2013 Centenary Institute Scientific Image Prize

Launched in 2009, the Centenary Institute Scientific Image Prize enables us to share imagery taken by our staff that directly ‘tells the story’ of our work in the most creative context.

The Eye of Sauron, Ka Ka Ting

The Eye of Sauron, Ka Ka Ting

Open to all Centenary staff, the 2013 Prize entries were judged by a panel lead by respected artist Janet Laurence and members of the Centenary Institute Faculty.

Recipients for the 2013 prize were announced at Centenary’s Annual Meeting and presented with their awards by special guest Professor Ian Frazer, who has reached international acclaim as the co-inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine (HPV) and was made the 2006 Australian of the Year. He is also a member of the Centenary Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board. Continue reading

Another successful City2Surf!

City2Surf Team 2012

Final and well-deserved congratulations to all our Run4Research team members for their extreme efforts leading up to and on the day. Many exercise regimes were tested and proved to be effective for the 14km fun run. Everyone looked great in their new Centenary race shirts, kindly donated by Nike Sydney and enjoyed the idyllic picnic spot at the end of the race that LB, Suzie and Nick set up in the early hours of the morning.

As for the race, the lightning time of 59.21 was reached by Aaron McGrath who led the way for the Centenary team followed by Darshan Parmar (62.07), Matt O’Donnell (65.48) and Ben Roediger (72.35).   Continue reading

The Final Countdown to the 2012 City2Surf!

Dr Nikolas Haass, Head of the Melanoma Research lab at the Centenary, will step in for me on race day.

Dr Nikolas Haass, Head of the Melanoma Research lab at the Centenary, will step in for me on race day.

So it’s finally happening – after months of gruelling training and outstanding fundraising efforts, our Run4Research team is ready to take their marks in Australia’s largest fun run!

Due to a reoccurring injury from last year, I unfortunately had to drop out of the run. However, I’m thrilled to report that one of our scientists, Dr Nikolas Haass will be taking my place.

So far our team has raised almost $13,000 for the lifesaving research happening at the Centenary!!!

With only a few days left until race day, I present to you our amazeballs Run4Research team – Please click on their names to support them and the important work being done at the Centenary.

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Containment of multi-drug resistant TB in the Pacific is critical.

Professor Warwick Britton, Head of the Mycobacterial Group

Professor Warwick Britton, Head of the Mycobacterial Group at Centenary and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney, has been awarded $2.49 million towards a Centre of Research Excellence on tuberculosis control: from discovery to public health practice and policy – a collaborative program with colleagues from the University of Sydney, Woolcock Institute for Medical Research, University of Melbourne, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The grant adds to Centenary’s investment and effort in containing the spread of TB, still one of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases
and a growing threat to Australia. Drug resistant strains of tuberculosis are prevalent in Papua New Guinea, our closest neighbour.

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Is the cure hiding in the computer?

Dr William Ritchie

Dr William Ritchie, Research Fellow and Group Head of Bioinformatics

Tonight Dr William Ritchie will tell some of Centenary’s biggest supporters about how fast computing is transforming research at the Institute.

He’s speaking at our 2012 Foundation dinner to a who’s who of Sydney’s business community.

He’ll tell them how a new generation of medical researchers: mathematicians, physicists and engineers are invading research laboratories. They’re hunting through the gigabytes of information produced in the lab and finding patterns: gene sequences connected with certain cancers for example; or DNA sequences that don’t seem to be doing anything. They’re even running virtual experiments – doing in seconds what would take months of laboratory work.

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