8 August 2017:
CNBP was well represented at the STA ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event held in Canberra, August 8, 2017.
Researchers A/Prof Guozhen Liu, Dr Alf Garcia-Bennett, Dr Sanam Mustafa and Dr Hannah Brown all attended and heard a number of talks on topics ranging from ‘A Whole Government approach to Science Policy’, to ‘A Crash-course in STEM and Policy Making’ through to discussion on ‘Positive and Meaningful Contributions to Policy.’
A/Prof Guozhen Liu particularly enjoyed the ‘Working Round Table’ discussion. “We discussed the 2030 Strategic Plan for the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System, which will help shape future science activity in Australia. It was emphasized that Australia encourages both fundamental and applied research, and that research excellence is key.”
A/Prof Liu also noted the importance of effective communication between stakeholders. “Methods and approaches to drive effective and engaged connections between Universities, Government and Industry were topics that were explored and discussed in depth throughout the day.”
The ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event brought together researchers and practitioners from a range of science and technology disciplines, with policymakers from across government departments and agencies. Objectives included to make connections and to examine the intersection between the evidence base and actual policy development.
3 July 2017:
Congratulations to CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown and Dr Sanam Mustafa, both from the University of Adelaide and both selected to participate in the inaugural 2017 Superstars of STEM program.
The program, implemented by ‘Science and Technology Australia’, supports 30 women employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become highly visible public role models.
All participants will be trained in public speaking, media, and communicating with influence, with the objective of inspiring and encouraging young women in their STEM related education and study.
Opportunities provided by the program will include mainstream media interviews, speaker slots at public, corporate and Government events as well as support for local high school visits.
“This program will directly encourage young women and girls to study and stay in STEM – by speaking with them in their schools and workplaces, and by providing prominent public role models for them to aspire to,” STA CEO Kylie Walker said.
The program was launched today by Professor Emma Johnston (STA President-Elect) and Senator the Hon Arthur Sindodinos, Minister for Industry, Innovation & Science.
10 May 2017:
Dr Sanam Mustafa, CNBP Researcher, presented an invited keynote lecture at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 86th Annual Scientific Congress, 10 May 2017.
Her talk was titled, “Recent developments in post-operative pain management – should we be worried?” and discussed the implications of using morphine for neuropathic pain.
The Congress took place at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
28 November 2016:
University of Adelaide and CNBP Researcher Dr Sanam Mustafa has been awarded a 2017 Barbara Kidman Fellowship.
The University of Adelaide Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship Scheme is designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career. The Fellowships are named after Dr Barbara Kidman who, at the time (1940s and 1950s), defied society’s expectations of women in scientific roles.
The Fellowship offers opportunities to enhance, maintain or re-invigorate research momentum, as well as assist successful recipients in applying for, and assuming, enhanced roles in the near future.
Further information on the Fellowship is accessible online from the University of Adelaide web site.
11 August 2016:
After a successful keynote presentation at the 2015 annual ‘Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast’ at Thebarton Senior College, CNBP’s Dr Mustafa was once again invited back to the college to engage with young female students at the 2016 event.
Returning from maternity leave, Dr Sanam Mustafa was in an ideal position to highlight the evolution of male dominated fields towards a more balanced work environment where support was available for women returning from breaks in their career.
Dr Mustafa shared her positive experience at CNBP which she attributed to the nurturing leadership strategy of Professor Mark Hutchinson (a father of two young girls), and the culture of the organisation. She explained that it was important to maintain a channel of communication even during periods of absence so that it was easier to reconnect when coming back to the workplace. Through this open communication, Dr Mustafa was able to negotiate a return to work plan that catered for her new responsibilities as a mother.
The event organisers themselves demonstrated their commitment to engaging women with caring responsibilities by welcoming Dr Mustafa’s 9 month old daughter Zaina to the breakfast event as well.
Feedback from participants was that this STEM focused networking and information session for high-school aged female students was a huge success.
3 December 2015:
Dr Sanam Mustafa, a CNBP researcher, has published a review in the journal ‘Current Opinion in Pharmacology’ discussing the complex mechanisms responsible for drug addiction. Also discussed is the targeting of dynamic neuroimmune receptor interactions, as a potential therapeutic strategy.
The article is available online.
27 August 2015:
CNBP’s Dr Sanam Mustafa was keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast, that took place at Thebarton Senior College, Adelaide, on the 27th August 2015.
The event provided a networking and information session for high school aged female students involved in the STEM area.
Also attending was the Minister for the Status of Women and Minister for Science and Information Technology, the Hon. Gail Gago and the Minister for Education and Child Development, the Hon. Susan Close.
Dr Sanam Mustafa’s speech detailed her career choices and the context in which they had been made. Her journey was described as inspirational and was welcomed by all those who attended.
Hon. Susan Close commented, “What an inspiring speech this morning by Dr Sanam Mustafa at the women in STEM breakfast at Thebarton Senior College – inspiring young female students to succeed in STEM subjects and grasp career opportunities.”
Dr Mustafa has been invited to speak at next year’s event, as well as at the school’s graduation ceremony by Acting Principal Eva Kannis-Torry.
30 March 2015:
CNBP researcher, Dr Sanam Mustafa gave an invited talk at the Pain Adelaide 2015 meeting on March 30th 2015.
Her talk, ‘Receptor-Receptor Interactions: Key to understanding pain?’, addressed a diverse audience, that ranged from researchers and clinicians through to patients suffering from chronic pain. The presentation initiated interesting discussions around the understanding of pain at the molecular level and the development of more selective pain therapies.
23 February 2015: Welcome Kishan
Kishan Sangani is an exchange student from Indiana University. He will be spending the next 6 months working under the supervision of Dr Sanam Mustafa on CNBP projects.
7 December 2014: Poster Presentation.
Dr Sanam Mustafa attended the International ASCEPT-MPGPCR meeting in Melbourne and was provided the opportunity to present her research to leading international researchers.