Outstanding ERA Results for the CTNMH
The CTNMH has achieved an absolutely outstanding result in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) report released today.
ERA assesses research quality via a complex matrix including publication citation performance, research income measures and a variety of research "esteem" measures. A ranking of 4 places the organaisation at above "world standard" and 5 "well above world standard".
Rankings of 5 for Neuroscience, 5 for Psychology and 4 for Cognitive Science place us in the very top eschelon of neuroscience and mental health research nationally. This ranking is testament to the quality of our work, the fact that people are reading and quoting our research and the fact that we are a hard working and highly productive Centre.
Congratulations to all the Researchers, Research Assistants, Research Nurses, Research Administration staff, RHD students and Post-docs who put in much of the hard work that underpins this great result.
Professor Mike Calford's comments can be seen on the UoN website -http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research/research-services/era/
ARC and NHMRC Results - Congratulations to our Successful Applicants
The ARC and NHMRC Grant results have been announced, with our Centre once again a top performer. Centre researchers have been awarded over $7.7 million across the funding schemes. Congratulations to our awardees, an outstanding result! For more information on our successful researchers, please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-centre/ctnmh/grants.html
Congratulations to A/Prof Mark Parsons - Co-Receipient of the University of Newcastle Alumni Awards Medal
Congratulations to Associate Professor Mark Parsons, who was awarded the University of Newcastle Alumni Awards medal.
The Awards recognise professional excellence, innovation, creativity, exceptional leadership and those who inspire others in a range of fields through local, national or international service.
A/Prof Parsons was the joint recipient of this prestigious award. Congratulations to Mark on his outstanding achievement.
Congratulations to Prof Andrew Heathcote - Elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Professor Andrew Heathcote has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2012. The ASSA is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation, devoted to the advancement of knowledge and research in the various social sciences.
Membership of the Academy comprises scholars who have achieved sufficient scholarly distinction to be elected an ASSA Fellow. There are 537 Fellows of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. This is a great achievement and recognition of excellence. Congratulations Andrew! For more information on ASSA go here.
Congratulations to Kristy Morris - Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award
Ms Kristy Morris was last night awarded the Hunter New England Health Staff Achievement Awards "Outstanding Contribution of the Year". The Outstanding Contribution Award is designed to recognise individuals for their significant contribution to providing an outstanding level of service and caring to the patients and communities that we serve, and who have delivered an outstanding contribution that supports better outcomes for patients and/or staff of Hunter New England Health. Kristy is the PA for our Centre Director Prof Chris Levi, and Stroke Program Convenor A/Prof Mark Parsons, as well as Executive Assistant to the Acute Stroke Team. Congratulations Kristy on an excellent and well deserved achievement!
Public Forum: Stroke Thursday September 6th
The Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health Research (CTNMH), in partnership with Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) invites you to a free public forum providing information on one of Australia's leading causes of death and disability: stroke. This forum will be held at the RNC lecture theatre, from 5.30pm on Thursday 6th September.
Three of our leading stroke researchers and clinicians will discuss stroke prevention, acute care of stroke cases, and post-stroke recovery.
Our presenters will include:
- Prof Michael Nilsson (Director of Hunter Medical Research Institute)
- Dr Ferdi Miteff (Interventional Neurologist, JHH Acute Stroke Team).
- Michelle Russell (Senior Stroke Research Nurse)
The evening will comprise a 20 minute presentation by each keynote speaker and a Q & A session with a panel of key researchers and clinicians.
This session will be chaired by Prof Chris Levi, Director of the Acute Stroke Service at JHH.
For further information or to RSVP for this event, please contact Annalese Johnson on 4033 5706 or Annalese.email@example.com
Congratulations to our 3 MinuteThesis Finalists
At Tuesdays 3 Minute Thesis competition the following PhD candidates from the Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health were selected to go forward to the next round of the competition (the University of Newcastle final):
Sarah HILES: Markers of Inflammation in Depression (PhD Psychiatry; supervised by Professor Amanda Baker and Professor John Attia)
Mary Claire HANLON: Detecting an Intention to Communicate (PhD Psychiatry; supervised by Professor Ulli Schall and Dr Robyn Langdon)
Daniel BEARD from the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy (Leptomeningeal collaterals: a potential new treatment for stroke, supervised by Dr Neil Spratt and Dr Damien McLeod) was also selected to go forward to the University Final.
Congratulations, this is an excellent achievement.
Promotions and Appointments 5th July 2012
Congratulations to the following CTNMH members on their recent promotion to Associate Professor: Associate Professor Billie Bonevski, Associate Professor Paul Tooney and Associate Professor Helen Stain
Congratulations also to Carmel Loughland who has been appointed to the role of Associate Professor in Translational Mental Health.
And congratulations to Terry Lewin on his appointment as conjoint Associate Professor to the Faculty of Health.
NHMRC and ARC Success for the CBMHR
The results of the 2012 commencing competitive funding rounds for the NHMRC and ARC have been announced. CBMHR researchers were awarded over $6.5 million in NHMRC funding and over half a million dollars in ARC funding across a broad spectrum of research. Details of these successful grants can be found on the Grants page.
Congratulations to our grant recipients on achieving such outstanding and well deserved success.
Dr Brett Graham
Pain and Sensory Dysfunction Program within the CBMHR
Brett has been invited to organize a Topical workshop titled: "Dissecting interneuron diversity in the spinal dorsal horn using transgenic mice" for the 14th World Congress of Pain. The Congress is the biennial meeting of the International Association for the study of Pain (IASP) and will be held in Milan Italy (August 27-31 2012).
This meeting brings together over 6000 of the worlds leading professionals in the field of pain research and treatment to discuss current progress and perspectives on pain management.
PhD Student in the Pain and Sensory Dysfunction Program within the CBMHR
Jamie won the University of Newcastle Three Minute Thesis competition for his presentation titled: "Propriospinal Neurons and Their Role in Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury". The competition is designed to develop academic and research communication skills. Jamie will now represent the University of Newcastle in the final of the Australian and New Zealand competition to be held at UWA in September 2011. The winner will be awarded $5,000, the runner-up $2,000 and the people's choice recipient $1,000. The CBMHR wishes Jamie the best of luck.quo????????a>