Burnet researchers shine at ASI Conference

Burnet Institute

13 December, 2012

Burnet scientists Ben Fancke and Jacqueline Flynn both received prizes at the recent Australasian Society for Immunology (ASI) Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne.

Ben Fancke from the O’Keeffe group was awarded equal first place in the BD Science Communication Award.

The award involved early career researchers presenting their work in a way that is accessible to the public and judged by lay members of the audience, journalists and science communication experts.

“I detailed the O’Keeffe labs recent work uncovering the functions and potential importance of the five types of dendritic cells we have uncovered that reside within the bone marrow, I was really stoked to be recognised!” Ben said.

Jacqueline Flynn gave an oral presentation on the generation of hepatitis C immune responses in people co-infected with HIV and was awarded the prize for best presentation in ‘Immunity to Pathogens’.

“It was a great honour an acknowledgement of both the area and level of research conducted. I was surprised and delighted to receive an oral presentation award,” Jacqueline said.

The ASI Conference attracted nearly 800 delegates including a large number of Burnet Institute researchers presenting from Centres for Immunology and Virology.

Co-Chair of the organising committee, Associate Professor Rose Ffrench from the Centre for Immunology said there were some outstanding presentations from Burnet staff.

“Overall the conference was a great success and really showcased the increasing strength of the Burnet Institute in immunology research, particularly in relation to infectious diseases and vaccine immunity,” Associate Professor Ffrench said.


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