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EpiCSA’s Annual Research Meeting (2019)

EpiCSA held its 4th Annual Research Meeting on Wednesday 20th of November 2019 at Flinders University, Victoria Square. Our plenary speakers this year were Dr. Phillippa Taberlay, from the University of Tasmania and Jean Fennigan from CSIRO.

Dr. Phillippa Taberlay

Dr. Jean Fennigan

The event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI), AGRF, Berrigan Winery, and XO Wine Co.

The meeting had a total of 50 attendees and proposed many oral presentations from South Australian major research institutions as well as institutions from Tasmania and Western Australia. Three prizes totalling $750 were awarded to the best presentations:

  • AGRF People’s Choice Award (voted by the attendees): Sam Buckberry, for his talk entitled “Time-course profiling of the shifting epigenetic landscape during the reprogramming of somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells”
  • Flinders Award: Saira Ali for her presentation entitled “Integrative transcriptome network analysis of butyrate treated colorectal cancer cells”.
  • EpiCSA EPIC Award: Amy Doan, for her talk entitled “Epigenetic mechanisms involved in intrauterine growth restriction and aberrant kidney development and function”. Amy will be invited to give a talk at the 2020 meeting!

Save the date! EpiCSA 2019 annual meeting – 20th November, 2019

The Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Incorporated (EpiCSA) invites you to attend its 4th Annual Research Meeting on 20th November, 2019. The venue for the meeting is the Flinders at Victoria Square.

The plenary speakers for this year’s meeting are Dr Phillippa Taberlay and Dr Elizabeth Jean Finnegan.

Program details will be posted soon!

Save the date! EpiCSA 2018 annual meeting – 3rd October, 2018

The Epigenetics Consortium of South Australia Incorporated (EpiCSA) invites you to attend its 3rd Annual Research Meeting on 3rd October, 2018 at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

The plenary speaker for this year’s meeting is Dr Ozren Bogdanović. Read about his exciting research here.

Program details and deadlines for registration and abstract submission will be posted soon!

Happy hour with EpiCSA

Come join us at The Elephant British Pub for drinks and food at our student-only Happy Hour event on July 19th. This is a great opportunity to get to know other students in your field and share your research experiences. Your ticket will provide you with a free beer or cider on us! Free food will be available and drinks will be subsidised until the tab runs out! The EpiCSA student representatives Ayla Orang and Saira Ali will be there to welcome you.

Make sure you remember to RSVP for the event here!

Pint of Science

A Taste of Epigenetics – Join us for a pint or two and listen to a range of speakers at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Mile End and the Little Bank Brewery on the 14th , 15th and 16th of May. Topics include “Microbes and Fermentation food impact on Health”, “Nutrition and Health” and “Epigenetics”. You will find all the relevant info here.

3rd Annual EpiCSA Research Meeting

Save the date! 3rd Annual EpiCSA Research Meeting will be Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at SAHMRI. More details soon.

Join EpiCSA in 2018!


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:

First Annual EpiCSA Research Meeting a great success

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!