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End of year drinks

EpiCSA will celebrate the end of the year at the Wheatsheaf Hotel (39 George St, Thebarton) on Wednesday 6th of December, from 5pm onwards. All members are invited to join the fun and meet the new Organising Committee.


EpiCSA’s Annual Research Meeting (2017)

The second Annual Research Meeting was held on 6th of October 2017 in the Ingkarni Wardli building, at the University of Adelaide, thanks to the generous sponsors (The Robinson Research Institute, Genesearch, Illumina, ThermoFisher Scientific, AGRF, Qiagen, Berrigan Winery, XO Wine Co.).

The event started with a fascinating presentation by guest speaker A/Prof Pilar Blancafort (Perkins Institute, University of Western Australia), who talked about epigenome editing and ovarian cancer. Then, a total of 15 Early Career Researchers and students presented their research over the day. The EpiCSA Organising Committee wants to stress the very high quality of the presentations, and congratulate all speakers for their fantastic effort. One thing was certain at the end of the event: research in epigenetics is strong in South Australia!

The following Awards were given out on the day:

Robinson Research Institute Award for Best Epigenetic Oral Presentation in Reproduction – John Schjenken

Robinson Research Institute Award for Best Epigenetic Poster Talk in Reproduction – Melanie Smith

AGRF People’s Choice Award – Justin Bogias

EpiCSA Best Oral Presentation Award – Justin Bogias

EpiCSA Best Poster Talk Award – Marie Lowe

 


AEpiA Meeting Summary

After our successful annual research meeting in October, we have had some support from our national epigenetics association on the Australian Epigenetics Alliance website! Check out the write-up on their website:

http://epialliance.org.au/first-annual-epicsa-research-meeting/


EpiCSA’s Inaugural Seminar (2015)

The Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Incorporated (EpiCSA), formed in June 2015, hosted its Inaugural Seminar on Wednesday the 18th November at The Science Exchange in Adelaide with Prof Sarah Robertson as co-chair for the night.

The Chairperson of EpiCSA, Tina Bianco-Miotto, opened the event by explaining that the objective of the group was to bring together epigenetic researchers in SA from diverse disciplines and across all Universities and Research Institutes. EpiCSA also wants to provide a forum for SA epigenetic researchers to present their work, and to form networks and collaborations. The evening was a great success with over 60 people in attendance and it began with an inspiring talk from Carlos Rodriguez Lopez entitled Food and Epigenetics: From your fork to your grandchildren and ending on a historical note with Bastien Llamas discussing Ancient Epigenetics. Tod Fullston from the Robinson Research Institute spoke about More than Your Dad’s DNA and Dimitrios Cakouros told the audience about Nucleosome modifications in Adult Stem Cells. 

The Inaugural Seminar was a huge success and wouldn’t have been possible without the EpiCSA committee members and the sponsors: the Robinson Research Institute, the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Genome Research Facility. In 2016 EpiCSA will be running 3 workshops and a scientific meeting so keep checking this website for more information and sign up for membership as it’s currently for free!

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