New Frontier for Parkinson’s

UROP @ The Bionics Institute | Aharon Golod

“Not very often do you wake up, knowing you have to go to work and feel excited,” said Aharon Golod. Every day the budding researcher gets to work with cutting-edge technology at the Bionics Institute as part of his UROP placement.

This technology, called deep brain stimulation, while being developed specifically for people with drug-resistant symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, has the potential to treat other neurological disorders, like clinical depression and Tourette’s syndrome. Continue reading

Healing Wounds for Diabetic Patients

UROP @ ARMI | Natasha Qazi

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Wounded Apple

Having an open wound which doesn’t heal for years is the reality for many people, often diabetics, living with chronic ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Patients need treatment over several years, which makes it extremely expensive, both for the healthcare system and the patients who are continually going in and out of hospital.

Twelve Australians develop diabetes every hour. While the annual healthcare cost for a diabetic person without associated complications can be up to $4,000, complications, such as slow-healing wounds, can increase the cost to $16,000. Continue reading

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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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

 

A Peak into Industry

Some refer to industry as the “dark side” of science.

But at CSL it’s anything but – as UROP students discovered at the 2016 UROP CSL Tour & Network Event at Parkville’s Bio21 Institute. As the students got a taste of what industry careers are all about, they were quick to ask questions and eager to learn more.

“It was particularly interesting to hear about the way research is structured at CSL, and some of the differences between industry and academia,” said one of the event participants. “Now that I know more about careers in industry, it’s definitely something I will consider in the future.”

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UROP Gearing Up for Round Two

After a successful UROP Conference Day in July, we’ve received an impressive stack of applications from outstanding undergrads in August, ready to kick-start their path in research through the 2016 UROP summer intake.

We’ve also received a number of requests to organise more UROP events. You spoke – we listened!

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Future Scientists Take the Stage

Cancer, chronic disease, therapeutic drug synthesis – it’s impossible to know where the bright young minds that presented at last Friday’s UROP Conference Day are destined to make a difference. But one thing that’s certain is that these budding researchers are only just getting started.

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Jaclyn Pearson (left) mingled with students after her keynote address.

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Exposure to Research Excellence

Organisational representatives from across Victoria’s health and medical research community congregated in Melbourne last Friday to entice the next generation of biomedical researchers to a career in cutting-edge science.

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Students who attended the expo were eager to enquire about research opportunities.

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2016 VCRN Career Recognition Award – Prof Leonard Harrison

Awarded to Professor Leonard C Harrison
Director, Burnet Clinical Research Unit and Consultant Immunologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Professor, Population Health and Immunity Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

 

BioMedVic warmly congratulates the recipient of the 2016 VCRN Career Recognition Award – Prof Leonard Harrison.

Prof Harrison was one of the pioneers of research on the immune pathogenesis, pre-clinical diagnosis, prediction and prevention of type 1 diabetes in Australia.

He established immune and metabolic testing for individuals with pre-clinical type 1 diabetes, which is now practiced at major paediatric centres. He also changed the paradigm to type 1 diabetes being recognised as an immune disease which laid the groundwork for his prevention trials and for a major reduction in the risk for life-threatening clinical presentation with ketoacidosis.

Beyond his translational research, Prof Harrison has made several basic discoveries, including the mechanism of beta-cell destruction, insulin-induced immune tolerance and epigenetic mechanisms in human T cells.

He has supervised over 40 postgraduate students, many of which have become leaders in their fields of science.

His colleague and nominator, Prof Ingrid Winship, named Prof Harrison an “exemplar” clinician scientist and mentor, stressing that his discoveries and mentorship contributed significantly to Australia’s strength in type 1 diabetes research.

The Award was presented by BioMedVic CEO Prof Jan Tennent during the 2016 VCRN Awards & Networking Event.