Successful Induction Program for New HREC Members

Text by Dr Angela Henjak, Senior Manager, Office of Ethics & Research Governance, Alfred Health.

The Victorian HRDF Hospital Research Managers (HRM) Sub-Committee wishes to extend its gratitude to Biomedical Research Victoria (BioMedVic) for its assistance and generous support in facilitating the Induction Program for New Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members held on the 15th of August in Melbourne.

Being new to an HREC can be daunting, and overwhelming resources on the practical aspects are not readily available. The aim of the program was to build on the induction provided by the individual HRECs by providing sessions on a few key areas, including: an overview of the ethical principles which underpin human research, the various types of consent and requirements thereof, expectations of HREC members, as well as a Lay member’s experience.

Hosted by Alfred Health, 35 attendees from numerous hospital, university, research institute and government HRECs across Victoria engaged with the presenters, among whom were an HREC Chair, HREC Lay Member and Managers of Research Offices, who kindly shared their wealth of knowledge, insight and expertise. The forum also allowed for discussions and exchanges of experience as well as an opportunity to forge new connections among those who attended. All in all, a successful event based on the feedback provided.

All Eyes on Victoria at AusBiotech 2016

We’ve been busy in the lead up to the AusBiotech 2016 International BioFest conference this month, ensuring our researchers from academia and industry receive the attention they deserve. BioMedVic assisted the Victorian Government with the state’s presence at the event which attracted an estimated 2,000 delegates.

BioMedVic organised and managed the roster of the Victorian industry and research participants at the Government’s BioIndustry Exhibition booth.

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Printing the Human Body

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ST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL MELBOURNE

Imagine replacing an amputated arm with a perfect replica, or swapping a diseased kidney with a freshly printed, healthy organ.

It may sound like sci-fi, but at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne a group of biologists, material scientists, biomedical engineers and robotic experts are coming together to make that happen. The Advanced Biofabrication Centre, launched in October, is set to take bionic research and regenerative medicine to the next level. Continue reading