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2017

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2017

UOW Alumni story – The Stand

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2017

Forbes 30 under 30 Europe Class of 2017
Science and Healthcare List

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2017

Illawarra Mercury 22 Jan 2017

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2017

UOW news, Jan 23 2017

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2016

Franklin Women February Newsletter

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2015

The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) congratulate the first 8 awardees of our joint IBRO-ISN Research Fellowships Program!

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2015

Schizophrenia Research Institute, Daniel Beck Memorial PhD Award

The Daniel Beck Memorial PhD Student Award is given to applicants who are committed to and involved in finding ways to prevent and cure schizophrenia and who are enrolled as a PhD student.

This year’s recipient, Natalie Matosin (above), is an outstanding young scientist who is committed to a career in schizophrenia research. She is currently a fourth year doctoral student at the University of Wollongong. Natalie is trained as a molecular neurobiologist and neurogeneticist, and her research is about improving our understanding of the processes that underlie schizophrenia so that improved treatments can be developed. Natalie’s PhD research program has specifically focused on exploring the role of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGluR5) in schizophrenia.

Natalie will use the award to extract DNA from brain samples to identify which genetic markers these individuals carry, and determine whether they are associated with the change in protein levels of mGluR5.

“mGluR5 has been of interest to many researchers over the last decade, because when this protein is deleted in animals, they exhibit schizophrenia-like symptoms including deficits in cognition (i.e. an inability to remember and learn). Since then, several landmark studies have gone on to show that drugs that increase the activity of mGluR5 can reverse these schizophrenia-like symptoms, and improve cognition,” says Natalie.

“The cognitive abilities of people with schizophrenia is strongly linked to their long-term functional outcomes, such as their capability to live alone, work, and essentially live an uninhibited life. Cognitive abilities are often affected by the illness, but unfortunately, they are largely untreated by current antipsychotics. mGluR5-targeting drugs offer a way to potentially treat these deficits and improve cognition and quality of life in people with schizophrenia.”

Daniel Beck was an extremely sociable and outgoing young man who enjoyed the company of a wide circle of friends. Unbeknown to everyone, both family and friends, in the last few years of his life Daniel was also struggling with mental health issues. His family have created this award in his memory to help further the understanding of schizophrenia and the best way to care for those suffering from it.

View the story here

Page last updated: 11:25  19 June 2015

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2014
Schizophrenia Research Institute Annual Report

page 38

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2014
Schizophrenia Research Institute – Spark of Genius
March 15, covered by IHMRI Winter Newsletter

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Natalie Matosin at the 2014 Schizophrenia Research Institute’s Spark of Genius. Interview by Professor Vaughan Carr.

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2013
Schizophrenia Research Institute Annual Report

page 29

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December, 2013
Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute Newsletter – Summer 2013

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July, 2013
Cover – Schizophrenia Research Institute Newsletter –  Winter 2013

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May, 2013
Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute Newsletter –  Winter 2013

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April, 2013
Australian Rotary Health Newsletter –  Autumn 2013

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March, 2013
Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute Newsletter – Autumn 2013
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December, 2012
Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute Newsletter – Summer 2012

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November, 2012
University of Wollongong’s Research and Innovation News – Nov/Dec 2012

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