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

December 2016

Congratulations to Yvette DeGraaf on being awarded a 2016 Deans Award! Yvette received the award because of her "outstanding service to the School" and for her efforts "beyond the normal expectations of her position". She was nominated by Angela Binns and received the award at the School of Medicine Christmas Party on Friday 9th December.

Yvette DeGraaf


The Departmental Christmas Lunch was held on 9th December, with staff and students trying their hand at an 'escape room' before enjoying a communal lunch. None of the three groups were successful enough to escape from their room, but good fun was had by all!

Staff at the Departmental Christmas Lunch 2016


November 2016

Congratulations to Dr Karin Nordstrom on being elected by South Australian ANS Members as their State Representative for the next 2 years! Karin's term will begin in December after the ANS AGM.

Dr Karin Nordstrom


Our own Dr Karin Nordstrom, was featured in an article (5 Nov) in the Adelaide Advertiser entitled "High flyer is buzzing with excitement over her vision"!


The department welcomed back Dr Claire Jessup, who is returning to us after maternity leave! Claire's Islet Biology Lab is now back up and running.

Dr Claire Jessup


Construction has begun in the Level 5 Histology Teaching & Research Area! The area is being upgraded by the School of Medicine and will be a state-of-the-art teaching facility when the redevelopment is complete (February 2017).


October 2016

Congratulations to Prof Rainer Haberberger from the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab, who has been awarded the Centre for Neuroscience's Image-of-the-Month for October 2016!

  A stack of confocal sections of a female urethra, with
multiple labelling immunohistochemistry for PGP9.5, CGRP and I-B4.


September 2016

The department farewelled Assoc Prof Michael Jones, who retired this month due to ill health. Michael has been with the department since he was appointed as a lecturer in 1977! After 39 years and 7 months with the department, there is not an aspect of anatomy that does not showcase Michael's influence. He is a respected academic, an enthusiastic teacher and a dedicated Anaesthetist. Michael will now have time to enjoy his many hobbies, his beloved farm and his growing grandchildren.

Assoc Prof Michael Jones


August 2016

Congratulations to Dr Christine Barry on her promotion to Senior Lecturer (Level C)!

Dr Chris Barry


July 2016

Congratulations to PhD Student Jastrow Canlas, from the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab, on being nominated the Flinders Representative for the new ANS National Neuroscience Student Association!

Jastrow Canlas


June 2016

Congratulations to Honours Student, Pauline Yap, who was awarded the Centre for Neuroscience's Image-of-the-Month for June 2016! Pauline, who is currently studying with the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology Lab, was awarded the prize for this confocal microscope image of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) co-labelled with IB4 / CGRP (yellow), IB4 positive non-peptidergic (green) and CGRP positive peptidergic (red).


The department farewelled one of its longest serving staff members - Greg Souter. Greg has been with the Anatomy Museum for over 34 years! He officially retired on 24 June 2016. His farewell party was held on 23 June and was well attended by his colleagues, students, family and friends.


The department welcomed new staff member; Adrian Kaczmarek. Adrian has joined the Environmental Control of Cell Growth & Cell Division Lab as a Research Associate.

Adrian Kaczmarek

May 2016

Congratulations to Esther Ji on being awarded a $2500 Centre for Neuroscience Honours Scholarship! Esther is doing her Honours year in the Pain & Pulmonary Neurobiology (Rainer Haberberger) and Musculoskeletal Neurobiology (Christine Barry) Labs.

Esther Ji

April 2016

Congratulations to Marissa Holden on being awarded a $2500 Faculty Honours Scholarship! Marissa is doing her Honours year in the Neuroscience of Insect Vision Laboratory, under Dr Karin Nordstrom.

Marissa Holden


Our new Anatomage Table is featured in several news articles this week (4-8 April), including:


March 2016

Our Head of Department, Prof Rainer Haberberger, made good on a promise of support for the FMSS World's Greatest Shave Team, by agreeing to have his head shaved after the team raised over $2000! The eventual total for the team exceeded $6000, with all proceeds going to the Leukaemia Foundation.


February 2016

The long awaited Anatomage Table has arrived! Prof Rainer Haberberger spearheaded the campaign that will see 4 of these virtual disection tools, utilised in anatomy education at Flinders. For more information on the tables, see the website:


December 2015

Twenty brave staff members and students, faced off against 40'C heat to attend the departmental Christmas Lunch at the Adelaide Bowling Club (17th Dec). While the heat did get the better of the group towards the end of the day, several high-spirited games of lawn-bowls were played and some naturals at the sport were discovered!

The A&H Departmental Christmas Lunch 2015
*Nothing wrong with the camera - it was just that hot, all the photos came out blurry.


The department welcomed new research staff: Demi Gao, Marie Schauries and Tingting Wang! Marie and Tingting have joined the Environmental Control of Cell Growth & Cell Division Lab and Demi has joined the Neuroscience of Insect Vision (NIVi) Lab.

 Demi Gao  Marie Schauries Tingting Wang


November 2015

A "lab-warming" party was held (6th Nov) in room 6E:122 to celebrate the safe arrival of Karin Nordstrom's equipment from Sweden. Many of the 6E corridor residents attended the welcome event and revelled in the newly refurbished lab.


August 2015

The Department welcomes Dr Karin Nordstrom to its ranks, as a Senior Lecturer! Karin comes to us from the Uppsala University of Sweden. She is no stranger to Adelaide, having been a Lecturer and ARC Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide in 2009. Her Neuroscience of Insect Vision (NIVi) Laboratory is in containers on its way to Australia and will shortly be established in room 6E:122 of Flinders Medical Centre.

Dr Karin Nordstrom


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.

Assoc Prof Janni Petersen