Exclusive award for optimistic Australian researcher
The Nilsson Groups’s Ben Cao was optimistic when he applied for the 2017 Gilead Sciences International Research Scholars Program in Hematology/Oncology, but knew just how competitive it was. He was thrilled to be announced as one of the first Australian researchers to receive the award, which provides funding over 2 years.
“The research funds will have a real impact on our goal to improve treatment drug-resistant acute leukaemia in Australia. It’s fantastic recognition for our entire team,” he said.
“An Australian has never received this award. In 2017, two of the three recipients are Australian! It’s a brilliant reflection on the quality of research coming from ARMI and other Australian research bodies.”
Susie Nilsson and her group, which includes Ben Cao, are employed by CSIRO and hold adjunct appointments with ARMI.
Ben Cao receiving an award for the 2017 Gilead Sciences International Research Scholars Program in Hematology/Oncology
A fishy change pays off for Hozana
Hozana Castillo in the Kaslin Group has been awarded the Anita Roberts Award at the Gordon Research Conference on Tissue Repair and Regeneration. Hozana was thrilled to be recognised for her work analysing spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish, after switching from developmental biology.
“These kinds of awards are a huge motivation for early career researchers like me,” says Hozana.
“It recognises our hard work, and raises the profile of science and research in the community.”
ARMI scientists making waves
- Peter Currie, ARMI Director and leader of the Currie group, has been named the 2017 ANZSCDB President’s Medalist, recognising his outstanding contribution to developmental biology. Self-described as loving the “thrill of the chase” of discovery science, Professor Currie will deliver the PM’s plenary lecture in Adelaide at ComBio 2017.
- Ziad Julier from the Martino Group has been awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation postdoc fellowship. The competitive fellowships enable researchers to spend time overseas to boost their academic career, research profile and scientific independence.