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

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

‘Researcher in Residence’ Opportunity

BioMedVic recently launched the 2017 round of its ‘Researcher in Residence’ Scheme

A short-term ‘Researcher in Residence’ opportunity will be provided for up to five (5) early career researchers from Biomedical Research Victoria Member organisations to be placed part-time in the Victorian office of a range of state and federal parliamentarians and government agencies.

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Putting Melbourne on the Map

At BioMedVic, we’ve been brewing up exciting plans for Members.

We are delighted to announce that BioMedVic will be supporting publication of an online interactive research network map produced by Nature Index, which will show output and collaboration in high quality research between institutions in the greater Melbourne region. This updateable map will be 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. Continue reading

STEMM Central Bootcamp Kicks Off

sblogoThe energy in the room was electric with many collaborations sparked at the launch of the STEMM Central Bootcamp for Research Commercialisation on 23rd September. As participants heard presentations and got stuck into activities, they received an inspiring lesson on what research translation and commercialisation entails and the core capabilities required to enable successful outcomes. Continue reading

2016 ECCR Award winners and commendees

Congratulations to the VCRN 2016 Early Career Clinician Researcher (ECCR) Award winners and commendees!

Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria, presented this year’s Awards at the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Thursday 8 December.

Winner ($1,000 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Simon Joosten | Monash Health, Monash University

Dr Joosten is a respiratory and sleep medicine specialist based at Monash Health and an early career research fellow at Monash University, School of Clinical Sciences. He is an outstanding clinician scientist and committed to a translational program set to change the treatment approach for over a million Australians who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. Dr Joosten will use the Award to support his travel to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC in May 2017 where he has been invited to present a lecture on the role of body position in obstructive sleep apnoea.

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

Dr Jeanette Tamplin | Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Tamplin is a music therapist based at Austin Health and a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has studied the effects of therapeutic singing intervention on respiratory function and voice for people with quadriplegia, as well as for improving speech in Parkinson’s or stroke patients. This year, she started on a NHMRC-ARC funded Dementia Research Fellowship to explore the benefits of therapeutic choir participation for early-mid stage dementia patients. Dr Tamplin is committed to translating her research outcomes into clinical practice and to educate the public on the benefits of music participation. She plans to use the Award to travel to the 2017 World Congress of Music Therapy in Japan to present her work.

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Commendation ($500 Prize) – Medical Category

Dr Yet Hong Khor | Austin Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Khor is a respiratory and sleep physician based at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep at Austin Health and is in the second year of her PhD at the University of Melbourne. She is an outstanding physician and promising clinician scientist, studying the role of supplemental oxygen therapy for patients with interstitial lung disease to improve the disease’s understanding and management. Dr Khor is dedicated to continue working as a clinician researcher and will use the Award to support her travel to the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC in May 2017 where she will present the findings of her study.

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Commendation ($500 Prize) – Allied Health Category

Dr Alice Burnett | Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Dr Burnett is a neuropsychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Neonatal Medicine Department and a postdoctoral fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. As an emerging leader in the newborn medicine research, both Dr Burnett’s clinical and research roles have a common goal – to support the health development of children born with medical challenges. Dr Burnett studies how cognitive and behavioural difficulties present and relate to brain development in children born prematurely and is working to identify early-life predictors that can help clinicians monitor and support development. Dr Burnett will use the Award to travel to the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in San Francisco to present her work.

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BOOTCAMP FOR RESEARCH INNOVATION

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Victorian medical researchers are set to receive a leg-up on their path to clinical and commercial success.

Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx), in partnership with BioMedvic, will deliver the STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) Bootcamp – a training program designed to help early career medical researchers translate their discoveries. The Honourary Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, launched the program in June.

STEMM Bootcamp builds on the successful Molecules to Medicine (M2M) Program, curated by CTx, as an online and in-person skill development program. Participating researchers undertake short, intensive education modules and activities designed to build strength, competency and connections in research translation and commercialisation.

Following the launch, the program was kicked off with a co-design workshop, facilitated by PwC Indigenous Consulting. The workshop brought together key stakeholders from research and industry and crystallised key elements and the core skills required for research translation and commercialisation.

The overwhelming energy and success of the co-design workshop gave us a clear direction for the future of STEMM Bootcamp.

And if the program has piqued your interest, stay tuned – we will be recruiting for participants in August.

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Innovation Connect launches

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BioMedVic and AusBiotech were pleased to launch Innovation Connect: a thought leader series bridging research and industry on Tuesday 21 June in Melbourne.

The first event in the series, “Accelerating Innovation: Browse, connect & engage with Victoria’s world-class research infrastructure”, featured the Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN). This highly successful, sold out event hosted both industry and academia, and featured three case studies from facility and industry partners on how connecting with VPTN, Australia’s largest network of publicly-funded facilities, advances innovation in biotechnology:

  • Accelerating product development for scientific & medical analysis
    Dr Andrew Gooley – Chief Scientific Officer, Trajan Scientific and Dr Caroline Laverty – Manager at MATF, a VPTN member facility
  • Collaborating on advanced 3D printed titanium surgical implants
    Robert Thomson – Technology & Production Manager, Anatomics and Dr Leon Prentice – Group Leader at CSIRO, a VPTN member facility
  • Preventing neurodegenerative disease progression
    Colin Masters – Laureate Professor, The University of Melbourne; Dr Jack Parsons – Principal Scientist, Prana Biotechnology and Dr Nicholas Williamson – Facility Manager, Bio21 Institute, a VPTN member facility

The presentations were followed by a lively networking session where researchers and industry participants engaged over canapés and drinks.

Touching base with our Researcher in Residence: Life inside #Spring St

Monash University’s Dr Kelly-Ann Bowles is half way through her internship with the Shadow Minister for Health in the Victorian Parliament, Mary Wooldridge. According to Dr Bowles, her participation in Ms Wooldridge’s electorate and parliament offices has been incredibly exciting since she started at the beginning of May.

“This has been an amazing opportunity.  It is sometimes the more informal chats over lunch, discussing the similarities between political life and research life, that have added to the experience. A number of Mary’s staff have been with her for years and their experience and passion is amazing.” – Dr Kelly Bowles  
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