Stellar night supports Alzheimer’s research

More than 200 guests gathered at Customs House to support the Al­zheimer’s disease research conducted at QBI, and the care services provided by Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld).

The second annual Hand Heart Pocket Gala Evening on 31 July saw unforgettable performances at the beautiful riverfront venue.

The evening’s performance line-up was filled with opera singers who have had spectacular careers performing throughout concert halls in Europe and America.

Standouts included basso profundo David Hibbard who shook the building’s foundations, and the captivating voice of soprano Natalie Peluso.

The performers were also joined by Ita Buttrose AO, OBE, in her role as National Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia, who spoke about the importance of the work conducted by the two organisations.

All funds raised from the night went directly into Alzheimer’s disease research at QBI, and the care and support services of Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld).



ANS presidency returns to QBI

QBI’s new Deputy Director (Research) Professor Linda Richards assumed the position of President Elect of the Australasian Neuroscience Society at their annual meeting in August 2015 in Cairns, and will become ANS President in 2016.

In a year that has also seen her elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, Professor Richards is enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by these roles.

“I see the ANS presidency as a platform for broader science advocacy, and promotion of neuroscience research across Australia and New Zealand,” Professor Richards said.

“The timing of my election to the Australian Academy of Science is quite fortunate.”

“I see the two roles as complementary for promoting science to policymakers and the community.”

QBI has been home to two former ANS Presidents – Professor Perry Bartlett (2000–2001) and Professor David Vaney (2008–2009), while Professor Joe Lynch has also served as secretary (2012–2015).



The winner takes it all

A correct answer during the sudden-death round left 15-year-old Abigail Green from Somerville House as the 2015 Queensland Brain Bee Champion in July at QBI.

She out-smarted 140 other finalists from 47 Queensland schools to take this year’s title, which is part of the Australian Brain Bee Championship, a neuroscience competition for year 10 students across Australia.

“I’ve always loved science, which was why I did the challenge, and I found it really interesting,” Abigail Green said.

“This is the third year in a row my school has won, and we all thought that it had to end at some point, but it’s great to have won again.”

She is now training for the Australian national final, which will be held at the University of Western Sydney in December.

Brain Bee Queensland Co-ordinator Associate Professor Bruno van Swinderen praised the students for their competitive spirit and neuroscience knowledge.

“Abigail can be really proud of her achievement as she goes on to represent Queensland and joins the long line of tremendous state champions we have produced,” Associate Professor van Swinderen said.