Mission Inflammation: Guarding against Collateral Damage in Infection

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1. Please provide a short summary of your research, project or technology.

Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune response to infection damages its own tissues. In severe cases, multiple organ failure can occur. If not treated promptly, the patient will die. Worryingly, with the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, we are expected to see an increase in sepsis incidences in Queensland. Yet, we currently don't have reliable treatments for it. Our solution is to target the immune system itself. My PhD focuses on a machine in our cells that is important for recognising bacterial infection and recruiting immune responders. My goal is to discover how we can switch this machine on and off. Through my work, I hope that we can develop drugs to artificially dampen the damaging immune activity during sepsis. This would improve the clinical outcome of sepsis patients, and decrease the high economic burden on our healthcare system. My work will also open new avenues for inflammation research in Queensland. 

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I’ve always been interested in how the human body works and in unlocking its secrets. This lead me to research in one of the greatest enigmas in human biology: inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of many (if not most) diseases, including bacterial sepsis. I’m currently a PhD student in the Inflammasome Lab at the University of Queensland. This position lead me to many interesting scientific discoveries, and offered me multiple teaching and science communication opportunities.


To find out more, follow me on Twitter @amy_chancan

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Monica Chia
almost 2 years ago

Great work Amy!

Audrey Hii
almost 2 years ago

Amazing work Amy :)

Panny Hou
almost 2 years ago

Wow, really exciting area of research! Good luck!

ShuXi Lu
almost 2 years ago

Your work is very relevant to us all !

Emmy Law
almost 2 years ago

All the best... looking forward to the future

Bev Hii
almost 2 years ago

Great stuff, and good luck!

Jong-hoon Choi
almost 2 years ago

Step by step
wins the race!

Jimmy Luhur
almost 2 years ago

Well done Amy. Do your best

Amanda LK
almost 2 years ago

Informative, inspirational and very deserving Amy!

용강 김
almost 2 years ago

Very nice!

Wendy Chan
almost 2 years ago

Very inspirational Amy!! Proud of you and good luck in your PhD. Hope you can find the break through against sepsis and antibiotic resistance. It will definitely be a game changer in the medical field!!

Hoyoung Lee
almost 2 years ago

Great work Amy!

James Yuan
almost 2 years ago

Good to see such great research being undertaken by an outstanding young achiever

Leah Cowan
almost 2 years ago

Wonderful idea! Good luck

Jacqueline Lee
almost 2 years ago

Amazing job amy! Keep up your amazing work!

Amy Chan
almost 2 years ago

Thank you all for taking the time to vote. I really really appreciate it!!

Rachel Tan
almost 2 years ago

Keep up the great work Amy!!

Oliver Hirst
almost 2 years ago

Wonderful to see you and your good work being recognised Amy! Wishing success to you and your team - doing the whole human race a great service!

Roger Tang
almost 2 years ago

Good work Amy!

Teresa Nguyen
almost 2 years ago

Awesome work Amy!

Justinius Luhur
almost 2 years ago

Awesome work! This could be a game changer for both research and medical fields!

Jason Lai
almost 2 years ago

Awesome stuff Amy! All the best in making life changing discoveries!!

Angel Cheung
almost 2 years ago

Keep up great work Amy ^^

Hwa Sook Lee
almost 2 years ago

Great work!!!

Reimen Hii
almost 2 years ago

Awesome work Amy!

Jenniwaty Luhur
almost 2 years ago

Well done, Amy! Very important research you are doing and will help change lives.

Claudia Hii
almost 2 years ago

Amy, as someone who sees how passionately you live and breathe science, nothing makes me happier than watching this video about your research. Brilliant work from an inspirational scientist!

Anggia Prasetyoputri
almost 2 years ago

awesome work Amy! All the best :)

Amy Chan
almost 2 years ago

Oh my gosh! I was not expecting such an overwhelming response (coincidentally, it's the overwhelming immune response to infection that causes sepsis)! Day one down, 11 more to go. Thank you all for your support!

Heazle Shore
almost 2 years ago

This is just the beginning Amy. I am looking forward to hearing of the success of your first trials. Go girl!

Nirmal Marasini
almost 2 years ago

Great work Amy . Good luck.

Lee Jaeyoon
almost 2 years ago

Amazing work! Live longer and keep in shape. That's everyone's dream. You will lead us to it. ^^

Ingrid Edwards
almost 2 years ago

Good luck Amy!!!

Margaret Green
almost 2 years ago

We need more scientists, researchers and funding to bring about new discoveries.

淳甄 黃
almost 2 years ago

Good luck !

Vanessa Chia
almost 2 years ago

Inspirational work Amy, best of luck!

Amy Chan
almost 2 years ago

Thank you all so much for your time and energy! I really really appreciate it!

Jay Lee
almost 2 years ago

Good work Amy!

欣憶 李
almost 2 years ago

Good job Amy!

欣憶 李
almost 2 years ago

Good job Amy!

Forest Cheng
almost 2 years ago

Well done,Amy!

Calvin Chang
almost 2 years ago

Awesome work Amy!

Darren Wing Chun
almost 2 years ago

Amazing work, good luck!

Thien Nguyen
almost 2 years ago

Best of luck and success Amy!

Farjana Khatun
almost 2 years ago

Good Luck Amy. I wish you all the best for your research career

Dan Rich
almost 2 years ago

We are so proud of you,good luck!

Jenny Goode
almost 2 years ago

Awesome work! You’re absolutely amazing

Tzu-Horng Sun
almost 2 years ago

So great,proud of you.

Amy Chan
almost 2 years ago

Thank you all so much for your support!! The response I've gotten is just absolutely amazing. Nine more days till voting closes!

Shain-yo Haung
almost 2 years ago

Amy 姐姐 You are the best. Good luck?

Nelly Chen
almost 2 years ago

Dear Amy
Great job! So proud of you

David Ko
almost 2 years ago

Keep going and never give up!

Lisa Chang
almost 2 years ago

Amazing work! :) Good luck lovely!

Ramona Kappes
almost 2 years ago

Very inspirational for all young girls to become more aware of a carrier in science. Good luck! ?

Grace Chi
almost 2 years ago

Good luck Amy! You are amazing!

Joseph Yunis
almost 2 years ago

Making the world a better place for the future. Good luck Amy

Sharlene Khor
almost 2 years ago

Super good work Amy! I hope you get the most votes because you deserve it :)

Leon Ngo
almost 2 years ago

Amazing work!

Eduardo Albornoz
almost 2 years ago

Well done!!

Linda Nguyen
almost 2 years ago

Amazing :)

JunQin Du
almost 2 years ago

Good job! Amy. All the best!

Amy Chan
almost 2 years ago

Thank you everyone for taking the time to sign-on and vote for my entry. It's not often that women in stem are given such a platform to communicate their work. I am truly grateful for this opportunity, and for all your support!

Rhys Parry
almost 2 years ago

As you are a wonderful Microbiology and Parasitology tutor it makes sense that you would be a terrific scientist. Good luck.

Philip Chih
almost 2 years ago

Awesome work Amy!! Good luck

Chenghung Chang
almost 2 years ago

Good work and well done, Amy.

Robert Ha
almost 2 years ago

Great work!

Ally Lu
almost 2 years ago

Great work Amy! You definitely have my vote!

Eric Hu
almost 2 years ago

Great work Amy! I really like your research topic and I really hope your research can be recognised and taken to the next level. Very inspirational!

KasiaK KasiaK
almost 2 years ago

Great work and you are definitely an amazing inspiration to the young generation of girls!

Sam Chatterjee
almost 2 years ago

Yewwww. Go Amy!

Luke Woodfield
almost 2 years ago

Super inspirational! Amazing work - keep it up!

Amy Chan
over 1 year ago

Happy International Women's Day everyone! Thank you for supporting women in stem ?

Leane Zhang
over 1 year ago

Amazing work, I'm rooting for you, Amy!

Anthony Huynh
over 1 year ago

Great stuff Amy! ?

Eva Chen
over 1 year ago

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Jacky Fa
over 1 year ago

Great Work!

Amy Chan
over 1 year ago

And it's a wrap! Thank you everyone for your support and lovely messages. If anything, your encouragements compel me to work even harder. I'm truly passionate about my work, and I hope some of my enthusiasm has rubbed off on you. Most importantly, thank you for supporting women in stem.

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