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Davy Guan was recently awarded the ASCEPT Toxicology Special Interest Group Prize 2016 for his poster presentation entitled: Improving chemical carcinogenicity prediction with novel biological data machine learning paradigms on behalf of the Pharmacoinformatics Laboratory at the 2016 ASCEPT-MPGPCR Conference. This is the second consecutive year that Davy has won this prize. Well done!

Congratulation to Rosie Cater on winning the best PhD Student Publication Prize at the Australian Physiological Society Annual Meeting, in Adelaide. Keep up the brilliant work Rosie!

Asscoiate Professor Elena Bagley recently contributed to an article in the New Scientist titled: Brain cell transplant helps fearful mice overcome anxiety.

A big congratulations to Kellie Charles who has been promoted to Associate Professor and Rachel Codd who has been promoted to Professor. What a fantastic and well deserved end to 2016 ladies!

Associate Professor Margaret Sunde has been invited to give an oral presentation at the Lorne Proteins Meeting in February 2017.

Professor Peter Carroll recently presented a paper he collaborated on with Baz Baydian and Professor Jane Hanrahan, titled: A shot in the Arm - Pharmacist Administered Influenza Vaccine at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Society Association.

Dr Chi Pham and A/Prof. Margaret Sunde are contributing authors on a paper accepted for publication in Nature Microbiology, in a collaboration with researchers from the University of Melbourne and WEHI, titled: 'EspL is a bacterial cysteine protease effector that cleaved RHIM proteins to block necroptosis and inflammation'. Keep up the fantastic work!

Dr Wendy Imlach, Rebecca F. Bhola, Sarasa A. Mohammadi & Prof. Macdonald Christie recently had their article titled: 'Glycinergic dysfunction in a subpopulation of dorsal horn interneurons in a rat model of neuropathic pain' published in Scientific Reports. Congratulations to all on the good work!

A/Prof. Jonathon Arnold and The Lambert Initiative team have recently appeared in the ABC news discussing the medicinal properties of marijuana, in particular the chemicals known as cannabinoids that the plant produces, that could be used in future medical treatments. Please click on the following links for more information: ABC breaking news & Catalyst.

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate three of our staff on their recent achievements:

Dr Kate Chitty has been awarded a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, and Prof. Paul Young and Prof. Daniela Traini have each been awarded a NHMRC Development Grant.

Our best wishes to all for their efforts and continued standard of excellence.

Congratulations to both Associate Professor Rachel Codd and Dr Tina Hinton on receiving awards at the Vice Chancellor's Excellence Awards Ceremony.

A/Prof. Rachel Codd received an award for Outstanding Teaching and Research and was described by Duncan Ivison as a Renaissance woman!

Dr Tina Hinton received an award for Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership as part of the Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate curriculum review leadership team that also included: Professor Pauline Ross, Faculty of Science, Dr Damien Field, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, A/Prof Paul Sheehy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Sydney Medical School and Dr Sascha Jenkins, Faculty of Science. Congratulations to all on your outstanding effort. Keep up the good work!



On Wednesday 12 October, the University will host the annual Diana Temple Memorial Lecture The lecture honours the memory of Dr Diana Temple AM, a former member of the University of Sydney community and an advocate for the role of women in science. For more information, please follow the Link.

We hope to see you there!

Dr Tina Hinton has been selected for the Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Leadership as part of the Life Earth and Environmental Sciences Curriculum Leadership Team along with Professor Pauline Ross, A/Prof. Damien Field, Dr Sascha Jenkins and A/Prof. Paul Sheehy. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr Tina Hinton and Dr Rita Machaalani’s Honours student Atqiya Aishah on winning the Best Poster prize at the 3rd Inter-University Neuroscience and Mental Health Conference, 2016. Well done!

Our very own Dr Tina Hinton has been appointed as the new Associate Head of School (Distributed) Teaching and Learning. This appointment is to recognise and formalise the many responsibilities that Tina undertakes for the Discipline/School/Faculties and DVCE. Congratulations Tina! Keep up the fantastic work.


The pharmacology postgraduate student talks and careers day on September 23rd at the Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre (Edward Ford Building 221). This day will involve a 3-minute thesis session with talks by pharmacology postgraduate students (9:00 am – 10:00 am), which will provide an opportunity for postgraduates to present their work to their peers and receive feedback and advice for future presentations.

This will be followed by a session of talks by invited speakers about careers in science (10:30 am – 1:00 pm), which is aimed at postgraduate and honours students. There will be a BBQ lunch provided from 1:00 pm at the Bosch umbrellas to give people an opportunity to meet and talk to the invited speakers. All members of the discipline of pharmacology are encouraged to attend both sessions and the BBQ lunch.

We will also be inviting 3rd year pharmacology students to attend the 3-minute thesis session. This will give 3rd year students an opportunity to see some of the work that is happening in our department, with the aim of encouraging their transition to honours in pharmacology in 2017. Click on the Link for more information.

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Dr Tina Hinton along with A/Prof. Charlotte Taylor, Prof. Pauline Ross and Dr Danny Liu have recently been awarded The University of Sydney; Large Educational Innovation Grant with their project titled: Sparking Peer Review Processes: Providing Feedback to Students in Large Cohorts in Science for the amount of $35000. What a fantastic achievement!

Our own A/Prof. Renae Ryan along with A/Prof. Kirsten Black, who is the Joint Head of Discipline Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, and Victoria Cook, a 2nd year Medical Student, have had their article The hidden curriculum in surgery says it’s not for women published in The Conversation. Congratulations on your achievement!

Dr Tina Hinton collaborated on a book chapter that was recently published titled: Spaces enabling change: X-Lab and science education 2020. Congratulations Tina on your achievement!

Congratulations to Dr Kate Chitty for being a joint prize winner of the Peter Bancroft Prize, awarded by the Sydney Medical School, for her outstanding thesis.

It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge a series of recent successes in fellowship and grant applications by members of the Discipline of Pharmacology:

A/Prof. Rachel Codd and A/Prof. Elena Bagley have been awarded a Faculty of Medicine Accelerator Grants. The Accelerator scheme has been designed to provide support to mid-career teaching and research academics within Sydney Medical School. For more information, please follow the link.

Congratulations to Dr Kellie Charles for an Energiser Grant. The Energiser Scheme is an initiative designed to provide support to mid-career teaching and research academics within Sydney Medical School in order to assist their supervision of research degree candidates.

The University recently awarded a prestigious Thompson Fellowship to A/Prof. Margie Sunde. The Thompson Fellowships aim to promote and enhance the careers of academic women and are offered to academic and research-only women employed by the University of Sydney at levels C or D.

Emeritus Professor Basil Roufogalis was appointed Adjunct Professor at the School of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney. He was also recently appointed as Visiting Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Whilst over there he attended the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences in Vancouver, BC, Canada and gave a seminar at the College of Pharmacy in Winnipeg entitled: Ginger in Metabolic Syndrome: Creating the Evidence Base.

In addition Professor Roufogalis was Chief Guest Editor (along with Srinivas Nammi and Emanuel Strehler) on a Special Issue of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences entitled: “Natural Products: Biochemical-Chemical Characterization, and Evidence for Therapeutic Potential” , which attracted 21 articles. Congratulations Basil!

Dr Slade Matthews recently submitted a collaborative poster titled: "High LC3C Expression Correlates with Poor Survival in Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients" by Lai, Matthews, Wilmott, Killingsworth, Caixeiro, Wykes, Samakeh, Forstner, Niles, Hong, and Lee, which has received a commendation award in the Pathologist Category at the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Division of the International Academy of Pathology in Brisbane (June 2016, Abstract to be published in Pathology special edition 2017).

Congratulations to Rosie Cater, Prof. Rob Vandenberg and A/Prof. Renae Ryan from the Transporter Biology Group. Their paper “Tuning the ion selectivity of glutamate transporter–associated uncoupled conductance’s” was featured on the cover of the July issue of The Journal of General Physiology.

The paper titled 'A decade of Australian methotrexate dosing errors' by Dr Rose Cairns, which was published last week in the Medical Journal of Australia, has attracted significant media attention. The story was picked up by The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Online, The Australian Financial Review and Channel 7 News, among others.

Our Honours booklet for 2016 is now available here

Congratulations to Ms Sarasa Mohammadi, Mr Tariq Chohan, Ms Alaa Tulbah, Ms Sharon Davis, Ms Valentina Trotta and Mr Benjamin McIlwain on the award of their PhD degrees and Ms Jian Zhang on the award of her MPhil degree.

Daniela Traini has been appointed as Professor this year. Congratulation Professor Daniela Traini on acquiring your new title!

Prof. Nicholas Buckley contributed to the article "The Crux of the matter: did the ABC's Catalyst program change statin use in Australia?" which won the 2015 MJA, MDA National Prize for Excellence in Medical Research, for the best research article published in the Medical Journal of Australia in the previous calendar year. (Read More)

Welcome new starter Vanessa Gysbers, our new Teaching Curriculum Support Officer for the Discipline of Pharmacology. Vanessa commenced on 30/5/16.

Congratulations to A/ Prof. Daniela Traini and A/Prof. Paul Young on their recently awarded ARC Linkage Grant with the company Aradigm. Their project aims to develop nano-particulate systems based on a single platform technology that can be delivered as an aerosol, and be used for the eradication of biofilms in numerous applications, from healthcare to agriculture.

Congratulations to Dr Michael Gotsbacher Mr Thomas Telfer and Mr Tomas Richardson-Sanchez, members of the Chemical Biology in Drug Discovery Group, on their recent acceptance to deliver oral presentations at the 10th International Biometals Symposium in Dresden, Germany in July 2016. This is one of the premier conference in metals in biology/biomedicine and is a great achievement.

Congratulations to A/ Prof. Rachel Codd who has been elected as a Fellow to the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI), in recognition of eminence within the chemistry profession. We commend A/Prof Codd on her achievement.

Congratulations to Dr Wendy Imlach, who was recently awarded the Rolf Edgar Lake Research Fellowship by the Sydney Medical School in January 2016. The Rolf Edgar Lake Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 1978 to encourage and promote postdoctoral research within the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. This fellowship provides three years of funding.

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Graham Johnston, who was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Dr Kate Chitty recently contributed to an article posted in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence. To find out more please click and follow this link.