schizophrenia

Mary Collins, Jane Hanrahan and Graham Johnston - awarded a grant from Pfizer Global Research and Development (Australia): 'Constrained analogs of gabapentin and pregabalin' $379,350 in 2003

2002

Graham Johnston - delivered the Liversidge Lecture to the Royal Society of New South Wales

Renee Granger - awarded a Summer Student Scholarship by NISAD

Jane Hanrahan - awarded a Sesqui New Staff Support Scheme Grant on 'GABA-C receptors and GABA release in the thalmus' ($29,885)

Mary Collins - promoted to Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy

Belinda Hall - on receiving an Australian Neuroscience Society Neurochemistry Award towards costs of a visit to the laboratory of Henry Lester at Caltech to learn techniques for the incorporation of unnatural amino acids into proteins

Belinda Hall and Jane Carland - awarded student poster prizes at the Australian Neuroscience Society conference in Darling Harbour, February 2002 for their posters '6-Methylflavone selectively modulates GABA-A receptors at a flumazenil-insensitive site' and 'Arginine at the 2' position of the human GABA-C rho-1 M2 produces constitutively active receptors'

Tina Hinton - appearing NISAD'S new video - THE QUEST FOR A CURE

Jane Hanrahan - appointed to a Lecturership in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy

2001

Belinda Hall - awarded one of the inaugural Bishop Scholarships by the Department of Pharmacology to assist her PhD studies

Belinda Hall - awarded the Tocris Neuropharmacology Prize at the ASCEPT meeting in Dunedin, 3-5 December 2001

Mary Collins - awarded a large infrastructure grant ($580.000) together with Roger Read (UNSW) and Joanne Jamie (Macquarie Uni) to establish 'The Sydney Combinatorial Research Facility'.

Tina Hinton - awarded the Goddard Prize for best student presentation at the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research in Queenstown, New Zealand, 19-24 August 2001.

Mary Collins - Biota lecturer at the Asian Federation of Medicinal Chemistry Congress held in conjunction with the World Chemistry Congress in Brisbane 1-6 July 2001

Nikki Farrar - now a Clinical Research Associate at Pfizer Pty Ltd, West Ryde

Belinda Hall - elected as the postgraduate student representative on the Department Teaching and Learning Committee

Graham Johnston - apppointed by the Governor-General for a further two year term as a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Tina Hinton - elected as the postgraduate student representative on the Departmental Board

Jane Hanrahan and Belinda Hall worked at The Advance Photon Source at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago during March-April funded by a grant from ANSTO.

2000

Jane Carland - awarded the Whelan Prize by the best poster presentation by an honours student at the ASCEPT meeting in Newcastle. Jane Carland and Jimmy Vien were highly commended for the Tocris Neuropharmacology Prize for a poster presentation by a higher degree or honours student.

Jane Carland, Belinda Hall, Hazel Hill, Shelley Huang and Jimmy Vien - awarded First Class Honours

Jane Carland - awarded the University Medal in Pharmacology

Noel Chambers - appointed Managing Director of Biotron Limited, a biotechnology company based at the Australian National University.

Mary Collins - recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Biota Award for Medicinal Chemistry ($5,000), for her work on the design and development of new agents acting on GABA receptors carried out in the Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry.

Mary Collins - appointed to a lectureship in the Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney

Graham Johnston - appointed as Director (Research Programs), Herbal Medicines Research and Education Centre (HMREC), The University of Sydney

Jane Carland - awarded a NISAD Summer Student Scholarship to study the effects of antipsychotics on GABA receptors.

Con Eliopoulos and Belinda Hall - awarded Vacation Scholarships in Medicinal Chemistry.

1999

Allison Moore - awarded the University Medal in Pharmacology for her BMedSc Honours studies entitled 'A proline residue in the second transmembrane domain of GABA-C receptors is an important determinant of pharmacological characteristics'

Jane Carland - awarded the Roland H Thorp Prize for proficiency in Senior Pharmacology.

Karin Aubrey - awarded the TOCRIS Neuropharmacology Prize ($300) for best poster presentation dealing with neuropharmacology by a higher degree or honours student at the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists, for her poster on 'The glycine transporter, GLYT1b, is modulated by protons'

Allison Moore - written up in the University of Sydney News 'Singing Carmina Burana's praises': "Allison Moore's life has never been so hectic. She has a pharmacology honours thesis due in November and, as president of the Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS), she runs the society and has been helping to organise its September concert, to be performed with the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra."

Graham Johnston - quoted in article 'Smarten up your act' in the Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 1999.

Jeremy Greenwood- written up in the University of Sydney News on submitting his thesis on CD-rom, "Move over dusty volumes, it's time for PhDs on-line". It was reported that Jeremy was the first student at The University of Sydney, and possibly in Australia, to submit his PhD on-line.

Tina Hinton - awarded a Rebecca Cooper Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship for Schizophrenia Research

1998

Erica Campbell - highly commended for her poster 'The flavonoid apigenin blocks steroid enhancement of the effects of GABA at recombinant GABA-A receptors' at the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists, 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, 13-16 December 1998.

Ann Mitrovic - joint winner of the inaugural Pharmacology/Medical Foundation prize ($500) for the best seminar presented by a postgraduate student to the Department of Pharmacology, 15 October 1998.

Suzanne Habjan - joint winner of the Goddard Prize ($100) at the Sixteenth International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, Queenstown, New Zealand, 29 August - 2 September 1998 for the best student presentation.

Jeremy Greenwood - judged to have presented the best poster ('Structure and stereochemistry of CAMP derivatives: an ab initio and NMR study' by JR Greenwood, RK Duke, RD Allan, M Chebib and GAR Johnston) at the Molecular Modelling '98 Conference held at Macquarie University, 21 July 1998.

Noel Chambers - recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Biota Award for Medicinal Chemistry ($5,000), 10 June 1998, for his work on the design and development of new agents to treat diabetes carried out in the Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry.

Graham Johnston - made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on 8 June 1998 for his service to bio organic chemistry and pharmacology, to scientific organisations and science policy development.

1997

Tina Hinton - awarded the University Medal in Pharmacology for her BSc Honours studies on 'The role of GABA receptors in learning and memory'

Graham Johnston - University of Sydney News story: Leading the field in memory-enhancing drugs

Graham Johnston - awarded the ANZAAS Medal, for contributions to science particularly in the area of science policy