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2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award – Prof Monica Slavin

Awarded to Professor Monica Slavin

Centre and Innovations Lead, National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC), Immunocompromised Host Infection Service, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and Department of Infectious Diseases, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & Royal Melbourne Hospital

BioMedVic warmly congratulates the recipient of the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award – Prof Monica Slavin.

Professor Monica Slavin is an Infectious Diseases physician, internationally recognised for identifying risk factors and improving early diagnosis and prevention of infection in cancer patients.

She has published over 180 peer reviewed publications and has been cited over 5,200 times. Her research has resulted in new management guidelines, definitions of fungal infections for clinical trials and translations of new diagnostic tests into practice.

Prof Slavin is now the director of the National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC), a platform which addresses the critical need for informed strategies to reduce infections in cancer.

Her nominator, Prof Karin Thursky, named Prof Slavin a “humble, kind, and consistent mentor” and an outstanding example to women and clinicians in science through her leadership and hard work.

The Award was presented by BioMedVic CEO Prof Jan Tennent during the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards & Networking Lunch.


2017 BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 BioMedVic Early Career Clinician Researcher (ECCR) Award winners and commendees!

Prof Jan Tennent, CEO of BioMedVic, presented this year’s Awards at the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards & Networking Lunch on 9 November at the VCCC.

Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Brett Manley | Royal Women’s Hospital

Dr Brett Manley is a neonatologist and early career researcher at the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne. His research aims to improve outcomes for preterm infants by improving the application of early breathing supports and improving longer-term respiratory health by preventing bronchopulmonary dysplasia – the chronic lung disease of prematurity. Since his PhD, Dr Manley has led two multicentre, randomised clinical trials of the non-invasive “nasal high-flow” respiratory support system. His award will contribute to his travel to an international neonatal conference to present the results of his HUNTER trial.

Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Catherine Granger | Royal Melbourne Hospital & University of Melbourne

Dr Catherine Granger is a research physiotherapist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the role of physical activity and exercise for people with cancer. One of Dr Granger’s current studies is testing the benefit of an exercise and education program to improve function and quality of life for people undergoing lung cancer surgery at Melbourne Health. Her award will contribute to her travel to the European Respiratory Society Conference in Paris in 2018.

Commendation ($500 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Kiryu Yap | St Vincent’s Institute & St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Dr Kiryu Yap is a medical doctor and regenerative therapy researcher at St Vincent’s Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. During his PhD, Dr Yap aims to bio-engineer human liver organ-like structures using cells isolated from adult human tissue and induced pluripotent stem cells, and test their therapeutic potential for liver disease. His award will contribute to his travel to the International Liver Congress in France in April 2018.

Commendation ($500 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Bao Nguyen | University of Melbourne

Dr Bao Nguyen is an optometrist and early career researcher at the University of Melbourne. She uses non-invasive methods, including clinical electrophysiology, neuroimaging and perceptual tests, to investigate neuronal changes in the human visual system. Dr Nguyen’s research aims to study healthy ageing and childhood development, and improve outcomes for patients with neurological disorders such as migraine, and ocular diseases such as glaucoma. Her award will contribute to her travel to the Experimental Psychology Conference in 2018.

Prof Jan Tennent elected to AusBiotech Board

BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent will have further opportunity to link Victoria’s health and medical research and clinical care with industry after being elected today to the AusBiotech Board of Directors.

The election outcome was announced at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of AusBiotech Ltd, held at the AusBiotech national conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 25 October 2017.

BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent will have further opportunity to link Victoria’s health and medical research and clinical care with industry after being elected today to the AusBiotech Board of Directors.

The election outcome was announced at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of AusBiotech Ltd, held at the AusBiotech national conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 25 October 2017.

Jan Tennent is a respected senior executive and networked business leader with international and national experience in the pharmaceutical, biologicals, agribiotech and research sectors. She has a proven record of contribution and accomplishment in the governance and management of NFP organisations and highly matrixed organisations including CSIRO, CSL and Pfizer. Renowned for her trustworthiness and diligence, Jan brings innovation, expertise and focus to her roles.

In her previous role as Director for Business Development & Global Alliances at Pfizer Animal Health, Jan was responsible for maximising the growth and profitability of APAC business units and leading the due diligence and negotiation teams for a number of company and product acquisitions and numerous technology licenses and collaborative R&D agreements.

As a member of the CSL Animal Health executive team Jan was responsible for new product opportunity evaluation and leadership of product development and the launch teams for unique vaccines in Australia and the UK.

Jan brings expertise in forging and nurturing relationships and a persuasive advocacy style to her current role as CEO of Biomedical Research Victoria, the premier voice for linking health and medical research to clinical care in Victoria.

Jan’s research career included periods as Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology and Program Manager for the Vaccines and Immunology group of CSIRO Animal Health. In these roles, Jan honed her innovation and management skills having oversight of the research and vaccine clinical trial activities of a 20-strong team.

An alumnus of Monash and Deakin universities, Jan was appointed in 2017 as Collaborative Professor at the University of Osaka.  She is a Principal Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jan said: “I’m looking forward to leveraging my experience in the pharma, bio, agricultural and animal industries as well as research to contribute and add value to the terrific work that AusBiotech is already doing on behalf of its members.”

Recipients of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund announced

The Minister of Health Jill Hennessy today announced the recipients of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund, which was designed to invest in new projects that translate early stage medical research into patient care.

The fund is part of the plan Healthier Lives, Stronger Economy: Victoria’s Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020, which aims to create new business opportunities, job and economic growth and enhance Victoria’s reputation as a world leader in health and medical research.

Congratulations to BioMedVic Members Monash UniversityDeakin UniversityThe University of Melbourne and Austin Health for securing over $1.2 million in this inaugural funding round.

The University of Melbourne was awarded funding to develop new technology to treat severe asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases ($201,236).

Monash University received funding to develop a common data model to improve the lives of people living with dementia ($100,000), to develop a new method for diagnosing bipolar disorder ($100,000), to develop a new support package for stroke survivors ($99,356) and to develop an integrated “Virtual Hospital” patient management system to improve the care of patients with chronic diseases ($500,000).

Deakin University secured funding to develop a blended face-to-face and mobile application psychosocial intervention for bipolar disease ($99,872).

Austin Health were awarded funding to improve diagnosis of rare genetic disorders ($100,000).

Together, the awarded projects leverage further funding from philanthropic, industry and international sources which will bring an additional $7 million investment into Victoria’s world-class medical research sector.

Read further project details in the Victorian Government press release.

Victoria Public Healthcare Awards and Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation announced

Victoria’s public health services and innovation in health and medical research were celebrated this month with the announcement of the recipients of the Victoria Public Healthcare Awards, the Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation and the Victoria Fellowships.

We sincerely congratulate all the winners from BioMedVic Member organisations and others on their contribution to Victoria’s world-class health and medical research.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley presented the 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, which celebrate excellence, dedication and innovation in public healthcare, at a gala ceremony on 26 October. (See the full list of winners and finalists here.)

Congratulations to Eastern Health, winner of the Minister for Mental Health’s Award for their work in bringing tele-psychiatry to an emergency department, and to The Royal Children’s Hospital, winner of the Secretary’s Award for their integration of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions.

We also congratulate the winners and finalists of the Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation and the recipients of the Victoria Fellowship, which were announced at an awards ceremony held by veski at Melbourne’s Investment Centre on 26 October.

Six early career researchers, five of which are from BioMedVic Member organisations, were awarded the Victoria Fellowships in Life Sciences, valued at up to $18,000 each to assist them with an international study mission. Congratulations to Dr Kim Allison and Ms Jane Hawkey from the University of Melbourne and Dr Jennifer Payne, Ms Samantha Rowbotham and Dr Philip Ward from Monash University.

“We’re supporting our innovators because they help our economy – their discoveries and new ideas will create the jobs and industries of the future,” said Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis.

2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards | Winners & Commendees Announced

We are delighted to announce the winners and commendees of the 2017 BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Awards and extend our warmest congratulations to all of the recipients. Continue reading

Training Science Communicators and Future STEMM Stars

BioMedVic is investing in the next generation of science communicators by hosting three Masters student interns from the University of Melbourne. The students, who are undertaking a unit in science communication, have been teamed up with scholars of the BioMedVic Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) working at the Bionics Institute and at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI). Continue reading

BioMedVic hosts professional development for HRECs

The BioMedVic Hospital Research Managers were delighted to host an enthusiastic gathering of Victorian HREC Chairs and Executive Officers for a Twilight Education Session on Tuesday 29 August.

Prof David Taylor (Eastern Health) presented his talk “Cannabis 101: New (renewed) uses for an old drug”. Mr James Cameron (DHHS) presented on the changes to the Medical Treatment Planning and Decision Act 2016 in relation to instructional and values directives, appointment of medical treatment decision makers and the impact on a patient’s ability to be involved in medical research. Continue reading

Congratulations Vic Gov Fellowship Recipients

The three recipients of the Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowships were announced on July 19. The fellowships are intended to develop initiatives and strategies, leading to clinical or commercial outcomes in the areas of bioinformatics, genomics and/or health services research.

The three recipients are:

  • Dr Allison Milner, to develop initiatives and strategies, in association with workplaces and the business community, to reduce the incidence of mental health and rates of suicide in working age men by linking them into health services.
  • Dr Bernard Pope, to develop solutions to aid the early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer
  • Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman, to research how and why hip and knee replacements can sometimes fail, and develop methods to minimise it

Science Medical Research & Technology Panel Chair Brigitte Smith said “The three fellowships were selected from a quality field of more than 100 eligible applications, and went through a rigorous assessment and shortlisting process to prioritise the key research projects which we are confident will have a real and lasting impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”

BioMedVic is proud of the work it has been doing on behalf of the Victorian Government to roll out these fellowships. And we are now pleased to be supporting the DHHS with its roll out of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund.

Researcher in Residence – Meet Dr Michelle Hall

Dr Michelle Hall (Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne) is participating in BioMedVic’s flagship Policy Skills development program, Researcher In Residence. She has been in Canberra for two weeks with Senator Kim Carr, Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

“My glimpse into the parliamentary process has been tremendously insightful, and thanks to BioMedVic and Senator Carr I have made meaningful connections that I hope in time will reduce the burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia and world-wide.” – Dr Michelle Hall
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