Sarah Cooper NASA Ames Research Center/Sydney University Research Interest: nanotechnology Sarah is researching to develop a bio-driven power source for medical implants such as pacemakers that may eliminate the need for battery replacement. The bio-thermal battery would be enabled by nano-engineered thermoelectric super-lattice thin films which generate power from the small temperature gradient between the body's skin and core. The bio-thermal battery in development would contain no moving parts or chemical reservoirs. Sarah received her bachelor degree from Brown University and spent recent years as a research fellow at NASA Ames Center for Nanotechnology exploring the fundamental properties of carbon nano-tube and nano-tube derived materials. Sarah has authored a half dozen peer reviewed articles and several nano-material patents. Upon completion of her PhD, Sarah plans to spearhead a movement for nano-enabled solutions into every day life - increasing business and consumer awareness of the many potential applications of these innovative technologies.
Dr. Anthony Cesare University of North Carolina/Children's Medical Research Institute Research Interest: Genetics of Alternative Lengthening Telomeres cancers Dr. Cesare researches the physical structures that protect chromosome ends. His research focused on a specific form of telomere dysfunction, termed alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT), which occurs in 10% of human cancers. Dr. Cesare's graduate work has resulted in five publications, including two first-authors, with another first author and two co-author manuscripts in preparation. He will travel to Sydney for a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Roger Reddel at the Children's Medical Research Institute, to investigate the genetics of ALT cancers. Dr. Cesare's career goals include returning to the US to establish his own academic laboratory investigating genomic stability and cancer development.
Laura Downey Duke University/Childrens Cancer Centre Research Interest: Molecular markers of Leukemia Laura matriculated at Duke University Medical School in 2004. She will travel to Melbourne to work with Dr. David Ashley and Nagaire Elwood at the Children's Cancer Center on a project examining molecular markers that may determine prognosis for children with leukemia. This project aims to determine individualized treatment for children in hopes of decreasing relapse rates for high-risk patients and minimize long-term effects of therapy for lower risk patients. Upon returning to the United States, Laura will graduate from Medical School in May 2007 with plans to continue her training in a pediatric residency program.
Dr. Raymond L. Goldsworthy Harvard University (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)/Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Innovation Research Interest: Improving performance of cochlear implant systems A cochlear implant is a medical device that can restore a degree of hearing to deaf and profoundly hearing impaired individuals. Ray's desire to improve cochlear implants is a personal one; having received a cochlear implant at the age of 13 after suffering hearing loss from meningitis. Ray's PhD thesis, and subsequent work at Sensimetrics Corporation, has led to real-time prototypes for assistive listening devices based on multiple microphone technology. Ray will be conducting research in Melbourne at the Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovation. His Melbourne research project will allow him to implement his signal processing concepts on the latest hardware devices used in cochlear implant research.