Congratulations to all Centenary researchers who have been awarded more than $4 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council Grants (NHMRC) grants.
Congratulations to Dr Greg Fox who has won the annual Rita and John Cornforth Medal for the highest quality PhD thesis across the University of Sydney and for contributions to the University and broader community.
His PhD was completed at the Woolcock Institute in collaboration with Centenary Institute’s Tuberculosis (TB) Research Laboratory.
For more than three years Greg, his GP wife and their young son have been living in Vietnam, where he has set up Centenary’s Vietnam studies, working on two major field projects contributing to the fight against TB.
The University of Sydney and The Centenary Institute will establish the Ramaciotti Centre for Human Systems Biology in 2014 following the announcement last night of the $1 million Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award.
The award was made to the Centenary Institute’s Prof Barbara Fazekas de St Groth and her colleagues Prof Nicholas King, University of Sydney and Dr Adrian Smith, Centenary Institute. Prof Fazekas is also Assistant Director of the Centenary Institute.
“At the heart of the Centre will be a unique technology that will allow us to study millions of individual white blood cells and reveal where they’ve been and who they’ve been talking to,” says Prof Fazekas. Continue reading
Outstanding research into bacterial skin infections has won leading clinician and Centenary Laboratory Head the shared honour of the prestigious RPA Foundation Medal – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s, highest accolade.
Professor Wolfgang Weninger, who heads up Centenary Institute’s Immune Imaging program, and Professor Paul Torzillo, RPA’s Head of Department of Respiratory Medicine – were announced joint winners, each taking home $35,000 to invest in medical and health-based research.
Dermatology expert Professor Weninger was honoured for his research into the mechanisms of skin inflammation and infection. In particular, his group is interested how the function of the skin immune system is inhibited by highly infectious bacteria and other microbes. Continue reading
‘The Holst effect’ opens up new therapeutic options for prostate cancer treatment.
A team of researchers from Sydney, Vancouver, Adelaide and Brisbane are getting closer to a new treatment for prostate cancer that relies on starving tumours of essential nutrients they need to grow.
At the Centenary Institute we’re learning more about the immune system to help in the fight against cancer.
Why is it that some of our individual immune systems are susceptible to particular diseases while others are protected?
Is our western lifestyle increasing chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes?
The possibility of what we can discover from the very fundamental research we do on chronic diseases is what makes my work really interesting.
As a child, some of my close family suffered from cancer, so when I started university I became fascinated with the study of tumour immunology. I found it intriguing that people were looking to the immune system to fight off cancer as a new form of treatment.
Now that I’m working at Centenary I’ve been able to do just that. I’m essentially investigating the best strategy for the immune system to stop tumour growth. I look at two cell types, CD4 T cells and B cells, and how these two cells work together to kill tumours once regulatory T cells (T regs) are switched off. T regs are the network managers of our immune system. Continue reading