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Dear Biomedical and Health Innovation ECP affiliates

In the second issue of the Biomedical and Health Innovation ECP Newsletter, there is excitement among many of the ECP CDF recipients as they organise activities from the funding they received in the first and second rounds. On a larger scale, the Engaging For Impact (EFI) 2019 event team is working hard to make this annual RMIT event successful yet again.  BHI ECP CDF recipients will have the opportunity to share their stories on Day Two of this event. I hope their journey will inspire you to apply for the ECP CDF in 2019.

Congratulations to our second round of CDF funding awardees. These include Dr Melinda Jackson for the Sleep and Brain Health Symposium and Dr Bobbi Fleiss for her activity, ‘Engineering a therapy to improve outcomes after neonatal stroke’.
To hear about their activities as well as that of other CDF recipients at the EFI 2019, register your attendance by clicking here.

In this issue, we include details about the events we have supported including the Sleep and Brain Health Symposium, membership benefits from MARC, as well as events you may be interested in attending such as the Society for Computational Fluid Dynamics of the Nose and Airway (SCONA) on Friday 9 November (To attend, REGISTER HERE) and a workshop by RMIT Europe on EU funds on 15 November at RMIT’s Melbourne city campus (to attend this, REGISTER HERE).

If you have stories that you would like to include in the next issue of our newsletter, please contact Michelle at
For now, I wish you all the best for a very productive November!

Warmest wishes       

Magdalena Plebanski                                                        



Local Engagements

Society for Computational Fluid Dynamics of the Nose & Airway (SCONA)

Friday 9 November, 2018 
Building 80, Level 11, room 10
SAB Building, 445 Swanston St
RMIT University, Melbourne

SCONA is a full-day event with presentations and talks
on the nose, physiology and function, including
discussions on MRI, CT and CFD scans.  A great
line-up of industry and RMIT research experts will
engage you with their latest research in this field.
The event will end will a Networking & Project
Collaboration session.
This event is being led by Dr Kiao Inthavong, a
recipient of the BHI ECP CDF funding 2018.
Places are still available for this exciting day of
cross-disciplinary learning, which includes
3D printing and ways of understanding lung
disease and drug delivery.

To view the FULL PROGRAM, click here.

To REGISTER to attend, click here.
Use the PASSWORD (preventing spam registrations):  scona

EFI 2019 updates

Engaging For Impact (EFI) 2019
18-20 February, 2019
RMIT City Campus, Melbourne.
Many researchers are currently preparing for their BHI ECP CDF funded events. These will be presented at the Engaging For Impact 2019 event, which will take place at the RMIT University City campus from 18-20 February 2019. Registration to attend is NOW open. Be sure to register into your favourite programs as numbers are limited. REGISTER HERE.


Preparing for New Framework Program 

Thursday 15 November 2018

Building 80, Level 9, room 10
RMIT University, City campus

RMIT Europe is hosting a Workshop to provide information about the use of EU funds. This workshop will look at how to achieve real-world impact from your research. It will be held in collaboration with several ECPs. 

Workshop program:
3:00 – 3:30 pm  Presentation on Horizon Europe –
Boaz Kogon, Industry and Engagement Associate, RMIT Europe.

3:30 – 4:00 pm  Presentation of the current portfolio of EU projects across all RMIT entities and recapturing the current operational constraints regarding use of EU funds and capacities for taking on projects that require laboratories or doctoral supervision -
Dr Adriana Diaz Arias, Business Development Officer, RMIT Europe.

4.00 pm - 5.00 pm  Round table discussion focused on how to build RMIT capacity to best take advantage of Horizon Europe.

Topics to be discussed:
  • what capacities do we need?
  • what can we do with strategic partners? Which ones do we target?
  • what do we need to do internally?
  • how/what/to whom do we communicate internally during the coming years?
To REGISTER, click here.




(Melbourne Ageing
Research Collaboration)

As a joint initiative, the Design & Creative Practice ECP together with the Social Change and Biomedical & Health Innovation ECPs have recently become members with MARC, (Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration), the research collaboration platform for the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

MARC’s four current focus areas for the research undertaken by the consortium are:  falls prevention, end of life/palliative care, dementia and healthy ageing. We have created a mailing list to share information about MARC opportunities and events.

To join the mailing list, contact Esther Pierini by clicking here.

Prizes and Awards   

Sleep and Brain Symposium 

Thank you for your support to events championed
by our affiliates and the BHI ECP. The Sleep and
Brain Health Symposium, led by Dr Melinda Jackson and Professor Stephen Robinson was a great
success. Held on Tuesday 23 October, the event attracted over 120 registered attendees.
Our international plenary guest speaker,
Dr Ricardo M. Osorio Suarez, MD., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry,
New York University Langone commenced
with an engaging talk, 'Time to consider
obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome a risk factor
for Alzheimer's disease'
, which was followed
by cutting- edge research by Dr Matthew Pase,
from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and
Mental Health and Dr Marina Cavuoto, 
from La Trobe University.
Industry guests led a thought provoking conversation with the audience.
The team consisted of:
Cameron van den Dungen from Sleeptite;
Kathy Warren, from Sapphire Care;
Trefor Morgan, from Optalert,
A/Professor Amy Brodtmann,  from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health; and
Eric Shum, from Corsonis
Congratulations to Omid Bafkar who was awarded the student prize for the Best Student Presentation,'Impact of tissue properties and gravitational force upon respiration in the tongue base and soft palate via FSI technique'. He was awarded $200.


Internal Capability Building

Funding Opportunities with RMIT Europe

We are closely working with Susan Feitoza, Business Development Associate at RMIT Europe to provide her with our affiliates’ research capabilities, their industry partners and collaborations in Europe. We now have quick access to this information, making it easier to create a fully prepared application on behalf of our researchers at RMIT University, Australia. If you have yet to send us details about your current research or capabilities, send your email by clicking here.
We are still collating capabilities of infectious diseases, cancer, digital health and vaccines for future funding rounds. If you have yet to provide us with your capabilities in this area, add your details by clicking here - Mapping capabilities of infectious diseases and vaccines and/or here - Cancer and Inflammatory Diseases - BHI ECP form.
If you are interested in knowing more about what RMIT Europe can do for you, watch this video from Susan Feitoza and Gareth McNaughton. To view, click this link -

We'll keep you updated with the funding opportunities available via RMIT Europe for 2019!!


In the Media

Articles about RMIT and its researchers feature in many forms of the media. Here are some recent ones.

Newsletter Contributions

If you have items of interest for the next Biomedical and Health Innovation ECP Newsletter, please send your information to Michelle Nicolo.



Interested in registering as an ECP Affiliate? Do you know someone who is? Just click here to register. You can send the link to someone you know who would like to join the ECPs.
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