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06/09/12: Beaufort researchers from Galway featured in Nature.
Dr Anne Marie Power and Jaimie-Leigh Jonker from NUIG have followed on from the success of their article in Scientific American with a feature in Nature. Selected as a Research Highlight from recent scientific literature it is a great opportunity for the team to attract further interest in their work.

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1/08/2012: Beaufort Scientists' work featured in Scientific American
The work of Beaufort Scientist, Dr Anne Marie Power from NUIG, was the focus of an article in Scientific American released today. Dr Power and PhD student, Jaime-Leigh Jonker have taken to social media sites Twitter and Facebook to enlist the help of the Public to track down sightings of the Goose Barnacle on Irish shores. Hopefully, with this extra publicity in Scientific American, the team will be inundated with fresh samples.

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19/04/2012: Biodiscovery Scientists attend First International Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives
Jaimie-Leigh Jonker and Anne Marie Power will present at an upcoming Meeting: 1st International Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives in Lisbon, Portugal, May 9th – 11th (2012). The title of the talk will be ‘An ultrastructural and histochemical investigation of the unique adhesive production system utilized by the goose barnacle Lepas anatifera’ by Jaimie-Leigh Jonker, Janek von Byern, Patrick Flammang, Waltraud Klepal & Anne Marie Power.

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18/04/2012: Biodiscovery Scientist makes EU Management Committee
Dr Anne Marie Power has been made a member of the Management Committee in the EU Cost Action TD0906 ‘Biological Adhesives: from biology to biomimetics’ (http://www.cost-bioadhesives.org/). There is to be an inaugural meeting of this group, which aims to accelerate progress in this area within Europe, in a few weeks time at the first ever International Conference on Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives in Lisbon, Portugal.

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13/04/2012: Biodiscovery Scientists explore Whittard Canyon

A team of Scientists led by Dr. Louise Allcock, NUI Galway set sail onboard the RV Celtic Explorer on the 13th April 2012 to investigate biodiversity on the Whittard Canyon System.

Whittard Canyon is a huge canyon system that spans Irish, UK and French waters along the Atlantic margin. This survey will take place in the Irish territory where the Continental shelf drops down to depths beyond 3000 m. The Marine Institute’s  Holland 1  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) will be deployed to explore the steep canyon walls where biodiversity is greatest because of the fast currents there. Whittard has been explored before, but the system is so vast that some areas are still unsurveyed.

Follow their progress through their blog at http://scientistsatsea.blogspot.com/

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9/01/2012: Hydroid and Bryozoan Taxonomy Workshop
This Workshop will be a five day introductory training course to hydroid and bryozoan ecology and taxonomy held at Portaferry, Co-Down from the 17th-22nd August 2012. For futher details and to register your interest see the Events section of this website.

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16/10/2011: Biodiscovery Smartphone App presented at TDWG 2011
Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery postdoc Helka Folch, presented a poster describing a Biodiscovery Smartphone App at the TDWG Biodiversity Information Standards meeting in New Orleans, USA 16th-21st October.  

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04/09/2011: 24th European Conference on Biomaterials

At the 24th European Conference on Biomaterials held in Dublin from 4th-8th September 2011, a Special Session, "Inspiration from the sea for biomaterials" was chaired by Prof. Fraser Buchanan (QUB) and  Prof. Phillip Messersmith (Northwestern University, USA). The session was co-sponsored by Marine Biotechnology Ireland and ShareBiotech, an Interreg programme and was an opportunity for Irish researchers to showcase their marine-themed research alongside some of the leading names in the field. The plenary speakers were Prof Russell Stewart (Univerisity of Utah), Prof Suzy Jarvis (University College Dublin), both discussing marine invertebrate-inspired bioadhesives, and Dr Amir Sagi (Ben Gurion University, Israel) describing amorphous calcium carbonate deposits found in crayfish and their potential application. Other speakers included Dr Thomas Hanke (Technische Universität Dresden), Dr Susan Clarke (Beaufort PD, QUB) and Yvonne Lang (Network of Excellence in Functional Biomaterials, NUIG). The session was widely agreed to be a great success and with cross-pollination of ideas, contributions to current projects and potential collaborations between the speakers, is already proving fruitful.  

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14/08/2011: The 7th European Conference on Marine Natural Products

Margaret Rae continued to promote Beaufort based research in Stromstad, Sweden in August with a poster on Marine Bioactivity in Irish Waters presented at the 7th ECMNP.

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12/08/2011: Visit to European Bioprospectors lab.

On the 12th August 2011, Beaufort postdoc, Dr Margaret Rae visited leading Norwegian bioprospectors, Dr Steinar Paulsen and Dr Jeannette Hammer Andersen, in Tromso, Norway. Dr Rae was awarded a travel grant from the "Networking and Travel Awards Scheme" of the Marine Institute to facilitate this visit and her subsequent attendance at the 7th ECMNP in Sweden.

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08/08/2011: Porifera Tree of Life (PorTol) workshop

Christine Morrow, a Beaufort-funded PhD student, has been busy this summer. She participated in the Porifera Tree of Life (PorTol) workshop at Harbour Branch Oceanographic Institute in Florida which included giving a presentation on her own PhD work. Christine made several useful contacts during her time at Harbour Branch and it has resulted in invitations to speak at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Symposium (January 3-7, 2013 in San Francisco, California) as one of ten PorTol-funded participants and next year's PorTol workshop at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Colon Island in Panama 's Bocas del Toro region in the Caribbean.

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01/08/11: Biodiscovery Scientist wins EU Short Term Scientific Mission Funding for Belgian Placement.
In July 2012 Jaimie-Leigh Jonker was funded to carry out a Short Term Scientific Mission titled ‘Immunostaining the adhesive glands of the barnacle Lepas anatifera’ by the EU Cost Action TD0906 ‘Biological Adhesives: from biology to biomimetics’. Her scientific mission was hosted by Dr Patrick Flammang, Dr Elise Hennebert at the Marine Biology Laboratory, University of Mons, Belgium.

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04/07/2011: Queen’s University host Systematics conference
Prof. Christine Maggs, Head of School of Biological Sciences, hosted the 8th Biennial Conference of the Systematics Association at the Medical Biology Centre, Queen's University, 4th-8th July 2011.  This five-day event included an oral presentation by Beaufort PhD student, Christine Morrow, entitled 'Reconciling morphological and molecular classifications: an investigation of Hemiasterellidae (Demospongiae, Porifera)'

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27/06/2011: Attendance at the Critical Markers of Disease Conference

Prof Fraser Buchanan (QUB) will make a presentation on "Marine biomaterials and medical devices" in a session on novel marine materials” at the Critical Markers of Disease conference in Dublin Castle in June 2011.  To view information on this event, please click here.

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16/06/2011: UCC PhD Student to present at First Irish Fungal Society Meeting

Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery PhD student Lekha Margassery (UCC) presented a poster- Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J. "Development and validation of a high-throughput assay to screen for calcineurin inhibitors in yeast from marine sponge-associated microbes” at the1st Irish Fungal Society Meeting, in Trinity College Dublin, 16th-17th June 2011.

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07/06/2011: Representatives from Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery present at TERMIS

At the annual meeting of the European Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, TERMIS held in Granada, Spain, Dr Susan Clarke (Beaufort PD, QUB) and two other QUB speakers will made oral presentations in the session: "Biomimetic scaffolds for in vitro studies and regenerative therapies".

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05/06/2011: Posters presented at NatPharma conference

Beaufort postdoc, Margaret Rae, presented two posters at the NatPharma: Nature Aided Drug Discovery in Napoli, Italy, 5th-9th June. The posters were entitled Marine Bioactives from Irish Waters and Bioactives from Algae Epibioanthic on Sponges.

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24/05/2011: QUB hosts the Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Symposium

QUB hosted the Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Symposium in May. Beaufort PhD Student, Christine Morrow (pictured), gave an oral presentation on her work on the Molecular and Morphological Phylogeny of Sponges.

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18/05/2011: Attendance at European Biomaterials Network
Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery PI, Anne Marie Power (NUIG) will be attending the European Biomaterials Network at University of Mons, Belgium as a member of the management committee.  Please see EU COST Action TD0906 for details about how to join this network.

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25/04/2011: Attendance at World Annual Congress of Industrial Biotechnology
Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery PhD Student, Kathryn Fee (QUB) presented at Fourth World Annual Congress of Industrial Biotechnology, Dalian, China, in April 2011.

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19/04/2011: Poster presentation at the SGM Irish Division Meeting

Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery PhD student Robert Phelan (UCC) presented a poster – “Phelan, R.W., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F. and Barbosa, T. Characterisation of the antimicrobial activity associated with Bacillus subtilis strain MM7 isolated from marine sponge Haliclona simulans” at the SGM Irish Division Meeting, “Microbial Viruses: Genomics, Evolution and Applications in Ecology, Biotechnology and Medicine”, at Queen’s University Belfast in April 2011.

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13/04/2011: Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery associate shortlisted in competition

PhD student Jaimie Jonker, associated with the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery group at NUIG was one of five PhD students nationally to be shortlisted for the 'Making an Impact' competition sponsored by the Higher Education Authority.  Jaimie presented her work on barnacle bioadhesives.

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21/03/2011: Oral and Poster presentations at the First International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology

The first International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology was held in March 2011 in Wurzburg, Germany.  The following oral and poster presentations were given from representatives from the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery:

Prof. Alan Dobson (UCC) presented a talk entitled “Functional metagenomic based approaches to exploit the metabolic potential of marine sponges.” 

Dr Jonathan Kennedy (UCC) presented a poster: Kennedy, J., Edrada-Ebel, R., Flemer, B., Morrissey, J., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W. “Chemical and genomic based approaches to identify genes encoding novel bioactive metabolites from sponge associated microorganisms.”  

Dr John Morrissey (UCC) presented a poster: Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J. “Development and validation of a high-throughput assay to screen for calcineurin inhibitors in yeast from marine sponge-associated microbes.” 

Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery PhD student Stephen Jackson (UCC) presented a poster: Jackson, S.A., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W. "Pyrosequencing reveals diverse and distinct sponge-specific microbial communities in sponges from a single geographical location in Irish waters.”

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16/03/2011: Beaufort Student wins travel bursaries

Congratulations to Kathryn Fee, Beaufort PhD student who was awarded a Student Bursary in order to attend and present at the 17th Bioengineering in Ireland Conference in Jan 2011. To add to this success, Kathryn was also the recipient of the Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship which allowed her to attend the 4th Annual World congress of Industrial Biotechnology in China in April 2011.

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03/12/10: Beaufort Student in lecture Competition

Kathryn Fee, Beaufort PhD student, was awarded 3rd Place in the IOM3 Young Persons Lecture Competition – All-Ireland Final with her presentation entitled Hydrothermal Synthesis of Coccolith Rich Chalk to Hydroxyapatite. Kathryn was also runner-up in the poster presentation section of the Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium at QUB this month, with her poster entitled Optimisation of Hydroxyapatite Synthesis from Coccolith Rich Chalk. Kathryn will now be invited to attend the All Ireland Final of the Symposium at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown in February 2011. We wish her every success.

 

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