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New ANZAC Research Institute 'Discovery' Newsletter Available

New ANZAC Research Institute ‘Discovery’ Newsletter Available

March 30, 2015

Discovery is the ANZAC Research Institute´s newsletter; providing information about new developments and ongoing research projects at the Institute. It also introduces some of our top scientists and provides human interest stories of how their research work benefits patients, at Concord Hospital and in the wider community. To access the newsletters, simply click on the listed items below, and then download the file.

about_news_jan2018Issue 19 – January 2018PDF >>
about_news_feb2017Issue 18 – February 2017PDF >>
about_news_jul2016Issue 17 – July 2016PDF >>
about_news_dec2015Issue 16 – December 2015PDF >>
about_news_nov2015Issue 15 – November 2015PDF >>
about_news_mar2015Issue 14 – March 2015PDF >>
about_news_jun2014Issue 13 – June 2014PDF >>
about_news_nov2012Issue 12 – November 2012PDF >>
about_news_may2012Issue 11 – May 2012PDF >>
about_news_nov2011Issue 10 – November 2011PDF >>
about_news_apr2011Issue 9 – April 2011PDF >>
about_news_jan2011Issue 8 – January 2012PDF >>
about_news_aug2010Issue 7 – August 2010PDF >>
about_news_dec2009Issue 6 – December 2009PDF >>
about_news_apr2009Issue 5 – April 2009PDF >>
about_news_mar2008Issue 3 – March 2008PDF >>
about_news_jun2007Issue 1 – June 2007PDF >>
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CRGH Early Career Research Prize Awarded to Konstantin Horas

CRGH Early Career Research Prize Awarded to Konstantin Horas

October 1, 2014

On Monday 18th August, Dr Konstantin Horas from the ANZAC Research Institutes’s Bone Biology group presented with three other finalists and was awarded the Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) Early Career Research Prize for 2014. Congratulations Konstantin!



Dr Horas with other members of the Bone Biology group. Left to right: Dr Yu Zheng, Dr Konstantin Horas (Winner CRGH Early Career Research Prize 2014), Prof Markus Seibel, A/Prof Hong Zho.

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The ANZAC Research Institute

The ANZAC Research Institute is holding a “New Developments in Metabolic Phenotyping” mini symposium

September 12, 2014

The ANZAC Research Institute is holding a mini symposium in conjunction with Sable Systems International, entitled “New Developments in Metabolic Phenotyping” on 14 & 15 October, at the ANZAC Research Institute, Gate 3 Hospital Rd Concord.

For further information contact Julie Taranto (02) 9767 9191 or
Registration fee $50.

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Thesis Competition

Concord Clinical Week Holds its Annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition

August 27, 2014

12 bright, young PhD candidates presented their work at Concord Clinical Week 2014 in the Concord 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Congratulations to Dr Naseem Mirbagheri, who was the winner with her presentation entitled “Central Brain Responses of Sacral Nerve Stimulation in Patients with Faecal Incontinence.”

The runner up was Ashanya Malalasekera who presented on “Understanding the Patient Journey to Diagnosis and treatment of Lung Cancer”, with 3rd prize going to Sylvia Gasparini for “Glucocorticoids, Bad Bones, Bad Body”.



3 Minute Thesis Competition Winner – Dr Naseem Mirbagheri

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The ANZAC Research Institute is having its 13th Annual Symposium

July 20, 2014

On the subject of “Contemporary issues in Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Coronary disease”


Friday, 29th August 2014
8.30am – 5.00pm
Concord Medical Education Centre, Concord Hospital

Keynote Speakers:
Prof Eicke Latz Germany
Prof Karlheinz Peter, Melbourne
Prof Shaun Jackson, SydneyFor full program & registration contact Julie Taranto (02) 9767 9191 or $30 (including registration, morning tea and lunch)
Students free



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ANZAC goes green

The ANZAC Goes Green

March 31, 2014

At the ANZAC Research Institute, one of the most trafficked areas is a courtyard that divides the office building, animal unit and laboratories. Seeing an opportunity, some ANZAC staff came up with the idea or reimagining the space to create a community garden that everyone could enjoy.



Some basil growing in the courtyard garden.

A group was formed to discuss better uses of the courtyard space. Mark Jimenez, a member of the group explains

“Initially there were pebble beds with weeds growing; the plants hadn’t been looked after very well. People didn’t enjoy using the space.”

“We called a meeting for people to give us ideas for the best use of that particular space. Through extensive discussion the idea came out that if we had a community garden then everyone would feel like they had ownership of the space and could enjoy it.”

Using a limited budget, a builder was brought in to concrete a central cohesive area that would have tables and chairs, and then helped build raised beds to grow plants and herbs. Another garden bed was made around the courtyard’s prominent tree.

Vegetables like yardlong beans, lettuce, tomato and eggplant were grown. Herbs were planted like basil, thyme, oregano and chives. Lemongrass, chili peppers, a miniature citrus tree and a passionfruit vine soon sprang up. Flowers were also placed around the garden to beautify it.

Staff and students now have a much more pleasant view when walking through the courtyard. Anyone is free to help themselves to some herbs or vegetables and often pick things out to take home for their dinner recipe. The gardening group now meets regularly, and has future plans for the courtyard garden involving using pots to grow even more things.

What started a simple idea has now transformed a courtyard, and shown what can be done with something as simple as a neglected walkway. Mark Jimenez put it simply

“It’s all an exercise in owning our own environment”.



A now greener space.



Some eggplant growing.



The garden getting some needed sun.



The garden growing vertically.

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New Biennial Report

New Biennial Report available

March 20, 2014

Annual Reports

The Annual Reports of the ANZAC Research Institute provide a wealth of information on the research programs of our individual laborites and, details about our ongoing epidemiology studies. They also contain details of staff and students, particulars of research grant and, a listing of peer reviewed publications.

The Reports also contain information about The ANZAC Health and Medical Research Foundation. The Foundation is a charitable organization, established in 1995 to develop health and medical research. The Foundation manages the operations of the Anzac Research Institute. The Reports also provide a historical record of the Institute’s achievements.

To download a pdf version of the reports, click on any of the links below.

Financial Report 2017PDF >>
Biennial Report 2015-2017PDF >>
Financial Report 2016PDF >>
Financial Report 2015PDF >>
Biennial Report 2013-2015PDF >>
Financial Report 2014PDF >>
Biennial Report 2012-2013PDF >>
Financial Report 2013PDF >>
Financial Report 2012PDF >>
Annual Report 2011PDF >>
Annual Report 2010PDF >>
Annual Report 2009PDF >>
Annual Report 2008PDF >>
Annual Report 2007PDF >>
Annual Report 2006PDF >>
Annual Report 2005PDF >>
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Testosterone for the Prevention of Diabetes Mellitus Trial seeks male participants

March 14, 2014

Can testosterone shots prevent diabetes in men?

news_104_lg1Photos: Channel 9 filming a news item on the research at the ANZAC Research Institute.

University of Sydney researchers are seeking male participants for a novel trial assessing whether regular testosterone shots can prevent type 2 diabetes in men.

The $4.8 million Testosterone for the prevention of Diabetes Mellitus (T4DM) study – the first of its kind in the world – is looking at the potential benefits of treating men with early signs of the condition (pre-diabetes) with testosterone supplements in conjunction with a dedicated weight-loss program.

The researchers are seeking up to 1500 overweight male participants aged 50-74 for this ground-breaking study ranging across NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

Lead investigator, Associate Professor Ann Conway, said men who sign up for the study would have free access to the online weight-loss program run by Weight Watchers.

“An online program is ideal for men who prefer not to attend Weight Watchers meetings,” she said.

“The T4DM trial will look into whether diet and testosterone can prevent type 2 diabetes in men who have prediabetes and relatively low testosterone.

“We will be recruiting 1500 men who do not yet have diabetes across Australia to join the study, people who exhibit pre-diabetes conditions, such as being overweight around the middle.

“Study participation will last approximately two years and participants will receive free access to Weight Watchers and treatment with either testosterone or placebo.

“By giving testosterone supplements to men in that critical pre-diabetes stage, and by putting them on a dedicated weight-loss program, we hope to see sustained reductions in weight and a reduced chance to develop type 2 diabetes.

“Older men who have developed a large belly and are at risk of diabetes now have an opportunity to do something about their weight, improve their lives, and provide us with all-important research results that could benefit many others in the future.”


Dr Conway said in the first six months of study participation, 77 per cent of men lost weight.

“And 83 per cent of men reported that they were getting up at least once at night to urinate before they joined the study. The study participants said this is a very important issue to them, many said it was this problem that motivated them to join the study and take steps to improve their health.

“After only six months of study participation 22 per cent of participants have already reported that they are getting up less often or are not getting up at all and we hope to see this improve further as the study continues.”

Trial participant Michael Pryke signed up because he knew he was at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, given combined factors of lifestyle, weight and a lack of exercise.

“My wife works hard on her own health and on our dietary habits, but I have lacked the necessary motivation to really do something,” he said.

“This study has provided the impetus to finally make the long term life style changes I know I should be implementing, while offering an opportunity to contribute to ongoing research in this area.”

To potential trial participants, Mr Pryke said: “Go for it – you have nothing to lose and an enormous amount to gain.

“Proving the role of testosterone in weight loss will be important and I believe publicity around the positive impacts on the lives of the men who actively participate will have a broader impact.”

Fellow trial participant, Dr Tony Partridge said he had learnt more about pre diabetes and making the relevant lifestyle changes as a result of participating in the trial.

“I have a healthy self-image and an active lifestyle so I was surprised to find I was at risk,” he said.

“Give it a go. You might help others to better health and perhaps also help yourself if risk factors are indicated.”

How to sign up to participate: 1300 865 436

This study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Trial contact and interviews: Associate Professor Ann Conway, 02 9767 7222, 0419 011 357 or

Media contact: Rachel Gleeson 02 9351 4630, 0481 004 782,

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ANZAC Research Institute hosts it's 12th Annual Symposium

The ANZAC Research Institute hosts it’s 12th Annual Symposium

September 10, 2013

The ANZAC Research Institute hosts it’s 12th Annual Symposium.

Photos: Presenters and participants at the symposium.

On Friday 6th September 2013, the ANZAC Research Institute hosted it’s 12th Annual Symposium on the topic of “Frontiers in Bone Biology and Osteoporosis Research”. The Keynote speakers were: Professor Roland Baron, (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) and Professor Clifford Rosen (Maine Medical Centre, USA).

Other presenters included Dr Natalie Sims (St. Vincent’s Institute, Melbourne), Dr Paul Baldock (Garvan Institute, Sydney), Professor Mark Cooper (ANZAC Research Institute), Dr Tara Brennan-Speranza (ANZAC Research Institute), Professor Peter Croucher (Garvan Institute), Professor Mike Rogers (Garvan Institute) and Mr Paul Mitchell (Osteoporosis Board of New Zealand and ANZ Hip Fracture Registry steering group).


Professor Clifford Rosen presenting.



Professor Roland Baron presenting.



Some of the attendees.



The presenters at the symposium.

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Translational research into osteoporosis wins NSW health award

Translational research into osteoporosis wins NSW health award

January 2, 2013

Translational research into osteoporosis wins NSW health award.

Professor Markus Seibel, Dr Kirtan Ganda and Dr Anna Lih have won the prestigious 2012 NSW Health Award for their ongoing translational research into cost effective ways of treating steoporosis patients.


Markus Seibel, Kirtan Ganda and Susan Maree receive the award from Health Minister Jillian Skinner

Significantly, their research has led the Sydney Local Health District to establish an innovative integrated Fracture Liaison Service at Concord Hospital’s Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The Hon. Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health, presented the award to the members of the ANZAC Bone Research Program and the hospital’s Department of Endocrinology at a ceremony in October.

The project had its origins in 2003 when Markus Seibel and an Honours student initiated an audit of patients admitted to Concord Hospital with osteoporotic fractures and discovered that although the fractures were repaired by surgery, there was no investigation of how the fracture occurred and no treatment to minimise the risk of another similar injury.

“Everyone had an X-ray but only 3% of patients got a bone mineral density scan which is an excellent test to define future fracture risk,” Prof Seibel recalled.

“Osteoporosis was basically ignored. So in May 2005 we established a Fracture Liaison Service with the purpose to identify, investigate and properly manage patients who presented to Concord Hospital with a recent minimal trauma fracture.”

In 2010 Drs Lih and Ganda and Prof Seibel analysed data from about 250 patients and compared the results to those from some 160 patients who had not taken up the opportunity, but were otherwise similar.

“While this was a non-randomised study and certain biases would naturally exist, our results were clear enough – re-fracture rates were 20% in the unmanaged group and only 4% in the managed group,” says Prof Seibel.

“Effectively, proper management of osteoporosis reduced the risk of re-fracture by up to 80%. Not only that, but we found the service and its interventions were highly cost efficient.

“A well-managed Fracture Liaison Service costs money. Our service is run by a doctor with some input from nursing staff, and we do blood tests, X-rays and a bone mineral density scan to identify those patients who require treatment, which usually consists of calcium, vitamin D and an anti-resorptive agent such as a bisphosphonate. All of that costs money but when you balance that against the cost of further fractures, in particular hip fractures, the service we deliver is peanuts compared with the follow on cost of further fractures. Just one example, a re-fracture has an average stay in hospital of 22 days. The direct costs are so large we don’t even have to take into account the indirect costs.”

The team put together a business case and the Sydney Local Health District agreed to establish and support a part-time position for a doctor to run the Fracture Liaison Service at Concord Hospital.

“If I’m not mistaken we’re the first hospital in NSW if not in Australia to have an institutionalised, integrated Fracture Liaison Service funded by the Local Health District,” says Prof Seibel.

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