News Archive in Physiology

2005-8  
22/05/08 The Cancer Institute and the Minister assisting the Minister for Health, Verity Firth, announced that Katie Dixon from the Bosch Insititute had won a Premier's Award for Outstanding Research Scholar for her work on how vitamin D compounds protect skin from UV damage. The award includes a trophy and a cash prize of $10,000.
15/05/08 Dr Cathy Leamey has been awarded the Sir Zelman Cowan Universities Fund Prize for Discovery in Medical Research, for her discovery of the gene Ten_m3, which is essential for binocular vision. The prize recognizes discovery in medical research by a researcher under 40 years of age who has made a major contribution to the understanding or treatment of disease. It is awarded in alternate years to researchers at the University of Sydney or the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
15/05/08 Honarary Associate Professor Arthur Everitt has been awarded the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award of the American Aging Association. Previous recipients include Linus Pauling, Denman Harman and Ronald Reagan. It is one of the highest international awards for research in ageing.
13/02/08 Helena Mangs, a PhD student in Brian Morris' Lab, has been awarded a Australian Based Biomedical Fellowship by the NHMRC for 2008-2012. Her PhD thesis describes her research on novel splicing factors and their interactions. This has included exon arrays to discover splicing targets for one of them. These Fellowships must be undertaken in Lab other than that of the PhD. After taking up the Fellowship she plans to undertake postdoctoral research in the Lab of Prof Des Richardson, Discipline of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute.
27/07/07 The John Hunter Prize for 2007 has been awarded to Iwan Williams from David Allen's lab. Congratulations on this prestigious award.
26/07/07 At the recent annual meeting in Melbourne of the Australian Neuroscience Society (held in conjunction with that of the International Brain Research Organisation), Sam Solomon was presented with the AW Campbell award. The award acknowledges the best contribution to the field by a member of the society in their first five postdoctoral years, and commemorates the eminent Australian neurologist whose "Histological studies on the localisation of cerebral function" in 1905 founded cerebral cytoarchitectonics.
26/07/07 In the recent promotions round, neuroscientists Cathy Leamey and Dario Protti received promotions to Senior Lecturer and Andrea Markus was promoted to Level B research only. All promotions were very well merited.
26/07/07 Michael Morris, the newly appointed Sesqui Embryonic Stem Cell Senior Lecturer, has recently arrived to take up this appointment. We look forward to his contributions in this exciting field.
16/05/07 The Brain and Mind Research Institute was successful in the Budget in their request for a further $6 million from the Federal Government to support the building of new research laboratories at the Institute. This brings to $31 million the amount received from Government in the last 18 months to support the BMRI's building program, with the promise of a further $6 million from the Premier in the next few months.
22/03/0 A review on "The machinery of colour vision" written by Sam Solomon, Sesqui Lecturer in SMS, and Peter Lennie is the Featured Article (and Cover) of April's issue of Nature Reviews Neuroscience
05/03/07 A new book on Neuroscience and Philosophy written by neuroscientists Max Bennett, of Physiology and Peter Hacker and two philosophers, Daniel Dennett and John Searle, is due to be released in the next few weeks.
19/01/07 Helena Mangs wins Promega award for abstract presented at the Lorne Genome conference.
07/11/06 We are delighted to be able to announce that the draft agenda for the Faculty of Medicine meeting on Nov 23rd has the very good news that Professor B Morris, School of Medical Sciences has been awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision.
05/06/06 Stage 2 of the Brain and Mind Research Institute was opened today by the Prime Minister, the Honourable John Howard, whose government has contributed $9million for capital works to date.
The Prime Minister, the Vice-Chancellor, Gavin Brown, and the Chancellor, Justice Kim Santow all paid tribute to the vision, drive and dedication of Professor Max Bennett, Scientific Director of the BMRI and the Executive Director, Professor Ian Hickie. The BMRI will harness the work of 65 laboratories in the University and associated teaching hospitals and has attracted key researchers in neuroscience, neurology and psychiatric medicine to improve mental health and brain function in the Australian community.
24/03/06 Hearty congratulations are due to Professor David Allen. It was announced today that he has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy (of Science). This is a prestigious honour and a great credit to David and his work.
We are indeed fortunate to now have three FAAs in Physiology - Professors Max Bennett and David Cook are also Fellows of the Australian Academy.
23/11/05 A prize of $500 for the best presentation in the e-learning section at the College of Health Sciences Ed Health Conference, Innovation to Practice, Terrigal, Nov 2005 was awarded for the following paper from Physiology:
"An online interactive approach to improving practical report writing" by Meloni Muir, Helen Drury (Learning Centre) , Miriam Frommer, Janet Jones (LC), Gosia Mendrela (Flexible Online Learning Team), Irene Schneider and Helen Wozniak, which was presented on the day by Meloni and Helen Drury.
Congratulations in particular to Meloni, Miriam and Irene.
01/06/05 A recent media release from the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott MHR, announced the award of $5 million dollars for infrastructure for the Brain and Mind Research Institute. This item was specifically mentioned in the recent Federal Budget as part of the Medical Research Infrastructure program. Professor Max Bennett of the BMRI has indicated that the funds will be used to fit out a number of floors of the Institute building in Mallett St. The BMRI will further enhance the already excellent Neuroscience research undertaken in Physiology and other disciplines in the School of Medical Sciences.