JUNE 2015
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Research Newsletter
Welcome to the new look newsletter
From the desk of the ADR
This month I have felt a buzz of excitement as we started our strategic planning process. Kendra, Tash, Gabriel gave us a flavour for what they would like to see achieved in livestock, companion animal and wildlife research respectively. Siobhan did a great job driving our One Health strategy. The networking session on One Health was lots of fun. Over 30 academics from the Faculty attended and had a great time pitching their project ideas. Many thanks to Helen Jones, Penny Oxford, Harry Chin, Kim Heasman, Marie Wildridge and Siobhan Mor for all the effort they put into making the day work!
We got lots of feedback after the strategic planning session. Some comments included:

We need to focus on research that the community cares about
  • We should hold public talks presented by Faculty staff
  • We need to improve the publication culture of our HDR students
  • We need more links with biomedical science
  • We must break down “silos” within Faculty
  • We must get rid of emphasis of collaboration within faculty and focus on collaboration beyond faculty
  • A One-Health SPARC (MBI are working on that!)
  • We should promote species specific hubs to be more attractive to industry bodies
  • We should attract more Cat 2 funding – particularly for companion animal research
  • We should double the number of indigenous research projects
  • Where does our successful international program fit?
  • A Camden Bioscience Centre and more videolinks between Camden and Sydney especially for seminars
  • We need to appreciate “non-sexy” science too
  • A wildlife centre
  • A dairy hub with UTas
  • Aim to win the Longitude prize for solving antibiotic resistance – 10 million pounds!
Keep your ideas coming! Please talk to your local RDC rep – so that they can pass on your thoughts at our next meeting – or drop me an email at vetsci.adr@sydney.edu.au
In the media, who has been creating news...
Photo: Dean, Prof Rosanne Taylor (l), Minister Niall Blair (Centre) and Professor Sergio (Yani) Garcia (Right), at Corstorphine Dairy.

The Land reported Dairy Australia managing director Ian Halliday spoke at the University of Sydney Dairy Research Foundation symposium at Camden last week. The Land reported Dr Ephraim Maltz was the international speaker at the symposium.

Daily Mail (UK) mentioned a study by Dr David Evans and Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about how whipping horses does not make them run faster

Channel 10 (Perth) interviewed Dr Andrew O’Shea from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in relation to a child being attacked by the family dog.

Dr Andrew O’Shea from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital was interviewed on Channel 10 (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide) about character traits of dogs following an attack on a baby girl in Sydney.

Kim McKean wins the 2015 DAIRY RESEARCH FOUNDATION, DAIRY SCIENCE AWARD.  Almost half a century ago, in 1966, an enthusiastic teenager by the name of Kim McKean joined the University of Sydney, appointed as Animal Attendant. His contribution to research has been nothing short of impressive. There have been over 40 Master of Science and over 60 PhD thesis completions at the Dairy Research Foundation since 1969, and there would be very few of these 100 postgraduate students who could claim no direct or indirect influence, help or technical and management assistance, from Kim.

Corstorphine Dairy On Tuesday June16  the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Lands and Water, the Hon Niall Blair, MLC, visited the campus along with his senior policy advisor Scott Barrett, the local member for Camden the Hon Chris Pattison, and many dairy industry leaders and stakeholders from across the country to plan for the NSW dairy industry’s future.  Minister Blair took a tour of Corstorphine AMR dairy, and was particularly interested in the way in which the robotic technology is improving dairy farming. He noted the improvements in animal welfare and production that flow from individualised cow monitoring and management in a voluntary cow traffic system. Minister Blair's horticulture and WorkPlace Health and Safety background, his family connection as clients of our equine hospital at Camden and knowledge of our Arthursleigh operations made this a most successful visit. We hope to host another visit soon to follow up his interest in our aquaculture research, recruitment of future leaders in animal production, and biosecurity research collaborations with NSW DPI. 

Emeritus Professor David Fraser, awarded, Member in the General Division (AM). David is truly a “quite achiever” and is currently in Cornell conducting their veterinary leadership program for future veterinary research leaders, which many of our alumni and some staff have attended over the past 26 years

Jonathan Early was interviewed by ABC (Goldfields, South West WA, Alice Springs, Northern Tasmania, Illawarra) Farm Dog Project which analyses traits of a good working dog. PhD researcher in the Faculty of Veterinary Science,

Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk was interviewed on ABC Illawarra about robotic milking. 

Publications from IRMA - May 2015
Additive and epistatic genome - wide association for growth and ultrasound scan measures of carcass-related traits in Brahman cattle 

Capacitation and capacitation-like sperm surface changes induced by handling boar semen               

Characterisation of non-classical MHC class I genes in the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)               

Climate Change and the Risk of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Birds           

Clinical review of Hendra virus infection in 11 horses in New South Wales, Australia               

Comprehensive mapping of the bull sperm surface proteome               

Diagnosis and treatment of generalised tetanus in dogs               

Dietary antioxidants at supranutritional doses modulate skeletal muscle heat shock protein and inflammatory gene expression in sheep exposed to heat stress  

Enhancing postgraduate learning and teaching: Postgraduate summer school in dairy science             

Evaluation of Short-term Outcomes of Experimental Stifle Luxation in Feral Pigeons (Columba livia domestica) Treated with a Hinged Transarticular External Skeletal Fixator and Physical Therapy 

Feeding, Evaluating, and Controlling Rumen Function               

Feline hyperthyroidism reported in primary-care veterinary practices in England: prevalence, associated factors and spatial distribution              

Financial Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease on Large Ruminant Smallholder Farmers in the Greater Mekong Subregion           

Forage growing as an incentive to improve smallholder beef production in Cambodia               

From the Phenotype to the Genotype via Bioinformatics               

Growth, survival and feed conversion of juvenile tiger grouper Epinephelus fuscoguttatus in different salinity regimes 
In vitro interaction of some drug combinations to inhibit rapidly growing mycobacteria isolates from cats and dogs and these isolates' susceptibility to cefovecin and clofazimine               

Influence of steam-pelleting temperatures and grain variety of finely-ground, sorghum-based broiler diets on small intestinal starch and nitrogen digestion dynamics in broiler chickens  

Measurement of true ileal digestibility and total tract retention of phosphorus in corn and canola meal for broiler chickens          

Measurement of true ileal digestibility of phosphorus in some feed ingredients for broiler chickens  

Nutritional Geometry: From insects to ruminants 

Oligodendrocyte loss during the disease course in a canine model of the lysosomal storage disease fucosidosis 
One Health surveillance - More than a buzz word?               

Primers for amplifying major histocompatibility complex class II DQB and DRB exon 2 in the Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea)         

Relative sensitivity of escherichia coli o157 detection from bovine feces and rectoanal mucosal swabs               

Sperm surface changes and physiological consequences induced by sperm handling and storage
Surveillance against the odds: Addressing the challenges of animal health surveillance   
The New Caledonian Leopard Skink Lacertoides pardalis (Reptilia;Scincidae); a review of the species' morphology, distribution, behavior and conservation         

Toll-like receptor diversity in 10 threatened bird species: relationship with microsatellite heterozygosity
Towards a synthesis of frameworks in nutritional ecology: interacting effects of proteins, carbohydrates, and phosphorus on field cricket fitness.               

Viral causes of feline lymphoma: Retroviruses and beyond              


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News from Abroad - Update from Hannover
Alex Chaves is currently in Europe on a Humboldt Fellowship.  Photos right with other Australian participants.
In addition Alex went to Berlin from Wed to Friday last week for the Humboldt annual meeting. Lots of networking there. He had the chance to meet and chat with Germany Federal President Joachim Gauck about his research project at the presidential Bellevue palace.

On Friday morning the Australian Ambassador hosts all Australian Humboldtians for a breakfast. http://australia-in-berlin.com/

It was a very valuable week.

Alex is very proud to be a Humboldtian and would like to thank his collegues for the support along these years.

Alex will be off to Copenhagen next Monday. We look forward to the next installment of his trip.
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News From Research Computing
Services Portfolio Update - June 2015

Research Computing Services Portfolio - Artemis

HPC Service: Artemis is now live! – Launched 31st March 2015

The first centrally provided HPC capability at USYD available at no cost to
the researcher and integrated into the existing RDS (Research Data Store) service.

is a fully managed service in partnership with Dell Australia with
support provided via the ICT Help Desk

1536 cores of compute capacity including 57 standard, 2 high memory and 5 GPU compute nodes

Access to Artemis is granted via an approved RDMP (Research Data 
Management Plan)

formal launch: Wednesday 10th June, 2015

Utilisation gradually increasing (from 63% in the first month to 72.5% in May)

Usage across faculties and users improving however through targeted promotion and training, utilisation can increase.


Bioinformatics services will be available from July 2015

Service includes CLC Genomics Workbench software and advice

Access to this service is available to University of Sydney and affiliated researchers (requires a Unikey) which can be booked using the ICF PPMS system

Software and support costs are part funded through user subscriptions; researchers can use CLC free of charge between March-June 2015 but will need to purchase a subscription from July 2015 – see ICT home page for Pricing

Long-term goal will be to utilise Artemis for bioinformatics capability.

Welcome Cali Willet as newly appointed Bioinformatics Technician Planning currently underway to upgrade the CLC Genomics Server from the current version 6.5.1 to version 7.0.1 This will allow users of CLC Genomics Workbench version 8.0 to connect to the server.

Michael Homsey currently confirming with vendor an upgrade approach and plan to be submitted for change request approval by ICF and ICT management

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