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CMRI researcher receives prestigious award


Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) researcher and biochemist Dr Victor Anggono is this year’s honoured recipient of The Boomerang Award by Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).

The award is given to an outstanding expatriate Australian biochemist or molecular biologist to provide an opportunity to return to Australia to present their work at the major ASBMB conference, plus universities or research institutes in at least one other Australian city.

Dr Anggono is currently undertaking research at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

At CMRI, Dr Anggono was a PhD student where he worked as part of Professor Phil Robinson’s team, studying dynamin, from 2003 to 2007.  It was a combination of Dr Anggono’s pre and postdoctoral research on understanding how nerve cells communicate with each other at a molecular level that led to The Boomerang Award.

“I’m thrilled to be this year’s winner and am grateful for the opportunity to continue my research at CMRI surrounded by eminent scientists. 

“In particular, I’m very excited about the opportunity to return to Australia and present my work to scientists and colleagues at the upcoming ASBMB conference, as well as investigators at medical institutes in both Brisbane and Sydney,” he said.

On hearing the news, Professor Robinson said, “We’re delighted with Victor’s success and pleased to know he’s returning to Australia.  Victor will bring back a wealth of new skills to CMRI.  We look forward to hearing more about his recent research which relates to other proteins involved in nerve cell communication as they relate to learning and memory.”

Dr Anggono is set to boomerang to CMRI in March 2012.