Board update

BioMedVic is fortunate to be guided by a distinguished and experienced Board comprising Prof Ian Gust (Chair), Dr Cathy Foley, Prof Stephen Holdsworth, Prof Bronwyn Kingwell, Prof David de Kretser, Prof Malcolm McConville, Dr George Morstyn, Dr Roland Scollay and Prof Jeff Zajac.

October marked the departure from the Board of Prof Doug Hilton, and his Alternate, Prof Peter Coleman, who had both served the Board with distinction for five years. The Board extends sincere thanks to Doug and Peter for their many valuable contributions and welcomes Prof Bronwyn Kingwell as the new Band 1 Member-elected Director.

This is also an opportunity to congratulate Ian Gust who was recently recognised by his alma mater, The University of Melbourne, by the conferring of one of its highest honours, the degree of Doctor of Medical Science honoris causa.  The ceremony program noted “Ian Gust continues to have a profound impact on the world’s scientific and health communities.  His eminent contributions to scientific knowledge and to ensuring the global impact of discovery, are experienced the world over.”

It’s important for researchers to communicate their work clearly

BioMedVic supports the career advancement of up-and-coming health and biomedical researchers and was proud to provide fully-supported scholarships for six early career researchers from BioMedVic Member organisations to attend a media training for scientists workshop on 21 Oct.

Hamish Innes-Brown said “The format of having the media people come and do practice interviews really put us all on the spot and made us think. Much more involving than a lecture…Thanks again for the support to attend, it’s a fantastic initiative!”.

BioMedVic looks forward to offering this opportunity again in early 2015.

Recipients of the BioMedVic scholarship (L-R:) TinaMarie Lieu, MIPS; Sophie Broughton, St Vincent's Institute; Husna Begum, Baker IDI; Kathryn Backholer, Baker IDI; Hamish Innes-Brown, Bionics Institute; Lesley Cheng, The University of Melbourne.
Recipients of the BioMedVic scholarship
(L-R:) TinaMarie Lieu, MIPS; Sophie Broughton, St Vincent’s Institute; Husna Begum, Baker IDI; Kathryn Backholer, Baker IDI; Hamish Innes-Brown, Bionics Institute; Lesley Cheng, The University of Melbourne.

UROP places 500th student!

Over 120 students, supervisors and UROP community members gathered at the Melbourne Brain Centre for this year’s UROP Conference Day on 24 July.

An opportunity to welcome a new round of UROP, the Conference also celebrated UROP’s 500th student, Madeline Nicholson (placed at the Bionics Institute).

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New web portal connects business to R&D help

Victorian businesses and researchers can now easily access technical experts in universities and research institutes to aid R&D output.

PlatformConnect is a free online tool that enables you to connect with technologies and expertise in research organisations across the State who are keen to help you in areas ranging from stem cells to supercomputing, microscopy to manufacturing or nanofabrication to nutrition.  

Create a free PlatformConnect account and then take three easy steps:

  1. Post your project to automatically notify a set of Providers (VPTN facilities).
  2. Receive responses from Providers who can help.
  3. Choose a Provider and get started.

PlatformConnect is an initiative of the Victorian Platform Technologies Network (VPTN).

Professor Helen Herrman Elected as President of the World Psychiatric Association in Madrid

BioMedVic congratulates Prof Helen Herrman, Director of Research at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, who has been elected to the Presidency of the World Psychiatric Association.  She is the first Australian to be elected to this role and she will assume the Presidency in 2017, serving as President-Elect prior to this.

BioMedVic Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 3 October 2014 at 10am at Monash University Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne.  All are welcome.

BioMedVic Annual Report 2013-2014 released – read it here

VPTN Showcase

The Victorian Platform Technologies Network’s expansion into disciplines such as engineering science, exercise and sports science, materials and nano-science and mathematics as well as biosciences, was evident at this year’s showcase Discover. Connect. Grow. held at the Australian Synchrotron on 11 September, 2014.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future

On 2 September, Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb released his recommendations for a strategic approach to science and its related fields at Parliament House.  Download the document here.