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Dear Biomedical and Health Innovation ECP affiliates

In this Interim Edition of the BHI ECP Newsletter, I'd like to bring to your attention particular funding and engagement opportunities on offer at the moment. The Biomedical Translation Bridge Program (BTB) is now open for Expressions of Interest, offering matching funds and partnering with exceptional organisations like the University of Melbourne, Monash University, UQ, QUT and Flinders University. Another opportunity to collaborate and apply for funding is the through the RMIT Defence Program.

The 4th Annual MARC Symposium is taking place and this year's theme includes looking at redefining quality in ageing and aged care through multidisciplinary perspectives. I encourage researchers within this field of research to attend this event, which will demonstrate current practice and ways to improve the quality of aged care through multidisciplinary facets. There is no cost to register to attend this Symposium due to the BHI ECP's membership with MARC.
One of our PhD students, Amal Dameer is currently working with a research team in the field of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and is calling for the Creative Designers to help this team to design an animation tool to train medical professionals on how to diagnose people with Floppy Eyelid Syndrome.
I hope you find this short and informative Interim Edition useful. Your feedback is always welcome. Please send your comments to Michelle.

Best wishes

Magdalena Plebanski    



Biomedical Translation Bridge Programme

Expressions of Interest - NOW OPEN!

Expressions of Interest are now open for the Biomedical Translation Bridge Program (BTB), an initiative of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), which is currently providing up to $1 million in matching funds to develop and support the translation of new therapies, technologies and medical devices through to the proof of concept stage.
The BTB is managed by the MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre with the following partners, all distinguished organisations engaged in the translation and commercialisation of health and medical research.

Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest to Central Research Office9 August 2019.
ALL EOI SUBMISSIONS to the Research Central Office are required to include 
the Grant Application Coversheet.

EOI DRAFT SUBMISSIONS to College Research Support for feedback:  2 August 2019.
Send draft submissions to

Further details are available in the:
BTB website.
Research Professional Website.


'Redefining Quality in Ageing and Aged Care - Multidisciplinary Perspectives'

4th Annual MARC Symposium

The Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration  
(MARC) is holding its 4th Annual Symposium on Friday 19 July 2019 from 8.45 am - 4.30 pm at
RMIT University, Building 80, Level 7, Lecture
Theatre 1, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne.


This event will be an opportunity to hear from leaders from across the continuum of aged care services, from hospitals and aged care, to allied health and primary health, to economic and policy contexts. An expert panel will conclude by discussing how we define quality in both ageing and aged care.

Guest speakers include:

Call for Design & Creative Practice ECP affiliates


Are you interested in using your design
and creative skills to help teach medical professionals
in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea??

Amal Dameer, a PhD student, is actively researching with
a team of sleep and clinical medicine researchers at RMIT's School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Austin Health
and Loyola University Chicago on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and its widespread systemic implications on the body.

Amal's PhD thesis, 'Determining the prevalence of OSA in a cardiology outpatient population and developing a screening
tool that is more sensitive and specific than the
screening tools currently available'
will require the help of researchers with design skills.  

The aim is to create a clinical animated video that will train sleep researchers and trainee medical professionals to diagnose Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES). FES appears to be important clinical knowledge to detect OSA, which is a major cardiovascular risk factor and occurs in 1 in 5 people. As FES is underdiagnosed outside the ophthalmology department, other clinical disciplines lack clinical knowledge and struggle to diagnose patients with FES who could otherwise be referred to be tested for OSA. Currently, there is a lack of resources available to teach this and fits necessarily into Amal's PhD research. 

If this sounds interesting to you and you have the design/creative skills to help this research team 
bring this idea to life, please contact  Amal Dameer.


RMIT Defence Program Seminar - 19 July


Hosted by the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre


The Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre is hosting a university wide seminar to discuss the RMIT Defence Program. This seminar is intended to build staff awareness about defence research & teaching opportunities.   This seminar will be invaluable to those who have an interest and the capability to conduct research or education programs for defence and/or the defence industry.

Date:   Friday 19 July
Time:   1pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Building 80, Level 4, room 11, RMIT City campus

Speakers will include:

  • Prof Calum Drummond, DVC, R&I 
  • Prof Michelle Gee, Director, Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre and
  • Dr Jason Scholz, Chief Scientist at Trusted Autonomous Systems CRC.
Topics will include:
  • Information about defence projects, funding opportunities and partners.
  • Case studies – current and recent research and teaching projects.
  • Panel session – Q&A.
  • Networking at the Oxford Scholar Hotel.

For a more detailed program, refer to the Eventbrite invitation.

REGISTER NOW via RMIT- Defence Seminar 2019

Refreshments will be provided.


Interested in registering as an ECP Affiliate? Do you know someone who is? Just click here to register.
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