Centenary Institute Honours student Arianna Di Fazio has been awarded the 2019 Gabriella Wittman Prize for Genetics.
This prestigious prize is awarded to a senior biology student by the Faculty of Science of the University of Sydney.
Arianna is applying and developing skills in molecular biology and protein biochemistry in an Honours year in a liver research program that targets liver cirrhosis.
Professor John Rasko AO has led a world-first clinical trial into engineered stem cell treatment use, treating 15 patients with steroid resistant acute graft-versus-host disease.
Centenary Institute research has discovered that the lack of an enzyme in the liver called sphingosine kinase 2 results in pronounced insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, both symptoms of early stage type 2 diabetes.
Research led by the Centenary Institute has shown that a healthy weight and coffee consumption may help lower the risk of high-risk drinkers developing alcohol-induced cirrhosis.