New Frontier for Parkinson’s

UROP @ The Bionics Institute | Aharon Golod

“Not very often do you wake up, knowing you have to go to work and feel excited,” said Aharon Golod. Every day the budding researcher gets to work with cutting-edge technology at the Bionics Institute as part of his UROP placement.

This technology, called deep brain stimulation, while being developed specifically for people with drug-resistant symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, has the potential to treat other neurological disorders, like clinical depression and Tourette’s syndrome. Continue reading

Healing Wounds for Diabetic Patients

UROP @ ARMI | Natasha Qazi

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Having an open wound which doesn’t heal for years is the reality for many people, often diabetics, living with chronic ulcers and slow-healing wounds. Patients need treatment over several years, which makes it extremely expensive, both for the healthcare system and the patients who are continually going in and out of hospital.

Twelve Australians develop diabetes every hour. While the annual healthcare cost for a diabetic person without associated complications can be up to $4,000, complications, such as slow-healing wounds, can increase the cost to $16,000. Continue reading

Training Science Communicators and Future STEMM Stars

BioMedVic is investing in the next generation of science communicators by hosting three Masters student interns from the University of Melbourne. The students, who are undertaking a unit in science communication, have been teamed up with scholars of the BioMedVic Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) working at the Bionics Institute and at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI). Continue reading

Researchers Now in Residence

BioMedVic is excited to announce that we have three new placements, Dr Michelle Hall (The University of Melbourne), Dr Joanne Enticott (Monash University/Monash Health) and Dr Despina Ganella (The Florey), to participate in BioMedVic’s flagship Policy Skills development program, ‘Researcher In Residence’ (RiR).

The RiR program provides an opportunity for researchers from BioMedVic member organisations to be placed part-time in the Victorian office of state and federal parliamentarians and government departments.

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• Dr Michelle Hall, from the Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne, has been in Canberra for the past two weeks with Senator Kim Carr, Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research;
• Dr Joanne Enticott, from Southern Synergy, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences Monash Health and Monash University, has taken up her placement in the Office of Health and Medical Research within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services; and
• Dr Despina Ganella, from The Florey will take up her placement with Adam Bandt MP, Member for Melbourne, Victoria in the Australian Parliament.
BioMedVic CEO, Prof Jan Tennent said, “the RiR program is a 2-way opportunity – for researchers its a chance to understand how policies and priorities are determined within the parliamentary process, while for parliamentarians its an opportunity to engage with research experts on key issues of the day. It’s about both sides of the conversation being better informed and starting to speak the same language.” BioMedVic is proud to be advancing its advocacy on behalf of members through the RiR program

 

Nature Index Melbourne Collaboration Map

We warmly invite you to explore the key connections that are at the heart of Melbourne’s reputation as a City of Science and Innovation.

BioMedVic is delighted to sponsor the online interactive research network map produced by Nature Index, which shows output and collaboration in high quality research between institutions in the greater Melbourne region. This updateable map is based on publications in the top natural science journals tracked by the Nature Index website (www.natureindex.com), which is an open access platform owned by Springer Nature, publisher of Nature, with data published under a creative commons license.

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The Art of Communication

“An essential day in my calendar”, “engaging and well curated program”, “a ripper of a day – beautifully organised and conceived”, “loved the content”, “thanks for this great event that supports our profession” was the feedback we received from participants of our second annual BioMedVic Communications Professionals Forum.

The highly successful event held on Friday 28th of April attracted media, communications and engagement professionals from a diverse range of organisations involved in the health and medical research sector. Participants learnt about branding and rebranding, designing infographics on a shoestring, communicating within complex organisations, different ways of measuring success in communications, communications in a crisis and public engagement. The day ended with a spirited discussion about how to communicate evidence in the age of fake news with panellists from Fairfax, IFL Science and The Conversation, among others. The discussion continued over networking drinks and nibbles. Continue reading

Workshop | Clinical Trials Essentials

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BioMedVic is pleased to partner with PRAXIS Australia to deliver the Clinical Trials Essentials workshop suite to the Australian clinical trials sector over the next six months. Topics include Privacy in Research, Research Integrity and Clinical Trials, ICH E6 Addendum and Social Media in Research.

BioMedVic Members are eligible for discounts for group bookings of 15 or more – ask PRAXIS for details.

More details here.

Science, As You’ve Never Seen It

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WALTER AND ELIZA HALL INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH 

If you took a walk through the Fed Square Atrium recently, you were probably unaware you’d stumbled across cutting edge research.

That’s because WEHI researchers presenting at the annual “Art of Science” Exhibition, held from August 12-21, displayed snapshots of their science as not bar graphs and plots. Instead, they showcased a connoisseur’s selection of artistic imagery that could have adorned the walls of art galleries – the intricate structures of biology at molecular scale.
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New Engagement Manager Joins BioMedVic

If you attended either event featured in this newsletter my face will already be familiar to you, but I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself as Biomedical Research Victoria’s new Engagement Manager. Having recently taken the reins of both UROP and the VCRN, I am thrilled to pick up from an impressive legacy left behind by Dr Udani Ratnayake.

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BioMedVic’s Researcher in Residence on the radio

BioMedVic CEO Jan Tennent & Researcher in Residence Katherine Locock spoke on the ABC RN Afternoons program on 4 April.