The bottom line that’s top of mind …

Everyone in the sector has their own relationship to health and medical research and research translation. Naturally we all think the area we have chosen as our life’s work is the most important, the one most likely to eventually bring better health to people. Scientists working at the bench in a university or medical research institute are as keen to see their area of research supported just as much as the clinician researcher wants their health service or clinical trial research to expand and succeed.

The Advisory Board’s task to determine the Strategy and Priorities for funding under the MRFF is being informed by the consultation in progress across the sector. Written submissions are being accepted until 6 June 2016. If you would like your organisations views on the MRFF strategies and priorities included in BioMedVic’s submission, contact me as soon as possible.

Tapping into the insights and opinions of early career researchers about priorities and the barriers and enablers to research is certainly one of the drivers for BioMedVic’s Researcher in Residence program. We are appreciative of and delighted by the level of engagement shown by our parliamentary partners in the current round, the Honourable Mary Wooldridge, Frank McGuire and Kim Carr; I’m sure that you will enjoy reading more about one placement elsewhere in this newsletter.

Celebrating and recognising health and medical researchers and their myriad contributions to the global body of knowledge and to the health and wealth of society can never be overdone. Later today, 1 June 2016, the winner of the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research will be announced at a reception at Government House.

Leaders in life science research and innovation are also being invited to apply for the prestigious 2016 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation as well as the 2016 Victoria Fellowships.

Nominations from high-calibre mid-career clinicians and researchers are also being called for the 36th GSK Award for Research Excellence.  An independent research grant valued at $80,000 (tax free) is on offer: more information is available here.

Today also marks the opening of applications for the CSL Centenary Fellowships for senior medical researchers (4-10 years post-doctoral experience). Paying tribute to its origins of 100 years ago and promising that it’s “just getting started”, CSL will award two individual 5-year $1.25 million fellowships each calendar year in a generous demonstration of its commitment to fostering excellence in Australian medical research. BioMedVic is proud to partner with CSL to deliver our flagship UROP@BioMedVic skills development program and we add our warmest congratulations to all at CSL on reaching this extraordinary milestone.Finally I take this opportunity to acknowledge

Finally I take this opportunity to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week 2016, 27 May – 3 June. “Reconciliation is at the heart of our nation’s future. Make it a part of your future too.”

Jan Tennent