Best Poster awards at ASBTE conference

Giresser Coad Group

L to R: Hans Griesser, Stephanie Lamont-Friedrich, Lauren Gwynne, Israt Biva, Altaf Hossain, Bryan Coad

Mycology / Surface Interfaces Group (MSIG) members Stephanie-Lamont Friedrich, Lauren Gwynne, and Altaf Hossain won the best poster awards at the recent ISSIB / ASBTE conference in Sydney (April 2015).

This was a fantastic achievement in winning both of the conference poster awards for MSIG researchers.¬†Stephanie and Lauren (co-presenters) won for their poster entitled “Micro-patterned arrays for investigating the contact-killing mechanism of antifungal surfaces”¬†and Altaf won for his poster “Investigation of natural antifungal compounds and surface coatings“.

Congratulations to Steph, Lauren, and Altaf!


ASBTE conference 2014

The Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Conference (ASBTE) was held in Lorne, Victoria 22nd – 24th April, 2014.

I presented on the relevance and importance of fungal pathogens in the design of implantable antimicrobial biomedical devices.

Highlights of the conference included presentations from researchers who are taking biomaterials from the lab into the clinic such as Dr. Ron Chatelier from Universal Biosensors and Prof. Steven Prawer form the Melbourne Materials Institute talking about development of the bionic eye.

My official duties had me presenting the awards for best poster presentations and re-election to the ASBTE committee.

The conference dinner was also a highlight and the weather in Lorne held out to make for some nice pleasant days.

Jerome, Nico and myself at the conference dinner. (photo credit: Keith McLean)


A quick break between sessions to take in the scenery and fresh air in Lorne.

ASID conference 2014

The Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases conference was held in Adelaide 26th to 29th March 2014.

I presented a poster entitled “Current Challenges in the Design of Effective Antifungal Surfaces” on behalf of co-authors Sarah Kidd, Stefani Griesser, David Ellis and Hans Griesser.

The aim of my conference attendance was to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary research. I think that bringing materials science research to the attention of clinicians and infectious disease researchers would provide a new perspective on the health problem of infected biomaterials.