Strawberry birthmark research success continues

GMRI Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Jonathan Dunne

The GMRI’s latest strawberry birthmark research was recently presented at the Human Proteome Organisation World Congress in Vancouver.

GMRI’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Jonathan Dunne, who presented the paper, has been invited to submit a manuscript for publication in Translational Proteomics.

Dr Dunne says this is an extremely valuable opportunity for the GMRI, and a major outcome from the Congress.

“It is one thing attending these conferences and benefiting from the learning and networking opportunities, but an invitation like this is confirmation that what we’re doing is of considerable interest to the scientific community.”

The GMRI’s work in understanding and treating infantile haemangioma (strawberry birthmark) has received international recognition, and Dr Dunne says the conference was a chance to present their new findings to the scientific world.

He says his work was picked up by the journal’s Editor because of its potential direct clinical application.
“In this case, the potential direct benefit is the improved treatment of infantile haemangioma.”

Dr Dunne says to submit a full manuscript, additional samples will be analysed to enhance the veracity of the current data. He envisages this work will be complete early next year.

“There were around 2,000 people at the conference, and it was a great opportunity to showcase the GMRI’s work and to network with leading researchers from all over the world,” he says.

Dr Dunne’s position at the GMRI is supported by the Wellington City Council Wellington Economic Initiatives Development Fund.