AWTRS Newsletter, Volume 9 Issue 2, December 2015
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AWTRS Newsletter, Volume 9 Issue 2, December 2015

Presidents Report

As we are all winding down for what I hope will be a relaxing break for all I would like to thank the AWTRS committee and all of our members for supporting us over the past year. I would also like to thank Brooke Farrugia for revamping the newsletter and organising the articles, I am sure you will agree she has done an excellent job. As you may have noticed we have a new membership secretariat, Di Carr, whom some of you may know through AWMA and also the early days of the AWTRS. Di has now taken over this role and all details on membership and the membership application forms can now be found on the AWTRS website, along with Di’s contact details. Also keep an eye out on the AWTRS website and our emails as we will be running another round of AWTRS Travel Awards soon. We will again be providing 3 International/National Travel Awards to attend a non-AWTRS conference next year. Details of some of the conferences that our ECRs have attended using these travel awards can be found in this issue.
We are currently organising the next AWTRS conference, which will be held in conjunction with MEPSA at the Melbourne Convention Centre on the 7-9th November 2016. More details and a flyer for the conference will follow shortly. Congratulations also to those successful in their grant submissions this year and commiserations to those who just missed out, it was a really tough year. I would also like to congratulate all our student members who obtained Honours, Masters or PhDs during the year. This is a significant achievement and we wish you all the very best in your future endeavors, hopefully in wound and tissue repair research!
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday,
Rachael Murray
AWTRS President

European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society Meeting - Conference Report

By Joan Rohl
In October, when the beautiful Jacarandas were in full bloom in Brisbane giving a sign that summer is on the way, I got onto a plane heading to the 7th Joint Meeting of the European Tissue Repair Society & the Wound Healing Society held in Copenhagen, Capitol of Denmark. To read more about Joan's trip to Copenhagen to attend the ETRS conference please click here

Research Profile: Dr Lyn Wise

Skin Biology Lab, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
         My group’s research interests are centred around three overlapping themes: how do microbes manipulate the skin microenvironment, what does this tell us about our own physiology, and can we exploit this knowledge to develop more effective treatments for skin infections and other skin pathologies. To read more about Lyn's research please click here

9th International Conference on Proteoglycans and 10th Pan-Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium – Conference Report

By Dr Brooke Farrugia
The 9th International Conference on Proteoglycans was held in conjunction with the 10th Pan-Pacific Connective Tissue Societies Symposium in Seoul this year in August. The conference commenced with an introduction to the two societies, with plenary lectures from Professor Vincent Hascall (Cleveland Clinic, USA) and Professor Billy Hudson (Vanderbilt University, USA). The welcome dinner followed which was an excellent opportunity for the delegates to catch up. To continue reading more about the Proteoglycan and Pan-Pacific Connective Tissue conference please click here

Australian Innovation Challenge 2015: Review

By Dr Christopher Turner
On the evening of November 25th, at Questacon in Canberra, the awards presentation for The Australian Innovation Challenge 2015 took place. This award, now in its fifth year aims to ‘drive commercialisation and recognise excellence in Australian innovation’. On offer was $65,000 in prize money across a range of categories. In attendance at the ceremony was the Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, Opposition innovation spokesman Kim Carr, The Australian’s Editor Clive Mathieson and Andrew Smith, country chair of Shell Australia. To read more about the Australian Innovation Challenge please clink here

Wound CRC Update and Research Grants

The WMI CRC is progressing its vision of transforming wound outcomes through industry led research, development of next generation products, producing industry ready graduates and the maturation of clinical translation activities into sustainable legacies. To read more about the Wound CRC Update and Research grant opportunities please click here

Upcoming Meetings

Click the link to find out more about the upcoming meetings 

World Biomaterials Congress, May 17-22 May 2016, Montreal Canada

Matrix Biology Europe, June 11-14, 2016, Athens, Greece

World Union of Wound Healing Societies, September 25-29, 2016, Florence, Italy - Abstract Submission deadline December 23rd 2015

Australasian Wound and Tissue Regeneration Society Conference, November 7-9, 2016 Melbourne - stay tuned for more information coming soon

AWTRS Executive Officers and Committee Members 2015

Meet the executive officers and committee members
Want to Become an AWTRS Member or renew your membership, CLICK HERE now!

Membership Benefits

AWTRS Newsletter – contains news of upcoming meetings, extensive coverage of meetings and workshops, research highlights, job adverts and much more.

Free subscription to AWMA Journal “Wound Practice & Research” – one of the primary sources of information for Medical, Nursing, Allied Heath, Wound Care Practitioners and Wound Research Scientists throughout the Australasia-Pacific region.

Reduced subscription rates to the leading wound research journal: subscribe to Wound Repair and Regeneration.

Advanced notification of the AW&TRS biennial meeting as well as focus meetings.

Significant discounts on registration rates for the AW&TRS conferences – members are entitled to a discount from the regular registration rate.

Travel Awards are presented to AWTRS members to present at national and international conferences or meetings based on an application process. 

Young Investigator Awards at AW&TRS biennial meeting – details of these awards will posted on the web site prior to meetings.


                                               1 Year Membership          3 Year Membership
Ordinary Membership                         $80                                 $200
Student Membership                           $30                                 $80
Corporate Membership                      $360                                n/a

This is a biannual newsletter that covers news from Australasian Wound & Tissue Regeneration Society.If there are any budding science writers out there who would like to contribute news, reports or articles to the newsletter we are always happy to receive them. Just send to: Brooke Farrugia at

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