AuPS Student and ECR Forum

26th November 2020

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General Information

The 2020 AuPS forum will be held via Zoom on the 26th November, giving students and ECR's a chance to showcase their reserach. The forum will feature two Keynote speakers (Prof Robyn Murphy and Dr Tanya Cully), Free Communication sessions and poster style vimeo presentations.

The forum will be hosted via Zoom, and registration for the event is free. All are welcome to attend (including non-members) and support the next generation of physiology researchers. Registration closes 25th November.

The final schedule for the forum can be found here:
Final Schedule

Keynote Speakers

Prof Robyn Murphy

La Trobe University

Robyn obtained her PhD at Deakin University, Melbourne in 2003. Her postdoctoral time was in the Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, where she held an NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellowship (2006-2009). In 2010, she began her academic career in Zoology and she progressed to Head of Department in Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe University and full professor in 2018. Robyn served as the National Secretary of the Australian Physiological Society (2010-2013), served on Council (2009-2017) and is President-elect, taking tenure from the next AGM. Robyn is passionate about mentoring in a variety of capacities. Robyn has published over 95 peer-reviewed research articles. The overall research interest of the Murphy lab is in the area of skeletal muscle in health and disease, from a muscle biochemistry perspective, where they aim to understand proteins important for metabolic and overall muscle health. The laboratory's particular expertise is in being able to identify proteins in very small sample sizes. This allows the examination of the movement of specific proteins following micro-dissection of fibres, providing quantitative assessment of the redistribution of proteins with given interventions. This research provides mechanistic insight into how changes in protein abundance and/or their movements that occur as a result of exercise, disease and ageing can affect the ability of muscle to produce force and thereby confer strength and stability, as well as maintain metabolic health. Such understandings will contribute to understanding how we can maintain strong muscles for a healthy life.

Dr Tanya Cully

University of Otago

Dr Tanya Cully is a lecturer within the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Tanya completed her PhD and first postdoc at The University of Queensland and went on to do a second postdoc at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, USA. Her lab's research focus is to quantify the levels and movements of calcium and reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the skeletal muscle triadic microdomain to determine how calcium, ROS, and their interaction can alter muscle function in health and disease.

Free Communication Sessions

There are two categories of free communication:

  • Oral Presentations: The final schedule can be found here: Final Schedule

  • Poster presentation: Please click on the titles below to view the 5min Vimeo of each poster:
Name Title
Luke Pearce Mutation and gender effects on ryanodine receptor Ca2+ leak.
Crystal Seng Characterising Mitochondrial Ca2+ across a spectrum of SR-RyR1 Ca2+ leak
Daniel Singh Resistance of ryanodine receptor 1 to activation by cytoplasmic Ca 2+ is essential for thermogenesis in mammalian skeletal muscle

Awards and Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for the best presentation.

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