2nd AW&TRS Conference Report

After nearly two years of preparation the second Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society conference ‘AWTRS 2010 ~ Crossing the Boundaries’ took place in at the Perth Convention Centre, Western Australia on the 22-24th March 2010. Once again the conference was a roaring success. Our delegates, whose backgrounds spanned research scientists, clinicians, nurses and industry, contributed with their excellent research and questions to make this very interesting and stimulating second conference.

An afternoon pre-conference Masterclass got the meeting of to a great start and was followed by a rather exciting hail storm! The next two days included talks ranging from the studies of wound repair and inflammation in flies and fish and mice by Prof Paul Martin from Bristol University (UK), through to material engineering in regenerative medicine by Prof. Jeffrey Hubbell from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). We were fortunate to have so many key Australian researchers as well as a number of international wound researchers from diverse disciplines across the field of tissue repair as part of the program.

We would like to thank all the attendees for making it such an interesting and stimulating meeting. Our next conference will take place in Sydney, March 2012. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Conference Awards:

The Bio-Rad Prize-winners were:    

Bio-Rad Best Oral Presentation: James Broadbent  (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QueenslandUniversity of Technology, Brisbane)

Bio-Rad Runner-up Oral Presentation: James Waters (Child Health Research Unit, Adelaide)

Bio-Rad Best Poster:  Zlatko Kopecki  (Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, Adelaide)


AWTRS Travel Awards went to:

Jemma Evans (Prince Henrys Institute, Melbourne)

Cheng-Hung Lin (Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, Adelaide)

James Musyoka (RMIT University, Melbourne)

James Waters (Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, Adelaide)


UWA Best Student Oral Prize was awarded to:

Emily Lynam (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane)