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Dear Biomedical and Health Innovation ECP affiliates

The PhD Opportunities BHI ECP Newsletter was recently sent to affiliates. My aim is to target particular groups within this platform to highlight funding and/or conference opportunities specific to researchers and in this case, our PhD students. I hope you will find this useful.

In this issue of the BHI ECP Newsletter, you will see opportunities for funding through the Fulbright Scholarships and RMIT's ECP Concept Papers with submissions due by 9.00 am, Monday 3 June. There is also an opportunity for you to contribute towards our initiative to map our research capabilities in 'Big Data' & Precision Medicine. To be part of this, you can add your details in this form.

Our platform has been busy engaging with industry through our recent 'Healthy Ageing' Symposium with speakers from Bolton Clarke, Telstra Health, NARi and the Launceston General Hospital who talked about their current work on this theme. I was delighted to host our SERAG members at this event, representing St Vincent's Hospital, Optix Advisory and the Lincoln Consulting Group. Keep an eye out for our next symposium, 4.0 Revolution and Personalized Medicine, which will take place on Friday 30 August 2019.

Best wishes

Magdalena Plebanski   


CDF Funding Opportunities

Reminder: Call for Concept Papers - Seeking ideas for Transformative Collaborative Research Projects

Your research ideas are being sought to solve big real-world problems requiring bold approaches with the potential of achieving lasting, high-impact solutions!

You are invited to submit ideas for transformative collaborative research projects via the ECPs’ CALL FOR CONCEPT PAPERS.

Concept Papers were initiated by the Enabling Capability Platforms in 2018
with the aim to support the development of ideas for major interdisciplinary projects that would address important societal challenges requiring a truly interdisciplinary
team to make significant progress.
This year, a second round of project  
ideas is being sought.  Priority will be
given to challenges that are big, bold,
and cross-disciplinary, that address
ECP priorities (where possible), and
which involve researchers from different disciplines from a number
of schools and (preferably) colleges across the University. From the EOIs, THREE project teams will be selected to write a Concept Paper. Further details on the Concept Papers can be found here.

Submission Deadline:   9:00 am, Monday 3 June 2019.  

Potential Collaborations


Mapping "Big Data" & Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine has been
identified as a key research priority
for Australia by the Australian
Council of Learned Academies

Precision Medicine is defined as
identifying effective treatments for specific patients based on genetic, biological and/or environmental differences. To identify these patients, we often need to generate and analyse “big data” using “Omics” approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.). 

If you are interested in contributing towards this initiative to capture and map the current capacity at RMIT, please complete this form by Friday 7 June 2019.
For queries related to this form, please contact:
Kylie QuinnApril Kartikasari or Bobbi Fleiss


Pint of Science    

Pint of Science Australia runs events to bring researchers across all fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine to share their recent discoveries with the local community.

You don't need any science background to attend a #PintAU event. It's an opportunity to find out how research today is impacting our lives tomorrow, ask questions, and to meet some really inspiring people.
Check out the website by clicking here.




Announcing the results of the 2019 round of BHI ECP CDF applications.

I am so pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 round of BHI ECP CDF. Some names have yet to be included as approvals are still in progress. If your name is not appearing below, it may appear in the next issue.

This year, in addition to our usual CDF applications,  a separate call went out to PhD students to apply. A large number of applications were received. From this, a total of SIX applications were funded.

Researchers Section:
Dr Sara Baratchi - Melbourne Mechanobiology Symposium 2019.
Dr Kylie Boyce - Personalized medicine for the treatment of infectious diseases.
Prof Regina Crameri - Multidisciplinary pathways to healthy ageing.
Dr Bobbi Fleiss - Harnessing the power of the gut-brain axis; dietary manipulations as a therapy in a model of preterm infant brain injury.
Dr Leah Heiss - CaTPin:  A wearable to detect loneliness.
Dr Eunro Lee - Lifestyle Patterns and Exercise Interventions for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Dr Nedaossadat Mirzadeh - Moving forward in translational cancer research: in vivo pharmacokinetic study of effective gold-based drugs.
Dr Toh Yen Pang - User matched smart shoe inserts for stimulation of leg circulation.
Dr Sampa Sarkar - SAW based Micro-Centrifugation:  A potential high through put platform for on-site DNA extraction and further applications.
Dr Sarvesh Soni - MiDeX (Microbial Detection NeXt): Translation path way and investors’ engagement'.
Prof Ieva Stupans, Engaging industry and the professional bodies in health, engineering and accounting with enhancing graduate capabilities.
Dr Celine Valery - Ultrashort self-assembling peptides as antimicrobial agents:  structure-function relationships and applications.
Dr Dein Vindigni - Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands (AHAH) in the Community.
A/Prof Zhen Zheng - EPSoi framework for patient engagement going international.

Co-funded Section: 
Dr Olga Kokshagina - Setting up a vision on how to leverage on scientific capital of RMIT in the healthtech space (co-funded with Global Business Innovation ECP).
Dr Elizabeth Kyriakou - Designing augmented reality and game theory experiences to improve the psychological impact for paediatric cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (co-funded with Design & Creative Practice ECP).
Dr Darin Verhagen - Let's chat about music (co-funded with Design & Creative Practice ECP).

PhD Section:
Priscila Cardoso - Integrating the neutron scattering community: learning theory and practice for PhD project.
Durga Dharmadana - Development of biomaterials from amyloid based systems.
Hailey Meaklim - Creating animated digital resources to teach trainee psychologists about sleep.
Zhuying Li - Enriching the experience of capsule endoscopy through playful design.
Irini Logothetis - Bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) for non-invasive and objective wound healing monitoring.
Nazim Nassar - Encourage a culture focus on external impact with engagement with industries and communities.


Local Engagement 


Healthy Ageing Symposium

The Healthy Ageing Symposium was held on Monday 6 May and attended by more than 60 people with guests across various schools and disciplines. Industry speakers were from:
  • Bolton Clarke,
  • Telstra Health,
  • National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) 
  • Launceston General Hospital.
The Biomedical and Health Innovation ECP Sector Expert Research Advisory Group (SERAG) members were also in attendance including: 
  • Andrew Batty from Lincoln Consulting Group;
  • Andrew Crettenden from St. Vincents Hospital,
  • Professor Katie Flanagan from Launceston General Hospital & University of Tasmania; and
  • Penelope Lane from Optix Advisory
Several schools were represented by
researchers who presented, including the
School of Engineering, School of Health &
Biomedical Sciences, School of Science and
the School of Industrial Science.

For more details about the speakers and the titles of their talk, click here to view the event's Program.

Funding Opportunities


Australian-American Fulbright Commission
Scholarships and Awards



The Australian-American Fulbright Commission Scholarships and Awards available in the USA are now open! You are encouraged to have a close look at what scholarships and awards are available for you as well as for your PhD students and ECRs.
Deadline for submission to College Research Support for feedback:  1 July 2019.
Submission Deadline to the Central Research Office:  8 July 2019
Email your draft to SEH Grants.
Further details and links to more information click onto the following links:
Fulbright Website
Future Scholarships
Postgraduate & Scholarships Overview
Postdoctoral Scholarships
Scholar Awards
Distinguished Chair Award

Industry Engagement 


Sector Expert Research Advisory Group (SERAG)

The Sector Expert Research Advisory 
Group (SERAG) of the Biomedical and
Health Innovation Enabling Capability
met on Monday 6 May,
following the platform's Healthy Ageing Symposium. The group discussed strategic approaches to engagement in relation to healthy ageing and precision medicine.

In attendance were:
Mr Andrew Batty, Managing Director, Lincoln Consulting Group
Mr Andrew Crettenden, Executive Director Strategy and Planning, St. Vincent's Hospital
Professor Katie Flanagan, Head of Infectious Diseases, Launceston General Hospital, Clinical Professor, University of Tasmania
Ms Penelope Lane, CEO, Optix Advisory
Ms Bronwyn Le Grice, Managing Director and Founder, ANDHealth

Media Training for Researchers

Have you had limited engagement        
with media? Are you a PhD or ECR
in need of building skills in this
area? If so, this media training
will help get you

Join the RMIT communications team
on 6 June from 10am to 11am for this fundamentals session on developing skills to engage with media. They will look at why engaging with media is important, how it can benefit you and your work and where to start.

  • Meet RMIT's communications team and find out how they can work with you
  • Hear from the team at The Conversation and learn how to pitch articles
  • Hear from your academic colleagues with media experience in a panel discussion and Q&A
  • Get practical tips for how to successfully engage with media
Open to all academics. To register to attend this training session, click here.  



2019 Winter School in                  

Mathematical & Computational Biology 

1-5 July 2019
Queensland Bioscience Precinct
The University of Queensland, Brisbane

ATTENTION:  Postdoctoral researchers, Advanced graduate students,
Honours students & Postgradute students.
  • Postdoctoral researchers,
  • Advanced graduate students,
  • Honours students,
  • Postgraduate students.
To register to attend this event, click here.
For more information, contact Lanna Wong, Winter School Coordinator.

48th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology 

8 - 12 December 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre
South Australia

The conference program will showcase the best immunological research from Australia and around the world. A wide-range of topics will be covered including tumour immunology, inflammation, autoimmunity, infectious disease and translational immunology.

To register to attend this 5 day conference, click here.
Call for Abstracts are now OPEN and close on 30 August.
Media Articles of Interest  





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