Dr Michael Cloonan has recently passed following a short illness. Mike was the head of virology at Prince Henry Hospital in Sydney prior to its closure and was a staunch supporter of the ASM. He was passionately interested in virology and became involved in arbovirology in the early 1980's, an area in which he particularly distinguished himself. He undertook pioneering work into the isolation of viruses from mosquitoes from the South Coast of NSW which helped piece together the epidemiology and ecology of these viruses. Mike did not have to become involved in such things - he directed a large and busy diagnostic laboratory and could easily have spent all his time in routine diagnostic pursuits but it was his interest in research and tertiary education that lead him into arbovirology. Through his work he has affected the lives of thousands of Australians, that he never knew and who of course never knew him - but because of him we have a greater understanding of the epidemiology and ecology of arboviruses such as Ross River virus. He trained and mentored many scientists who continue his legacy today, and it is these colleagues and friends who will sorely miss him.
Professor Geoffrey Shellam has recently passed after a long battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed by all his microbiology colleagues in Western Australia and his family and friends the world over. He was a wonderful gentleman and scholar who passionately believed in basic research and tertiary education. In his last years, he was an advocate for helping many international students into the Masters of Infectious Disease program and continued to give many helpful advice after their graduation. He was Professor of Microbiology for 30 years.
2015 Award Winners:
This year I was fortunate enough to receive the Millis-Colwell award, which allowed me to present my work on the intracellular pathogen Coxiella burnetii at the 115th American Society for Microbiology General Meeting. This year the meeting was held in New Orleans, a city close to my heart. Despite the summer heat, New Orleans proved to be the perfect backdrop to an action packed conference. Having never attended an American Society for Microbiology meeting, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I heard it was going to be big, but it certainly exceeded my expectations! With five concurrent sessions, I was overwhelmed with choice. I would have looked utterly ridiculous running up and down the corridors of the conference center trying to catch presentations in different sessions if wasn’t for the fact that everyone else was doing exactly the same thing. I certainly needed the extra exercise to compensate for all the oysters, jambalaya and gumbo I was eating.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to extend an invitation to you to attend the 10th Asia-Pacific Congress of Medical Virology 2015 (APCMV 2015) in conjunction with 12th Taipei International Conference on HIV/AIDS, which will be held in Taipei International Convention Center, from October 15th (Thur.) to October 18th (Sun.), 2015!
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is supporting the memorandum of understanding entered into by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Australasian Sleep Association, to support pharmacist education in sleep health and sleep science.
The Hayes-Burnet award enabled me to experience work in a UK laboratory at the University of Birmingham. During my time in the laboratory, I developed new skills that I will be able to utilize back in Melbourne. Working in a different laboratory has broadened my horizons and I have learnt new ways to tackle laboratory problems. In addition, the guest laboratory was very friendly and accommodating. I hope that the working relationships that were set up during this trip will lead to a strong collaboration in the near future.
Following extensive consultation over the last few years, the Executive has finalised proposed changes to the ASM Constitution that articulate new organisational and operational structures of the Society. These new structures have been designed with the intention of improving membership engagement with Society activities at all levels and to provide a framework within which that can flourish. In advance of the AGM in Canberra in July the Executive would be keen to receive any feedback from members. Click below to view proposed changes.