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Faculty of Science
 January 2018
Friday 12
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Prof.Rhett Kempe : Catalyst for a more sustainable chemistry More Information
Monday 15
13:00 - SEMINAR - Cardiodegeneration and the paradoxical response of the antioxidant response protein Nrf2 : School of Human Sciences (APHB) Seminar Series More Information
Speaker: Professor Des Richardson holds the Chair of Cancer Cell Biology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Senior Principal Research Fellow. He has published > 407 articles, reviews, patents, chapters etc., over his career with >93% as first, senior or corresponding author (H-index: 80; >24,255 citations over entire career; with >13,750 citations over the past 5 years and H-index: 55 over past 5 years: Google Scholar Accessed 10 Jan, 2018). He is Executive Editor of BBA-General Subjects and has served on the Editorial Boards of >40 international journals, including J. Biol. Chem., Antioxidants Redox Signaling, Biochem. J., BBA-Mol Cell Res, Mol. Pharmacol., Pharmacol. Res., etc. As a major translational research achievement, he has developed the anti-cancer and anti-metastatic drug, DpC, which overcomes P-glycoprotein mediated drug resistance. This has led to commercialisation of DpC and the development of the international company, Oncochel Therapeutics LLC, USA and its Australian subsidiary, Oncochel Therapeutics Pty Ltd. Notably, DpC has entered multi-centre Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of advanced and resistant cancer. Abstract: Nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) is a master regulator of the antioxidant response. However, studies in models of Friedreich ataxia, a neurodegenerative and cardiodegenerative disease associated with oxidative stress, reported decreased Nrf2 expression attributable to unknown mechanisms. Using a mouse conditional frataxin knockout (KO) model in the heart and skeletal muscle, we examined the Nrf2 pathway in these tissues. Frataxin KO results in fatal cardiomyopathy, whereas skeletal muscle was asymptomatic. In the KO heart, protein oxidation and a decreased glutathione/oxidized glutathione ratio were observed, but the opposite was found in skeletal muscle. Decreased total and nuclear Nrf2 and increased levels of its inhibitor, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1, were evident in the KO heart, but not in skeletal muscle. Moreover, a mechanism involving activation of the nuclear Nrf2 export/degradation machinery via glycogen synthase kinase-3β (Gsk3β) signaling was demonstrated in the KO heart. This process involved the following: i) increased Gsk3β activation, ii) β-transducin repeat containing E3 ubiquitin protein ligase nuclear accumulation, and iii) Fyn phosphorylation. A corresponding decrease in Nrf2-DNA-binding activity and a general decrease in Nrf2-target mRNA were observed in KO hearts. Paradoxically, protein levels of some Nrf2 antioxidant targets were significantly increased in KO mice. Collectively, cardiac frataxin deficiency reduces Nrf2 levels via two potential mechanisms: increased levels of cytosolic Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 and activation of Gsk3β signaling, which decreases nuclear Nrf2. These findings are in contrast to the frataxin-deficient skeletal muscle, where Nrf2 was not decreased.
Saturday 20
9:30 - COURSE - Read with Speed : Double your reading speed and improve your comprehension! Website | More Information
Students completing this course learn how the reading process works and understand how our brains process, store and retrieve information. They learn new techniques and practise these skills. The combination of knowledge, skills and practice enables students to develop into efficient readers.

TESTIMONIALS ‘The difference in my capability at the end amazing - believe in the process.’ Jonathan Smith ‘Fascinating insight into how we operate. Very knowledgeable instructor and amiable.’ Mary Ann Agnello

OUTLINE This one-day course is structured with four sessions: Session 1 Assess your reading Control poor reading habits Increase reading rate; Session 2 Create visual pictures to improve comprehension Visual and non-visual information Tachistoscope – the human mind is capable of fast information processing; Session 3 Comprehension is the key to effective reading Preparation for reading Memory and reading; Session 4 Flexible reading strategies Reading in paragraphs Mind mapping to organise information. Please Note: Bookings Essential
Monday 29
9:00 - EVENT - Drop in centre Website | More Information
Researchers who are applying for funding in 2018 can bring along their research plans and get instant feedback on consumer and community involvement.
Tuesday 30
14:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Martin Head-Gordon - From photons to fuels by computation: Modeling electrocatalytic CO2 reduction on copper More Information
Wednesday 31
17:30 - SEMINAR - Seminar & Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam: Food security: crop science and productivity More Information
* WORKSHOP in Food security: crop science and productivity

* SEMINAR: - Explore your study options - How to find a supervisor - Secure a scholarship for study in Australia

 February 2018
Thursday 01
17:30 - SEMINAR - Seminar & Workshop in Can Tho, Vietnam: Food security: crop science and productivity More Information
* WORKSHOP in Food security: crop science and productivity

* SEMINAR: - Explore your study options - How to find a supervisor - Secure a scholarship for study in Australia
Sunday 04
17:30 - SEMINAR - Seminar & Workshop in HCMC, Vietnam: Food security: crop science and productivity More Information
* WORKSHOP in Food security: crop science and productivity

* SEMINAR: - Explore your study options - How to find a supervisor - Secure a scholarship for study in Australia
Thursday 08
16:00 - SEMINAR - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : Mathematics and the Noise Immunity of the Genetic Code More Information
Symmetry is one of the essential and most visible patterns that can be seen in nature. Starting from the left-right symmetry of the human body, all types of symmetry can be found in crystals, plants, animals and nature as a whole.

Similarly, principals of symmetry are also some of the fundamental and most useful tools in modern mathematical natural science that play a major role in theory and applications. As a consequence, it is not surprising that the desire to understand the origin of life, based on the genetic code, forces us to involve symmetry as a mathematical concept.

The genetic code can be seen as a key to biological self-organisation. All living organisms have the same molecular bases - an alphabet consisting of four letters (nitrogenous bases): adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine. Linearly ordered sequences of these bases contain the genetic information for synthesis of proteins in all forms of life. Thus, one of the most fascinating riddles of nature is to explain why the genetic code is as it is.

Genetic coding possesses noise immunity which is the fundamental feature that allows to pass on the genetic information from parents to their descendants. Hence, since the time of the discovery of the genetic code, scientists have tried to explain the noise immunity of the genetic information. In this talk we will discuss recent results in mathematical modelling of the genetic code with respect to noise immunity, in particular error-detection and error-correction.

Cheese and wine to follow in the Maths common room (5pm-6pm)
Friday 09
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Studies of Nucleic Acids on Surfaces: Identification of Mismatches and Much More. More Information
Monday 19
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Discovery, biosynthesis and bioengineering of antibiotics from Gram-negative bacteria More Information
Tuesday 20
13:00 - EVENT - Bayliss Seminar Series : High-throughput screening systems for enzymes and antibodies using cell-free protein synthesis systems More Information
Thursday 22
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Zoya Gridneva – PhD Completion Seminar More Information
Monday 26
18:15 - BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch: Our Time has Come by Alyssa Ayres : Free Event Website | More Information
Please join AIIA WA and the Perth USAsia Centre with Alyssa Ayres to launch her new book Our Time has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World. In Our Time Has Come, Alyssa Ayres considers the role India will play internationally, the obstacles it continues to face, and the implications of its rise for the United States and other nations. “We are witnessing a country chart its course to power, and explicitly seeking not to displace others but to be recognized among the club of world powers, one in which it believes its membership is long overdue.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special discounted price of $30.00 from 6.15pm – 6.30pm and between 7.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets to this event are free but registration is essential.
Tuesday 27
13:00 - SEMINAR - Losing excess body weight or fat without losing strength or lean tissues : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
While reducing excess body weight or fat is important for certain athletes and for the treatment of overweight and obesity, it is essential that weight loss interventions do not result in losses of physical strength or lean tissues such as muscle and bone, any of which could impair physical abilities and increase the risk of structural diseases such as sarcopenia or osteoporosis.

A dietary intervention showing potential for reducing body weight and fat without excessive loss of lean tissues is a novel form of intermittent energy restriction (IER) entailing repeated cycles on a moderately kilojoule-restricted diet for 2-4 weeks, interspersed with 2-week periods of energy balance, where kilojoule intake is matched to energy requirements and weight is maintained. In a randomized controlled trial of 51 men with obesity, this form of IER significantly improved weight and fat loss compared to continuous energy restriction (CER): weight loss 14.1 ± 5.6 versus 9.1 ± 2.9 kg; fat loss 12.3 ± 4.8 versus 8.0 ± 4.2 kg; means ± SD, P<0.01 for both comparisons), with no difference in loss of fat free mass (1.8 ± 1.6 versus 1.2 ± 2.5 kg; P = 0.4)1.

Another dietary intervention with potential for body weight and fat loss without excessive loss of strength or lean tissues in people with overweight or obesity is – paradoxically – fast weight loss, achieved via total meal replacement diets. The TEMPO Diet Trial (ACTRN12612000651886) has shown that at 1 year after commencement of a diet involving either fast or slow weight loss in postmenopausal women with obesity, there was no difference between diets with respect to muscle (handgrip) strength, fat free mass or bone mineral density, despite the fact that women on the fast diet lost almost twice as much weight and fat as women on the slow diet (16.9 ± 7.1 versus 9.7 ± 7.5% of body weight, and 11.1 ± 5.6 versus 6.1 ± 5.5 kg of fat mass; P<0.001 and P<0.05, respectively).

In light of the greater weight and fat loss achieved using IER as opposed to CER, as well as the lack of apparent deleterious effect of fast versus slow weight loss on muscle strength or lean mass despite markedly greater weight and fat loss, an NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial, commencing 2018, aims to determine whether greater weight and fat loss – without greater loss of strength or lean tissues – can be achieved via intermittent use of fast weight loss in adults with overweight or obesity. If yes, then determining the mechanisms for any potential advantage of IER over CER (e.g. via reduced energy efficiency as a result of switching between carbohydrate and lipid or ketone oxidation in skeletal muscle) could enable IER interventions to be further improved. Moreover, future work to determine whether/how physical activity improves weight loss outcomes from IER (e.g. via attenuation of the drive to eat as a result of greater lean mass retention) could provide motivating reasons for people with overweight or obesity to exercise during weight loss interventions.

1. Byrne NM, Sainsbury A, King NA, Hills AP, Wood RE Intermittent energy restriction improves weight loss efficiency in obese men – the MATADOR study. International Journal of Obesity 2017 doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.206 [Epub ahead of print]


With a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Professor Amanda Salis (publishing as Sainsbury) leads full-time research into dietary treatments for overweight and obesity at the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders in the Charles Perkins Centre. Her translational research into hypothalamic control of appetite, eating behavior, energy expenditure, body weight and body composition spans transgenic mice, adults with overweight or obesity, as well as adult athletes. Her randomized controlled trials comparing long-term effects of fast versus slow weight loss – using intermittent versus continuous energy restriction – are funded by a Senior Research Fellowship and Project Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). She is the author of two books about adult weight management that are available internationally in three languages and are used by consumers, community health centres / gyms, and by healthcare professionals (e.g. general practitioners, physiotherapists, dieticians, diabetes educators and psychologists).

 March 2018
Thursday 01
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Renee Goreham, “Bio-inspired nanoclusters and bio-derived nanoparticles” More Information
“Bio-inspired nanoclusters and bio-derived nanoparticles” Renee Goreham The MacDiarmid Institute, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Wellington
Friday 02
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : "Allostery, oligomerization, and the dual functions of the Chlamydia trachomatis protein, Scc4”Megan Macnaughtan More Information
Megan Macnaughtan Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University.

"Allostery, oligomerization, and the dual functions of the Chlamydia trachomatis protein, Scc4”
Thursday 08
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bullseye: Editing the Epigenome with Highest Precision : Christian Pflugger Post Doc Fellow (Lister Lab) More Information
Dr. Christian Pflüger studied Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the Philipps University of Marburg (Germany) where he received his Masters degree. He then pursued a PhD in Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah (U.S.A.) studying mechanisms of active DNA demethylation, DNA methylation changes in male germ cells during the process of ageing and post-transcriptional changes of polyadenylation in maturing human oocytes. His passion for studying epigenetic mechanisms led him to take a post-doc position in Prof. Ryan Lister's laboratory at UWA where he is currently involved in developing molecular tools to gain a deeper understanding of targeted epigenetic changes and their impact on transcriptional regulation.
Saturday 10
9:00 - EVENT - GAMSAT Mock Exam Day : 1-day Full-length GAMSAT Mock Exam Provided by Gold Standard Website | More Information

A proctored full-length GAMSAT mock exam will be held by Gold Standard on March 10, 2018 at the University Hall. Attendees will be provided online access to worked solutions, which can be reviewed at your own convenience.

There will also be a live webinar (which will be recorded) on March 11 at 7 pm AEST, to have an open discussion about the exam with our GAMSAT teacher, Dr Brett Ferdinand.

Other course options:

- 7 full days of GAMSAT training camp (Jan 20-25 and Mar 10, 2018)

- 3-day course: Science Review (Jan 20-22, 2018) or GAMSAT Mock Exam with Interactive Review (Jan 23-25, 2018)

- 1-day attendance to focus on your weak area: Bridging Course, Science Review (Day 2 or Day 3), Mock Test or Advanced GAMSAT Topic Course

All attendance course options include course handouts and small-group sessions.
Thursday 15
16:00 - SEMINAR - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : Prof. Alistair Mees: Quantitative Trading More Information
There's a widespread belief that people who are good at maths can go into finance and become obscenely rich. This talk tries to put that in perspective by describing a common approach to algorithmic trading, and exploring some of the reasons why it's harder than it sounds.

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