Today, at the annual UROP Conference in Melbourne, BioMedVic announced the recipients of the inaugural CSL UROP stipends. The nine Victorian undergraduates, who are among the intake of 23 UROP scholars welcomed as new participants in the program today, are the first beneficiaries of CSL’s increased commitment as Principal Sponsor of UROP.


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The bottom line that’s top of mind …

Determining how and on what the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will be spent is the sort of thing we all dream of as scientists. What would we do with that sort of money, which areas of medical research need it, where could the most benefit be gained? Can you imagine the pressure members of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board must be feeling?

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The Bottom Line

With the catchcry that there’s “…never been a more exciting time…” being applied to our Australian lifestyle and across the sectors of the economy including medical research,
I’m keenly awaiting announcements later today in the Victorian budget and also next week in the federal budget that will facilitate actions to transform the rhetoric into reality.   Continue reading

UROP@BioMedVic kicks off for 2016

BioMedVic kicked off its flagship education and training program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at the Welcome Forum on 24 February held at the Melbourne Town Hall. The Portico Room overlooking a bustling Swanston St was the perfect location for current UROP scholars and research-interested undergraduate students to mingle with research supervisors from industry, research institutes, hospitals and universities from across Victoria. Continue reading

CSL to support UROP stipends

BioMedVic is delighted to announce that for the first round of intake this year, long term sponsor, CSL, will provide 6 stipends, worth more than $50,000, to support the UROP placements for students in addition to the renewal of their principal funding of the UROP scheme.

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2015 UROP Conference Day

Being #UROPInspired at the 2015 UROP Conference Day

The premier event of UROP calendar, the #UROPInspired Conference Day, was held at Clarendon Rooms of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 17th of July .

The audience had the pleasure of hearing Dr Melanie Thomson from Deakin University; give the keynote address about unravelling the mysteries of crowd funding academic research and advantages of using of social media as a researcher.

Everyone that attended was blown away by the great views of the city and most of all the quality of the presentations. The UROP scholars gave the judges a near impossible task, to select the presentation prize winners.

Big congratulations go to the winners, Naomi Cohen (ARMI), and the runner-up, Phillip Pattie (Hudson Institute of Medical Research), for Biomedical presentation prize sponsored by CSL, as well as Yoshua Wakeham (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Julia McCoey (Monash University), the winner and runner-up, respectively, for the Computational presentation prize sponsored by VLSCI.

We were all totally #UROPInspired

Congratulations to the winners of the presentation prizes at the #UROPInspired conference day. (L-R) Julia McCoey (Monash University), Yoshua Wakeham (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Naomi Cohen (ARMI) & Phillip Pattie (Hudson Institute of Medical Research).
Congratulations to the winners of the presentation prizes at the #UROPInspired conference day. (L-R) Julia McCoey (Monash University), Yoshua Wakeham (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Naomi Cohen (ARMI) & Phillip Pattie (Hudson Institute of Medical Research).

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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UROP Conference Day 2013

The annual UROP Conference travelled to Monash University this year, taking place in the School of Biomedical Sciences on Wednesday 10 July.  More than 100 attendees saw presentations throughout the day from 27 current and former UROP students.

We were delighted to welcome the Minister for Technology, The Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, to formally open the proceedings.

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program welcomes new UROP students!

It has been an exciting few months for UROP.

The Welcome Forum for 2013, generously supported by principal sponsor CSL, was held on February 23rd.  Approximatly 40 people in attendance heard from two current UROP students, Charles Gray (Walter & Eliza Hall Institute) and Ashwyn Perera (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute), who provided a practical and inspiring introduction to the new intake of students by describing their UROP experiences.  Representing the programs’ second principal sponsor, the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI), Helen Gardiner also spoke about the computational resources available to UROP students through the VLSCI.

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