Happy holidays, and a 2019 recap – its been a big year

18 December 2019:

2019 has been another big year at the CNBP!

As the year comes to its end a big shout out to our committed members who have helped us make 2019 great.

This year the CNBP family has grown to 260 active members across 5 Nodes and 13 Partner Organisations.

The CNBP team

We have published 127 collaborative research publications and presented CNBP research to a diverse audiences from academia, industry, government and within our local communities.

Highlights include:

  • the Annual Conference hosted in South Australia’s beautiful Clare Valley, which was attended by over 100 students, researchers and partners
  • our 2nd annual publications masterclass attended by over 20 Centre Students; and
  • CNBP’s Pitch Fest where Centre members workshopped and presented their ideas for commercialising Centre projects.

In 2019 the CNBP launched a new poster template which shone at our Annual Conference.  The International Science Committee observed that the new template made it difficult to award the annual best poster award because “in the past there were a few stand-out posters, this year almost every poster was of equal high quality and easy to access by the transdisciplinary judging panel.” This same poster template saw CNBP PhD student Ms Aimee Horsfall awarded the poster first prize at two international meetings with many other CNBP posters highly commended.

Aimee and her award winning poster presentation

Congratulations to members who won prestigious awards and competitive grants this year including:

  • Fellowships: Dr Philipp Reineck and Dr Kylie Dunning;
  • ARC Grants: A/Prof Alfonso Garcia-Bennett; Dr Yuling Wang; Prof Nicki Packer, Prof Rob McLaughlin and Dr Abel Santos
  • NHMRC: Dr Christina Bursill and Prof Ewa Goldys
  • SA Teaching Award: A/Prof Lyndsey Collins-Praino
  • UoA Vice Chancellor’s Medal: Prof Mark Hutchinson
  • UoA Faculty Research Medals: Dr Sanam Mustafa and Prof Rob McLaughlin
  • MQ Faculty Early Career Research Award: Dr Linsday Parker

During 2019 we sponsored a range of domestic and international conferences including BLiSS Adelaide Symposium in September, the Australian Atherosclerosis Society ASM in Geelong in October and ANZCOP 2019 at RMIT in December.

CNBP is privileged to nurture the next generation of researchers and has over 75 Honours, Masters and PhD students who bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to CNBP’s projects and community.

Congratulations to our 2019 completing PhD students: Marco Capelli; Minakshi Das; Samuel Evans; Meng He; Kashif Islam; Cheryl Suwen Law;    Abdulrahman Mansour Shathili; Vasiliki (Vicky) Staikopoulos; Victoria (Yan) Wang; Piotr Wargocki; Lixin Zhan; Fuyuan Zhang; Kaixin Zhang and Nafisa Zohora.

We are proud of CNBP’s culture of personal and professional development, and while we are sad to see members leave, we are always delighted to see CNBP personnel move into our alumni network as they embrace new opportunities and challenges. Welcome to all of our 2019 alumni!

And to our academic members who have joined us as new Postdocs or as Associate Investigators we also say welcome!

Thanks again to all CNBP members and the many curious supporters who read our blogs and champion our success.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to sharing more CNBP news in 2020.

The CNBP team