The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program welcomes new UROP students!

It has been an exciting few months for UROP.

The Welcome Forum for 2013, generously supported by principal sponsor CSL, was held on February 23rd.  Approximatly 40 people in attendance heard from two current UROP students, Charles Gray (Walter & Eliza Hall Institute) and Ashwyn Perera (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute), who provided a practical and inspiring introduction to the new intake of students by describing their UROP experiences.  Representing the programs’ second principal sponsor, the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI), Helen Gardiner also spoke about the computational resources available to UROP students through the VLSCI.

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Stem cell leaders meet to accelerate translation of therapies to the clinic

More than 160 scientists, clinicians, government regulators and business figures gathered at the Melbourne Brain Centre Parkville on 16 & 17 May to explore the challenges of moving stem cell science from the laboratory to the clinic.

“Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cells: Prospects and Pitfalls” was co-delivered with Stem Cells Australia and the first of two symposia planned by the Bio21 Cluster in 2013.  The diverse program included examples of potential stem cell treatments in sports medicine, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, vision loss, drug discovery and cord blood banking.

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McKeon Review Update

On Friday 5 April 2013 the Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, released the report of the McKeon Review – Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research – Better Health through Research.

The full report and the summary version of the report can be accessed on the Review website.

WEHI Announces UROP Scholarships

We are delighted to announce that the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research is offering a limited number of scholarships to WEHI laboratories’ towards the cost of a UROP student’s salary.  Research supervisors who submit UROP projects based at the WEHI, and not already awarded another stipend, will be eligible to be considered for this award.  UROP projects may be in any area of research conducted at WEHI, such as infection, inflammation, immunity, cancer, cell death, stem cells, development, structural biology, bioinformatics and drug development.

For more information contact UROP Manager, Dr Michelle Zajac.

VLSCI continues their fantastic support of UROP: Four Part-Stipends each worth $6000

We are delighted to announce that the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) have continued their generous support in offering to sponsor part-stipends , each valued at $6000 per relevant project for a 12 month placement.  Projects that are for 6 months duration will receive pro rata funding of $ 3000.  There are 4 part stipend scholarships available for the upcoming round of UROP, Winter 2013.

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Congratulations Prof Michael Parker

Professor Michael Parker, in conjunction with colleagues in the VLSCI and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL), was awarded a High Performance Computing Innovation Excellence Award at the Super Computer Industry conference in Salt Lake City in November for a world-first simulation of the 3D atomic motion of the complete human rhinovirus using Melbourne’s IBM BlueGene Q system.  The research has implications for new drug development.  Congratulations to the collaborative team.

Opening of the new WEHI building

The sun shone brightly on the opening of the extended Walter and Eliza Hall Institute building on 22 November 2012.  The Cluster warmly congratulates former and current Directors Professor Suzanne Cory and Professor Doug Hilton and the Institute’s Board on their achievement in realising this major new research facility in the Parkville Precinct.