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Congratulations to HRI’s Research Assistant Manisha Patil for winning Best Poster Award by a postgraduate student at the 20th Scientific Meeting of the Australian & New Zealand Microcirculation Society (ANZMS).

Manisha’s poster was about understanding the cell-specific contribution of TRAIL to angiogenesis, where she investigated at which stage TRAIL is important for blood vessel formation. Manisha was able to identify that TRAIL coming from endothelial cells is important for the formation of endothelial cell tubules and that TRAIL has a role in endothelial cell and pericyte crosstalk during angiogenesis for vessel stabilisation.

The award was presented by Professor Georges Grau, President of ANZMS, and is also a former lecturer to Manisha.

I feel very hon­oured to receive the award from some­one who I regard­ed very high­ly dur­ing my uni­ver­si­ty days” said Man­isha. I was ecsta­t­ic and immense­ly proud to get this award most­ly because I’ve always wished to express my enthu­si­asm about sci­ence through my pre­sen­ta­tions, so much so that I can get the audi­ence excit­ed too and receiv­ing this award shows that I have achieved it”

The Australia/New Zealand Microcirulation Society (ANZMS) was organised as a joint scientific meeting of the Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS), and the Asia/Australia Vascular Biology Meeting (AAVBM). The event was co-chaired by a national organising committee including HRI researchers Simone Schoenwaelder and Sian Cartland, and involved multiple presentations from a diverse range of HRI specialists. More than 130 researchers from all over the world including NZ, Canada, US, Korea, Singapore, Japan and China attended this Joint Meeting of Vascular Biology.

I thor­ough­ly enjoyed the con­fer­ence” explained Man­isha, which had a wide vari­ety work pre­sent­ed in the vas­cu­lar biol­o­gy theme. Every speak­er had a new and stim­u­lat­ing dis­cov­ery to share and it was exhil­a­rat­ing to be an audi­ence for these great talks.”

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