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Staff News and Awards

2016 Excellence in Teaching AwardsProf Jiake Xu

The 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards were held on the 27th May 2016 at St Catherine's college. PaLM staff were very well represented, with nominees in five different award categories.

Congratulations to Prof Jiake Xu, who was awarded winner for the category Research Supervision, and to all the nominees.

Cancer Council WA Research Excellence Awards 2016

The School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is proud to have two winners this year at the Research Excellence Awards.

Congratulations to Dr Belinda Guo for receiving the award for Early Career Researcher of the Year for her contributions to translational cancer research in WA.

The prestigious award of Cancer Researcher of the Year went to Professor Wally Langdon. For the past 30 years Wally has conducted cancer research of the highest order, with numerous publications in major journals.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Matthew Linden

Assoc/Prof Matthew Linden has been selected as an ISAC (International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry) Marylou Ingram Scholar, and will be inducted in June 2016. The ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholars Program is designed to enhance the scientific and leadership experiences of scientific research leaders in the field of cytometry. Being chosen as an ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholar is a recognition of scientific skills, research accomplishments, leadership potential and ability to achieve career goals. Awards of ISAC Marylou Ingram Scholar are highly competitive and typically awarded to the top 10% of applicants. Well done Matt!

Congratulations Professor Wendy Erber, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health SciencesProf Wendy Erber


A very big congratulations to Professor Wendy Erber on her appointment to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Professor Erber will take up the Dean position for a period of two years, as of mid-December.

You will be missed but we wish you all the very best in your new adventure.

Charlene Kahler 

Fellowship of the Australian Society of Microbiology awarded to Charlene Kahler

Congratulations to A/Professor Charlene Kahler on being honoured with Fellowship of the Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM) at the recent ASM meeting in Canberra. A fantastic achievement and well-deserved.

NHMRC Grant Success

The School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine congratulates Associate Professor Wallace Langdon, and Professor Jiake Xu, Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos and Dr Jennifer Tickner and their teams on winning their NHMRC project grants.


A/Prof Langdon’s grant, 'Inhibiting Chemotherapy-induced Myelosuppression', aims to develop a safe and inexpensive approach that will specifically protect non-cancerous blood-producing cells from chemotherapy. W/Prof Xu, A/Prof Pavlos, Dr Tickner’s grant, 'Furin: Carving-up vital substrates for bone remodelling and homeostasis', proposes to address furin as a novel regulator of bone remodelling.


Congratulations again to both teams on winning such competitive grants. 

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Student News and AwardsAlex Debowski

Healy Research Collaboration Award for 2016

The Marshall Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Training is pleased to congratulate Dr Aleksandra Debowski who has received a Healy Research Collaboration award in the 2016 Round of the Raine Medical Research Foundation Priming Grants, Prizes and Awards.

During her PhD and current post-doctoral studies, Dr Debowski has concentrated on the development of inducible systems for the expression of antigens by H. pylori and the assessment of new pathogenicity determinants. In her project for the Healy award, she plans to use an inducible system to express the Type IV secretion system (T4SS) in H. pylori and to elucidate the role that cag-T4SS has in the development and progression of gastric cancer in a Mongolian gerbil model. The award funds her travel to Munich, Germany to conduct her research experiments in collaboration with the team of Prof. Dr. Rainer Haas at the Max von Pettenkofer-Institute for Hygiene and Clinical Microbiology of Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich.

Students in Health and Medical Research Conference (SHMRC) Winners

The SHMRC was held on Thursday 20th August and the University Club of Western Australia with PaLM students taking out three of the top honours of the event.

Congratulations to Sam Taylor who was awarded First Place Oral Presentation, Jacques Malherbe who received the Second Place Oral Presentation prize and Britt Clynick who received an award for Best Question. Well done!

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PaLM pays tribute to Professor Geoffrey Shellam

Geoffrey ShellamProfessor Geoffrey Shellam was a Professor of Microbiology at UWA from 1985 until he retired in June 2015.  He died two days later from aggressive cancer, an hour before his retirement dinner was due to start.  Geoff was interested in all facets of microbiology and infectious disease, and instigated diverse research projects investigating viruses (such as arboviruses and cytomegalovirus), infectious diseases in wildlife in Antarctica and natural infection and fertility control in Australian wild mice. He was the driving force behind the successful Masters of Infectious Diseases by coursework that has been completed by many national and international students. He took great delight in the successes of these students, kept up correspondence with many of them after graduation and could be relied upon for a reference. One of his greatest strengths was to see the potential in people, and many PhD students were given a chance to prove themselves by Geoff after being noticed as Research Assistants or undergraduate students. Geoff was not a master of technology, yet he was passionate about the acquisition of new equipment to enhance research and teaching practise.  He was an innovator with great energy and enthusiasm, and he will be be sadly missed by all who remember him.

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Meetings and Conferences

Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Professor Tim Inglis presented on behalf of the Clinical Microbiology Translational Research Group at the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in London (October 2016). The Antimicrobial resistance track ran for the entire length of the conference and was a subject of an opening plenary session by Keith Klugman, and highlighted in the closing plenary from Bill Gates. Tim rounded off the week with AMR meetings in the House of Lords, the Central Public Health Laboratory, Colindale and with the Gates Foundation programme manager.

For more information about the grant awarded to Tim's group, the Clinical Microbiology Translational Research Group, please visit From Fast to First and Handy: Rapid Detection of AMR.

Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology Congress 2015

Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology Congress, 15-17 October 2015

The Indian Ocean Rim Laboratory Haematology Congress 2015 took place at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle. The congress was a huge success bringing together some of the world’s best medical professionals. The event was rounded off with a half-day morphology workshop in the PaLM E-learning suites, coordinated by Professor Wendy Erber, which was very well received. For more information about the congress, visit: www.labhaem2015.org. Congratulations to the congress team who helped coordinate another successful event!

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Around the University

10 Years on - The impact of WA's only Nobel Prize

Prof Barry Marshall and Emeritus Prof Robin WarrenHot on the heels of the 2016 Nobel Prize announcements in Sweden, a new report shows that Western Australia’s first Nobel Prize is still having a big impact a decade later. The report, Western Australia’s Nobel Laureates Leading the Way is the world’s first long-term study of the social impact of a Nobel Prize. Co-authored by Kris Laurie and Marie Howarth it was launched at The University of Western Australia on the 10th of October 2016. It is based on data collected over 10 years by Kris Laurie, Manager of the WA Government funded Office of the Nobel Laureates which was established to support Professor Marshall and Dr Warren’s work as Western Australia’s first Ambassadors for Life Sciences. Jess Ried (UWA Media and PR Adviser)

UWA Open Day 2016O Day 2016

A huge thank you to all of the staff and students who volunteered their time to represent PaLM at this year’s UWA Open Day, Sunday 14th August. The event was a huge success and we have hopefully inspired a large cohort of future PaLM students.

Special thanks to Dani Christos and Jacob Kenny for setting up and coordinating the day.

Olivia Ruhen with her winning cakeAustralasian Society of Immunology International Day of Immunology Cake Off!

To celebrate the International Day of Immunology on Friday 29th April, Dr. Demelza Ireland and Master of Infectious Diseases student Lucy Townsend organised an amazing Immunology-themed cake off! The event was a tremendous success with staff and students alike baking clever and delicious sweet treats. The competition was tough but in the end it was PhD Student Olivia Ruhen who took out top prize for her cake "Eosinophil Degranulation Degustation". 

Science Library renamed in honour of Professor Barry MarshallBarry Marshall

Marshall Centre Director and PaLM researcher, Professor Barry Marshall was honoured by the renaming of the UWA Science Library to the Barry J Marshall Library in a ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of Professor Marshall’s Nobel Prize. Professor Marshall and his colleague, Dr. J. Robin Warren were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 2005 for their discovery of the cause of peptic ulcers, the bacterium H. pylori.

PaLM on InstagramInstagram Logo

The School of PaLM is now on Instagram. It will be a great new way to communicate information and events to students as well as to showcase some of the research being conducted throughout the school. If you have something you would like to advertise via the PaLM Instagram, please contact Dani Christos on 9346 2499 or dani.christos@uwa.edu.au. Follow us @uwapathlabmed

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