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In collaboration with ARMI (Australian Regenerative Medicine Industry) and Monash University’s Global Challenges students, Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) delivered its first live ‘Ask me Anything’ panel on Facebook - and it was an absolute hit. Critically, the event highlighted the importance of collaboration in developing more engaging and impactful science communication to the public.

ARMI is pleased to welcome its newest member to the Leadership Advisory Board (ARMILAB), Jeremy Nestel. As an investment banker and scientific advocate, Jeremy brings new skills to ARMILAB, furthering its mission to enhance the reputation and positioning of ARMI by liaising with key stakeholders and the broader community.

Welcoming in Spring on a warm Saturday evening, Scienceworks was abuzz with activity at the AstroLight Festival. Hosted by Museums Victoria, this annual event serves to introduce popular science to the public. This year’s AstroLight Festival featured a jam-packed program, offering visitors an exciting array of activities and presentations from which to choose. One such presentation was delivered by Celia Vandestadt and Sam Keenan, two Ph.D. candidates from ARMI.

There tends to be a common misconception amongst young scientists that academia is the only viable career path. To deconstruct this misleading dogma, ARMI designed the Industry Mentoring Program. By providing ARMI students and early career researchers with insights into the many opportunities open to innovative and ambitious scientists, this program seeks to inform ARMI researchers of the career pathways outside of academia.

A dynamic trio of year 11 students from the John Monash Science School (JMSS) have made waves within the scientific community. In collaboration with ARMI, the trio developed a movement inhibitor device to better analyse zebrafish models in research. The device, in recognition of its uniqueness and innovation, earned them a place at this year’s national iAwards as a national contender.

ARMI Annual Report 2017

Annual reports / 2 September 2018
ARMI Annual Report 2017 Cover Page

In 2017, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) had another excellent year, with significant advances in both scientific research and in exciting initiatives to grow our industry linkages and translate our research towards therapeutic applications.

Three years ago, Dr Jennifer Zenker made the brave move from Australia to Singapore. Leaving behind her many friends and life as a postdoctoral scientist at EMBL Australia, Jenny was willing to drop it all to pursue her research career in microtubule dynamics. Following her Lab head at the time, Nicolas Plachta, Jenny was fixed on unlocking the intricacies of cell structure and function. In a great twist of fate, Jenny is now set to arrive back in Australia in November, this time coming as ARMI's newest Group Leader.

Globally, there are only three research institutes that have a dedicated quail facility, with the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University being one of them. ‘ARMI and Monash University have been leaders in founding and supporting this facility,’ said ARMI researcher and head of the facility, Dr Olivier Serralbo. The Frenchman, who has worked with Drosophila, plant and mouse models throughout his 18-year research career, now runs the Monash Transgenic Quail Facility (MTQF) full-time.

Collaboration is the cornerstone of discovery. ARMI and Monash University recognise the importance of fostering international networks to facilitate the healthy exchange and flow of not only talented scientists but also brilliant ideas. To this end, Monash University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) established an alliance in 2017, focused on developing collaborative high impact programs in the fields of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at ARMI, and innovative medical devices at Monash’s Institute Medical Engineering (MIME).