Surf’s up for brain research
As part of their fundraising campaign to support brain cancer research at QBI, the John Trivett Foundation held The Casino Royale Ball on 22 February at the Arana Hills Leagues Club.
More than 100 guests attended, raising a significant amount of funds and awareness to support a Senior Research Fellow in Brain Cancer at UQ.
At the event, Beverley Trivett, founder of the John Trivett Foundation, announced the appointment of world champion surfer, Mr Joel Parkinson, as an ambassador for the Foundation.
“Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children aged under 15, accounting for one third of all cancer deaths in this age group,” Mr Parkinson said.
“After witnessing first-hand the devastation that this disease brings to sufferers and their families, I am determined we need to find a cure,” he said.
Together, Parkinson and Trivett are working to raise $1.5 million to support brain cancer research at UQ.
ABBC National Final
Australia’s ‘brainiest’ secondary school student, Eva Wang from Brisbane, won the National Final of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) held in Adelaide during January.
Initiated by QBI, the ABBC is Australia’s only high school neuroscience competition, and is designed to identify the student with the greatest neuroscience knowledge.
At 15 years of age, Eva, from Somerville House in Brisbane, outsmarted eight other finalists in a series of examinations and will now compete in the International Brain Bee Competition in Washington DC in August.
She is the third Queenslander in a row to take out the National competition, with the previous two winners, Jackson Huang and Teresa Tang, both going on to win the International Brain Bee Competition.
The ABBC is designed to motivate students to learn about the human brain, and inspire them to consider careers as clinicians and researchers working to treat and find cures for more than 1000 neurological and psychological disorders.
About 5500 students from more than 300 schools participated in the competition.
Distinguished Achievement Award
QBI Founding Director, Professor Perry Bartlett, has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award by the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS).
Professor Bartlett has made significant advances in the field of neuroscience during his 40-year career.
“It’s an incredible honour to join such a distinguished group of neuroscientists, and I am exceptionally pleased to be recognised for the scientific work carried out by students and postdoctoral researchers in my laboratory over the past four decades,” Professor Bartlett said.
He has been responsible for a series of ground-breaking discoveries in neuroscience, which have often overturned existing dogma and led to a new understanding, particularly in the areas of neuronal precursor regulation and neuron survival in the developing and adult nervous system.
Most prominent amongst these was his laboratory’s discovery in 1992 of the presence of stem cells in the adult brain that had the capacity to produce new neurons.
His group was the first to isolate and characterise these stem cells in 2001, and more recently revealed the presence of a latent hippocampal stem cell population that influences learning and memory.