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Centenary senior researcher aims to strengthen Australia-India ties

Congratulations Dr Ulf Schmitz who has been awarded a 2019 Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early-and-Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowship.

Dr Schmitz is Head of the Computational BioMedicine Laboratory within Centenary’s Gene and Stem Cell Program.

The AISRF EMCR Fellowship scheme offers successful applicants financial support worth up to $16,500 to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology organisations for 1-3 months.

Dr Schmitz plans to visit two independent research centres in India, including the Centre of Computations Biology at IIIT Delhi and the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore.

“India is arguably the biggest exporter of highly trained scholarly talents. This Fellowship will be a great opportunity for me to visit the source of these great Indian minds, and to establish productive collaborations,” says Dr Schmitz.

Four Centenary researchers awarded NHMRC grants

Pictured: Dr Jacob Qi, Dr Renjing Liu and Professor Phil Hansbro.

The Centenary Institute would like to congratulate four of our researchers on securing funding under the Federal Government’s highly-competitive National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) scheme.

Professor Phil Hansbro, Head of Centenary’s Centre for Inflammation, has been awarded a four-year Project Grant. His team will use the funding to develop new therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – the third leading cause of death worldwide.

Dr Renjing Liu, Head of the Agnes Ginges Laboratory for Diseases of the Aorta in Centenary’s Vascular Biology Program, has been awarded two NHMRC project grants starting in 2019 to explore the role of epigenetics in cardiovascular diseases.

“Collaboration is key to successful research. The funding from NHMRC will allow me to continue my collaborations with leading researchers both nationally and abroad because improving human health is a global effort. It will also allow me to build a strong team to see that our work will contribute to increased understanding of biology and diseases, and add to making a difference in people’s lives,” says Dr Liu.

Dr Jacob Qi, also from Centenary’s Vascular Biology Program, has been awarded a three-year grant, which he will use to bolster his research into discovering the metabolic basis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease progression to liver disease.

Dr Gerard Chu from Centenary’s Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program, has been awarded a three-year Postgraduate Scholarship grant. Dr Chu’s research is focused on analysing the immune response and optimising the effectiveness of Mesothelin CAR T-Cell therapy in cancer.

Earlier this year, Centenary’s Professor Chris Semsarian, Associate Professor Jodie Ingles and Professor Warwick Britton were also awarded funding from the NHMRC. Read more about those grants here.

ABC RN Breakfast Interview: Professor John Rasko

A Chinese scientist has sparked global outcry, after claiming he created the world’s first genetically edited babies.

Head of Centenary’s Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program and 2018 ABC Boyer Lecturer, Professor John Rasko, spoke to ABC RN Breakfast host Fran Kelly about the serious ethical concerns surrounding the claim.

Listen to the interview below or find it on the ABC website.

Read more about the original story.

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