CPTT-Biozone End-of-Year Forum (Perth)

Photo credit: Prof Kevin Pfleger

On November 22nd our Perth node held a joint end-of-year forum with Biozone. This event was an opportunity for students and postdocs to present updates on their research projects from the last twelve months.

The pandemic prevented our Melbourne and Perth cohorts from running our end-of-year Forum together this year. However, unlike last year where our forum was entirely virtual, this year we have had the opportunity to gather in person, albeit in separate states. Plans are underway for our 2022 forum in twelve months time, which all being well will be our first time together in nearly three years! It’s certainly been a challenge but our Perth cohort has shown the way with their event.

The Melbourne end-of-year forum is scheduled for December 9th. If you have any questions, please contact the Centre Manager.

Welcome to our new IAB members!

The ARC CPTT are delighted to welcome some new faces to our Industry Advisory Board (IAB). We are welcoming Andrew O’Brien from Clarivate Analytics and Bastian Stoehr from SMR! We were able to formally introduce them to the other members of our IAB at our most recent meeting.

Welcome Andrew and Bastian! We look forward to working with you both.

We would also like to thank outgoing members of the IAB, Gouri Betigeri (Clarivate Analytics) and Scott Edwards (SMR) for their contributions, and we wish them both well on their next endeavours.

PhD submissions – Congratulations Arianna & Helen!

The submission of a PhD thesis is an important milestone to celebrate. We are delighted to say that two of our Centre’s PhD students have just reached this stage of their candidature. Congratulations to Arianna Oddo and Qianyu (Helen) Chen! We invite you to learn a little more about them and their research below.

Arianna Oddo has undertaken her PhD at Monash University, under the supervision of Professor Nicolas Voelcker and Dr Tommy Tong. Her thesis title is “Microfluidic devices as novel in vitro platforms in the context of pre-clinical and toxicological studies”. Arianna has been active on Twitter during her PhD, demonstrating her skills in science communication. She has also been busy publishing her research in scientific journals, including Nanoscale Advances and Trends in Biotechnology. Click the links to read more!

Helen Chen undertook her PhD at The University of Melbourne, under the supervision of CPTT Director, Professor Alastair Stewart. Her thesis was titled “Organotypic airway epithelial cultures in modelling inflammation and infection”. Helen has also been an avid writer during her PhD, contributing to six publications so far (most recently in Biomicrofluidics), and another to be announced soon.

Congratulations again to Arianna and Helen on this milestone achievement in your academic careers!

R U OK? Day: Resources for 2021

Thursday September 9th is R U OK? Day. For many people this day acts as a prompt for us to ask friends, family and colleagues, “Are you OK?”.

The ARC CPTT is aware that not everyone will feel comfortable asking or indeed answering that question. We know that mental health is an ongoing discussion, beyond what a single day can encapsulate. The last two years have been extremely challenging for all of us, and so we are using this day as an opportunity to provide you with resources that will help you to ask and answer this question in the days, weeks and months ahead. Your conversation could save a life, and it is important to be equipped.

  • The first resource available is the R U OK? Day Workplace champions pack, which you can access here. Please take a moment to review the contents and consider saving a copy to your files.
  • The second resource is the R U OK? Day webinar, which will be run on R U OK? Day. Full details for the webinar are included below, and it is FREE to register.

Join the free R U OK? Day webinar 12.30pm Thurs 9 Sept (AEST)

Learn when and how to ask R U OK? so you can have a conversation that could change a life. Speakers include:

  • Sam Mac, weatherman Sunrise and R U OK? Ambassador
  • Katherine Newton, CEO R U OK?
  • Ann-Maree Fardell Hartley, psychologist and suicidoligist

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2021-r-u-okday-webinar-tickets-166884491005

Read more about R U Ok? Day: https://www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day

Watch the R U Ok? Day video: https://vimeo.com/574775905

We are a community, and we’re here to support you. Please reach out to us if you need support or assistance. 

Take care and stay safe.