Congratulations to Professors Maria Craig, William Rawlinson, and colleagues from the national ENDIA Study Team, on $8.3m funding provided by JDRF Australia and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. ENDIA is the first study worldwide to recruit from the pregnancy and follow babies into childhood to find the causes of type 1 diabetes. With the recruitment of 1500 participants completed at the end of last year, this funding will be used to continue the follow-up of this cohort for a further three years.
Congratulations to Dr Stuart Hamilton, Ece Egilmezer, and Prof William Rawlinson who received funding from the UNSW 3Rs Grant Scheme for their investigations on Animal Replacement with 3D Cerebral Organoid Models & Placental Explant Histocultures for Study of Congenital infections.
This pioneering study at the Virology Research Laboratory & UNSW is developing mini human brains (cerebral organoids) from pluripotent stem cells to investigate mother-to-child-transmission of CMV through the placenta, the pathogenic effects CMV infection has on placental and fetal brain development/function as well as the safety and efficacy profiles of experimental therapeutics for congenital infection.
Congratulations to Dr Stuart Hamilton and co-authors Corina Hutterer, Ece Egilmezer, Mirjam Steingruber, Jens Milbradt, Manfred Marschall and William Rawlinson for being awarded "Best New Investigator Paper" by the Placenta Journal and the International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) at the annual international meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This was awarded in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the quality of the journal for their recent publication "Human cytomegalovirus utilises dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-regulated kinases during placental replication" Placenta. 72-73:10-19.
This work was undertaken as part of the continuing international research collaborations between our CMV research team and the CMV research team of Professor Manfred Marschall at the Institute for Clinical and Molecular Virology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
Our postdoctoral scientist Dr Ki Wook Kim has been awarded the prestigious Lindsey Baudinet Rising Star Award in Type 1 Diabetes Research by the Australian Diabetes Society.
This $20,000 award supports outstanding Australian early-career researchers undertaking clinical or preclinical research in type 1 diabetes and its complications.
Dr. Kim will use this towards characterizing the population of viruses that trigger islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes as part of the nation-wide ENDIA cohort study (www.endia.org.au).
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Respiratory Group receives funding for enterovirus surveillance and next generation sequencing.
Our Respiratory Group has received an injection of funds from Triple I, part of the Sydney Health Research Partnerships (SPHERE) http://www.thesphere.com.au/. The money will fund establishment of our State-wide Enterovirus Surveillance Network and next generation sequencing of circulating enterovirus strains.
Hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common and mostly self-limiting illness usually affecting young children (<5 years of age). The most common cause of HFMD is infection with an enterovirus, including subtype EV-A71 which often causes severe complications. There are other enteroviruses that also cause potentially fatal neurological and systemic complications. New South Wales regularly experiences outbreaks of enteroviruses (Nolan et al. 2003, Teoh et al. 2016), such as in 2013 and 2018.
In order to track enterovirus change and respond rapidly to outbreaks, we need to carry out regular surveillance of enterovirus subtypes causing severe disease. We will establish an enterovirus monitoring and rapid response program that will detect new emerging strains.
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Congratulations to Dr Stuart Hamilton who received an Early Career Research Grant Award from the Thrasher Research Fund in the US. This $25,000 award supports outstanding international early-career researchers showing great potential to impact the field of children’s health through medical research. Dr Hamilton will use these funds for his investigations into "Therapeutic Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Disease".
Did you know that CMV (Cytomegalovirus) can cause hearing loss and mental disability, when it infects a baby in the womb?
For CMV awareness month, the Congenital CMV Association Australia has partnered up with the Cerebralpalsy Alliance to raise awareness about this virus and its risks in pregnancy.
Check out this video about CMV and 5 tips to follow to minimise your risk of contracting this virus, and so reducing the risk of your developing baby becoming infected:
The CoRD Study Infusion trial has recently made Channel 9 news headlines.
Congratulations to Prof Maria Craig and all the CoRD study team on this ground-breaking research.