Emerging Investigators Awards recognise young cardiovascular researchers

August 14 / 142

(Left to right) Professor David Hare, Dr Jonathan Mynard, Gabriel Bernasochi and Professor James Angus.
(Left to right) Professor David Hare, Dr Jonathan Mynard, Gabriel Bernasochi and Professor James Angus.

The University’s Cardiovascular Research Domain has presented its third annual Emerging Investigators Awards. 

Researchers undertaking, or within three years of finishing, their Research Higher Degree were encouraged to compete for two academic travel awards.

The eight selected finalists presented their research to the Emerging Investigators Award meeting, chaired by Professor David Hare, Cardiovascular Research Domain Coordinator. 

Each had 20 minutes to present their work and take questions from the audience, while being judged by a panel consisting of Professor James Angus, Associate Professor Peter Barlis, Dr Andre La Gerche and Dr James Bell.

First prize was awarded to Gabriel Bernasochi, a PhD student with the Department of Physiology, who presented his work on aromatase transgenic male mouse hearts, demonstrating that estrogen-androgen balance has a complex role in modulating injury to heart muscle.

Mr Bernasochi plans to use the prize to attend an interstate conference and present his work to a wider audience.

Second prize was awarded to Dr Jonathan Mynard, a postdoctoral fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Department of Paediatrics. 

Dr Mynard presented his work on one-dimensional, haemodynamic, computer modelling of the changes in the cardiovascular system around the time of birth.

Professor Hare said he was delighted with the high quality of submissions for this year’s awards.

“Completely coincidently, we had four clinical and four basic research finalists - this highlights the breadth of cardiovascular research being undertaken across the University’s departments by our up and coming researchers,” he said.

“It was fascinating to listen to the diversity of excellent work, ranging from a study assessing night and day blood pressure variation in patients with spinal cord injuries to an investigation that looked at the possibility that sex differences observed in mice with heart failure might have a cardiomyocyte mineralo-corticoid receptor dependent mechanism.”

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