Achievements & News

Staff and Student News 2018

Prof Shaun Brennecke

Invited recently to deliver the prestigious Priscila Kincaid-Smith Lecture on 14 July 2018 at this year’s Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting entitled: Preeclampsia - Answers to Questions and Questions to Answer.

Dr Tom Cade

Congratulations to Tom who was awarded a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Fellowship

Dr Bill Kalionis 

Congratulations to Bill who along with his collborators W Chrzanowski, P Hansbro, S Yunsun Kim, A Chrzanowska, G King, S Fraser from the Univeristy of Sydney have been awarded the Big Idea 2018 for their project entitled " Aerosolised EVs as next generation therapeutics"

Mr Ramin Khanabdali

Congratulations to Ramin who has been offered an Oral presenation at the 2018 Australasian Extracellular Vesicles Conference at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Sydney, Australia, 14-16th November, 2018 for his abstract entitled “Extracellular Vesicle Profile of Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cells Derived from Early-Term and Late/Post-Term Human Placenta:  A Proxy to Understand Placental Ageing”.

And further congratulations for Ramin who won an Travel Award to attend the 2018 Australasian Extracellular Vesicles Conference at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Sydney, Australia, 14-16th November, 2018

Ms Aida Shakouri

Congratulations to Aida who was awarded a travel award from Australian Society of Stem Cell Research (ASSCR) to attend the prestigous International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 2018 conference.

Staff and Student News 2017

Jessica Bahn

Congratulations to Jess our 2016 Honours Student who has been awarded a University of Melbourne “The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology RWH Honours Award 2016”. The recipient of this award is nominated by the Head of Department at the student’s project site and is awarded in recognition of their performance during their Honours Year. Well done Jess!

Prof Shaun Brennecke

Congratulations to Shaun for his successfully being awarded  two NHMRC grants. One with the University of Sydney's Prof Jon Hyatt entitled: "Can esomeprazole improve outcomes in women at high risk of pre-eclampsia? A Phase II placebo-controlled randomised, multi-centre clinical trial" and one with Monash University's Prof Ben Mol entitled "Prediction and prevention of spontaneous preterm birth: an Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis comprising of prognostic and therapeutic data" .

Once again congratulations to Shaun who was also awarded a grant from the Trevor B Kilvington Bequest, University of Melbourne.

Erin Clarke

Congratulations to Erin who was awarded a first class honours for her BMedSci (Hons)

Dr Bill Kalionis

Congratulations to Bhaun who was also awarded a grant from the Trevor B Kilvington Bequest, University of Melbourne.

Dr Stefan Kane

Congratulations to Stefan for the successful completion of his RANZCOG sub-specialty CMFM qualitfication which shows his expertise in the field of maternal fetal medicine.

Ramin Khanabdali

Congratulations to Ramin who has been awarded an EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme Fellowship to attend the EMBO Conference: Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, 23-26 May 2017 in Germany.

Dr Gina Kusuma

Congratulations to Gina who has been awarded a Dr Hubert Sydney Jacobs Memorial Scholarship from the University of Melbourne.

Aida Shakouri

Our congratulations to Aida who was awarded in 2017:

  • a ASBTE Conference Travel Award, 18-20 April 2017, Canberra.
  • a position as event reporter at the EMBO Conference: Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, 23-26 May 2017 in Germany.
  • a travel grant from the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre (PFPC), ARC Special Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Staff and Student News 2016

Shaun Brennecke

Congratulations to Shaun and all the team who participated in the PROGNOSIS trial, the results were published 7 January 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine, "Predictive Value of the sFlt-1:PlGF Ratio in Women with Suspected Preeclampsia"

Tom Cade

Congratulations to Tom who was the receipient of a Luke Proposch Perinatal Research Scholarship, 2017 from RANZCOG to support his project "New criteria for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes: A maternal and neonatal health outcome and economic analysis in a large tertiary level maternity centre"

Ricardo Palma-Dias

Congratulations to Ricardo and his team including the PRC's Penny Sheehan, Karen Reidy and Sue Veljanovski who participated in the Maternal Fetal Medcine Foundation funded RCT  trial, the results were published 18 March 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine, "A Randomized Trial of a Cervical Pessary to Prevent Preterm Singleton Birth"

Hannah Yong

Congratulations Hannah, who won a place at, and a travel award, to attend the prestigious International summit for young scientists, Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS) to be held in Singapore in January 2016. The GYSS is a world-wide gathering of young researchers who will interact with internationally eminent science and technology leaders in Singapore. The Summit will discuss the latest advances in science & technology, and how research and innovation can be harnessed to address major global challenges. It is a multi-disciplinary Summit, covering topics ranging from chemistry, physics and medicine to mathematics, computer science and engineering. Speakers invited to the GYSS are globally recognised scientific leaders, among them are recipients of the Fields Medal, a Millennium Technology Prize, a Nobel Prize, and the Turing Awards.

In 2016 Hannh successfully passed her PhD, her thesis was entitled"Characterisation of maternal pre-eclampsia susceptibility genes"

Congratulations to Hannah for being the recipient of the 2017 A*STAR International Postdoctural Fellow to University of Cambridge 

Staff and Student News 2015

Batla Al-Sowayan & Gina Kusuma

Congratulations to two of our students Gina Kusuma and Batla Al-Sowayan, both successfully passed their PhD’s and graduated as Dr’s from Melbourne University, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology / Royal Women’s Hospital, Pregnancy Research Centre in the last week, Gina with her thesis entitled “The Role of Decidual Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Response To Oxidative Stress in Normotensive and Pre-Eclamptic Pregnancies” and Batla with her thesis entitle “Characterisation of Primary and Transfected Placental Mesenchymal Stem Cell Migration”.

Fabrico Da Silva Costa & Shaun Brennecke

Congratulations to Fabricio and Shaun who have both been elected to the Editorial Board of the Revista Brasileira De Ginecologia E Obstetricia. Fabricio is now also an Associated Editor for theRevista Brasileira De Ginecologia E Obstetricia. 

Dr Stefan Kane
Congratulations to Stefan who was awarded an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship for 2015-2017. Stefan also receved an Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine Research Grant and was successful in receiving a RANZCOG Fellows Clinical Research Scholarship, both for 2015

Stefan was interviewed by the Hearald Sun's Health reporter for her article 'The eyes have it' on the 6th August 2015. 

Dr Gina Kusuma
Congratulations to Gina who has been awarded a NSFCA Travel Award for the upcoming conference, Stem Cells in the Hunter Valley 8-10 November, 2015

Di Maxwell & Megan Poth

Congratulations to our Clinical Research Midwives Di & Megan, who along with the clinical trial PI Dr Andrea Khaw have successfully recruited 100 participants to the FACT trial.

The Folic Acid Clinical Trial is an international study awarded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research to evaluate whether a high dose of folic acid supplementation during pregnancy is beneficial as a new prevention strategy for managing women at risk of developing preeclampsia.

Ms Stephanie Reilly
Congratulations to Steph, our Scholarly Selective student, who has received a Highly Commended Poster Award at the 6th Annual Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Victorian Student Symposium

Miss Hannah Yong

Congratulations to Hannah who received not 1 but 2 awards at the recent IFPA 2015 conference.
This conference is an annual meeting for the International Federation of Placenta Associations  (IFPA) to discuss the latest and emerging topics in placental research.

In recognition of the excellence of the abstract that Hannah presented she won the prestigous Y. W. Loke New Investigator travel award, which is given to young/new investigators for research excellence, and supported her travel to attend and present an oral at the meeting.

Hannah also won (in a tie) the ACEA Travel Award for her oral presentation entitled “Altered activin receptor ACVR2A expression in pre-eclampsia contributes to abnormal placentation”. Her oral presentation was shown to have great scientific merit and integration of xCELLigence RTCA technology as a research tool. 


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