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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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Future Scientists Impress at UROP Conference Day

Victoria’s budding research talent gave us an exciting glimpse into their projects at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Conference Day – the highlight of the UROP calendar.

The all-day event was held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 21 July and hosted over 100 students, supervisors and supporters. Continue reading

Research Expo Excellence

A big thank you goes to all the representatives from Victorian biomedical research organisations who helped make the 2017 Victorian Honours & PhD Expo such a huge success!

Over 150 keen students walked through the Expo doors to speak to representatives from 20 exhibiting organisations about research opportunities – and the room’s noise levels matched the students’ enthusiasm.

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Zoonoses – a deadly but fascinating link between animal health and public health 

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AAHL (operating since 1985 as the Australian Animal Health Laboratory)

Zoonotic diseases are any disease or infection that originates in animals and is naturally spread to humans. It is estimated that approximately 75% of new disease outbreaks affecting humans in the past decade have been caused by zoonoses. These emerging diseases pose a serious risk both to public health and the economy and look likely to continue increasing. Examples include the bat-borne viruses: SARS, MERS, Ebola virus, Hendra and Nipah viruses; and other zoonosis including Avian Influenza, Dengue and Zika viruses.

AAHL (operating since 1985 as the Australian Animal Health Laboratory) is Australia’s national biocontainment facility, owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of the nation. The biocontainment infrastructure and scientific expertise enables AAHL to deliver a vital service to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as Australia’s Reference Laboratory for emergency animal diseases and high consequence pathogens of animal origin.

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Researchers Now in Residence

BioMedVic is excited to announce that we have three new placements, Dr Michelle Hall (The University of Melbourne), Dr Joanne Enticott (Monash University/Monash Health) and Dr Despina Ganella (The Florey), to participate in BioMedVic’s flagship Policy Skills development program, ‘Researcher In Residence’ (RiR).

The RiR program provides an opportunity for researchers from BioMedVic member organisations to be placed part-time in the Victorian office of state and federal parliamentarians and government departments.

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• Dr Michelle Hall, from the Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne, has been in Canberra for the past two weeks with Senator Kim Carr, Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research;
• Dr Joanne Enticott, from Southern Synergy, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences Monash Health and Monash University, has taken up her placement in the Office of Health and Medical Research within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services; and
• Dr Despina Ganella, from The Florey will take up her placement with Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne, Victoria in the Australian Parliament.
BioMedVic CEO, Prof Jan Tennent said, “the RiR program is a 2-way opportunity – for researchers its a chance to understand how policies and priorities are determined within the parliamentary process, while for parliamentarians its an opportunity to engage with research experts on key issues of the day. It’s about both sides of the conversation being better informed and starting to speak the same language.” BioMedVic is proud to be advancing its advocacy on behalf of members through the RiR program

 

Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map

We warmly invite you to explore the key connections that are at the heart of Melbourne’s reputation as a City of Science and Innovation.

BioMedVic is delighted to sponsor the online interactive research network map produced by Nature Index, which shows output and collaboration in high quality research between institutions in the greater Melbourne region. This updateable map is based on publications in the top natural science journals tracked by the Nature Index website (www.natureindex.com), which is an open access platform owned by Springer Nature, publisher of Nature, with data published under a creative commons license.

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The Art of Communication

“An essential day in my calendar”, “engaging and well curated program”, “a ripper of a day – beautifully organised and conceived”, “loved the content”, “thanks for this great event that supports our profession” was the feedback we received from participants of our second annual BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum.

The highly successful event held on Friday 28th of April attracted media, communications and engagement professionals from a diverse range of organisations involved in the health and medical research sector. Participants learnt about branding and rebranding, designing infographics on a shoestring, communicating within complex organisations, different ways of measuring success in communications, communications in a crisis and public engagement. The day ended with a spirited discussion about how to communicate evidence in the age of fake news with panellists from Fairfax, IFL Science and The Conversation, among others. The discussion continued over networking drinks and nibbles. Continue reading