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10 July 2007Three UQ scientists have won Smart State Fellowships to continue groundbreaking research on rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy and a hospital superbug.

The researchers, Associate Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Christelle Capini and Dr Amanda Mabbett have each received a $150,000 Queensland Government Fellowship for their three year projects.

They were presented with their Fellowships by Queensland’s State Development Minister John Mickel at the Queensland Room in the State Government’s Executive Building this afternoon.

Associate Professor Rosyln Boyd (Newstead) is a paediatric physiotherapist who received a Victorian Premier’s award for Medical Research in 2004 for helping muscle spasms in children with cerebral palsy through a combination of Botulinum toxin A injections and physiotherapy.

Associate Professor Boyd joins UQ’s School of Medicine from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne.

She will oversee a $2.25 million cerebral palsy research project mostly funded by a $1.8 million Royal ugg australia Children’s Hospital Foundation donation with support from UQ and Queensland Health.

She will conduct three population based studies of young children, teenagers and adults with cerebral palsy in Queensland to improve their health outcomes and quality of life.

“We will look at the relationship between the brain injury and their outcomes such as motor development, how they participate in society, their impact on quality of life, their functioning in society such as their ability to mobilise and to use their impaired limbs,” Associate Professor Boyd said.

Some of her novel rehabilitation includes circus training through Circus Oz teaching children who have had a stroke at birth to juggle, use devil sticks, ropes and special trapeze.

She said these circus practices were modified to train the use of a child’s impaired hand and their brain reorganisation measured using advanced brain imaging t ugg australia echniques.

Dr Amanda Mabbett (Coorparoo) is researching new ways to tackle the antibiotic resistant super bug Staphylococcus aureus or golden staph, which kills thousands of hospital patients each year.

Dr Mabbet ugg australia t, a researcher in the laboratory of Associate Professor Mark Schembri in UQ’s School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, is working on a $300,000 research project with the Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital funded by the Fellowship, UQ and philanthropic companies.

She said her aim was to disrupt the biofi ugg australia lm growth of golden staph.

Biofilms are a collection of cells working as a community that enable the superbug to spread and grow on medical devices.

Her goal is to find a method to stop Staphlococcus aureus biofilms growing on real and synthetic heart valves, which if successful, could also be used on all surgical implants, on surgical site infections and general staph infections.

“Bacterial cells growing as a biofilm are thousand times more resistant to antibiotics than if they were not growing as a biofilm,” Dr Mabbett said.

She said she had a collection of superbug isolates that have caused heart valve disease (endocarditis) that she would use for testing.

Her long term goal is to create a potential vaccine for golden staph which she said was many years away.

Dr Christelle Capini (Kangaroo Point) is working on a new therapy that could improve treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and possibly other autoimmune diseases.

Dr Capini is a researcher in the Dendritic Cell Biology group at UQ’s Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, at the PA Hospital.

Her $450,000 research project is funded by the Arthritis Foundation, UQ and the Fellowship.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system attacks itself causing sore joints, particularly hands, feed and knees and usually circulation problems.

Dr Capini said a vaccine for the disease consisting of special immune cells called dendritic cells could be successful but this would be expensive and hard to ensure consistent quality.

She has developed an alternative therapy which uses liposomes or lipid bags which can carry and deliver treatments more easily.

“We can use liposomes to carry antigens and specific inhibitors which is basically a message to the patient’s own dendritic cells to develop the appropriate response to the disease,” Dr Capini said.

Her method has significantly reduced arthritis in mice and other scientists are investigating the same technology for diabetes treatment.

She said the Fellowship would allow her to conduct further tests on its effectiveness in animals, eventually leading to human clinical trials at the PA Hospital.

Seven Smart State Fellowship winners, along with three Clinical Research Fellows and three university internships were announced today in round two of the Smart State Innovation Projects Fund.

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UQ Update

Great Court Race now open to staff

For the first time, UQ Sport has introduced a UQ Staff Relay as part of the annual Great Court Race. Sure to generate a lot of healthy rivalry across campuses, both male and female divisions will compete for glory by covering an entire 636 metre lap of the Great Court with four runners running irregular legs of 145m, 156m 155m and 180m respectively.

There are great prizes up for grabs so staff are encouraged to put a team together and give it a go. Entry costs $28 per team for the relay and closes at 5pm on Wednesday, May 15. The heats will take place from 1pm on Wednesday, May 22, with the finals held the following week from 1pm on Wednesday, May 29.

Vice Chancellor’s address to all staff

Professor Peter H inaugural address UQ: Foundations for the Future will provide staff with an opportunity to hear more about the Vice Chancellor’s vision for UQ and allow you to share your thoughts on the organisation. Please join the conversation and help define the University’s future from 10am on Friday, May 31, in the Exhibition Hall of the UQ Centre (building 27A) at the St Lucia campus.

The address will be streamed live to the following campuses and locations:

UQ Ipswich Conference Room, Level 3, Building 8

UQ Gatton room 116, Building 8117

UQ Herston ES Meyers Lecture Theatre

Thank you from Vice Chancellor and Senior Deputy Vice ChancellorWe thank all staff who attended one of the six open sessions to discuss the results of the 2012 survey of workplace culture and how we move forward to a better workplace culture for staff throughout our university. You will be notified when a video presentation is also available. The challenge now is to harness the vision of our engaged colleagues into a strategy that will foster positive workplace experiences for staff across the University and then to make the strategy work.

Now that we have heard and read your frank suggestions, questions and home truths, we are more confident that there is a groundswell of determination to build a better workplace culture. As we have said before, it may not be practical to implement all staff suggestions, but they will be considered.

A better workplace culture will not emerge overnight, and progress may ugg australia seem slow at times.

Some staff provided feedback about the working group that we established earlier this month, and we are now further considering its composition. We want as many staff as possible to have confidence in this group.

By far the most valuable response so far in 2013 has been the initiative shown by hundreds of staff who attended the open sessi ugg australia ons, emailed us, or both.

Thank you for demonstrating your desire to make our great university even better. Our future successes will be even more satisfying if they are underpinne ugg australia d by a UQ wide team that values and promotes positive workplace experiences for all our colleagues.

Qantas and UQ employee leisure travel offer

Until 11.59pm (AEDT) on Friday, April 26, UQ staff can enjoy up to 20 per cent off selected Qantas domestic Red e Deal fares (discount does not apply to already discounted Red e Deal fares such as sale fares), for travel from Wednesday, May 22, to Wednesday, September 18, 2013 inclusive. This fantastic offer also extends to family and friends when they are travelling on the same booking with the staff member. Staff should ensure they use a UQ email address in the booking to be eligible for the discounted fares.

Brazil visa processing delay

UQ’s Corporate Operations Unit wishes to advise staff that the Brazil Consulate Sydney has increased its visa processing delay to 30 business days. This a ugg australia ffects residents of Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales. Please consider this a minimum issuing delay and apply well in advance of travel.