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17th February 2022

 

ECTS Webinar Bone, Muscle & Beyond: Musculoskeletal health in ethnic and underserved populations

Date & Time: 17 February 2022, 9 am CET

Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JgoGbbKoQAmCBD_3AccYhQ 

Featuring Dr Ayse Zengin

 

Dr Ayse Zengin is the Head of Bone and Muscle Research Group at Monash University.  She completed her PhD in a joint project between the Bone Biology and Neuroscience programs at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney,Australia in 2012, with Ass.Prof. Paul Baldock and Prof. John Eisman. Upon completion, Dr Zengin worked as a postdoc in the Endocrinology Department of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (Germany) with Prof. Martin Bidlingmaier until December 2013. She then moved to Cambridge (UK) to work with Prof. Kate Ward at the MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit, University of Cambridge, where her work involved a longitudinal study in West Africans, and collaborated with the MRC Unit in The Gambia (Africa). Dr Zengin joined the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health as a Research Fellow in September 2016. Dr Zengin’s main research interests are investigating the muscle-bone relationship within the ageing population, imaging bone with advanced technology and the role of nutrition on skeletal health in older adults across ethnic and underserved populations.

Dr Zengin was awarded the 2021 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (ECR) from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and she was also nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence. In 2020, she received the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award, and has been awarded an Early and Mid-Career Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Sciences (2017). Dr Zengin has been invited to give presentations at national and international conferences, and has published over 30 articles (17 first author). Dr Zengin served as Co-Chair (2018-2020) of the Early Career Investigator Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS). Over a two-year period (2022 and 2023), she has been named Chair of the Program Organising Committee of the annual scientific meeting for the ANZBMS.

She has international standing within the field, she served as secretary (2017-2018), then elected as Co-Chair for a two-year term on the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE) Young Endocrinologists and Scientists (EYES) Committee (2018-2020). She has been invited to take part in community meetings locally, including the Melbourne Osteoporosis Support Group and Rotary Club; and was selected to take part in the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program which involved giving talks and workshops to primary school children.

 

Austin Doyle Research in Progress Seminar: Targeted nanoparticles and their interactions with cells

Dr Niloufar Ansari (Postdoctoral researcher, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Date & Time: 17 February 2022, 12 pm

Zoom link

Zoom ID : 854 753 658 48

Password: Medicine

Our vision is to develop advanced osteocyte-targeted therapeutics to restore bone mass in osteoporosis. Osteocytes are embedded within the bone matrix and are the most abundant cell type of bone. They regulate bone formation and resorption by releasing factors into the lacunocanalicular system (LCS) that act on nearby osteocytes and surface osteoblasts (the cells that form bone). Osteocytes are a promising new target for osteoporosis treatment. An osteocyte-specific targeted delivery system has the potential to improve the efficacy and safety profile of therapeutic candidates for osteoporosis and other skeletal diseases.

Poor cytosolic delivery is a major rate-limiting step in delivery of biological therapies. For effective intracellular drug-delivery, the delivery system should specifically bind to a cell membrane-bound protein and internalise after binding. Although our knowledge of osteocytes and the factors that they release has grown over the last decades, little is known about their ability to internalise materials.

To quantify the binding, internalisation, and recycling of materials delivered to osteocytes, we applied an innovative sensor technology developed by our group known as SHIP (Specific Hybridization Internalization Probe) to osteocyte-like cells. Our innovative molecular sensor, SHIP, enables high-throughput and quantitative analysis of the uptake of therapeutics in osteocytes.

 

Dr Niloufar ‘Nil’ Ansari is a postdoctoral researcher at A/Prof Angus Johnston’s group, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed her PhD in Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne (October 2018). During her PhD, she worked under the supervision of Professor Natalie Sims and Professor Jack Martin at St Vincent’s Institute, where she studied the physiological role of osteocytic parathyroid hormone-related protein. She is an expert in studying cell function in vitro and in vivo, using genetically modified models. Her particular expertise is in studying osteocytes, cells embedded in the skeleton that regulate bone mass and strength.

Currently, she works on using nanoparticles for targeted delivery of drugs, and studies the interaction of nanoparticles with the cells.

 

 

 

9th November 2021

ANZBMS/RACP webinar

Christian Girgis -Anabolic therapy for osteoporosis

Webinar. When: Tuesday, 9 November at 6pm AEDT (8pm NZDT/5pm AEST/5.30pm ACDT/3pm AWST) 

We invite you to attend this webinar, which features A/Prof. Christian Girgis, Endocrinologist and Clinical Researcher from The University of Sydney, discussing anabolic therapies for osteoporosis. The webinar is part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service pilot that is being undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. 

Register in advance for this webinar: https://event.racpevents.edu.au/specialtysociety-lectureseries-2021/anzbms-2021-webinar-registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

 

1st October 2021

ANZBMS/RACP webinar

Natalie Sims - Bone cell biology for Clinicians

Webinar. When: Monday, 18 October at 6 pm AEST (8 pm NZDT/5:00 pm AEST/5:30 pm ACDT/3 pm AWST)

We invite you to attend this webinar, which features Prof. Natalie Sims, Head of the Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit and Deputy Director at St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, discussing bone cell biology for clinicians. The webinar is part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service pilot that is being undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. 

Register in advance for this webinar:https://event.racpevents.edu.au/specialtysociety-lectureseries-2021/anzbms-2021-webinar-registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

 

5th August 2021

ANZBMS/RACP webinar

Jasna Aleksova - Bone health in chronic kidney disease

Webinar. When: Monday, 30 August at 6 pm AEST (8 pm NZST/5:30 pm ACST/4 pm AWST)

We invite you to attend this webinar, which features Dr Jasna Aleksova, an Endocrinologist at Monash Health and Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, discussing bone health in chronic kidney disease. Dr Aleksova has completed a PhD examining metabolic bone disease risk factors and outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease. The webinar is part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service pilot that is being undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. 

Register in advance for this webinar: https://event.racpevents.edu.au/specialtysociety-lectureseries-2021/anzbms-2021-webinar-registration

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

 

4th August 2021

ANZBMS ECIC Fellowship Coaching Program

The ANZBMS Early Career Investigator Committee (ECIC) is piloting a Fellowship Coaching Program. The pilot program will support three early career investigators (ECIs) with their NHMRC Investigator Grant applications for the upcoming round in 2022. Each ECI will be coached by two mid-career investigators (MCIs) to improve the track record, research impact and the leadership sections of their application. A panel of senior researchers from the society will also review each application and provide a final round of expert feedback.

The program will run from September 2021 – March 2022 and includes two rounds of revision and feedback from the MCIs before a final review by a panel of senior researchers. ECIs interested in applying for a place in this pilot program must make themselves available for all meetings and commit to all deliverables and deadlines outlined on the applicatication form available here.

Application deadline: 27 August, 2021

To apply, please rerturn your completed application form to ecic@ANZBMS.org.au by the deadline.

 

 

21st June 2021

Upcoming ANZBMS/RACP webinars

We are pleased to announce the topics and speakers for the 2021 ANZBMS/RACP webinar series. This webinar is part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service program, by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in partnership with its affiliated specialty societies.

Further details, including registration links for each seminar, will be provided closer to the date.