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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.

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.

In the highest of honours (and to the delight of ARMI), neuroscientist and Group Leader, Associate Professor James Bourne was the recipient of the prestigious NHMRC ‘Marshall and Warren’ Award. Presented last Wednesday night, the award was a recognition of the cutting-edge research the Bourne group is undertaking in comprehending visual brain development. 

The Winter 2018 of the ARMI newsletter, Regenerate, is now available for download in the 'Resources' section. Here are just some of the highlights for ARMI in the first quarter of 2018:

  • Claude Bernard – Looking back on an inspirational career in immunology
  • From Madrid to New York and now Melbourne: Read about the life and research of Alberto Roselló-Díez, ARMI's newest group leader.
  • How the Merson Group is ‘Kissing Goodbye’ to MS
  • Sonya Walker: Taking Ideas to the Global Community
  • Unlocking the Secrets of Skeletal Muscle Cells
  • ARMI spends a night at St Heliers Gallery
  • Congratulations to Professor Jose Polo
  • Welcome Social Media Ambassadors

Discover what other highlights have emerged and read the diverse range articles in the latest edition of Regenerate.

It was a fight for every square-inch at St Heliers Gallery at the Abbotsford Convent on the Friday night of the 25th of May. In celebration of the works created during the successful Artists in Residence program, ARMI headed to the gallery to see a showcase of regenerative medicine-inspired art. The exhibition, titled Regeneration: An exhibition, was overflowing with scientists, artists and art enthusiasts. Accompanied by a lively band, cheese and wine, the night was a sure-fire success to the delight of ARMI and its curators, Lucy Hersey and Celia Vandestadt.