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In previous years, the Department/Discipline of Pharmacology website reported on:

2012

  • NHMRC Grant Success! Project grants were awarded to Dr Elena Bagley ($365,223); Associate Professor Renae Ryan and Professor Rob Vandenberg ($360,431); and Emeritus Professor Graham Johnston (with A/Prof Jane Hanrahan, $628,237). Also, congratulations to Professor Mac Christie who was awarded a Senior Principal Research Fellowship ($808,375).
  • Congratulations to Dr Wendy Imlach (Pain and Drug Addiction Laboratory) on the award of a University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Congratulations to PhD student Swetha Murali (Pain and Drug Addiction Laboratory) for jointly winning the 2012 Hunter Research Prize in Anatomy ($2500).
  • Congratulations to Dr Lenka Munoz who was awarded a University of Sydney Brown Fellowship and Dr Slade Matthews who was awarded a 2012 Sydney Medical School Award for Outstanding Teaching.
  • Professor Robert Vandenberg and Associate Professor Renae Ryan from the Transporter Biology Group were featured in the September issue of International Innovation (Article). More information and a complimentary subscription offer to the publication can be found at: www.researchmedia.eu
  • Congratulations to Amanda Scopelitti from the Transporter Biology Group who was awarded a John A Lamberton Research Scholarship and Cho Zin Soe from the Chemical Biology in Drug Discovery Group who won the poster prize for the 2012 RACI Biomolecular Chemistry Division One-Day Meeting
  • Des Richardson was awarded the Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff at the Celebratory Dinner on 29th March. Des has been a member of the Discipline of Pharmacology since 1971 and has made an immeasurable contribution to the teaching and research of our Discipline over this time. Congratulations Des and thank you for all that you do!
  • Professor Peter Carroll has written an interesting article "Is high-dose vitamin use safe?" which was published in the April edition of the Australian Journal of Pharmacy.
  • Congratulations to Rosemary Cater (Transporter Biology Group) on receiving a University of Sydney Honours Scholarship ($6000) and the 2011 Roland Thorp Prize for merit in senior Pharmacology.
  • Congratulations to David Krimmer and Alan Scarf on the award of their PhD and Adena Spiro on the award of her MPhil.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Margie Sunde and the Protein Biophysics Group on their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA.
    Macindoe I, Kwan AH, Ren Q, Morris VK, Yang W, Mackay JP, Sunde M. Self-assembly of functional, amphipathic amyloid monolayers by the fungal hydrophobin EAS. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2012 Jan 23.
  • Congratulations to Vanessa Morris (Protein Biophysics Group) and Ben McIlwain (Transporter Biology Group) who won poster prizes at the 2012 Lorne Protein Conference.

2011

  • Congratulations to Amelia Edington (Transporter Biology Group) who recently won an ATA Scientific Travel Award, was awarded a Royal Society of NSW Scholarship and was a finalist for the Sydney Protein Group Thompson Prize.
  • Congratulations to Vanessa Morris (Protein Biophysics Group) who won a poster prize at the 2011 Australian and New Zealand Magnetic Resonance Meeting conference and was also a finalist for the Sydney Protein Group Thompson Prize.
  • Congratulations to Amanda Scopelitti (Transporter Biology Group)who was awarded the Best Oral Presentation by a Postgraduate Student at the 2011 Bosch Institute Young Investigator Symposium.
  • Congratulations to Peter Succar (Pharmacoinformatics Laboratory) on the award of his MPhil.
  • Discipline of Pharmacology Grant Success!
    Congratulations to Brian Oliver ($391, 076) and Janette Burgess ($432, 568) who both received NHMRC Career Development Fellowships; Rob Vandenberg and Renae Ryan who received an NHMRC project grant ($253, 086); Margie Sunde who received an ARC Discovery Grant ($290, 000) and Rachel Codd and Jonathon Arnold who were part of a group that was awarded an ARC LEIF grant toward the purchase of a new HPLC system which will be housed in Pharmacology ($150, 000).
  • Congratulations to Jonathon Arnold and Aurelie Boucher on the birth of their son Koa on October 7.
  • We are pleased to announce the appointment of four new members of staff; Professor MacDonald Christie, Dr. Elena Bagley, Dr. Margie Sunde and Dr. Lenka Munoz. We are very excited to have our new staff on board and anticipate they will have a long and productive association with the Discipline of Pharmacology.
  • Congratulations to Elena Bagley and Mac Christie on their paper "Drug-induced GABA transporter currents enhance GABA release and produce opioid withdrawal behaviors" that was accepted for publication in the prestigious journal, Nature Neuroscience.
  • Congratulations on Long Service awards to Dr Hilary Lloyd – 25 year Bronze medal; Dr Rujee Duke – 25 year Bronze medal and Prof. Rob Vandenberg – 15 year Certificate.
  • Congratulations to Jonathon Arnold who was awarded the 2011 Sydney Medical School Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision ($5000 prize).
  • Graham Johnston has retired after 31 years as Professor of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry and been appointed as Emeritus Professor. He recently published his 400th paper, a commissioned review in the British Journal of Pharmacology. He has been cited more that 17,000 times in the Science Citation Index and his h-index is 68, meaning that 68 of his publications have been cited more than 68 times. He gratefully acknowledges his excellent colleagues and students who made this possible.
  • Tina Hinton has been appointed as a Lecturer (0.5 FTE) for 3 years (2011-2013).
  • Congratulations to Kellie Charles on the award of a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellowship ($574, 000, 2011-2013).
  • Congratulations to Chiu Chin Ng, Chris Luus and Katherine Leaver on the award of their PhD degrees.
  • Carol Armour has been appointed as an Honorary Professor. She has recently moved from the Faculty of Pharmacy to the Faculty of Medicine and will be based at the Woolcock Institute.
  • Rujee Duke and Ken Mewett have been appointed as Honorary Associates and will continue to work in the Adrian Albert Laboratory.
  • Graham Johnston has joined the Board of Directors of Tick-Borne Diseases Limited and the Karl McManus Foundation for Lyme Disease Research and Awareness in association with pharmacology graduates Mualla Akinci, Ann Mitrovic and Ann Cincotta.
  • Rob Vandenberg has been promoted to Level E Professor and appointed as Head of Pharmacology. He thanks Paul Seale for doing a wonderful job as our leader for the past few years and dealing with some major changes at the University and also for managing an under staffed Pharmacology department under difficult circumstances.

2010

  • Former Honours student, Sarah Mitchell, has been awarded an NH&MRC Overseas Biomedical Training Fellowship, with 2 years at the National Institute of Ageing, USA followed by 2 years back in Australia
  • Graham Johnston was elected to Life Membership of the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT) at their annual scientific meeting in Melbourne
  • Rachel Codd has been awarded the prestigious Biota Medal for Medicinal Chemistry by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Archival film made by Roland Thorp in 1945 on 'The Measurement on pain threshold in rats' when he was at the Welcome Institute in London - b/w film, 3:20 minutes, no sound (Analgesic film)
  • Graham Johnston has been appointed as a Regional Editor of the journal Medicinal Chemistry
  • The 2010 Diana Temple Memorial Lecture was given by Prof Susan Pond AM on "Two worlds of personalized medicine" 15 October in the New Law School Lecture Theatre 101 (Notice of lecture)
  • Our Honours booklet for 2011 is now available (PDF)
  • Congratulation to Kellie Charles on the birth of her son Owen on 9 August 2010.
  • James Angus, PhD 1974, has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly in the fields of pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, as a leading academic and medical educator, and as a contributor to a range of advisory boards and professional organisations both nationally and internationally.
  • Congratulations to Nathan Gunasekaran, who has been awarded his PhD.
  • Congratulations to Slade Matthews on the birth of his son Ted on 25 May 2010.
  • Swedish exchange student Pella Söderhielm has gained the highest grade for her Masters Thesis at the University of Copenhagen based on her research work carried out at the University of Sydney.
  • Steve Devenish has been awarded a John A Lamberton Research Scholarship
  • Congratulations to Dr Rachel Codd on being awarded the 2010 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research. The Award was for her work in the development of a range of compounds that may be effective in treating iron overload disease. (Read more)
  • Renae Ryan has been appointed as an Associate Professor commencing on 26 July.
  • The Respiratory Research Group previously based in Pharmacology has moved to the Woolcock Research Institute
  • Congratulations to Katherine Locock on the award of her PhD
  • Amelia Edington was awarded a student prize by the Australian Neuroscience Society for her poster on 'Extracellular loops 2 and 4 of GLY2 are required for N-arachidonyl-glycine inhibition of glycine transport'
  • Jasmine Henderson has resigned in order to study for her medical degree at the University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Mark Compton, Research Fellow 1984-1988, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through St John Ambulance Australia and through executive and volunteer roles with a range of hospital, health care and medical research organisations.
  • Congratulations to Renae Ryan on the birth of her daughter Anna Zammit on 16 January.

2009

  • Graham Johnston has been honoured with a Festschrift on Molecular Pharmacology of Amino Acid Transmitters: From Cryptic to Contemporary Drug Targets, 28-29 November sponsored by ASCEPT, RACI, the Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry and the Faculty of Pharmacy and a special issue of Neurochemical Research.
  • Kellie Charles has been awarded a Cancer Institute NSW Innovation Grant of $50,000 on "A proteomic approach to identify predictive biomarkers of molecular targeted drugs".
  • The Department of Pharmacology is 60 years old having been established when Roland Thorp was appointed to the Chair of Pharmacology in 1949.
  • Chiu Chin Ng received a Nagai Foundation Travel Award to enable her to travel to Fukuoka, Japan to present her poster on 'Effects of bilobalide, ginkgolide B and picrotoxinin on GABA-A receptor modulation' at the 2009 conference of the Asian Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Jasmine Henderson has been promoted to Associate Professor
  • Renee Ryan and Rob Vandenberg, together A/Prof Kuyucak (Physics), have been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant on “Mechanism of glutamate transport from experimental and simulation studies” ($420,000 over 3 years)
  • Slade Matthews has been awarded the University Co-operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching and Community Award for 2009
  • Kong Li, together with Prof Stephen Simpson and Dr Gregory Sword from the School of Biological Sciences, have received $25,000 from the University's International Program Development Fund to continue their continue our collaboration with Cambridge University on "Locust Swarming: From Neurochemistry to Mass Migration"
  • Professor Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist, gave the 2009 Diana Temple Memorial Lecture on 22 October in Parliament House on "The advancement of the role of women in science". There were approximately 80 attendees, including a sprinkling of males. GARJ introduced Prof O'Kane and spoke briefly about Diana. Diana's husband, daughter and son attended the lecture. The Bosch Institute was represented by Rebecca Mason who arranged for the lecture to be video recorded. Notice of lecture
  • Congratulations to A/Prof 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
  • Dr Rachel Codd has been promoted to Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Kellie Charles has been chosen to be a recipient of one of the ASCEPT Denis Wade Johnson and Johnson New Investigator Awards to be presented at the ASCEPT Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Lauren Brites and Amelia Edington have won Poster Prizes at the recent Bosch Institute Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Jonathon Arnold has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) for his project 'Role of ABC transporters in resistance to antipsychotic therapy and cannabinoid-antipsychotic drug interactions' (US$28,750 in 2010 and 2011)
  • Congratulations to Brian Oliver on the birth of his daughter, Chloe
  • Tina Hinton has been appointed as a Level B Lecturer (0.5 FTE) for a period of 6 months
  • Renae Ryan has received a Career Development Award from the NHMRC, $370 000 over 4 years

2008

  • Judith Black on being reappointed as an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow for a further 5 years
  • The following who received NHMRC Project Grants to commence in 2009: Rachel Codd (Understanding iron-uptake mechanisms in bacteria to inform strategies to control infection and to treat beta-thalassemia, $264,250), Janette Burgess, Brian Oliver and Markus Weckmann (Anti-inflammatory role of collagen IV in asthma. $304,500), Robert Vandenberg and Renae Ryan (Drug binding sites on glycine transporters, $478,500)
  • Renae Ryan on being selected as one of the speakers in the University's Early Career Research Showcase
  • Graham Johnston on being appointed an Associate Editor of Future Medicinal Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Current Bioactive Compounds
  • Janet Burgess and Renae Ryan on being promoted to Research Only Academic Level C
  • Paul Seale on being an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the Malaysia Thoracic Society
  • Heidi Fedorow on the birth of her son, Isaac Nathaniel on 23 June
  • Heidi Fedorow and Slade Matthews on their promotion to Lecturer
  • Katherine Locock and Farid Sanai on their appointments as Part Time Associate Lecturers while Heidi Fedorow is on maternity leave for one year
  • Lisa Kouladjian, who was an honours student in Pharmacology in 2006, on her award of the National Student Quality Use of Medicines Award at the National Medicines Symposium on 15 May for her honours project on improving weight based dosing in hospital
  • Our Research Committee for reconvening after a lapse of 7 years
  • Suzanne Habjan and Michelle Holland on the award of their PhD degrees
  • 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
  • Suzanne Habjan on the award of her PhD and her job as a Scientific Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia
  • Tina Hinton on her appointment as an Honorary Lecturer in Pharmacology
  • Kellie Charles on her appointment to a Lectureship in the Department
  • Peter Carroll on being made an Honorary Professor in Pharmacology
  • 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"
  • Tina Hinton on the birth of her daughter Indigo Stella on 9 January
  • Robin Allan, Rachel Codd, Graham Johnston and Michael Kassiou on being part of a successful NMHRC Equipment Grant application for $100,000 towards the purchase of a Varian 400MHz NMR System to be housed in the Faculty of Pharmacy

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
  • Kelly Skillbeck on speaking at the Schizophrenia Research Institute's Cocktails & Consciousness event about 'life at the cutting edge of brain research'.
  • Linda Truong on receiving a Travel Award from the Melvin Yahr International Parkinson's Disease Foundation for her attendance at the XVII WFN World Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders in Amsterdam (9 - 13 December, 2007).
  • Jonathon Arnold on the award of an NHMRC Project Grant on "The role of cannabis in an Nrg1 animal model of genetic vulnerability to schizophrenia" $437,125 2008-2010, together with Tim Karl, Xu-Feng Hunag and Iain McGregor administered by the Schizophrenia Research Institute.
  • James Ziogas (Melbourne), Hilary Lloyd (Sydney), Shane Bullock (James Cook), Lesley Bryan-Lluka (Queensland, Ian Musgrave (South Australia), Elizabeth Davis (South Australia) and Andrew Somogyi (Adelaide) on the award of grant of $94,368 (plus GST) from the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (now the Australian Learning and Teaching Council) to establish the Australian Pharmacological and Therapeutic Educational Network (APTEN)
  • Graham Johnston on being reappointed to the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal by the Governor-General for a 5 year term from 1 October 2007.
  • Jonathon Arnold and Brent McParland on being promoted to Senior Lecturer, and Rachel Codd on being promoted to Lecturer
  • Kelly Skilbeck on being featured in the appeal for funds by the Schizophrenia Research Institute
  • Judy Black on being made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to medicine, particularly as a researcher and teacher in the field of respiratory pharmacology, and through executive and other roles in research-related organisations.
  • Ken Mewett for his part in the Logie award-winning documentary 'Who killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler?'
  • Brent and Kristen McParland on the birth of their twins
  • Jono Arnold, Jasmine Henderson and Michael Kassiou, together with Iain McGregor, Glen Hunt, Brett Hambly, John Allen and Isuru Matsumoto on the award of a NHMRC Equipment Grant 2007 ($60,000) for a GC-MS system that will be located in the Department.
  • Kong Li on the award of his PhD
  • Rachel Codd on her apppointment as an Associate Lecturer
  • Renee Granger on the award of her PhD
  • Ju-young Lee on her appointment as a NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow working with Rujee Duke and Graham Johnston
  • Sinthuja Sivagnanasundaram on taking up her position as a NISAD Senior Research Officer
  • Graham Johnston on being invited to join the honorary editorial board of Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Renee Granger on her appointment as a Scientific Communications Associate, Intercontinental Information Sciences, Eli Lilly Australia P/L

2006

  • Colin Case on being awarded the Roland H. Thorp Prize for the most poficient student in our third year Pharmacology courses
  • Jasmine Henderson and Michael Kassiou on the award of a grant for $50,000 for 2007 from the Rotary Liverpool West and Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
  • Lisa Kouladjian on being awarded the ASCEPT Prize for Clinical Pharmacology at the Australian Helath and Medical Research Conference in Melbourne based on her honours project supervised by Sarah Hilmer and Briden Murnion at Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Lena Succar and Christina Halteh on being awarded the Dorothy Thorp Prize for excellence in science communication by a student in our Honours Course
  • Sonja Schleimer on the award of her PhD
  • Brian Oliver on the award of an NHMRC Project Grant 'Repetitive viral infection accentuates airway wall remodelling' ($260,250 over3 years); Rob Vandenberg and Renae Ryan on the award of an NHMRC Project Grant 'Moleuclar dynamics of glutamate transport' ($474.625 over 3 years); Brent McParland on the award of a Grant of $29,000 from The Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Establishment Gift
  • Donald Davidson on his award of a Centenary Fellowship for Medical Technicians to enable him to visit various pharmacology departments in the UK in November.
  • Heidi Fedorow on her appointment as an Associate 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)
  • Sebastian Fernandez on his appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on positive modulators of GABA receptors.
  • Slade Matthews on his appointment as an Associate Lecturer
  • David Henderson on the award of his PhD based on his thesis entitled 'The development of nicotinic receptor radioligands'
  • Graham Johnston on being part of a successful 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)

2005

  • Graham Johnston on receiving a special award from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for his service to Pacifichem 95, 2000 and 2005
  • John Skerritt, former PhD student and Univdersity Medallist in Pharmacology. on his election as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Rob Vandenberg on being appointed as Chair of the ASCEPT Scientific Advisory Committee
  • the following staff who received long service awards: 25 years service - Robin Allan, Graham Johnston, Paul Seale and Hue Tran; 20 years service - Rujee Duke; 15 years service - Keith Rippon
  • Brent & Kristen on the birth of a girl baby
  • Janette Burgess on receiving a 2005 NSW Young Tall Poppy Award and on the birth of her son Jack
  • Janette Burgess on being awarded a NHMRC R Douglas Wright Biomedical Career Development Award ($436,250 over 5 years); Graham Johnston, Jane Hanrahan (Pharmacy), Mary Collins (Pharmacy) and Ken Mewett on being awarded a NHMRC Project Grant on Positive modulation of ionotropic GABA receptors ($528,750 over 3 years); Iain McGregor (Psychology) and Jono Arnold on being awarded a NMHRC Project Grant on Cannabis "re-intoxication": effects of THC release from fat ($255,250 over 3 years) and Rob Vandenberg, Mark Connor (RNSH) and Chris Vaughan (RNSH) on Molecular and cellular basis for the analgesic properties of N-arachidonyl amino acids ($498,750 over 5 years).
  • Renee Granger on her award of an Edith Mary Rose Travelling Fellowship to enable her to visit Prof Paladini's laboratory in Buenos Aires.
  • Tina Hinton and Brent McParland on their appointments as Level B Lecturers in the Department
  • Jasmine Henderson on the award of a Grant of $10,000 from Parkinson Research, NSW
  • Robyn Billing on the award of her PhD
  • Michelle Holland on the award of a Cancer Institute of NSW Research Scholarship ($25,000 pa, 2005-7)
  • Gillian Shenfield, on her award of an AM, Member of the Order of Australia, for service to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and to education in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
  • Renee Granger, Michelle James 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.
  • Tina Hinton for topping the class in her Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) course
  • Jonathon Arnold on the award of a Cancer Institute NSW Research Infrastructure Grant. 2005 ($60,000) for Gel imaging facility together with .J. D. Allen, M. Gorrell, R. Martiniello-Wilks, and S. Clarke
  • Peter Tobin on his appointment as a medical writer at Janssen-Cilag
  • Judy Black and her colleagues for their research into asthma being featured on ABC TV's Catalyst
  • Erica Campbell on her appointment as a Regulatory Affairs Associate with Sanofi-Aventis
  • Ann Mitrovic on the birth of her daughter
  • 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
  • Janette Burgess on the IBR Young Investigator award
  • Jasmine Henderson and Michael Kassiou on the award of Rotary Grant of $49,500
  • Michael Kassiou, on being promoted to Clinical Associate Professor (for a 3-year term in the first instance)
  • Ann Mitrovic, on the award of a Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship for 3 years;
  • Judith Black, on the award of a Sesqui R & D Scheme Grant of $49,049 for 2005
  • Jonathon Arnold, on the award of Sesqui R &D Scheme Grant of $15,000

2004

  • Ewan Mylecharane on completing his very successful term as Head of Department
  • Ian Spence on being appointed Head of Department for 2005
  • Judy Black and her colleagues on their successful bid for a CRC for Asthma and Airways
  • Donald Davidson on being promoted to Senior Technical Officer
  • Kelly Skilbeck on the award of a NISAD Summer Scholarship
  • Robyn Billing and Renee Granger on being members of the organising committee for the Institute of Biomedical Research IVth Annual Young Investigators Symposium on 17 December 2004 and to Renee Granger for the award of The John Young Prize for an outstanding oral presentation by a Postgraduate Research Student.
  • Judy Black (25 years), Carol Amour (25), Peter Johnson (20), Vladimir Balcar (15) and Donald Davidson (15) on being presented with Long Service Awards in the Great Hall on 29 November 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.
  • Jasmine Henderson and Andrew Gundlach (Howard Florey Institute, Melbourne) on the award of a Brain Foundation grant of $20,000 for 2005
  • Graham Johnston on being reappointed for a 2 year term to the Technical Advisory Group of the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging
  • Rob Vandenberg on his promotion to Associate Professor
  • Rob Vandenberg on his award of a NMHRC Senior Research Fellowship; Chris Liddle on the award of a NHMRC Project Grant of $111,500 pa 2005-7; Graham Johnston, Andrew Moorhouse (UNSW) and Rjuee Duke on the award of a NHMRC project grant of $170,500 pa 2005-7
  • Ewan Mylecharane on the announcement of his retirement from 28 February 2005
  • Louise Roberts on the award of her PhD
  • Sonja Schleimer on having her studies on GABA transporters in schizophrenia being highlighted in NISAD's Headlines
  • Jasmine Henderson on being promoted to Senior Lecturer
  • Graham Johnston on being an invited lecturer at the Six Decades of GABA Conference held in San Diego, October 2004
  • Ewan Mylecharane on being made an Honorary Membership of the Serotonin Club, an international association for biomedical scientists with around 650 current members, in recognition of both his distinguished contribution to serotonin research and his long and valuable service to the Club, at a meeting of the Serotonin Club in Porto, July 2004
  • Michael Kassiou on being made a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Renae Ryan on the award of her PhD
  • Members of the Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry for successfully hosting the 6th Australia/Japan Symposium on Drug Design and Development
  • Tina Hinton on being appointed as an Associate Lecturer (Continuing, 0.8 FTE) in the Department
  • Hilary Lloyd and colleagues on the Teaching and Learning Committee on being awarded a grant from the Sesqui Teaching Equipment Fund towards the purchase of a dedicated Varian Educational Package HPLC System.
  • Karin Aubrey and Kellie Slaviero (Charles), on the award of their PhD degrees
  • Renae Ryan for winning the prize for the best poster presentation at the 2004 Lorne Protein Conference
  • Sonja Schleimer on being awarded a Dean's Startup Scholarship for her PhD studies in 2004.
  • Shelley Huang on being awarded an APSN student travel grant to attend the Asian Pacific Society of Neurochemistry meeting in Hong Kong in February 2004
  • Jasmine Henderson on the award of a University of Sydney Sesqui R&D Scheme grant of $48,926 for 2004; Peter Johnson on the award of a University of Sydney Sesqui Major Equipment Scheme grant of $44,500 towards an ABI prism 7000 sequence detection system; Chris Liddle on the award of a NHMRC Project Grant of $109,875 for 2004, $109,875 for 2005, and $109,875 for 2006; and Rob Vandenberg on the award of a NHMRC Project Grant of $88,500 for 2004, $88,500 for 2005, and $88,500 for 2006

2003

  • Kelly Slaviero on the award of the ASCEPT Oral Prize and Belinda Hall on being highly commended for the TOCRIS Neuropharmacology prize at the ASCEPT meeting in Sydney, December 2003
  • Jonathon Arnold on the award of a University of Sydney Cancer Research Fund grant of $45,000 (2004 and $45,000 in 2005)
  • Ann Mitrovic (15 years), Ian Spence (20 years) and Ewan Mylecharane (25 years) on their Long Service Awards
  • Jonathan Arnold on his reappointment as a Lecturer
  • Ewan Mylecharane on his reappointment as Head of Department to the end of 2004
  • Mary Collins (Pharmacy), Malcolm McLeod (Chemistry), Graham Johnston (Pharmacology), 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 on his appointment to the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal by the Governor General for a further 4 year term from 1 October 2003.
  • Renae Ryan and Rob Vandenberg on the story in the University News of 28 August on their work on glutmate transporters
  • Tina Hinton on the award of her PhD
  • Jasmine Henderson on the story in the University News of 8 August on her work on Parkinson's Disease
  • Janette Burgess on being nominated as one of 16 Fresh Scientists participating in Fresh Science 2003
  • Mary Collins on the birth of her daughter Isabella on 10 July
  • Janelle Hoskins on being appointed as Head of the Pharmacology Laboratory of the Sydney Cancer Institute
  • Rosaria Carlo-Stella on the birth of her son Christian Matthew on 23 May
  • Janette Burgess on receiving the "Ann Woolcock Young Investigator Award" by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Rob Vandenberg on being appointed Sub-Dean (Research) for the Blackburn Precinct.
  • Robyn Billing on being appointed as a Level A Lecturer (0.6 FTE) from 19 May
  • Paul Seale on being elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Graham Johnston on the award of a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in pharmacology
  • Judy Black, appointed as Chairperson of the new reformed NHMRC Research Committee
  • Davina Patiag, on being awarded a PhD (supervisor: JPS); Sonja Schleimer, on the award of a NISAD Postgraduate Scholarship; Nigel Pederson, on the award of a NHMRC Dora Lush Postgraduate Scholarship; Angelo Jayamanne and Renee Granger, Australian Postgraduate Awards; Pengchu Ju, on the award of a Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Scholarship; Rob Vandenberg, on becoming a member of the Institute of Biomedical Research Council;
  • Tina Hinton on being appointed as a Level A Lecturer (0.6 FTE) from 24 February
  • Mary Collins (Pharmacy), Jane Hanrahan (Pharmacy) and Graham Johnston on the award of a grant of $379,350 in 2003 from Pfizer Global Research and Development (Australia) to study 'Constrained analogs of gabapentin and pregabalin'
  • Judith Black on the award of a Sesqui Major Equipment Grant of $41,250 for a Victor2 Multilabel Reader and to Peter Johnson on the award of a Rebecca Cooper Foundation Equipment Grant of $16,000 to provide a fluorescence plate upgrade of the Victor2 Multilabel Reader
  • Jasmine Henderson on the award of a Sesqui New Staff Support Grant of $27,080 for 2003
  • Silvana Hourcade on the presentation of a 20 Years Service Certificate from the University
  • Mac Christie on taking up a position as NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow in the Pain Management Research Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital

2002

  • Paul Seale on giving the ASCEPT Lecture at the Australian Health and Medical Research Conference in Melbourne
  • Graham Johnston on giving the Liversidge Lecture to the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Mac Christie on the award of a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship and Laurent Rivory on the award of a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship
  • Jonathon Arnold on being promoted to Lecturer
  • Tina Hinton on the birth of her daughter Emily Rose on 27 September
  • Jasmine Henderson on being selected to speak in the ASCEPT New Investigators Symposium at the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress in Melbourne
  • Kylie Everett on being awarded her PhD
  • Janette Burgess on receiving the Johnson & Johnson Research Postdoctoral prize awarded by the Australian Society for Medical Research (NSW Branch)
  • Laurent Rivory on his promotion to Clincal Senior Lecturer
  • Graham Johnston on being made a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemsitry (IUPAC)
  • Jasmine Henderson on her appointment as a Lecturer
  • Tina Hinton on appearing in NISAD'S new video - THE QUEST FOR A CURE
  • 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 on being awarded student poster prizes at the Australian Neuroscience Society conference in Darling Harbour, February 2002
  • Jane Hanrahan on being appointed to a Lectureship in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy from January 2002
  • Belinda Hall and Kellie Slaviero on being awarded the inaugural Bishop Scholarships to assist their PhD studies by the Department of Pharmacology

2001

  • Belinda Hall on being awarded the Tocris Neuropharmacology prize at the ASCEPT meeting in Dunedin, 3-5 December 2001
  • Ewan Mylecharane on being appointed as Head of Department for 2002
  • Ian Spence on being promoted to Associate Professor;
  • Mac Christie ($95,000 and $100,000 in 2002), Mary Collins and Graham Johnston ($160,000), Peter Johnson ($70,000), Chris Liddle ($125,000) and Rob Vandenberg ($95,000) on being awarded new NHMRC Project Grants, and to Jonathon Arnold ($28,200) and Graham Johnston ($40,000) on being awarded University of Sydney Sesqui Grants;
  • Janelle Hoskins and Laurent Rivory along with Dr Mary Bebawy (Pharmacy), Prof B Roufogalis (Pharmacy) and Prof Stephen Clarke (Medicine) on being awarded $22,000 from the College Collaborative Research Grants Scheme;
  • Graham Starmer and Beryl Hesketh (Psychology) on being awarded an ARC Grant of $122,000;
  • Peter Johnson for being selected as one of 16 young scientists to present their 'Fresh Science' at the ScienceNow festivities in Melbourne in August;
  • Tina Hinton on being awarded the Goddard Prize for best student presentation at the Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research in Queenstown, New Zealand;
  • Congratulations to 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 department's Adrien Albert Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry.