New Frontier for Parkinson’s

UROP @ The Bionics Institute | Aharon Golod

“Not very often do you wake up, knowing you have to go to work and feel excited,” said Aharon Golod. Every day the budding researcher gets to work with cutting-edge technology at the Bionics Institute as part of his UROP placement.

This technology, called deep brain stimulation, while being developed specifically for people with drug-resistant symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, has the potential to treat other neurological disorders, like clinical depression and Tourette’s syndrome. Continue reading

Healing Wounds for Diabetic Patients

UROP @ ARMI | Natasha Qazi

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Having an open wound which doesn’t heal for years is the reality for many people, often diabetics, living with chronic ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Patients need treatment over several years, which makes it extremely expensive, both for the healthcare system and the patients who are continually going in and out of hospital.

Twelve Australians develop diabetes every hour. While the annual healthcare cost for a diabetic person without associated complications can be up to $4,000, complications, such as slow-healing wounds, can increase the cost to $16,000. Continue reading

Training Science Communicators and Future STEMM Stars

BioMedVic is investing in the next generation of science communicators by hosting three Masters student interns from the University of Melbourne. The students, who are undertaking a unit in science communication, have been teamed up with scholars of the BioMedVic Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) working at the Bionics Institute and at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI). Continue reading

CSL’s Principal Sponsorship of UROP to Continue

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Last Thursday, Melbourne Town Hall’s Portico Room lit up with passion for science as BioMedVic held the annual Welcome Forum for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). We were thrilled to have UROP students and supervisors share their research experiences and to hear from Dr Andrew Nash, CSL’s Senior Vice President, Research, that CSL will continue as Principal Sponsor of UROP for 2017-2019. Continue reading

Luke Thorburn | UROP@CSIRO

Not Just a “Phase” – UROP Designs Better Way to Visualise Chemical Space

We recently checked in at the CSIRO Parkville Science Club to hear what UROP scholar Luke Thorburn has been up to. Turns out, he’s been busy!

Luke has just finished a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne Uni, majoring in Statistics & Stochastic Processes. As a UROP scholar at CSIRO, he has developed a new visualisation platform for chemical space that will help crystallographers design optimisation screens for protein crystallisation. Continue reading

A Peak into Industry

Some refer to industry as the “dark side” of science.

But at CSL it’s anything but – as UROP students discovered at the 2016 UROP CSL Tour & Network Event at Parkville’s Bio21 Institute. As the students got a taste of what industry careers are all about, they were quick to ask questions and eager to learn more.

“It was particularly interesting to hear about the way research is structured at CSL, and some of the differences between industry and academia,” said one of the event participants. “Now that I know more about careers in industry, it’s definitely something I will consider in the future.”

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Christina Gangemi | UROP@ARMI

A budding researcher is bringing the secrets of stem cells into sharp focus.

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“It’s a continual process of uncovering the unknown,” Christina said when asked about what draws her to science.

And intrigued by what makes adult stem cells tick, Christina’s curiosity found a home when she first joined the Hobbs lab at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) through a UROP placement in 2016.

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UROP Gearing Up for Round Two

After a successful UROP Conference Day in July, we’ve received an impressive stack of applications from outstanding undergrads in August, ready to kick-start their path in research through the 2016 UROP summer intake.

We’ve also received a number of requests to organise more UROP events. You spoke – we listened!

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Future Scientists Take the Stage

Cancer, chronic disease, therapeutic drug synthesis – it’s impossible to know where the bright young minds that presented at last Friday’s UROP Conference Day are destined to make a difference. But one thing that’s certain is that these budding researchers are only just getting started.

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Jaclyn Pearson (left) mingled with students after her keynote address.

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