Australian scientists, inventors and surgeons worked together in ground-breaking research that has lead to the discovery of a way to slow down the growth of deadly asbestos-related cancer malignant pleural mesothelioma.
This year’s finals of the Concord Repatriation General Hospital Early Career Research Awards were held on 22nd and 29th of October at the ANZAC Research Institute. These yearly research prizes are co-sponsored by Concord Hospital and the ANZAC Research Institute and awarded to early career researchers who primarily undertake their work on Concord Hospital Campus.
Asbestos is the generic term used for a number of silicate minerals with fibrous crystalline structures. For more than 4,500 years naturally occurring fibrous minerals have been used by humans for their flexibility, strength, chemical inertness and insulation qualities. The Romans used asbestos for its flame-retardant and insulation properties by weaving asbestos fibers into fabrics and the Ancient Egyptians also used asbestos to improve durability in their clothes.
Dr Ruby Lin joined the ADRI in May 2014 from the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics. She completed PhD in 2003 and has been awarded >A$2.5m in competitive funding including as CI on 3 NHMRC project grants (most recently 2013-5, McMullen & Lin), ARC LIEF and a Cancer Institute Infrastructure Grant in 2005. She has 4 seminal papers in Nature, 2010, ATVB, 2010, PNAS, 2012 and Faseb J, 2014, all received media coverage. She has presented >57 papers at >25 conferences and cross-discipline seminars as invited chair and speaker (AGTA2013, HBPRCA’09, AGTA’09, ASMR’09, Lorne Genome2004). The 4 societies are at the forefront of genomic technologies, cardiovascular and medical research in Australasia. She is now the president of Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA), a prominent society in genomics in Australasia. She is an inventor on 2 patents and collaborates with Santaris Pharma, the leading company in the world for RNA therapeutic technologies. She was a Peter Doherty fellow, 2005-8 and a UNSW fellow 2009-14.