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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 Neville Yeomans

The Bio21 Cluster congratulates Professor Neville Yeomans on receiving the award of Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2013 Honours.

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.

Karolinska Stroke Award – Professors Geoffrey Donnan and Steven Davis

Congratulations to Professor Geoffrey Donnan of The Florey and Professor Steven Davis, Royal Melbourne Hospital, who were each awarded the Karolinska Stroke Award for 2012 for excellence in stroke research.

Victoria Prize awarded to Prof Terry Speed

The Cluster congratulates Professor Terry Speed who was awarded a Victoria Prize on 21 November for his research over a period of twenty years into mathematical and statistical aspects of infectious disease, the immune system, heritable human diseases and cancer.  Terry is a world leader in bioinformatics and is a strong supporter of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Australian Research Infrastructure Network funding announcement

The software solution at the heart of the Australian Research Infrastructure Network (ARIN) will transform the way researchers and biotech see and access resources in the Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN).

The Victorian Government as part of their Technology Plan for the Future have provided funding to support the VPTN to purchase software and manage the system. The initiative will provide facilities with an advanced software resource to manage their scientific core facilities, to create transparency in capability and simplify user access. This will enable greater engagement between facilities and a more diverse user base, including biotech, pharma and academic researchers, creating sustainability in the infrastructure base, and driving collaboration.

The information system and reporting capability provides a new degree of insight into resource utilisation to assist facilities and organisations in developing their enabling technologies.

Visit the VPTN website to learn more about ARIN.

Health and Medical Research Expo – Victorian Parliament, 22 – 24 May 2012

The Health and Medical Research Expo, “Innovating for Victoria’s Health”, was held at the Victorian Parliament to showcase the strength and value of the health and medical research sector in Victoria.

Many parliamentarians visited the exhibits during the three days of the exhibition and had a chance to chat with those health and medical research colleagues manning the displays.  The Expo was launched on the evening of Tuesday 22 May by the Minister for Innovation, the Hon Louise Asher.

We extend sincere thanks to all those involved in preparing and manning the exhibition.

Click here for more information about the Expo and to access the Expo e-book.

Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research

2011 Australian of the Year Simon McKeon will chair an independent review of health and medical research in Australia and recommend a 10-year strategic health and medical research plan for the nation.  Details of the review process, terms of reference and opportunity to make submissions can be found at http:/  Closing date for submissions is 30 March, 2012.

The Bio21 Cluster will be making a submission on behalf of its Member organisations.