CEO Report – February

It’s no longer possible for researchers to simply stay in their labs and publish scientific papers. Increasingly, they need to have the skills to talk about what they do, to promote the importance of science and to, put it bluntly, get themselves ‘out there’ so that others (funders, potential collaborators, politicians and the public and industry partners) become aware and appreciative of what they do.

IMG_7535The 2015 Fresh Science Victorian winner Dr Ebonie Rio of the Monash University Tendon Research group is a fantastic example of how well the Fresh Science program works – it really hit a nerve with the national media. The win and her research into re-training the brain with painless exercises to stop recurring tendon pain, was featured by no fewer than 8 media outlets, including ABC 24 TV News Breakfast, The World Today, ABC Radio, Nine News, the Health Sun and the Huffington Post!

Not only has BioMedVic helped Ebonie become another media-savvy scientist, her research is now more known widely, with the possibility to attract all sorts of the right attention.

I will also be getting ‘out there’ on the global stage to promote the research & capabilities of members and wider Victoria’s health and medical community as part of the 2016 City of Melbourne Business Mission to Japan and China, 21 February – 3 March. I’ll be participating in Medical Japan 2016 and in the business matching programs in Osaka, Beijing and Tianjin. To advance opportunities for collaboration and exchange under the OU GSM – BioMedVic MOU, I’ll also be meeting over two days with the Dean and faculty of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine.

Through my presentation to the Forum for Innovative Regenerative Medicine (FIRM), it will be exciting to build on the understandings reached in December between PM Turnbull and Japanese leader Shinzo Abe to advance collaborative opportunities between the countries, including in regenerative medicine research. The market in Japan for regenerative medicine is expected to grow more than $17 billion by 2030 according to the Japanese government, so there is enormous scope for Victoria as a leader in regenerative medicine to contribute to and benefit from stronger relationships with Japan.

Speaking of regenerative medicine, congratulations to Professor Peter Currie on being named the new head of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University. BioMedVic is looking forward to welcoming Pete along to a forthcoming SAC meeting to hear his plans for the next phase at ARMI.

And, last but certainly not least, welcome to our newest member, RMIT. The BioMedVic community is getting bigger and more complete and we look forward to talking more about RMIT in the Future.