2018 EMCRA Collaborative Award: Winners

Our congratulations to the EMCRA (Early-Mid Career Researchers Association) Collaborative Award winners for 2018

Winners were announced early in July. A copy of the official announcement has been provided below.

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the winners of the 2018 round of the EMCRA (Early-Mid Career Researchers Association) Collaborative Award. This seed funding was established to promote collaboration between level A & B postdocs in the School of Biomedical Sciences. Each application was required to have two or three postdocs from at least two different departments in the School, on a project of their own devising. The total amount of funding available in 2018 was $60k.

This year we received 19 applications from a total of 43 applicants. The applications were of incredible quality, reflecting the exceptional talent of the postdocs in our School. We thank all applicants for their applications and are pleased to have been able to provide detailed feedback for each application. We are delighted to be able to provide funding to the following four projects for 2018.

The winners are:

Dr John Karas (Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics) & Dr Claire Weekley (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) for their project: "Elucidating the structure of the tetraspanin CD151 via racemic protein crystallisation".

Dr Justin Hardee (Department of Physiology), Dr Lincon Stamp (Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience) & Dr Boris Reljic (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) for their project: "Novel Models to Examine Contraction-induced Mitochondrial Plasticity".

Dr Laura Edgington-Mitchell (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) & Dr Rachel McQuade (Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience) for their project: "Unravelling the contribution of legumain to GI dysfunction during Parkinson's Disease".

Dr Brendon Chua (Department of Microbiology & Immunology), Dr Alice McGovern (Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience) & Dr Angela Pizzolla (Department of Microbiology & Immunology) for their project: "Neuro-immune cross talk in influenza virus infection and prophylaxis".

Congratulations again to the winners, and thank you again to everyone who submitted an application!

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Nick, Susan, Jess and Katrina

2018 EMCRA Co-chairs, on behalf of the 2018 EMCRA steering committee