SOBR Science Communication Award for 2013
Congratulations to Robert Hatch for winning this award for his exceptional skills in communicating science.
Rob was invited by Jacinta Parsons, from Triple R radio station, to talk about his project "Genetic and environmental modulation of network excitability in epilepsy". His interview focussed on the anti convulsant properties of carbogen gas, and a collaboration with the Royal Children's Hospital and Murdoch Children's Research Institute, to help refine surgical resection techniques for patients diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.
You can listen to Rob’s interview here: http://ondemand.rrr.org.au/grid/20131113100011
CONGRATULATIONS to Dr Ben Gu for being successful in his ARC Future Fellowship application!
His project title is:
The role of P2X7 and P2X4 receptor mediated innate phagocytosis in pathogenesis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
This project will identify how inherited variation in two proteins of the brain can accelerate the removal of neurones and predispose to a range of neurodegenerative diseases. Knowledge of the biological basis of this finding will allow a search for new compounds which will slow and protect against this form of neurodegeneration.
Florey Neuroscience Institutes Miller Travel Fellowship for 2011
Congratulations to Robert Hatch for being awarded this very competitive travel fellowship!
This will enable Rob to visit Prof Kaila’s Laboratory of Neurobiology, located at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Here he will have the incredible opportunity to learn the art of in vitro pH imaging, which will enhance his already impressive knowledge and skill set.
Ayse Berke and Liana Colvill Travel Award for 2011
Congratulations to Tae Hwan Kim for receiving his THIRD award for the year!
This will give Kim the opportunity to present his impressive research at a national or international conference of his choice.
Well done boys.
The Ion Channels and Diseases Laboratory have been very successful in this year’s funding outcomes.
ARC Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2012:
Approved Project Title: Genetic dissection of functional-structural connectivity using optogenetic fMRI and dMRI
Petrou, A/Prof Steven; Calamante, A/Prof Fernando; Reid, Dr Christopher A
The project will map the connectivity pattern of genetically defined neurons in mouse brain by combining state of the art
molecular and neuroscience imaging technology. The outcome will be a significant step toward building a complete
functional and structural mapping resource, with application for examining dysfunction in neurological disease models.
Approved Project Title: Brain sodium channel: functional role of developmentally regulated alternative splicing
Petrou, A/Prof Steven; Reid, Dr Christopher A
This project will identify the roles of neonatal and adult forms of a sodium channel in the function of neurons in the
developing brain. Sodium channels are vital for brain function and this study will improve our understanding of the
function of healthy brain as well as of underlying mechanisms of some neurological disorders.
NHMRC Project Grant for funding commencing in 2012.
Approved Project Title: Neuroanatomical correlates of susceptibility in a model of genetic epilepsy.
Dr Verena Wimmer
RELOCATION OF ION CHANNELS AND DISEASES LABORATORY.
The Ion Channels and Diseases laboratory, along with the Howard Florey Institute, moved into the Melbourne Brain Centre in August this year.
The $225 million Melbourne Brain Centre is located in Parkville and is the largest brain research centre in the southern hemisphere. It houses 700 scientists from Florey Neuroscience Institutes, the Mental Health Research Institute and the University of Melbourne to research brain disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease, mental illness and of course – Epilepsy.
Our laboratory quickly settled into this highly collaborative centre with state of the art equipment.