Recent News, events and announcements - relating to both the Department and individual Staff.


February 2015

The Department held a retirement celebration for Dr Alan Wilson who will be retiring from full-time academia in March this year! The theme was the 70s and many of Alan's colleagues and friends dressed appropriately to farewell this long time staff member. Former colleagues travelled from as far away as QLD to join him for the day, and speeches, songs and skits were enjoyed by all.



The Department welcomes back Catherine Johnson, who has accepted a Tutor position with Anatomy & Histology for 2015.

January 2015

The Department welcomes Janni Petersen, who is our new Associate Professor! Janni comes to us from the University of Manchester, UK, after successfully vying for the senior lectureship position last year. She brings alot of expertise (and equipment) with her and will shortly establish her Environmental Control of Cell Growth & Cell Division Laboratory.

December 2014

The Department congratulates Dr Dusan Matusica, on being offered a continuation to his current Lectureship!



October 2014

The Department farewelled Runchang He from its ranks, at a departmental afternoon tea on Thursday 30th October. Runchang has been a prosector with us for the past 4 years and his always-cheerful disposition will be missed in the Museum.

Runchang He (middle), with his supervisor Greg Souter (left)
and his colleague Les Scott (right)


September 2014

Congratulations to Head of Department, Rainer Haberberger, on his promotion to Professor!

The Department farewelled long-time casual staff member, Mrs Xiao Hui (Sue) Guo. Sue has been a technician with the Histology Teaching & Research Lab since 2009!

Our Head of Department, Assoc Prof Rainer Haberberger, accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge and participated in the group 'dunking' at Flinders University on 1st September. Click here for the YouTube link. Flinders University generously donated to MND South Australia on behalf of all participants involved.

June 2014

Congratulations go to Honours Student, Shane Rix, on being awarded a ‘James and Jessie Brown Memorial Prize in Gerontology’! There are 2 James & Jessie Brown Memorial Prizes in Gerontology awarded annually, for the best pieces of written work, on a topic of relevance in the field of gerontology or aged care. Congratulations to Shane for being nominated by the selection panel as having the best essay within the School of Medicine!

Shane Rix (left) with the Chairman of the James and Jessie Brown Trust, Geof D Mitchell (right)
at the presentation ceremony on 4th June.


May 2014

Congratulations to A&H Secretary, Kiley MacDonald, on being awarded a 2013 Dean's Award, for service to the School of Medicine!

Prof Ian Gibbins was featured in an article entitled "From Anatomy and Histology to Poetry and Electronic Music" in the May 2014 edition of Flinders University's Education in Focus.

April 2014

We officially welcome our brand new Head of Department - Assoc Prof Rainer Haberberger! Rainer's appointment was enthusiastically endorsed by Prof Ian Gibbins and was welcomed by A&H Staff. It is a promotion that has been well-earned and is a great stabiliser for Anatomy & Histology as it prepares for the challenges ahead.

March 2014

The Department welcomes Dr Dusan Matusica, who has accepted a Lecturer position until December 2014! Dusan comes to us from the Queensland Brain Institute.

The Department welcomes Catherine Johnson, who has accepted a Tutor position with Anatomy & Histology for 2014!

February 2014

The Department welcomes Dr Claire Jessup! Claire comes to us from the Dept of Human Physiology after accepting a full-time Lecturer position with Anatomy & Histology. Claire's laboratory - the Islet Biology Laboratory - is now located in room 6E118, on level 6 of Flinders Medical Centre.

Congratulations to Dr ShiYong Yuan who has been offered, and accepted, a Lecturer position with Anatomy & Histology!

The Ian Gibbins Retirement Beach Party was held on Friday, 21 February! Over 160 attendees helped us celebrate the career of our retiring Head of Department, Prof Ian Gibbins. The department would like to Thank everyone who attended and sent well wishes, especially those who flew in from interstate for the event! Judy Morris is thanked for her assistance with picking the perfect gift. And all the SoM and Departmental Staff who helped with setting up, cleaning up and who participated in activities and gave speeches, are offered our sincerest appreciation for contributing to this important event. Ian's final day as our HoD is Monday 31st March 2014.


Congratulations to David Prideaux who won the award for the party's Loudest Shirt!


Congratulations to Dr Christine Barry who has been promoted to the position of Lecturer with Anatomy & Histology!


December 2013

Prof Ian Gibbins and Assoc Prof Judy Morris played hosts (for the final time!) to the Department's Annual Christmas Lunch. This much loved tradition will end this year, with Ian's retirement pending in March 2014. The hosts, undeterred by the 40+ degree heat, served up an extensive menu of home cooked delicacies ( Menu_XmasLunch_13 (PDF 32KB) ). The event was considered a huge success and a wonderful celebration of the year. As with all good 'ends of an era', the event was captured for prosperity!

The event also provided an opportunity for Yvette DeGraaf and Pat Vilimas to formally announce the renaming of the Flinders Microscopy area to the Ian Gibbins Microscopy Suite! A well deserved accolade for Ian's decades of dedication to managing this common service facility. One of Ian's poems has been framed and will hang on the facility's feature wall, for users to enjoy.

Prof Paul Worley, Dean of the School of Medicine, with the framed poem by Ian Gibbins
which will be displayed in the newly renamed Ian Gibbins Microscopy Suite.


June 2013

The department farewelled long-time Staff Member, Dr Christine Lunam, who died on Thursday 20th June, after a courageous battle with cancer. Chris will be remembered for her commitment to animal ethics, her enthusiasm for teaching and her good humour. Her contributions will be missed but not forgotten. The funeral was held on Monday 24th June and was well attended by Colleagues from Anatomy and the School of Medicine.


March 2013

Our very own Assoc Prof Rainer Haberberger, showed his generous side (and inner punk) at the Uni's "World's Greatest Shave", helping to raise over $2,500 for this worthy cause!


Our Head of Department, Prof Ian Gibbins, celebrated 20 years as our HoD on 1st March 2013. As a well known, much loved, and very-long term staff member, it was no surprise when over 70 people from across the School of Medicine joined us to celebrate this impressive milestone at a special morning tea hosted by the department. 



January 2013

Dr Chris Barry and Yvette DeGraaf were featured in a Channel 7 News Story on "High tech tools to treat pain". The story can be viewed online via Yahoo: