Rebecca Coll receives Research Australia Discovery Award

Dr Rebecca Coll, a postdoc from the Inflammasome Lab, has been awarded the prestigous Research Australia Discovery Award for 2016, at the Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards ceremony in Sydney.

The Research Australia Discovery Award recognises an early career researcher (no more than five years post-PhD) whose discovery has already demonstrated its importance or impact. Professor Jennifer Stow, IMB Deputy Director (Research) said, "We would like to congratulate Rebecca on this outstanding achievement, and thank her for doing IMB proud on the stage at the Research Australia awards dinner."

Rebecca received the award for her discovery of promising anti-inflammatory compounds that block the NLRP3 inflammasome. She hopes that these compounds will be used to treat patients with inflammatory disease.

“Uncontrolled inflammation contributes to the progression of many diseases including diabetes, arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” Rebecca said. “We believe the NLRP3 inflammasome could be a fundamental factor driving the damaging inflammation associated with these diseases.”

To tackle this growing health problem, Rebecca and Dr Kate Schroder and their colleagues at Trinity College Dublin have coupled their basic research with drug discovery and development to learn more about how to tackle inflammation.

Dr Coll said, “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award and feel that it recognises our fantastic collaboration between chemistry and biology which has driven this innovative research.”




Image1: Professor Sheena Reilly (Griffith University), Nadia Levin (Research Australia), Dr Felicity Davin, Dr Rebecaa Coll and Professor Christine Bennett (Research Australia) at the Awards night. Image2: Professor Christine Bennet presenting the award to Rebecca Coll. Image credit: Research Australia




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ABOUT Inflammasome Lab

Inflammasome Lab is a group of researchers led by Prof Kate Schroder at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland.
We seek to unravel the secrets of inflammasomes – protein complexes at the heart of inflammation and disease – to allow for new therapies to fight human diseases.