Fixing the body’s leaking pipes

Mirrx TherapeuticsCentenary’s discoveries lead to a commercial agreement to create drugs to fix leaking blood vessels.

Australian molecular biologists led by researchers at Centenary have made a synthetic compound that appears to allow them to control the leakiness of blood vessels. The work could lead to effective new drug treatments for strokes and tumours. Spinoffs may include an ability to reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy and inflammation.

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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

From the prick of a rose thorn to a better understanding of ageing

Inflammation

Professor Weninger, Immune Imaging Group Head

Following the prick of a rose thorn, a paper cut, or an infection our bodies start to fight back. And the defence begins with inflammation. That inflamed, tender, red patch we all know as the hallmark of a wound or infection is the result of certain white blood cells summoning the troops and increasing the blood supply to deal with a wound or invasion.

Professor Wolfgang Weninger, head of Centenary’s Immune Imaging program, who leads our work in research, says “understanding inflammation is becoming an important topic across Centenary, helping us understand cardiovascular disease, organ rejection and auto-immune diseases, for example. Another important issue is ageing. Our immune system response changes with age. It’s part of the process of ageing, where the body becomes less and less capable of coping with destructive events.”

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Students tie for first place in 2012 USYD Immunology and Infectious Diseases Honours program

Vascular Research

Congratulations to Elizabeth Powter (Vascular Biology) and David MacDonald (Liver Immunology), who tied for first place in the class of 2012 USYD Immunology and Infectious Diseases Honours program. There were 19 students in the program this year, 9 of whom were based at the Centenary Institute.

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