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AAMRI e-news June 2019 –


1. AAMRI news

New President Elect: Professor Jonathan Carapetis to take AAMRI into subsequent chapter

We are delighted to announce AAMRI’s next President Elect, a leading paediatrician and infectious illnesses specialist, Professor Jonathan Carapetis. Professor Carapetis is the Director of the Telethon Youngsters Institute in Perth, and AAMRI’s first President based mostly in Western Australia.

Professor Carapetis might be taking up the reins on 1 August 2019 from Professor Vlado Perkovic, who has been appointed Dean of Drugs at the united states Sydney. Professor Perkovic, a passionate advocate for evidence led well being and wellbeing, has been instrumental in AAMRI’s marketing campaign to make sure the MRFF is absolutely funded by 2020-21. Learn the media launch on our website.

AAMRI congratulates new Minister for Well being & Shadow Minister for Health

In Might we welcomed the reappointment of The Hon Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Well being as part of the re-elected Coalition Authorities. Mr Hunt has been a robust supporter of the health and medical research sector prior to now, and we sit up for working with him in the coming years. We also welcomed appointment of Chris Bowern as Shadow Health Minister.

Victoria’s Medical Analysis Institutes Welcome State Finances

The Victorian Government has made a $116.5 million funding injection into medical analysis as part of 2019-20 State Price range. The Victorian Chapter of the Affiliation of Australian Medical Research Institutes (VicAAMRI) welcomed the Government’s funding into six of its member institutes – the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Analysis, the Bionics Institute, the Centre for Eye Research Australia and the Murdoch Youngsters’s Research Institute. Learn the media launch on our web site.

2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours Recipients

Congratulations to all the recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours. Lots of our member administrators, scientists and supports have been awarded honours, including Professor Alan Cowman AC (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research), Professor Ruth Bishop AC (Murdoch Youngsters’s Medical Analysis Institute) and Professor Mark von Itzstein AO (Institute for Glycomics).

AAMRI feedback on NHMRC draft guides for managing collaborations

AAMRI offered feedback to the Nationwide Well being and Medical Analysis Council (NHMRC) on a draft information for managing collaborations. The guide is meant to help the 2018 Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Analysis.

AAMRI feedback on draft SAGE Athena SWAN Silver Departmental Award Handbook

Science in Australia Gender Fairness (SAGE) has been creating the Silver Departmental Award for the Athena Swan pilot program and launched the draft handbook for remark in early 2019. AAMRI has put forward a submission recommending modifications to make the method more inclusive of the activities and workforces of medical analysis institutes.

Member news

2019 AAMRI Convention – save the date

The 2019 AAMRI Conference will happen on 27 and 28 November 2019 at the Hyatt Lodge Canberra. Please save the date in your diary and we sit up for seeing you there.

AAMRI Member Networks

AAMRI operates quite a lot of member networks in key enterprise areas that discuss issues, share concepts and community at an annual occasion.

How you can be a part of

AAMRI’s employees networks connect skilled employees at AAMRI member institutes with their counterparts to debate widespread challenges and points dealing with the medical research sector. There are presently five lively AAMRI employees networks – HR, IT, Analysis Governance, Research Technique and Research Administration Officers (RAO). Networks for philanthropy and legal counsel are beneath improvement. For info on AAMRI Networks, upcoming community occasions and how one can be a part of, go to the AAMRI website.

2.  Authorities update


Draft National Medical Quality Registry Technique

A draft strategy has now been released for remark and AAMRI shall be creating a response on behalf of members. Please contact AAMRI’s Director of Coverage and Operations, Dr Peter Thomas, if you are interested on this area and may present enter into AAMRI’s submission. Submissions are due on 20 June 2019.

Expenditure on Youngsters in the Northern Territory

The Australian Authorities has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct a research into authorities expenditure in the Northern Territory on youngsters and household providers aimed toward stopping hurt to youngsters. The Fee will look at methods to improve these funding preparations and the providers they ship. Initial submissions are due by Wednesday 10 July, 2019.

Indigenous Analysis Strategy

The Australian Government has asked the Productiveness Commission to develop a whole-of-government analysis technique for insurance policies and packages affecting Indigenous Australians, to be used by all Australian Government businesses. The Commission may also evaluate the efficiency of businesses towards the strategy over time. Initial submissions are due in August 2019.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Security – second background paper launched

The Royal Fee into Aged Care High quality and Security launched its second Background Paper on 02 Might as a part of the Royal Fee’s work. The Royal Commision invitations members of the general public and establishments to make submissions to the Royal Fee. They’ll proceed to simply accept submissions till at the very least the end of September 2019.

three.  Sector information

Australian Academy of Science broadcasts new fellows

On 27 Might 2019, the Australian Academy of Science announced the election of 22 new Fellows for their outstanding contributions to science and scientific research. You’ll be able to view the complete record of the Academy’s website, congratulations to all the newly elected Fellows. Eight of the new fellows are ladies, that is according to the final five years, throughout which 36 per cent of latest fellows have been ladies and well-up on the overall 15 per cent ladies among the many complete of 543 fellows.

Medical Trial of the Yr Award

Congratulations to ACTA Trial of the Yr Winner – the ASPREE research. The ASPREE (ASPirin in Decreasing Occasions within the Elderly) research was a world, multicentre medical trial to determine whether day by day low-dose aspirin extended good health by stopping or delaying age-related illness resembling cardiovascular disease, dementia, melancholy and sure cancers within the wholesome aged. You’ll be able to learn a full listing of award winners and finalists on the Australian Medical Trials Alliance website.

Fairfax Media release new tips for reporting medical research

The Fairfax news publications (The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Occasions and WA At this time) have released new reporting tips that may concentrate on medical analysis that’s peer-reviewed and revealed in reputable journals. It consists of requiring full copies of analysis earlier than they report on it (not simply press releases or summaries), clarifying when research shouldn’t be peer reviewed, when outcomes are solely in animal models, and avoiding using words ‘‘safe’’, ‘‘guaranteed’’ or ‘‘miraculous’’. Learn extra on their web site.

Funding announcements:

See our MRFF part under for particulars on current MRFF funding announcements.

  • Coalition awards $5 million for consuming disorder research – the tasks funded beneath this initiative embrace a selected concentrate on utilizing digital solutions to stop the onset of eating issues, and on reworking our health system to enable earlier intervention, in order that individuals have the perfect probability of restoration.
  • The ACT Government will invest $600,000 in coronary heart assault prevention packages, in addition to in-kind help to deliver a three-year trial pushed by the Australian Nationwide College.

New appointments

  • MTPConnect – Dr Dan Grant has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Government Officer, with Stuart Dignam taking over the position of Chief Working Officer.

four.  NHMRC replace

NHMRC – Partnership Tasks

This funding scheme supplies funding and help to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to outline research questions, undertake analysis, interpret the findings and implement the findings into coverage and follow. It has a steady software course of. Extra particulars of the NHMRC web site.

Postgraduate Scholarships for funding commencing in 2020

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful candidates to achieve a analysis based mostly postgraduate degree (PhD or Analysis Masters Diploma). The objective of the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme is to help outstanding graduates early of their careers to allow them to be educated to conduct health and medical analysis that is internationally competitive. Closes 12 June 2019.

NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant Scheme 2019

This grant scheme offers funding for participation and collaboration in leading worldwide collaborative analysis. Priorities for the subsequent funding round have been launched and purposes are due by 26 July 2019.

NHMRC’s Analysis High quality Strategy launched

This Strategy outlines the important thing areas NHMRC will give attention to to offer steerage and help for good analysis practices throughout the research cycle.

5.  MRFF replace

Register on GrantConnect to receive MRFF funding alerts

All MRFF funding alternatives are advertised via GrantConnect. Be sure to register so you obtain the newest funding updates.

MRFF funding opportunities

There’s been a gentle stream of MRFF funding bulletins over the previous few months. We’ve made a useful desk that will help you maintain monitor of what funding schemes are open and the place to go for additional info.

Medical Analysis Future Fund – First round of Frontiers tasks announced

The primary 10 analysis tasks to be funded underneath the MRFF Frontiers initiative have been announced. Every of the tasks will obtain $1 million over one yr to develop the undertaking additional. After this they may then be eligible to apply for stage two funding the place as much as $50 million might be obtainable to rework for their undertaking into ground-breaking analysis. The tasks to be funded embrace a challenge for subsequent era mind imaging on the Florey Institute, as well as new tasks on the Burnet Institute and at the Walter and Eliza Corridor Institute.

Genomics Well being Futures Mission – Flagships – Pathogen Genomics

The $106 million Flagships stream varieties part of the GHFM and shall be delivered over 9 years from 2019-20 to 2027-28 by means of numerous rounds. This grant alternative is the primary round of the Flagships stream. Grants range from $1-10 million for a maximum length of four years. Closes 5pm ACT native time, 11 July 2019.

6.  Other funding & award alternatives

2020 CSL Centenary Fellowships

The CSL Centenary Fellowships for early-mid career medical researchers are high-value awards obtainable to Australians who want to continue a career in medical analysis in Australia. Two individual five-year $1.25 million fellowships are awarded each calendar yr. Purposes shut on the 31 July 2019.

NFMRI Grants for Alzheimer’s Research

NFMRI has opened its second Alzheimer’s disease grant spherical. They’re looking for expressions of curiosity (EOI) for tasks investigating potential remedies and/or remedy for Alzheimer’s Illness commencing in 2020. Closes 6pm AEST, 13 June 2019.

International Connections Fund (GCF) Bridging Grants – now open for eligibility testing

Australian researchers and companies can receive up to $50,000 funding to take their products international underneath spherical 4 of the International Connections Fund Bridging Grants. Bridging Grants are a program of assistance that targets early stage proof of concept and information switch, product improvement and market testing, innovation and commercialisation actions. Bridging Grants open for eligibility testing from three June 2019 and this part will close at 5pm (AEST) on the 17 June 2019. Purposes might be prepared and lodged at anytime offered that eligibility is authorised.

Funding for Management Improvement Packages

Research Australia advises of the opportunity for ladies in health and medical sector to precise their interest in current financial yr scholarship funding that is obtainable by means of Ladies & Leadership Australia. The payment help alternative supplies ladies with funding of between $3,000 and $7,000 (per applicant, topic to a set of choice criteria being met) to undertake a variety of management improvement packages commencing later this yr. Closes 21 June 2019.

Cooperative Analysis Centre (CRC) Grants

The CRC help medium to long term industry-led collaborations to unravel industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes. There isn’t a minimal and maximum grant quantity. Grants up to now have ranged between $7 million and $75 million, depending on the scope and complexity of the challenge. Closes 1 July 2019.

Falling Partitions Lab Australia – purposes now open

The Australian Academy of Science invites purposes from postdocs and students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to current at Falling Walls Lab Australia. 15 candidates can be selected to participate, every giving a three-minute presentation on their analysis, enterprise mannequin or initiative based mostly on the concept ‘Which walls will fall next?’. The winner may have their travel expenses and attendance paid for to attend the Falling Partitions Conference in Berlin Eight–9 November. Purposes shut 9am (AEST) 11 July, 2019.

Research Australia Awards – Nominations now open

As the national peak physique for health and medical analysis, these prestigious awards are the celebration of the excellent efforts and achievements of individuals and groups who drive and help the alternatives that health and medical innovation deliver to each considered one of our lives. Visit their web site for a full listing of classes. Nominations close COB Friday, 05 July 2019.

2019/2020 Fulbright Future Scholarships – Open till July 15

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission will double the variety of scholarships on supply this yr, by way of a brand new program of scholarships funded by means of a generous personal donation. Australian medical researchers, scientists and practitioners have the prospect to take their work to the U.S, out there to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, teachers, postdocs, and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher bills at a U.S. institution of their selection, as well as travel and dwelling costs. Purposes shut 15 July 2019.

7.  Stories and assets

Australian Tips for the Prevention and Management of An infection in Healthcare (2019)

The NHMRC in partnership with the Australian Fee on Safety and Quality in Well being Care, has released the Australian Tips for the Prevention and Management of An infection in Healthcare (2019). Out there for download by way of the NHMRC website.

New report – The first thousand days: A case for investment

A brand new report from PwC uses economic modelling to point out that if each youngster in Australia spent their first three years in secure housing, that our financial system can be $3 billion better off annually, and that if all pregnant mothers in Australia have been capable of stop smoking, our financial system can be $1 billion better off annually.

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Eight.  Events, conferences & coaching alternatives

2019 Ladies and Coronary heart Illness Discussion board – 19 June (Sydney)

The 2019 Ladies and Heart Illness Discussion board will deliver collectively leaders in analysis and health care as well as ladies instantly impacted by heart illness. Find out the newest advances in prevention, remedy, and administration of heart disease amongst ladies from Australia’s leading clinicians and researchers together with Professor Robyn Norton AO, Dr Clare Arnott, Prof John Beltrame AM, Dr Will Parsonage, Louise Cullen, and Clara Chow.

ACTA Worldwide Medical Trials Conference – 2-5 October 2019 (Sydney)

The Australian Medical Trials Alliance have launched their Program of Australian and International specialists. Key dates – Abstract submission closes 24 June 2019, early chook registration closes 31 July, 2019.

eighth Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – abstracts open – 19-20 November 2019 (Melbourne)

The call for abstracts for the Symposium is now open. The theme for this yr is “Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies”. The Symposium supplies a platform for NHMRC’s group of researchers and others with an interest within the creation and use of research proof, to share info and experiences, and to be challenged by new ideas or approaches.

Australian British Well being Catalyst (ABHC) 2019 – Eight-11 July 2019 (London, UK)

The Australian British Health Catalyst (ABHC) is designed to facilitate and promote the trade of ideas and experience in healthcare in Australia and the UK. With a give attention to integrated healthcare in a digital world, members shall be healthcare leaders in Government, know-how and analysis specialists, public health directors, personal well being executives, teachers and innovators. You’ll be able to download the programme from their website.

14th World Congress on Irritation, 15-19 Sept, 2019 (Sydney) – EOI open

Plenary speakers, program themes and abstract submission dates now obtainable on the website. Conference flyer also obtainable to download.

Australian Delegation to the MedTech Convention – 23 September 2019 (Boston)

MTPConnect invitations the Australian medical know-how sector to hitch the Australian delegation to The MedTech Convention – 23-25 September 2019 in Boston, MA. MTPConnect need to showcase excellent revolutionary medical applied sciences, Australia’s distinctive capabilities, and construct invaluable connections into international markets. They’re providing registration at AUD$1,000 (including GST). Please notice that this does not embrace registration to the MedTech Convention, lodging or air fares, nevertheless reductions are available – read more.

Molecular Approaches to Malaria 2020 – 23-27 February (Victoria)

The Molecular Approaches to Malaria Convention (MAM) 2020 can be held next yr in Lorne, Victoria. The convention will take place over a span of 5 days from Sunday 23 February – Thursday 27 February 2020. MAM 2020 will function main specialists in the area whereas providing alternatives for younger researchers and scientists from malaria endemic nations to showcase their analysis via chosen talks and posters from submitted abstracts. Early Fowl registration is now open for the conference and have to be paid in full by 30 September 2019.

Training alternatives

New pilot program – Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern

Over the subsequent four years, APR.Intern will bear a national enlargement putting 1,400 new analysis internships into industry from 2017 to 2020 in collaboration with 19 universities nationwide. A new Australian Authorities rebate of 50% on the cost of a typical 5 month PhD internship of $26okay, is now obtainable to all small-to-medium and enormous enterprise, in addition to government businesses, solely via the APR.Intern program. The first full spherical of Block Internships is planned to open for purposes later this yr.