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Dear Biomedical & Health Innovation ECP affiliates


In this issue we include many exciting events that are coming up as well as several funding opportunities. The first event I'd like to invite you to is the 'Diseases of Pollution and Urbanization Symposium', the final BHI ECP symposium for the year, which will be held on 14 November at the Bundoora West campus. Affiliates are invited to present on this theme. If you would like to present or just attend, REGISTER HERE!

Other events include the second Bioinformatics Symposium, which is being hosted by the newly established Bioinformatics Network, from 21-23 October. You are reminded that the RMIT Bundoora ECR Network Symposium 2019 is taking place on 30 October, where we are funding a 'Translational and Community Engagement Prize. If you haven't had a chance to register to attend, you still have time and can register here. The BHI ECP is co-sponsoring the cross-disciplinary Melbourne Mechanobiology Symposium with the Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication ECPs. This two-day event will offer you opportunities to upskill in emerging methods and techniques in this multidisciplinary field.

The BHI-ECP is also co-sponsoring, with the DCP and SC ECPs, the membership to MARC, which enables you to attend their events, free of charge including the upcoming Mental Health Masterclass. This event is hosting exceptional speakers, followed by a thought-provoking Q&A session on 22 November. This newsletter also includes several interesting seminars hosted by other ECPs as well as the Health Transformation Lab that you may like to attend.

This issue includes useful links to various funding opportunities for you, including the NHMRC Investigator Grant Scheme and NHMRC's Horizon 2020 Co-funded topics. The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme website offers a large range of resources that can assist you and your PhDs to prepare a competitive application.

If you have interesting research stories or upcoming events that you would like to promote in our newsletter, please contact Michelle.

Best wishes

Magdalena Plebanski   



BHI ECP Diseases of Pollution and Urbanization Symposium 

You are invited to the BHI ECP 'Diseases of Pollution and Urbanization' Symposium on Thursday 14 November from 9.30am to 2.00pm in Building 201, Level 2, room 07 (Lecture Theatre), Bundoora West campus.

This final symposium for the year will host talks from industry as well as RMIT researchers who will look at how modern diseases form as a consequence of our lifestyles and environment, touching on areas including respiratory health, working and living in stressful environments, public health, preventing and detecting urban diseases as well as the health challenges within aboriginal communities.

CALL for Presenters
If you are interested in presenting a talk at this exciting symposium, please register and add the title of your talk to this registration form by Friday 18 October. Selected speakers will be notified by the end of October 2019.
Transport will be arranged for those who are based at the City campus.
Registration to Present and Attend

Bioinformatics Symposium 2019

Following from the highly successful first
RMIT Bioinformatics Symposium recently held in September, registrations for the second symposium to be held from 21 - 23 October
are now open. An exciting line-up of invited speakers include:
A/Prof Melissa Davis (WEHI)
Dr Nadia Davidson (MCRI)
Dr Inge Holtman  (University of California, San Diego, USA).
The following workshops will take place after the morning presentations:
  • IUnix/Linux;
  • scRNAseq; and
  • Data Visualization & ggplot2.
The Bioinformatics Symposium 2019 is funded by the
Biomedical & Health Innovation and the Information & Systems (engineering) ECPs
via the R&I Strategic Capability Development Funds.
To Register and view the Program


2019 Melbourne Mechanobiology Symposium 

The Melbourne Mechanobiology Symposium
is a two-day event, which will address the
recent advances on the role of mechanical forces in cellular physiology, their clinical implications as well as emerging methods and techniques. 
This event will take place from 7 to 8 November 2019 at RMIT University, Building 98, Activator, City campus.

This event is sponsored by the
Biomedical & Health Innovation; Advanced Materials; and
Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication ECPs
via the Capability Development Funds and industry.

For more details and Registration

2019 MARC Mental Health Masterclass

You are invited to a Mental Health Masterclass hosted by MARC on
Friday 22 November. Speakers include:
  • Professor Maree Hackett, Program Head, Mental Health, George Institute for Global Health;
  • A/Professor Christina Bryant, Director of the Clinical Psychology Program, University of Melbourne;
  • Danny Vadasz, CEO, Health Issues Centre; and
  • Anne Muldowney, Senior Policy Advisor, Carers Victoria.
Presentations will be followed by a Q&A panel session facilitated by A/Professor Bianca Brijnath.
To register your interest, contact MARC. 

View the Program and Bios

Australia-Germany Research Network

The 1st Australian-German Research Day 2019 is bringing together researchers interested in collaborating with German institutions! 

You are invited to the 1st Australian-German Research Day @ International Chamber House, Melbourne on Tuesday 15 October. It will be held from 10.00am-5.00pm. 

The upcoming Australian-German Research Day, features

  • A keynote by Victoria's Chief Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples,
  • Welcoming remarks from the Honorary Consul, Michael Pierce,
  • Presentations of successful Australian-German research co-operations and roundtable discussions focussing on funding opportunities, best practices and challenges for bi-national research collaborations.
To view the Program and RSVP


Carol Tishelman, Professor of Innovative Care, together with PhD student, Max Kleijberg, from Karolinska Institutet Division of Innovative Care, will present a seminar titled, 'Participatory action research to improve end-of-life: examples from the DöBra research program in Sweden' 

They will discuss the research program at DöBra, which aims to investigate how culture, the environment and conversation can promote constructive change and support better quality of life and death among the general population, in specific subgroups and in interventions directed to staff caring for dying individuals, their friends and families.

The seminar will take place on Monday 21 October from 3.00pm - 4.00pm
at the Health Transformation Lab, Level 2,155 Pelham Street, Carlton.
This is an RMIT Health Transformation Lab
and School of Art Creative Care partnered event.  
To Register and view the Abstract and Bios


The Health, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (HASH) Network at RMIT presents two thematic seminars on Provocative ideas for interdisciplinary thinking on Monday 4 November from
1.30pm - 4.00pm in the Green Brain, Building 16,
Level 7, 342 Swanston Street, RMIT University.

Professor Katherine Boydell will discuss, 'An aesthetic of knowledge translation: Highlighting pockets of brilliance in health care via installation art'. Katherine is Head of the AKT (arts-based knowledge translation) Lab at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales.

Scientia Professor Jill Bennett will present a talk on 'People + arts + science: Creating a framework for transdisciplinary research and engagement'. Jill
is an ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

To Register and View the Abstract and Bios

Funding Opportunities


Grants to support new translation projects

Applications are now open for a $32 million program of federal government grants
focused on supporting the commercial
translation of medical R&D. Funded by
the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the two-year grants are targeted to early and mid-career researchers who have demonstrated experience in translation.

The government is looking to support translational research projects across 'high priority areas including brain cancer, mental and cardiovascular health, genomics and stem cell therapies. For more information, click here.
Applications Close: 27 November, 2019.


Are your students interested in working with an industry partner?
RMIT Europe has an opportunity for RMIT
academics whose students have related
projects or studios/companies interested in developing a digital health solution to work with an industry partner.  
Ferrer Pharma Ferrer is a global medium-sized pharmaceutical company located in Barcelona, Spain. It has a presence in over 110 countries. From its new department of Digital Health, it has launched its Ferrer4Future Program. This program aims to develop digital solutions across the patient care value chain to improve the patient's human experience. 

The digital healthcare solutions** must focus on one of the three challenge areas:
1. Enhance Care for Chronic Pain ;
2. Improve patient engagement and adherence; and
3.  Reduce chronic pain. (Central Nervous System, Cardio-metabolism, Pain, Gastro-intestinal or Oncology).
** Entrepreneurs and businesses from all stages are invited to apply for the challenges. However, as they look for concrete solutions, the start-ups should have a working minimum viable product or prototype.

For more details about the Ferrer4Future Program, click here.

Defence Science & Technology and Star Shots

Defence Science and Technology
is hosting information sessions to brief industry and academia on the One Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2020-30, in particular the STaR Shots program. The sessions are
designed to explore your input and feedback. Further information on the Strategy and STaR Shots can be found here.
this session will be held on Tuesday 22 October from 1.30pm - 3.30pm in B103 Theatre 1, University of Melbourne.  Each session will include a Q&A session. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, click HERE.
Places are limited, RSVP by Tuesday 15 October to Ansome Yap, DSI 
Tel: 9035 3961


Postgraduate Scholarship

Building a Healthy Australia!

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor
of Philosophy (PhD) or a Research Masters Degree). 

Academic Supervisors and Prospective Students are encouraged to use the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme as a resource to help prepare a competitive application for this scheme. Grant Developers are available to provide advice. This site also provides an overview of the changes recently introduced.
To access this site, click here.

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