Our manuscripts, our heart

Reflecting on our hard work over the years. Image byLinus Schütz/Pixabay license.

Our manuscripts record the hard work of our researchers, our students and interns, and our supporters over the years. We’ve had 99 manuscripts on our discoveries published in peer-reviewed journals around the world since we moved into our new premises at the end of 2013. Our team has presented papers at over 70 international and national conferences and won a number of prizes and awards. We’ve also secured 9 international patents from our discoveries across the range of diseases we investigate. We wouldn’t be here today without the huge efforts of our people and many supporters along the way.

We love sharing our findings with colleagues around the world. We present our research and conclusions in our manuscripts. These papers are reviewed through a rigorous peer-review process when we submit them to the journals. One of these papers, Cancer Stem Cell Hierarchy in Glioblastoma Multiforme, has been viewed nearly 19,000 times since it was published in April 2016. Some international journals have also invited us to publish reviews of specific areas of research. We’ve published 23 major reviews.

Our papers have received a lot of international attention and many have been accepted for presentations at international conferences. A highlight was the 88th Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Bangkok last year. Four of our team gave 8 presentations between them. Dr Swee Tan was invited to deliver the Tom Reeve Lecture, named after the renowned cancer surgeon Professor Tom Reeve. It was a great honour to give this highly regarded lecture in the Surgical Oncology Section.

We’ve received 13 prizes and awards for our papers since 2009. A highlight was receiving the John Mulliken Prize for the best basic science paper in 2010. Professor John Mulliken, from Harvard Medical School, established the first classifications for vascular birthmarks — a big part of what we investigate. We were greatly honoured to receive this prestigious international award.

As you may know from articles in past newsletters, we love seeing the students who study with us grow. Over the years we’ve successfully supervised a number of post-graduate students: 4 PhD students, 1 Masters student, and 2 Biomedical Science (Hons) students. We hope our students continue as forces for discovery and knowledge in the world of science and medicine.

You might remember our current PhD student, Matt Munro. Matt presented at the Congress in Bangkok last year and is continuing with us this year. He continues to research cancer stem cells in colon cancer and has published 3 papers in international journals so far. Two of these papers were published in the prestigious journal PLoS ONE.

We’re proud of our team for everything they’ve accomplished since the GMRI began. We look forward to further achievements in the future.