Department of Anatomy and Physiology’s inaugural Annual Research Symposium

Congratulations to the three awardees of the newly established Department of Anatomy and Physiology Early Career Researcher pilot grant scheme.

Within less than a year of existence, the newly formed Department of Anatomy and Physiology has already developed an exciting and vibrant research culture, united by an integrated view of the value of understanding the structure and function of the body in health and disease.

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology held its inaugural Annual Research Symposium at the Wright Theatre on Thursday 25 November 2021.

This initiative of the Department Research Committee aims to solidify the department’s interconnectedness, celebrate its research successes and build new linkages to advance research endeavours.

The 2021 symposium featured oral sessions on Advances in technology and methodology, Biomedical discovery and Preclinical science translation.

The symposium was a resounding success. It was a perfect balance of rigorous scientific discussion and collegial bonding, with a touch of light hearted fun throughout – exactly what our new Department needed to put the challenges of the year behind us and look to the possibilities ahead.  I hope to see the Department Research Symposium become a permanent and premier fixture in our annual academic calendar.

Professor Stuart Mazzone, Department of Anatomy and Physiology Research Committee

A highlight of the afternoon was the announcement of the successful recipients of the newly established Department of Anatomy and Physiology Early Career Researcher (DAP ECR) pilot grant scheme. The department received around 110 applicants, of which three were awarded ECR grants.

Please join us in congratulating the ECR grant awardees for this year:

Dr Paula Miotto, awarded $40,000 to investigate, Liver extracellular vesicles: A novel approach to improve insulin secretion in diabetes.

Dr Aung Aung Kywe Moe, awarded $20,000 to investigate, Discovery of a new Purkinje cell subtype with potential chemosensory functions.


Dr Ayenachew Bezawork-Geleta, awarded $20,000 to investigate, Nanoscale characterisation of protein complexes driving lipid trafficking in health and metabolic disease.