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Social media for research engagement

21 April 2017:

CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown (pictured), together with Prof Ben Mol, the University of Adelaide and Melinda Cruz, CEO and Founder of Miracle Babies Foundation, believe that social media interaction and scientific activity should go hand-in-hand.

They argue that increased social engagement by scientists with collaborators, the media, governing and funding bodies, government and consumers underlies research success.

Check out their latest written piece, ‘Social media is essential for research engagement‘ in BJOG, an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Failure to launch: aberrant cumulus gene expression during oocyte in vitro maturation

22 November 2016:

Failure to launch: aberrant cumulus gene expression during oocyte in vitro maturation

http://m.reproduction-online.org/content/153/3/R109.abstract
Hannah M Brown, Kylie R Dunning, Melanie Sutton-McDowall, Robert B Gilchrist,
Jeremy G Thompson and Darryl L Russell

Abstract
In vitro maturation (IVM) offers significant benefits for human infertility treatment and animal breeding, but this potential is yet to be
fully realised due to reduced oocyte developmental competence in comparison with in vivo matured oocytes. Cumulus cells occupy
an essential position in determining oocyte developmental competence. Here we have examined the areas of deficient gene
expression, as determined within microarrays primarily from cumulus cells of mouse COCs, but also other species, between in vivo
matured and in vitro matured oocytes. By retrospectively analysing the literature, directed by focussing on downregulated genes, we
provide an insight as to why the in vitro cumulus cells fail to support full oocyte potential and dissect molecular pathways that have
important roles in oocyte competence. We conclude that the roles of epidermal growth factor signalling, the expanded extracellular
matrix, cumulus cell metabolism and the immune system are critical deficiencies in cumulus cells of IVM COCs.

Dr Hannah Brown receives award at SSR2016

Hannah-Brown20 July 2016:

Congratulations to CNBP researcher Dr Hannah Brown who has been awarded the Australia/New Zealand best regional abstract award at the Society for the Study of Reproduction conference in San Diego, July 2016.

The annual conference is the premier research meeting in Reproductive Biology with well over a thousand delegates in attendance.

Her abstract, entitled “Diabetes: dramatically altering the health of the pre-implantation embryo and reproductive tract” continues her ground-breaking work in metaboloepigenetics.

 

CNBP at SIRT 2016

Erik Shartner Low Res Edit 00791 May 2016:

CNBP researchers Dr Hannah Brown, Dr Sabrina Heng and Dr Erik Schartner (pictured) presented invited talks to a range of researchers and clinicians at the ‘Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT)’ conference in Adelaide on the 1st of May, 2016.

Explored in their talks were differing ways in which upcoming Centre research might find use within the embryology labs of the future – this tying into the meeting theme “From basic research to clinical practice: How to revolutionise IVF practice.”

Talk titles from the CNBP researchers were as follows:

  • Hannah: Haemoglobin: Exciting and unexpected roles in fertility.
  • Sabrina: Developing light-driven regenerable chemical tools for biological applications.
  • Erik: Developing optical fibre probes for biosensing.

Further information on Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT), a sub-group representing the scientific membership of The Fertility Society of Australia, can be found online.

CNBP meets the pollies

Hannah-and-CPyne4 March 2016:

CNBP fully embraced the opportunities provided by the just completed ‘Science meets Parliament’ event, organised by Science & Technology Australia, March 1-2, 2016.

The event, attracting 200 of Australia’s top scientists across all disciplines, aimed to help researchers understand how politics, policymaking and the media work, and gave them an opportunity to look at their science from an alternate point of view.

Over 100 federal parliamentarians also took part in the event, taking one-to-one meetings with scientists, attending debates and dinners and having informal discussions.

Attending from the CNBP were Director Prof Mark Hutchinson and researchers Dr Hannah Brown, Dr Alfonso Garcia-Bennett and Dr Melanie McDowall – all were focused on networking, meeting politicians and better understanding ways of improving communication of CNBP science to media, policymakers and parliamentarians.

STA President and CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Jim Piper was also actively involved, undertaking hosting and MC duties throughout the full two-day program, as well as meeting with key politicians and stakeholders.

Highlights included Prof Hutchinson and his involvement on a Q&A style panel, discussing his experiences as a ‘Science meets Parliament’ alumni. Outlined were tips on dealing with politicians including the need for researchers to engage more effectively with stakeholders, to keep it simple, to talk with passion and to stimulate interest through high-quality communication of exciting science.

An undoubted highlight for CNBP’s Hannah Brown and Alfonso Garcia-Bennett was getting the chance to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss their science. Both absolutely enjoyed the experience of meeting Australia’s leader and seeing his enthusiasm for innovative and ground breaking research.

In addition to this, the CNBP team managed to meet a wide number of parliamentarians throughout the two day program (both formally and informally), this including Minister Christopher Pyne, Minister Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister Karen Andrews, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and MPs Terri Butler, Adam Bandt, Andrew Southcott and Melissa Parke.

CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson summed up the event, “The SmP 2016 experience continued to surprise and inform me of new challenges and opportunities for scientific endeavours in the Australian political arena. It was so refreshing to hear from scientific leaders and policy makers of their driving passion to support our research efforts through quality and workable policy and political engagement.”

A ‘Behind the Scenes’ video taken at Science Meets Parliament by the RiAus also featured CNBP talent, with researchers Mel and Hannah figuring prominently.

CNBP is already looking forward to next year’s event!

PM _Science meets Parliament

Hannah Brown at GYSS

Hannah-Brown22 January 2016:

Hannah Brown, CNBP researcher, has attended the Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north (GYSS) in Singapore, 17-22 January, 2016.

The Summitt, an international gathering of 300 young researchers from all over the world, is a forum where attendees meet for a week to be inspired by internationally eminent science and technology leaders via plenary sessions, panel discussions, small group sessions and site visits.

This year, twenty one distinguished speakers took part in the 2016 event which included – 13 Nobel Laureates, 4 Turing Awardees, 2 Fields Medalists and 2 Millennium Technology Prize Winners.

Discussions were focused on how research and innovation can be harnessed to address major global challenges. The specific topic focus this year – “Sustainable and Liveable Cities.”

Additional information can be found online at the GYSS web site.