23 August 2010
Admane Shanthanagouda (RMIT); Associate Professor Doris Wu, City University of Hong Kong; Professor and Chair Rudolf Wu (HKU); Professor Tracy Collier, Science Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Dr Jeff Turner, Washington University; and Dane Hansen (RMIT).
Murray River Rainbowfish and fish gonad histopathology were on the agenda when RMIT University students attended a summer course on environmental and human health at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), courtesy of a new exchange agreement.
Admane Shanthanagouda and Dane Hansen attended lectures on environmental impact assessments including concepts, theories and principles in environmental management.
During the course, Mr Shanthanagouda gave an oral presentation on "Aromatase genes as biomarkers of exposure to xenoestrogens in the Murray River Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia fluviatilis".
Mr Hansen presented a poster on "Assessment of firefighter exposure to air toxics on the fireground".
Both School of Applied Sciences postgraduate students participated in a debate on "Fish gonad histopathology for ecological risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals".
As a part of the study program, the students also visited Futian Mangrove Research and Development Centre in Shenzhen, China.
Professor Jorma Ahokas of RMIT’s School of Medical Sciences said: "Professor Rudolph Wu, Head of the School of Biological Sciences at HKU, embraced the idea of a memorandum of understanding with RMIT.
"He immediately invited two graduate students to participate in an international summer course on environmental and human health."
There are existing interactions between the two institutions, particularly in the area of food toxicology. RMIT alumnus Hani El-Nezami is now Associate Professor of Food Toxicology at the School of Biological Sciences, HKU.
"Hani is responsible for the running of successful postgraduate course in food toxicology," Professor Ahokas said.
The memorandum of understanding forms a basis for expanding staff and student interactions between RMIT and HKU, which recently ranked first in Asian university rankings.
Laboratory visit at the City University of Hong Kong.
Field trip to mainland China as a part of the summer course.