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The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) had the honour of hosting the inaugural ABC Symposium in October. The symposia are part of a longer-term engagement initiative to strengthen institutional relationships between the Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio), University of Campinas (Unicamp, Brazil), University of Chile, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and ARMI.

When asked about the Griffith University Discovery Award from Research Australia, Dr. Avnika Ruparelia seemed pretty chuffed. “It’s probably one of my greatest achievements” she beamed. And why wouldn’t it be? Her research into identifying therapies for the treatment of myofibrillar myopathy has earned national recognition through this award. Go Avnika!

If you looked beyond the outstanding career of Dr Zita Unger as an evaluator, educator and entrepreneur, you would discover that she is a keen diver with extensive experience in the Pacific, Micronesia and Australian waters. For Dr Zita Unger, however, the exploring does not stop in the watery depths. When on dry land, Dr Unger investigates opportunities for ARMI.

Associate Professor Andrew Laslett’s Group at ARMI is focussed on investigating the biology of human pluripotent stem cell lines, including human ESC and iPSC. Thanks to the Laslett Group, the study and application of human embryonic stem cells has recently been advanced by the availability of new antibodies which can easily determine which cells in a cell population are pluripotent.