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At ARMI, our research capabilities are our greatest strength- bringing together the best minds to tackle some the most difficult issues in regenerative medicine. But behind the lab bench, a different sort of research takes place; one that empowers our scientists and generates opportunities through advocacy and promotion. The Institute’s Leadership Advisory Board is one of them (ARMILAB) ‑ and one of its newest members members, Sonya Walker, is excited to take part and help researchers.

“I’ve had a wonderful career in science,” beams Claude, “I wish a lot of people the same pleasure of going to work every day like I have!” Claude always knew that he would have a career in science, but with a medical focus, “I knew early I didn’t want to do medicine as I knew I was more interested in discovery.”  Claude was born and bred in Paris, and it was where Claude’s love for science began – he completed his undergraduate degree there.  As Claude loved to ski, he decided to relocate to Montreal, Canada to study and complete his French National Service. He really thought he was being clever and laughs telling the story, “I didn’t count on it being -40°C making it difficult to be outside, let alone ski!” Nevertheless, Claude endured the cold Arctic winters of Montreal, finished his national service and completed his masters and PhD there. 

The Autumn 2018 edition 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:

  • The Science of Juggling: Mirana Ramialison on Research and Motherhood
  • To ARMI and Beyond, we wish Hozana Castillo all the best in the years to come
  • Imagine if… ARMI’s Community Partnership Program. It’s time to talk science
  • The Board’s newest addition, Tim Murphy understands the Value of Collaboration
  • A young boy missing the visual centre of his brain retains vision - stunning researchers
  • REGENERATION - an exhibition
  • The ISSCR is coming to Melbourne – and ARMI will be there

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

Bridging the gap between business and research can be a tricky endeavour, often one tackled best by those experienced in both fields. In late 2007, Australia’s Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, knew this also, relying on his senior advisor to guide him. His advisor, Tim Murphy, was precisely this. He brought with him specialised knowledge and skills in both business and science, the cumulation of an expansive career. Little did we know then, that Tim would be joining us here at ARMI as a member of the Leadership Advisory Board (ARMILAB)

It’s a bittersweet time here at ARMI. Hozana Castillo, a postdoctoral researcher with the Kaslin Group, will be heading home to Brazil after two invigorating years with us. Although we're sad to see her go, we are excited to see her expand her career and move on to new challenges. Joining ARMI in 2016, Hozana has since made Australia her second home, growing strong bonds with fellow members of the Kaslin Group, ARMI and Melbourne.

Life of the female scientist will inevitably incur more career disruptions than that of their male counterparts. For Mirana, her disruption is a tug of war -albeit a good one- between her two loves; science and motherhood. Heading off for six months maternity leave in April, it’s a frantic time for Mirana at ARMI. Juggling the life of a group leader, new mother, a soon to be mother of a second child, lab deadlines, impending maternity leave and (to top it off) a burst pipe at home, Mirana’s got her work cut out for her.