27th March 2013
ANZMAG medallist, David Craik, elected to the Australian Academy of Science
Professor David James Craik FAA
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland
Made important discoveries in structural biology, particularly in the structural elucidation of peptide toxin. He discovered the cyclotide family of circular knotted proteins.
Congratulations David on behalf of all members of the Australian & New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance.
27th November 2012
THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (ANZMAG) is now accepting applications for the
2013 ANZMAG medal
2013 Sir Paul Callaghan Medal (for Young Investigators)
Closing date COB Thursday March 28th 2013
The ANZMAG Medal is open to all financial members of the Society meeting the eligibility criteria and is designed to recognise outstanding contributions to magnetic resonance. While research contributions are of primary importance, other contributions, including teaching of magnetic resonance or service to the discipline, will also be considered. The research or other contribution should have been undertaken principally in Australia or New Zealand.
The ANZMAG Young Investigator Award is open only to financial members of the Society who have been awarded their PhD within fifteen years of the closing date for nominations in each round, with appropriate allowance for significant career interruptions. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in research by early career members of the Society.
Applications will be evaluated by a committee of Society directors, ex-directors or former awardees, with a decision on awards made not less than 4 months before each conference of the Society.
The awards will be presented at the 2013 ANZMAG/AP-NMR conference, where awardees will present a lecture on their work.
Please contact the secretary Caroline Rae (email@example.com) for instructions on how to apply.
10th November 2012
New ISMAR Fellow
Frances Separovic, the current Chair of ANZMAG, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR). Congratulations! Frances is one of few Antipodeans who are Fellows of ISMAR (Peter Wright and Paul Callaghan being the others) and is also one of only a handful of female Fellows. See http://www.ismar.org/about/fellows
5th November 2012
ARC LIEF grants awarded to members of ANZMAG
Members of ANZMAG continue to maintain and expand the national NMR capability. A consortium at ANU (CIA Gottfried Otting) won $840k towards a new 700 MHz NMR for molecular analysis, while $1.235 M was awarded to the South Australian consortium (CIA John Carver) to significantly expand capability in Adelaide. We also congratulate the Griffith/QUT consortium (CIA Jenny Wilson) on their LIEF success with $310k towards equipment for glycomics, metabolomics and soft materials research.
On the EPR front there were also three successful LIEF grants, with a USyd/UNSW/MacQU team being awarded $860k for EPR; a UQ/ UniMelb team winning $710k and The University of Newcastle ($180k) being successful.
Congratulations to Prof Frances Separovic, current Chair of ANZMAG, who has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of her work ‘Using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance to advance understanding of how peptides get into membranes, with applications for antibiotics and Alzheimer’s disease”. The Society is proud to add another of its members to the ranks of the AAS, whose Fellows are scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to science at the international level.
Read the AAS media release
Three new ARC LIEF grants awarded to members of ANZMAG.
A consortium from The University of Melbourne, Monash and WEHI, led by Assoc Prof Paul Gooley obtained $480k towards a 700 MHz high throughput machine.
A consortium from James Cook University and The University of Queensland lead by Dr Norelle Daly obtained $600k towards a high resolution NMR spectrometer with cryoprobe.
A consortium from UNSW, CSIRO and The University of Wollongong lead by Prof Caroline Rae obtained $320k towards a 600 MHz spectrometer with cryoprobe and refrigerated sample changer.
These machines will add to the capacity of the National NMR network and will provide urgently needed resources for metabolomic, protein and drug screening research.
Congratulations to Professor Les Field, Foundation Chair of ANZMAG, on the award in the Queen's birthday Honours list 2011 of Member in the general division of the Order of Australia (AM) for "service to the administration of higher education, and to the discipline of chemistry as an academic and researcher".
ANZMAG MEDALLIST SIR PAUL CALLAGHAN NAMED NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR 2011
ANZMAG extends its congratulations to Sir Paul on the award, which recognises his contributions to New Zealand science as well his efforts in supporting young scientists.
For more details see NZawards:
DAVID CRAIK from UQ Honoured by ACS Award
RALPH F. HIRSCHMANN AWARD in PEPTIDE CHEMISTRY 2011
“Professor Craik has made out- standing contributions to our understanding of the structure-function relationships of peptide toxins and circular peptides and proteins,” notes Paul F. Alewood, Craik’s colleague at the University of Queensland. “His multidisciplinary approach not only requires great intellect and drive but cour- age to learn new disciplines and employ them in smart ways.”
"It was during a sabbatical at England’s Oxford University, in 1991, that Craik discovered the first cyclotide—a cyclic peptide with six cysteine residues in a knotted arrangement."
For more details see: WWW.CEN-ONLINE.ORG Jan 3, 2011 p 31