Research Breakfast Series
In April, QBI launched the “Research Breakfast Series”. These events aim to highlight the latest research findings in a more intimate setting, allowing for greater interaction with those present.
Breakfast 1: Schizophrenia
On Tuesday April 30, Professor John McGrath and Associate Professor Naomi Wray gave an insightful update on research and clinical advances in Schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a poorly understood group of brain disorders, affecting about one in a hundred people.
Professor McGrath and Associate Professor Wray focussed on new theories about the genetic factors and early life events that can contribute to the risk of this disorder.
The breakfast was well-attended, with a full complement of 30 guests from the business sector, community care groups, as well as donors.
Like to attend?
Information on upcoming research breakfast talks is available by contacting Jenny Valentine on
or (07) 3346 6413.
Ride to Conquer MND Update
On Friday May 3, UQ’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debbie Terry, QBI Director Professor Perry Bartlett and a large crowd of supporters cheered on MND sufferers Scott Sullivan and Ian Davis as they embarked on the first leg of their 1000km journey from Brisbane to Sydney.
Scott and Ian completed the gruelling ride in 16 days, with the goal of raising $250,000 for MND research. They are well on their way to meeting this target and funds raised will go toward supporting researchers into extending basic knowledge into the disease to better understand its cause and help identify where future therapies may play a role.
Souths Rugby Annual MND Fundraiser
QBI’s Dr Marie Mangelsdorf and Fabienne Alfonsi joined Australian Super Heavyweight Weightlifter, Damon Kelly, and former Wallabies and Queensland Reds player, Dan Crowley, as speakers at the annual MND Lunch at Souths Rugby Union Club on Friday May 17. The event raised over $10,000 to support the Ross Maclean Fellowship at QBI.
Congratulations to Professor Linda Richards (above) who was awarded first place in the Vice-Chancellor’s Equity and Diversity Awards in recognition of all her work in establishing the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC). The competition, for high-school students in Australia and New Zealand, is aimed at encouraging students to learn more about the brain, and inspire them towards a career in science in general, and neuroscience in particular.
Linda has dedicated considerable effort towards ensuring that as many students as possible are able to compete in the competition, with a particular focus on those in regional areas, or of Indigenous background, and it is this commitment to equity and diversity that earned her the award.
Congratulations also go to PhD student, Fabio Cortesi, who has received a Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to work in the Marshall Laboratory at QBI. During his nine-month stay, Fabio will investigate the environmental cues for colour change and mimicry in a small marine fish as part of his project titled, Ecological and Molecular Basis for Mimicry in Vertebrates: Colour Plasticity and Adaptation in a Marine Fish.
Save the date
Soroptimist International Brisbane South Gala Art Exhibition: 11–16 July 2013
Funds raised go to motor neuron disease research at QBI. This is the sixth year they have had the exhibition to raise funds in memory of one of their members, Margaret Austin. Petrie Terrace Gallery, Unit 3, 162 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane. Please call Pam Grabbe on
0411 139 141 for more information.