The University of Newcastle, Australia

Early Career accolades for fertility research

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Fertility researcher Dr Kate Redgrove has been recognised for her outstanding work on one of the major molecular mechanisms in the male reproductive system.

Kate presented her research in a two minute ‘rapid fire’ presentation, delivered to delegates at the Australian Society for Medical Research’s National Scientific Conference at Bond University.

“I had two minutes and two slides to present an entire paper. I was allowed to animate them though so I am now the queen of animation!

“After that was the poster session where I presented the same work in more detail.”

That particular poster also won Kate the Hudson Institute of Medical Research Mid-Career Researcher Poster Award at the Society of Reproductive Biology Symposium earlier this year.

Kate presented her paper, ‘Dynamin 2 is essential for mammalian spermatogenesis,’ which was recently published in Scientific Reports.

While dynamin is traditionally known to be involved in the formation of vesicles – tiny bubbles which bud off of cells – recent research within Brett Nixon’s research group has found that two isoforms (protein versions) of dynamin also play a role the sperms’ ability to penetrate the egg.

“It was a medical research conference so there was a lot of focus on translational research – whereas my work focusses on the very start of that translational process, at the basic science level.

“Having my research recognised, particularly in that context, was really great.

“Getting funding for basic research is becoming harder and harder –  so having people on board with the fact that this is where it all starts gives me hope.”

Kate has been invited back the next year’s conference to present updates on her work.


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