Dimerix Bioscience's Chief Scientific Officer, Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger, has received a prestigious international award for outstanding accomplishments in Endocrine Research, the study of our hormone systems.
The Early Investigator's Award Supported by Amgen
was presented at Endo 2012, the 94th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society
, held in Houston, Texas and attended by 7500 scientists from around the world.
Associate Professor Pfleger also presented his research at the conference as an invited symposium speaker.
"It was an honour to be invited to present a symposium at this major international meeting, an honour that is usually reserved for those at the top of the field for the last 30 years.
To then be recognised with the award as well is simply incredible," he
laboratory, funded by both National Competitive Grants
and Dimerix Bioscience
, investigates how hormones work at the molecular and cellular level, by monitoring what happens when hormones specifically interact with proteins on our cells called 'receptors'.
These proteins include G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), a particularly important family of receptors that signal through guanine nucleotide-binding proteins, or G proteins for short.
The research by A/Prof Pfleger's
team has already made a significant contribution to the understanding of protein interactions and GPCRs.
research could lead to new discoveries that reduce the side effects of pharmaceuticals, particularly through the work being translated by Dimerix
"We are interested in how receptors interact with other proteins, particularly other types of receptor, to change how they work.
We still know remarkably little about how our bodies function at the molecular level, but every year, amazing discoveries are made - it is a very exciting time to be doing medical research".
In addition to being Chief Scientific Officer of Dimerix Bioscience, A/Professor Pfleger is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Head of Molecular Endocrinology-GPCRs at WAIMR.
He has won numerous Australian science awards, including Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year 2009, NHMRC Ten of the Best Research Projects 2010, and the 2011 Australian Museum 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science.