This week, UWA welcomed its very first cohort of Study Abroad students from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). Professor Barry Marshall was onhand at the welcome function at St Thomas Moore College to inspire the students and introduce them to UWA. UWA has developed a Study Abroad package that includes accommodation (at either University Hall or St Thomas More College), Tuition and extra curricula activities comprising excursions, cultural activities and visits to UWA research facilities.
A ground-breaking project recruiting members of the public to become citizen scientists is set to expand in bold new directions, with support from one of Australia’s most well-known scientists.
The Microblitz project, led by researchers at The University of Western Australia, involves a wide-scale DNA sequencing survey of the environment to identify and map the microbial life of Western Australian soils.
Scientists at The University of Western Australia and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd have revealed new insights into the function of an important bacterial protein in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.
Alexis Daly was recently required to research a scientist for a school project and she chose our favourite Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall as her subject. Getting an A+ for her work was a great outcome but even more thrilling was meeting Professor Marshall and showing him her video.
Ashdale Secondary College students shined at the Marshall Centre's recent Networking for Change event. Students Anika Fuglang, Lilly Crr, Vi Nguyen and Blake Canner put their budding media and communication skills into practise by becoming the official photographers at the high profile networking event. Ably assisted by their teachers Leisa Aitken and Alexandra Myer, the students took photographs, facilitated the Q&A sessions and assisted participants with the event's live Twitter feed.
Congratulations to Assoc/Professor Tim Inglis and his team on their recent publication on “Rapid susceptibility profiling of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae” in Scientific Reports.
In this publication, they describe a novel technique called flow cytometry-assisted susceptibility test (FAST) method which combines rapid qualitative susceptible/non-susceptible classification and quantitative antibiotic resistance levels in a single process completed shortly after receipt of a primary isolate in the pathology diagnostic laboratory.
Watch this space... The Noisy Guts Project is one of six finalists in the running for the 2017 UWA Research Innovation and Enterprise Award. The winner will be announced at the IQ Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 14 June. The team are thrilled to be part of UWA's culture of innovation. Fingers crossed!
Researchers from the Noisy Guts Project team wore purple for World IBD Day on 19 May. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and affect over 75,000 Australians.
35 years ago, over Easter weekend in April of 1982, Professor Barry Marshall cultured H.pylori from patients with gastritis and ulcers for the first time, after Robyn Warren, a pathologist, observed the previously unknown spiral- shaped bug in stomach lining biopsies.
Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at Imperial College London and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd, have revealed new insights into the structure of an important biomolecule in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.
This week, Marshall Centre advisory board member Professor Lyn Beazley and Dr Mary Webberley were out and about at WiTWA's techtrails program. Techtrails is designed to encourage young people to consider careers in technology.
The first Techtrails STEM incursion for 2017 was held at Ashdale Secondary College in Darch. The students were thrilled to learn about the Noisy Guts Project and potential career pathways in medical technologies and wearable devices.
Today, the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme required for polymyxin resistance was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This project was funded by an NHMRC grant awarded to Associate Professor Alice Vrielink (UWA), Dr Keith Stubbs (UWA), Dr Martin Scanlon (Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Monash University) and Deputy Director Associate Professor Charlene Kahler at the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases.
Associate Professor Charlene Kahler, Deputy Director of the Marshall Center, appeared on A Current Affair last night to talk about meningococcal vaccination. In the past, the majority of meningococcal disease in Australia was caused by MenB and MenC strains. However, last year 75% of all cases in Western Australia were MenW. A similar rise in prevalence of MenW was also seen across Australia. The National Immunisation Program contains a vaccine against MenC which has disappeared since 2000.
The Noisy Guts Project was recently awarded the Start Something CSIRO Commercialisation Award. The judges were impressed with the project's commercial potential and scientific rigour, as well as the project manager's potential as a communicator, leader and entrepreneur.
The award was presented by the Vice Chancellor at the UWA Research Awards and Honours ceremony during Research Week.