Operational  

Clean out

Please be advised there will be a scheduled clean out of the bike box spaces in the below ‘affected areas’ starting Thursday 1 July.

If you are a user of the below bike box spaces, please collect any personal items left in communal areas including bikes and bike locks the day prior to the clean out.

The clean out will involve the removal of all abandoned items in the communal areas, excluding bikes which will be tagged for removal at a later date.

Affected Areas

  • 883 Oral Health Centre Bike Box, Car Park Level 1
  • Multi-Level Carpark, 98B
  • Synthetic Playing Fields, 98E
  • General Purpose South, 78
  • Advanced Engineering Building, 49
  • Sir James Foots, 47A
  • Human Movement Studies, 26B
  • Union Complex, 21C
  • Global Change Institute, 20
  • Toowong, 22G
  • Long Pocket, Yellow Box 1021B

Details

Clean out of bike box area and disposal of items left in the following communal areas;

  • All amenities (toilets and showers)
  • Change areas
  • Above lockers
  • Floor
  • Wall hooks, hanging areas etc.
  • Bike racks

COVID experts wanted

The Faculty of Medicine Media team is on the lookout for people willing and able to comment on topical issues concerning COVID.

At present many media enquiries are falling to the same people, so if you have expertise around the spread of infectious diseases, quarantine, vaccination or travel, we'd love to share the load.

Reach out to the team at med.media@uq.edu.au

Vaccinations and immunisation requirements

Staff are required by the Vaccinations and Immunisations Procedures to be immunised against infections and illnesses that are both reasonably foreseeable for their role and preventable by vaccines.

All new and existing staff must have an immunisation record if they are required to meet specific immunisation requirements for their role, as outlined in the Vaccination and Immunisation Guidelines.

For new staff, or existing staff who haven’t yet provided a record, your supervisor will initiate an online immunisation compliance request in my.UQ.

More information, and a link to the immunisation compliance request system is available here.

Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1B of national roll-out

The COVID-19 vaccine is a significant part of the strategy to manage the current COVID-19 pandemic. Currently Australia is at the commencement of Phase 1B of the national roll-out which means that more priority populations are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

These populations include the many healthcare worker staff and students with placements in healthcare settings. 

Further UQ FAQs are available here particularly for those UQ healthcare worker students and staff now included in phase 1B. 

Eligible people are encouraged to receive the vaccine as it becomes available to them to protect themselves but also to support the most vulnerable in our community. 

If, based on the information input into the Vaccine Eligibility Checker, you are eligible to book in for a COVID-19 vaccination, you will be able to view a range of clinic locations and book an appointment based on the postcode or town name you enter.  

One of the available options is the new ‘Annerley Respiratory Clinic’ - a UQ Health Care clinic currently listed in the Vaccine Eligibility Checker (Vaccine Clinic Finder section) providing COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment.  (The UQ Health Care St Lucia Medical Centre is also anticipating a smaller allocation of vaccines sometime in April).   

More and more appointments will become available over the coming weeks across the country. People are encouraged to continue to check the vaccine clinic finder each week if they cannot secure an appointment on first or subsequent attempts.   

Healthcare worker staff can contact AskHR for a statement of employment position and organisational unit if they don’t have a hospital ID card or other proof of eligibility.  Healthcare worker students have received communication from their faculty and will be provided with eligibility letters if they will be having placements in healthcare settings over the coming months.

Those currently eligible to make an appointment for a vaccine include:

Phase 1A populations:

*Quarantine and border workers

*Frontline healthcare worker sub-groups for prioritisation

*Aged care and disability care staff

*Aged care and disability care residents

 Phase 1B populations:

*Elderly adults aged 70 and above

*Healthcare workers (including tertiary students with placements in healthcare settings)

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55

*Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability

*Critical and high-risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing

    View archived Operational announcements


    People and culture 

    UQ Fitness Passport

    One of the benefits available to all UQ staff and their families - to assist with facilitating a healthy lifestyle - is the UQ Fitness Passport Program.

    Full details about the program, including membership fees and the 300 associated fitness facilities (including pools) can be found here. Staff are being currently asked to take a survey so that the program can continue to be tailored to the needs of most.

    GSK Award for Research Excellence (ARE)

    Nominations have opened for the 2021 GSK Award for Research Excellence (ARE), one of the most prestigious and longstanding awards available to Australian medical researchers. A financial grant of $80,000 accompanies the award to help the winner further their contributions to the medical research community. 
     
    Nominations close at midnight on 30 July 2021. The award will be presented at Research Australia’s Health and Medical Research Awards Night, Thursday 9 December 2021 in Sydney. 

    Refugee Week

    UQ will celebrate Refugee Week during the week of 21 to 25 June 2021.
     
    UQ is seeking staff volunteers, researchers doing work in the area of refugee and asylum seeker, as well as members of the UQ community with lived experiences as a refugee or asylum seeker. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out.

    Welcome to Tania

    A cheery welcome to Tania Brooks who has joined the Faculty Safety team. Tania has a background in clinical and basic research working at Institutions both in Australia and internationally. Most recently, she was part of the Safety and Scientific Services Team at QBI. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and is very familiar with UQ procedures and systems. 

    Tania will be based primarily at St Lucia, but will be travelling around the Faculty conducting inspections and helping wherever needed. Her contact details are t.brooks1@uq.edu.au or via 3365 1269. 

      View archived People and Culture announcements


      Teaching and learning

      U21 Health Sciences Group Teaching Excellence Award

      The 2021 U21 HSG Teaching Excellence Award is open for applications, aimed at early to mid-career academics across the 19-member network. The award offers a great opportunity for two winners to facilitate and deliver an educational workshop at the next U21 HSG Annual Meeting.

      If you would like to recognise and nominate a UQ colleague, please visit http://u21health.org/2021-teaching-excellence-award for more information.

      As only one nomination can be submitted per university, please email Professor Pauline Ford at p.ford1@uq.edu.au before July 19 to learn more about the internal nomination process. Norman Ng from the HaBS Faculty won the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award and will be co-presenting at the virtual Annual Meeting hosted by Tecnológico de Monterrey this September.

      UQ's Lifelong Learner

      UQ’s Lifelong Learner is a great new scheme offering a 10 per cent discount on student fees for UQ alumni who commence a program in semester two this year. If you are a student graduating at the conclusion of semester one and considering continuing to a postgraduate qualification, the scheme will apply to you. For more information visit the scholarships website.

      View archived Teaching and Learning announcements


      Professional development 

      Training and development courses

      Want to develop skills or improve your capabilities in a certain area? Check out the Staff Development calendar. A wide range of courses, and other training sessions (scroll down to view) offered from around the University are open to UQ staff members. See available courses.

      View archived Professional Development announcements


      Research

      Conducting ethical research with humans at UQ

      UQ staff and students are invited to free training sessions ideal for anyone who does research with humans and wants a refresher on human research ethics and UQ’s processes. The session will be held Tuesday 22 June from 1.30-3:30pm. Registration and more information  here. Enquiries: training.rei@research.uq.edu.au

      Teaching with animals

      Animal Ethics have been rolling out a number of training sessions and researcher interaction drop in session, so as to assist researchers with an understanding of animal ethics at UQ. The next session is scheduled to be conducted Wednesday 16 June 1:00pm-3:00pm via zoom. Registration is required for UQ staff and UQ Postgraduate/HDR students. Enquiries to training.rei@research.uq.edu.au

      Large disparities in treatment options for kidney patients 

      CHSR researchers have recently published a suite of articles providing a comprehensive evaluation of kidney care, covering 99% of the world’s population. Large disparities in availability, access and quality of treatment for kidney failure have been identified between high- and low-income countries, and between regions, highlighting the urgent need for international collaboration initiatives to help close the gaps in kidney care delivery.  

      This research is part of the International Society of Nephrology Global Kidney Health Atlas (ISN GKHA), an international survey which aims to understand, compare and monitor how different countries around the world detect, treat, monitor and advocate for people with kidney disease. Professor David Johnson is Co-Chair of this initiative, while Associate Professor Yeoungjee Cho and Associate Professor Andrea Viecelli are ISN GKHA Research Fellows.

        View archived Research announcements

        UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

        Wednesday 16 June, 9:30-10:30am

        Guest speaker Professor Nikolas Haass from UQDI. Nikolas will be presenting Understanding melanoma biology to develop novel melanoma therapies. TRI Auditorium and via Zoom.

        Wednesday 23 June, 9:30-10:30am 

        Guest speaker Dr Sarah Best from WEHI. Sarah will be presenting Investigating lung adenocarcinoma through the lens of Keap1/Nrf2 pathway activation via Zoom.

        Wednesday 30 June, 3:00-4:00pm

        Guest speaker Professor Victoria Sanz-Moreno from Queen Mary University of London. Victoria will be presenting Hitting melanoma where it hurts most: its cytoskeleton via Zoom.

        Refugee Week 2021

        UQ will be celebrating Refugee Week during the week of 21 to 25 June 2021. UQ is seeking staff volunteers, researchers doing work in the area of refugee and asylum seeker, as well as members of the UQ community with lived experiences as a refugee or asylum seeker. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to ideals@uq.edu.au. There are events, panels, and stories to be shared with the UQ community! To know more about the Week, you can visit this website. Please reach out to us for any queries at all. If you have any specific questions please contact SPH PhD student Sanam Ahmadzada.


        Advanced Immunology Course 2021 - 28 June 2021 - 2 July 2021 

        The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute is pleased to offer a Winter Course in Advanced Immunology at the Translational Research Institute.  Register Today.


        UniQuest research commercialisation workshop - 21-22 July 2021

        This free, two-day event focuses on creating an awareness of intellectual property management and commercialisation.

        With a mix of small group activities and presentations from industry leaders and fellow researchers, the Research Commercialisation Workshop will guide you along the tech transfer journey, outlining how your individual research project could be commercialised. Register now! HDR students may be eligible for CDSE.

         

        Healthcare innovations 

        Date: 6 – 10 September 2021

        Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

        The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Herston Partners will host the Herston Health Precinct Symposium, showcasing the precinct’s clinical strengths, research and innovation, fostering partnerships and reinforcing the commitment to provide a wealth of opportunities for healthcare providers.
        The Symposium offers an opportunity to join colleagues and to be informed on national and international best practice and innovative healthcare.

        View archived Events announcements

        Large disparities in treatment options for kidney patients 

        CHSR researchers have recently published a suite of articles providing a comprehensive evaluation of kidney care, covering 99% of the world’s population. Large disparities in availability, access and quality of treatment for kidney failure have been identified between high- and low-income countries, and between regions, highlighting the urgent need for international collaboration initiatives to help close the gaps in kidney care delivery.  

        This research is part of the International Society of Nephrology Global Kidney Health Atlas (ISN GKHA), an international survey which aims to understand, compare and monitor how different countries around the world detect, treat, monitor and advocate for people with kidney disease. Professor David Johnson is Co-Chair of this initiative, while Associate Professor Yeoungjee Cho and Associate Professor Andrea Viecelli are ISN GKHA Research Fellows.

        Meet a CHSR researcher

        Name: Associate Professor Jason Ferris

        Field of research? I am an alcohol and drug (AOD) epidemiologist. I bring together my passion around applied statistics to the AOD field. I am interested in understanding community use of behaviour in relation to any substance (licit or illicit, legal or illegal). I am an advocate for harm minimisation with a particular interest in harm reduction but recognise the value of supply and demand reduction as well.

        What’s an interesting fact about you? In my younger years I sported a tiger-stripped mohawk; and was part of a TV media campaign promoting the onset of raves in far north Queensland.

        What’s a recent key discovery in your research? When it comes to the recreational use of nitrous oxide (noz or nangs) there is a dose-response relationship between nitrous oxide and harms. This dose-response is different for men and women as detailed in a recent paper I published (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269881119882532)

        Welcome back Dominique
        Dr Dominique Bird has returned to CHSR to assist Professor Gray with the Quality Indicator work for the ACDC project. Dominique will be based at Building 33, PAH on Tuesdays. 

        Upcoming funding opportunities

        Metro South Research Support Scheme applications open16 June. External due date: 10 August.

        NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies applications open 30 June. External due date: 25 August.

        Keep an eye on the current funding opportunities tab in MS Teams for further information.

        Research Support Team update

        Please advise med.research.chsr@uq.edu.au when you submit a grant and the notification of outcome (even if you aren’t CIA). We will use this information to celebrate our successes and provide tailored support to succeed on your next application.

        CHSR Seminar Series

        It's almost time for the CHSR Seminar Series, featuring presentations from Dr Natasha Reid, Professor Ruth Hubbard Dr Helen Haydon, Keshia De Guzman and Professor Anthony Smith.

        Dr Reid and Professor Hubbard will present on Goals of geriatric medicine research: an update on current studies, while Dr Haydon, Ms De Guzman and Professor Smith will present Has anyone heard of this 'new thing' called telehealth?

        The 20-minute presentations will run Tuesday 15 June  at the Translational Research Institute (TRI), Room 2004, 37 Kent Street, Woollongabba. They are also available via Zoom.

        Please RSVP by Thursday 10 June to chsr@uq.edu.au

        Welcome Kristina Presa

        Please welcome research technician Kristina Presa to the Centre for Online Health.

        Kristina will primarily be working part-time on the MRFF BRAINS project, by increasing the functionality of the Caring for the Carer website to provide support for carers of people with brain tumours. She will also be supporting the academic staff in the COH where needed.

        CHSR recent publications

        Bassal, M., [Pole, J. D.] et al. (2021). "Phase-specific risks of outpatient visits, emergency visits, and hospitalizations during Children's Oncology Group-based treatment for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A population-based study." Pediatr Blood Cancer: e29141.

        Chelberg, G. R., [Caffery, L. J.] et al. (2021). "Mobile apps for dementia awareness, support, and prevention - review and evaluation." Disabil Rehabil: 1-12.

        Coomber, K., [Puljević, C. and Ferris, J.] et al. (2021). "The impact of liquor legislation changes on police-recorded serious assault in Queensland, Australia." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        de Andrade, D., [Ferris, J. and Puljević, C.] et al. (2021). "The impact of changes to alcohol policy on patron drinking behaviours in Queensland." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        de Andrade, D., [Ferris, J. and Puljević, C.] et al. (2021). "The impact of late-night alcohol restrictions on ambulance call-outs in entertainment precincts." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        Ferris, J., [Puljević, C.] et al. (2021). "The impact of Queensland's Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Policy on nightlife and business trade." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        Hanjani, L. S., [Hubbard, R. E., Gray, L. C., and Peel, N. M.] et al. (2021). "Medication use and cognitive impairment among residents of aged care facilities." Intern Med J 51(4): 520-532.

        Haydon, H. M., Smith, A. C., Snoswell, C. L., Thomas, E. E., and Caffery, L. J. (2021). "Addressing concerns and adapting psychological techniques for videoconsultations: a practical guide." Clinical Psychologist.

        Livingston, M., [Ferris, J. and Puljević, C.] et al. (2021). "Assessing the impact of Queensland's late-night alcohol restrictions using health system data." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        Mallett, A. J., [Hawley, C.] et al. (2021). "Per-Treatment Post Hoc Analysis of Clinical Trial Outcomes With Tolvaptan in ADPKD." Kidney International Reports 6(4): 1032-1040.

        Miller, P. G., [Puljević, C. and Ferris, J.] et al. (2021). "Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night-time Economy Monitoring (QUANTEM): Rationale and overview." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        Miller, P. G., [Puljević, C. and Ferris, J.]  et al. (2021). "Summarising the impacts of the Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night-Time Economy (QUANTEM) project." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        Palamuthusingam, D., [Hawley, C. M., Pascoe, E. M. and Johnson, D. W.] et al. (2021). "Identifying new-onset conditions and pre-existing conditions using lookback periods in Australian health administrative datasets." International Journal for Quality in Health Care 33(1).

        Puljević, C., [Ferris, J.] et al. (2021). "The impact of the Queensland Government's Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Policy on live music performances in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia." Drug Alcohol Rev.

        Kanjanabuch, T., [Johnson, D. W.] et al. (2021). "Association of Local Unit Sampling and Microbiology Laboratory Culture Practices With the Ability to Identify Causative Pathogens in Peritoneal Dialysis-Associated Peritonitis in Thailand." Kidney International Reports 6(4): 1118-1129.

        View archived announcements from CHSR

        2020 MD Program Annual Report

        The 2020 MD Program Annual Report is now available for UQ staff and clinical partners involved in the UQ MD Program. This report outlines our educational activity across the year, acknowledges successes, documents new initiatives implemented to enhance our program and identifies priorities and plans for future development and evaluation during the coming year. The report also presents data providing a wealth of information about our student cohort, the quality of our teaching and the outcomes of the program.

        Help select the next generation of doctors

        The Faculty of Medicine conducts over 1000 interviews for entry to the MD program each year.  We are currently inviting our community of stakeholders to participate in the interview process. For further information on how to sign up and interview dates for 2021 see here

        View archived announcements from the Medical Dean Portfolio

        Important Information for researchers

        Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

        Support services for researchers

        Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.

         

        Events calendar

        See here for  events and activities scheduled for May and June.

        View archived announcements from RCS

        From the Head of School

        I want to thank A/Professor Lesley Luka for her dedication, and extreme eye for detail and bank of knowledge on all things teaching over many years in the School. She will remain Chief Examiner until all Semester 1 grades are finalised, and has almost single-handedly raised the reputation and bar of SBMS in assessment to the highest level – and challenge to maintain.

        Congratulations to A/Professor Karin Borges who is the new Chief Examiner for Semester 2 and beyond. She will work with the new Examinations team to transition to new exam processes discussed earlier in the year. Please be patient with any hiccups, but timely with requests from Karin as we move forward.

        As Semester 1 teaching has drawn to a close, I’ve noticed that the holiday requests have also increased – please keep them coming! But don’t forget to allocate time for exam marking.

        Finally, Academics – please notice that you will have received $ into your ACA account from the RSP Teaching Uplift and the school’s Accelerator grants. This money must be spent this year and we will be reviewing remaining amounts in October and any not spent/committed may be reclaimed back into the  School budget, so please prioritise it to be spent as soon as possible. Guidelines on spending will be clarified at the Academic staff meeting.

        Lizzie Coulson

        Date Savers

        17 June

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-360; or Zoom (https://uqz.zoom.us/j/89066753975)

        15 July

        All Staff meeting, 11am, Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-360; or Zoom (https://uqz.zoom.us/j/88316105757)

        19 August

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        21 October

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        9 December

        All Staff meeting, 11am, venue TBC

        A peek at the new School brochure

        The new SBMS brochure was recently completed. Not only does it look fantastic and offer a wealth of information, but we feel it does a great job of capturing the excitement about the future and ethos within the School. Take a look.

        SBMS Student Seminar

        The next student seminar is a chalk-talk style discussion about our problems, troubleshooting and successes related to immunofluorescence staining. It will be led by PhD students, though all are welcome to ask questions or give feedback - we just want to talk science and help each other out! Meet us at Level 1 MacGregor “Pit” from 4pm, 18 June

        Welcome New Staff

        Please join us in welcoming Tania Brooks to the FoM OHS Team. Tania will be primarily based in SBMS but will also have some auditing tasks in other areas of the Faculty.  Tania has a background in clinical research, molecular biology and recently worked as part of the OHS/Facilities Team at QBI. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and is very familiar with UQ procedures and systems. Please drop in and introduce yourself when you are passing. Tania will be located in the HSW Office, Room 145, Macgregor. Contact Tanya via email or ext. 51269. 

        Tania will be the FoM contact for all Quarantine matters, importing, training and Approved Arrangements. The SBMS Biological Import Permits are due to expire soon and Tania will be updating these as a priority. Please keep an eye out for Tania’s email asking for feedback and special requests for inclusions to our permit.

        OHS Auditing

        Auditing has commenced again, please ensure waste is disposed of regularly, we are seeing an accumulation of cardboard, polystyrene eskies, chemical waste and bagged waste ready for disposal, also animal transport boxes.  Please ensure you have a laboratory cleaning roster in place so that the basic lab duties are carried out each week. 

        Mould

        Please report all mould outbreaks to the Facilities team as soon as you notice them.

        Updates to HSW Policies and Procedures

        UQ HSW has recently updated the following policies and procedures:

        HSW Policy

        First Aid Treat for Burns – This guideline captures first aid treatment for general burns and procedures for specific types of burns such as:

        • Cold thermal burns
        • Phenol
        • Hydrofluoric acid

        Workplaces must continue to refer to 2.70.24 Working Safely with Phenol and 2.70.18 Working Safely with Hydrofluoric Acid for guidance in managing risks in the workplace

        New SBMS Publications

        If you have recently had a new publication accepted or published, please let us know

        Perineuronal net abnormalities in Slc13a4+/- mice are rescued by postnatal administration of N-acetylcysteine

        Sharmin, S., Pradhan, J., Zhang, Z., Bellingham, M., Simmons, D., Piper, M.

        Experimental Neurology

        This study investigated the role of sulfate in development of key extracellular substrates that decorate some neurons, namely perineuronal nets. As these perineuronal nets play a key role in neural function, and have been implicated in numerous diseases, our study emphasises the importance of adequate sulfate supply for normal brain development.

        Time-restricted feeding restored insulin-growth hormone balance and improved substrate and energy metabolism in MC4RKO obese mice

        Wang, W., Huang, Z., Huang, L., Gao, L., Cui, L., Guo, L., Chen, C.

        Neuroendocrinology 2021 [5.950]

        Dysregulation of metabolic regulatory hormones often occurs during the progress of obesity. Key regulatory hormone insulin-growth hormone (GH) balance has recently been proposed to maintain metabolism profiles. Time-restricted feeding (TRF) is an effective strategy against obesity without detailed research on pulsatile GH releasing patterns. Results demonstrate that TRF effectively decreases hyperinsulinemia and restores pulsatile GH secretion in the overeating obese mice with significant improvement in substrate and energy metabolism and body composition without reducing total caloric intake.

        Privacy-Preserving Gradient Descent for Distributed Genome-Wide Analysis

        Zhang, Y., Bai, G., Li, X., Curtis, C., Chen Chen, and , Ko, R.K.L.

        ESORICS 2021

        We propose a framework named υFrag to facilitate privacy-preserving data sharing and computation in genome-wide analysis. υFrag mitigates privacy risks by using a vertical fragmentation to disrupt the genetic architecture on which the adversary relies for re-identification. The fragmentation significantly reduces the overall amount of information the adversary can obtain. Notably, it induces no sacrifice to the capability of genome-wide analysis—we prove that it preserves correctness of the gradient descent, the most popular optimisation algorithm for training machine learning models. We also explore the efficiency performance of υFrag through experiments on a large-scale, real-world dataset. Our experiments demonstrate that υFrag outperforms not only secure multiparty computation (MPC) and homomorphic encryption (HE) protocols with a speedup of more than 221x for training neural networks, but also noise-based differential privacy (DP) solutions and traditional non-private algorithms in most settings.

        CSF1R-dependent macrophages control postnatal somatic growth and organ maturation

        Keshvari, S., Caruso, M., Batoon, L., Sehgal, A., Teakle, N., Patkar, O., Snell, C., Chen, C., Stevenson, A., Davis, F.M., Bush, S.J., Pridans, C., Summers, K.M., Pettit, A.R., Irvine, K.M., Davis, H.

        PloS Genetics, 2021 [5.540]

        To enable analysis of the mechanisms underlying the phenotypic impacts of Csf1r mutation, we bred a rat Csf1rko allele to the inbred dark agouti (DA) genetic background and to a Csf1r-mApple reporter transgene. The results demonstrate that the Csf1rko phenotype is autonomous to BM-derived cells and indicate that BM contains a progenitor of tissue macrophages distinct from hematopoietic stem cells. The model provides a unique system in which to define the pathways of development of resident tissue macrophages and their local and systemic roles in growth and organ maturation.

        Complete pathological response following levonorgestrel intrauterine device in clinically stage 1 endometrial adenocarcinoma: Results of a randomised clinical trial

        Janda, M., Robledo, K.P., Gebski, V., Armes, J.E., Alizart, M., Cummings, M., Chen, C. Leung, Y., Sykes, P., McNally, O., Oehler, M.K., Walker, G., Garrett, A., Tang, A., Land, R., Nicklin, J.L., Chetty, N., Perrin, L.C., Hoet, G., Sowden, K., Eva, L., Tristram, A., Obermair, A.

        Gynecologic Oncology, 2021 [4.623]

        Intrauterine levonorgestrel (LNG-IUD) is used to treat patients with endometrial adenocarcinoma (EAC) and endometrial hyperplasia with atypia (EHA) but limited evidence is available on its effectiveness. The study determined the extent to which LNG-IUD with or without metformin (M) or weight loss(WL) achieves a pathological complete response (pCR) in patients with EAC or EHA. Complete response rates at 6 months were encouraging for patients with EAC and EHA across the three groups.

        Librarian Drop-Ins June/July

        Staff and students are invited to Library Drop-ins with your Librarian: 12.30-2pm Skerman Building (65) small meeting room (313) on alternate Thursdays: 17 June; 1 July; 15 July; 29 July

        Library support for teaching staff

        As you prepare for next semester here is the link to our excellent Services for Teaching Staff guide covering: Learning resources; digital skills for students; online exams guidance re eBooks; linking to or embedding online resources directly in Learn.UQ or edX (Edge); referencing, etc.

        Your Librarian can train or organise training for your students in finding quality, relevant information for assignments, using databases effectively, software packages such as Microsoft Office, EndNote, Infographics R and RStudio, and, for HDRs, author identifiers including ORCiD, getting published, data management, and understanding metrics, impact and engagement.

        Friday Drinks

        Ladies and Gentlemen SASS Friday drinks are BACK! We will be commencing on the deck (Level 1 MacGregor) from 4.30pm, Friday 18 June. We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back for some in-house networking.

        Social Soccer

        Dreamt of leaving academia and being the next David Beckham? Pull up your socks and join us for Social Soccer (or 'football', if you must) every Wednesday at 4pm at the UQ Playing Field 9 (near Walcott Street, a 5-minute walk from SBMS). For any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sai or Guillaume.

        View archived announcements from SBMS

        Staff Updates

        The Faculty of Medicine 2021 Prizes and Scholarship Awards were held in May. SPH would like to congratulate the following students, and of course the amazing SPH staff involved:

        Paul Kony and Kashmiri Lal

        Master of Public Health Scholarship

        Donated by the School of Public Health.

        Elizabeth Ambrose

        Public Health Association of Australia Prize - Year 1

        Donated by the Public Health Association of Australia.

         

         Kerri-Anne Gill

        Public Health Association of Australia Prize - Year 3

        Donated by the Public Health Association of Australia.

        Dr Deren Pillay and Athena Stein

        The HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester GCB CI GCVO GBE, Prize in Global Health

        The donor for this prize wished to remain anonymous.

        Adebunmi Bojuwoye and Madeline Forbes

        Garry Quayle Memorial Prize for Excellence in Student Research

        Donated by Beryl Quayle and the late Dr Michael Quayle, family and friends.

        Stephanie Hopkins

        Adjunct Professor Joan Lawrence AM Prize

        Donated by Adjunct Professor Joan Lawrence AM, Alumni Friends.

        SPH in the Media

        Associate Professor Coral Gartner spoke on Radio National about vaping laws, smoking and regulations. To listen please click here.

        5 Minutes with Casual Academic Emily Krusz

        Position: Casual Academic

        How long have you been with working/studying at SPH?: My time with SPH began in 2016 as an MPH student and I've continued on as a Casual Research/ Teaching Assistant since graduating in 2018.

        What inspired you to study Public Health?: I was at a place in my life and in my work where I knew I needed to deepen my understanding of what makes people healthy and communities equitable-- and learn how to best contribute to those aims.

        What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from?: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”― Maya Angelou

        If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Burritos!

        UQ Staff Excellence Awards Now Open

        The UQ staff excellence awards have opened and are open until 27 June. For more information please click here

        Australia’s Food Environment Dashboard

        Australia’s Food Environment Dashboard has been designed to provide an overview of the healthiness of our food environments. The dashboard brings together the best available and most up-to-date data on all aspects of Australia's food environments including key indicators of the healthiness of our food supply, food labelling, food prices, food marketing, and government and food company policies. This will be an important online resource for policy makers and those working to improve the healthiness of food environments. To launch the dashboard, we have invited national and international experts to discuss the latest evidence and policy options needed to address Australia’s biggest food environment health concerns. If you wish to attend the virtual launch on Wed 16 June 2021, 1:00pm-2:30pm (AEST), please register here.

        Casual Academic Hire Payment Deadlines

        To view the CAHP deadlines and payment dates please click here.

        View archived announcements from SPH

        From the Director’s Desk

        I’d like to start with an acknowledgement of all the time and effort that has recently gone into some major grant applications by our academic and research support staff. This year so far UQCCR researchers have submitted over 30 NHMRC and MRFF grants alone. A special thanks to Roheen Gill and Sara Gollchewski for their overarching support for these applications. Many groups also have staff members like Sia Athanasas (Roberts-Lipman group) and Diane Maresco-Pennisi (Cervin group) who have played a key role in their grant applications. I thank all of you for your contributions and wish you all the best of luck for your grant application success.

        We have also recently had some external grant successes, including an Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation grant for Carlos Salomon and a next round interview with the Children’s Hospital Foundation for Julie Wixey – best of luck!

        Finally, a warm welcome to new staff members Sara Baniahmadi, a clinical trials manager with the Obermair group, and Dominika Butkiewicz, assistant laboratory manager with the Paterson group.

        Dates for Diaries

        Date

        Event

        16 June

        Abstracts close for Herston Symposium - see judgify.me/hhps2021 for further details

        17 June

        Exec meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

        Herston Precinct Grand Rounds - register at

        https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/herston -precinct-grand-rounds-tickets-153389109957

        21 June

        Research committee meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

        23 June

        UQCCR seminar, followed by a farewell lunch for Roheen Gill (RSVP to Sarah Piper)

        26 June – 11 July

        Queensland state school holidays

        21 July, 2pm

        UQ Celebration of Staff – Herston. Details to follow.

         

        Clean up is coming soon…

        Just a heads up that over the next few months the core professional team will be starting on some spring cleaning. We will have two focus areas:

        1. -80°C freezers. We are now at maximum capacity for these freezers and have no space to purchase new ones. This means we need to use the existing freezer space wisely and to dispose of any items from finished projects and anything unrecognisable or out of date. The floor managers will be coordinating this activity… watch this space for more details.

        2. data stored on our share drive. If the data storage continues to increase at the current rate, it is likely that ITS will start to charge us for new capacity. Please remember that any actively used research data should now be stored on the Research Data Management (RDM) system. Please get in touch with ITS for assistance in moving your data across. Also see the following article from the UQ Data team regarding dealing with overflowing drives: https://data.uq.edu.au/blog/data-disposal-retention

        Wellbeing Committee survey

        In order to best serve the needs of UQCCR staff and students, the Wellbeing Committee has put together a short survey.

        We would be very grateful if you could please complete the survey and remind you that there is a $50 voucher on offer to a randomly selected participant!

        Please access the survey here.

        TRI Seminar on Clinical Trials

        The Director's Choice Seminar Series returns for 2021 with a look into Clinical Trials and how we can do them better. 

        Event Leaders: Prof Maher Gandhi, Prof John Upham
        Presenters: Ms Enna Stroil- Salama, Prof Carmel Hawley, A/Prof Jake Began
        Panelists: Dr Rahul Ladwa, Dr Helen Benham
        Date: Tuesday 15 June
        Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
        Join: TRI Auditorium or via Zoom

        Staff Development opportunities

        Some exciting new courses available to UQ staff:

        Resiliency in the Workplace

        This session will provide participants with some strategies and insight into how to build personal resiliency in dealing with workplace challenges. Participants will also be provided with mindful based practices that help individuals grow and flourish through life challenges. This session is designed to be practical and will provide participants with some direction for action they may take to further develop and grow their personal level of resiliency.

        This course runs over 2 non-consecutive days for 2.5 hours each day. Further details here: https://staffdevelopment.hr.uq.edu.au/course/index/SVCRIW

        Core Cultural Learning

        Developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Core Cultural Learning provides a detailed exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and topics to help you:

        • enhance your cultural understanding

        • gain a deeper sense of self-awareness and critical reflection

        • enhance your personal and professional capacity to engage respectfully and effectively in an intercultural context.

        It is strengths-based and encourages you to understand our own cultural perspectives as the basis for effective interactions with people of different and diverse backgrounds.

        All staff are required to complete modules 1 and 2. https://staff.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/human-resources/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-and-inclusion-programs-and-training/core-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander

        Morning teas are coming back… with your help!

        UQ has informed us that we are now able to have morning teas for internal groups, including self-catered events, BUT there must be no self-service of food, to reduce the COVID risk of food handling. Instead, we must have qualified food servers, who have undertaken a free TAFE micro-credentialling course: https://covidsafework.tafeqld.edu.au/course/126/covid-safe-work-training-for-dining-in). We would be very keen to have a pool of people who have undertaken the course and will be prepared to serve food at our morning teas. Please get in touch with Sarah Piper, Amy McCart Reed or Amanda Bordin if you would like to volunteer. Thanks.

        Herston Health Precinct Symposium

        Healthcare Innovations – How Practice Has Changed

        Date: 6 – 10 September 2021

        Venue: Education Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

        The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Herston Partners will host the Herston Health Precinct Symposium, showcasing the precinct’s clinical strengths, research and innovation, fostering partnerships and reinforcing the commitment to provide a wealth of opportunities for healthcare providers.
        The Symposium offers an opportunity to join colleagues and to be informed on national and international best practice and innovative healthcare.

        Call for abstracts

        The 2021 Organising Committee is currently calling for abstract submissions from RBWH Researchers and Herston Partner Organisations for research related to the provision of healthcare. More details here: https://www.judgify.me/hhps2021

        Submissions close Wednesday 16th June 2021.

        UQ Celebration of Staff

        ICYMI: UQ has performed better than expected since the start of COVID in March 2020, and in acknowledgement of the continued efforts of staff, we have been gifted one extra day of leave, which has now been added to your Aurion leave balance. Enjoy!

        In addition, the VC invites you to a celebration of our staff on Wednesday 21 July from 2pm at Herston, Gatton and St Lucia to further show her appreciation. Please hold the time in your diary and more details on the planned celebration events will be shared in the coming weeks.

        Toolbox Talks 2021

        Please send through any requests for Toolbox talk topics for 2021 to Sarah Piper.

        Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’: https://medicine.uq.edu.au/faculty-medicine-intranet/intranet-schools-centres-and-institutes/centre-clinical-research

        Research Funding alerts

        Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for all current research funding opportunities. https://medicine.uq.edu.au/faculty-medicine-intranet/research/faculty-research-alert Please contact Roheen Gill (med.research.uqccr@uq.edu.au) if you are planning to apply for any grants.

        Seminar Series

        Recordings available here: https://medicine.uq.edu.au/faculty-medicine-intranet/intranet-schools-centres-and-institutes/centre-clinical-research

         

        View archived announcements from UQCCR

        UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

        Wednesday 16 June, 9:30-10:30am

        Guest speaker Professor Nikolas Haass from UQDI. Nikolas will be presenting Understanding melanoma biology to develop novel melanoma therapies. TRI Auditorium and via Zoom.

        Wednesday 23 June, 9:30-10:30am 

        Guest speaker Dr Sarah Best from WEHI. Sarah will be presenting Investigating lung adenocarcinoma through the lens of Keap1/Nrf2 pathway activation via Zoom.

        Wednesday 30 June, 3:00-4:00pm

        Guest speaker Professor Victoria Sanz-Moreno from Queen Mary University of London. Victoria will be presenting Hitting melanoma where it hurts most: its cytoskeleton via Zoom.

        Ethical research and teaching with animals

        Animal Ethics have been rolling out a number of training sessions and researcher interaction drop in session, so as to assist researchers with an understanding of animal ethics at UQ.  The next session is scheduled to be conductedWednesday 16 June 1:00pm-3:00pm via zoom. Registration is required for UQ staff and UQ Postgraduate/HDR students. Enquiries to training.rei@research.uq.edu.au

        Refugee Week

        UQ will celebrate Refugee Week during the week of 21 to 25 June 2021.
         
        UQ is seeking staff volunteers, researchers doing work in the area of refugee and asylum seeker, as well as members of the UQ community with lived experiences as a refugee or asylum seeker. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out.

        UQRDM resources

        Check out the UQRDM Resource Hub that contains one-pagers, video tutorials and a simplified guide focusing on using UQRDM as well as the different needs of users. Learn how UQRDM helps your research, how to collaborate using UQRDM or send a one-pager to your external collaborators to help them understand how to use UQRDM.

        Vacancy (Internal applicants only)
        Two positions are available, for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Fellow, to conduct research in the development and utilisation of molecular microbiology and related computational methods to understand the roles of the human microbiota in health and disease, including applications for external funding, publishing outcomes in high-quality outlets, and contributing to the supervision of honours, postgraduate students, and professional staff. Location: Brisbane. Closing Date: 20/6/2021.

        Discovery Entrepreneurship Camp now booking

        The Entrepreneurship Camp for School Years 7-10 will be held on St Lucia Campus, Thursday 1 July. Tickets are $60 per child (includes morning tea and lunch). More information.

        Innovating in crisis

        Are you equipped with the skills to find opportunities in crisis? Join Dr Frederik Von Briel, UQ’s Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation program leader, as he showcases the latest thinking for improved business productivity and global competitiveness. Held 15 June, 5-6pm, online. Register here.

        New Live Cell Imaging System

        The TRI Core Microscopy Facility is pleased to announce the addition of a brand new Zeiss AxioObserver 7 system. The system is now available to book, please book training through TRI's PPMS website. If you have any questions about the capabilities of this system or would like to discuss experimental requirements please contact the Microscopy Core Facility staff.

        2021 UQDI Staff and Family Picnic

        The UQDI ED&I committee is very pleased to invite you to the 2021 UQDI staff and family picnic, Saturday, 28 August, 12pm-3pm, at the UQ Recreational Precinct Playground at St Lucia. Lawn games, frisbee games, and more will be accessible. Light lunch provided for this ticketed & COVID-19 safe event. Registration is required.

        Ready to Teach Week 

        Registration is now open for Ready to Teach Week on Monday 28 June – Friday 2 July. Get ready to teach with a week of online and in-person activities to support teaching staff prepare for Semester 2 courses. View the program and register.

        UQDI Parent meeting

        As an initiative from the UQDI ED&I, UQDI parents (and future parents) are invited to a meeting once a month on Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am after the UQDI Seminar Series. It is a fun meeting, where we share moments of joy and struggles, and exchange advice. We also exchange pre-loved books, toys, clothes. Please opt in by emailing di.admin@uq.edu.au

        UQ Men’s Health Week

        UQ Men’s Health Week event is brought to you by UQ Wellness and the HR Mental Health Team and you can participate by registering here. This event will run from 9.30am – 12.00pm on Tuesday 15 June and covers social connectedness, active and healthy lifestyles and managing burnout.  

        GSK Award for Research Excellence (ARE)

        Nominations have opened for the 2021 GSK Award for Research Excellence (ARE), one of the most prestigious and longstanding awards available to Australian medical researchers. A financial grant of $80,000 accompanies the award to help the winner further their contributions to the medical research community. 
         
        Nominations close at midnight on 30 July 2021. The award will be presented at Research Australia’s Health and Medical Research Awards Night, Thursday 9 December 2021 in Sydney. 

        UQDI Professional Staff Profile
        Let’s get to know, and recognise the diverse work carried out by our professional staff here at UQDI. A lot of the amazing research carried out at TRI would not be possible without our numerous professional staff. If you would like to nominate a professional staff member to be featured in an upcoming newsletter then please contact the UQDI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

        Meet Ryan Galea, who has been with UQDI since 2012.  You’ll find him on Level 5 East at TRI. 

        What is your role at UQDI?  I am a Research Assistant in Professor Paul Clarke’s group.

        What is something you do for UQDI that people may not know you do?  As a proud Gamilaraay man, and member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, I am contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition and engagement activities at UQDI, UQ Faculty of Medicine, and TRI. 

        What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?  I am proud of the JCI Insight paper that we published from Professor Ranjeny Thomas’s group in 2019. It’s a great example of teamwork and collaboration, and was a very interesting project to work on.

        What energises you outside of work?  The local live music scene. My biggest hobby is going to small indie gigs across Brisbane and surrounds. 

        What was your favourite band 10 years ago?  10 years ago, I was (still) obsessed with Custard. Anyone with kids would recognize the lead singers’ voice as Bandit in the TV show Bluey.

        Round 3 Student Partner applications 

        Make 2021 the year you made a difference to the UQ experience? Apply to be a Student Partner on a Student-Staff Partnership Project. Applications for round 3 projects close 20 June. See the available projects and find out more.

        UQDI Travel Awards for staff and HDR students now open

        2021 UQDI Travel Awards have been amended due to COVID travel restrictions to allow for attendance and/or presentation at virtual events (conferences, workshops or research training events) or presentation at in-person events in South East QLD.

        All applications must be completed on the current application form and submitted to med.research.uqdi@uq.edu.au by 5pm Wednesday 16 June 2021. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

        • Jian Zhou Early-Career Researcher Travel Awards
        • Jian Zhou Mid-Career Researcher Travel Awards
        • Jian Zhou Predoctoral Award
        • Immunology and Vaccine Development Travel Awards
        • Cancer Conference Award

        Details, funding rules and the application form are available on the on the UQDI intranet

        UniQuest research commercialisation workshop - 21-22 July 2021

        This free, two-day event focuses on creating an awareness of intellectual property management and commercialisation.

        With a mix of small group activities and presentations from industry leaders and fellow researchers, the Research Commercialisation Workshop will guide you along the tech transfer journey, outlining how your individual research project could be commercialised. Register now! HDR students may be eligible for CDSE.

        ASSC Early Career Research Grant Scheme

        The Australian Skin and Skin Cancer Research Centre (ASSC) Early Career Grants seek to fund projects aiming to improve the prevention, early detection or treatment of skin cancers or skin diseases. The scheme will fund grants with a maximum value of $20,000 each. Application are now open. Applications close: 5pm, 24 June, 2021.

        Find out more via http://www.assc.org.au/our-research/funding-opportunities/assc-early-career-grants/

        Ventures Curiosity PhD program now open

        This six-week program is designed to inspire and support UQ PhD candidates and early career researchers interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. These skills go beyond business, whether you want to innovate in your field or look at your PhD beyond academia! Open to all UQ PhD candidates and early career researchers. Starts Wednesday 23 June from 10am–12pm. Applications close Wednesday 9 June. More information and to apply here.

        SPARQ-ed Research Immersion Program

        Calling all researchers at TRI. SPARQ-ed are looking for researchers who can provide experiments for the upcoming Research Immersion programs in July, September and December.

        This is your opportunity to get involved with the community, practice communication to a non-research audience and share your passion for science with aspiring high school students who have an enthusiasm for biomedical research.

        If this sounds like you or you know a research team who may be interested, please get in touch with the SPARQ-ed team at sparqed@uq.edu.au, phone us on 3443 6920 or drop by our office at Room 2008 Level 2, TRI.

        Our vision is to be a leader in Australian STEM education by delivering innovative biomedical research education that fosters the development of aspiring and successful students, as the future leaders and innovators of Queensland.

        It is our mission to deliver sustainable and accessible world-class biomedical education experiences that inspire students to consider STEM subjects and careers, enhance the professional practice of teachers and build strong connections with the community.

        20th Brisbane Immunology (BIG) Group Retreat 

        The Brisbane Immunology Group (BIG) invites all researchers in the field of immunology – basic and clinical, cellular and molecular immunology, human and animal – to attend their 20th annual retreat on 26–27 August at Q1 Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast.  

        We have been fortunate to confirm Professor Ian Frazer to give this year’s Jonathan Sprent Oration, as well as Professor Sharon Lewin, Professor Si Ming Man, and Professor Sarah Robertson to deliver keynote presentations. 

        Visit the event website for more information. Registrations and submissions close 25 June 2021.

        Research Commercialisation Workshop

        Hosted by UQ’s commercialisation company Uniquest, this free, two-day Research Commercialisation Workshop focuses on creating an awareness of intellectual property management and commercialisation.

        This program is tailor-made for the academic and research staff and research higher degree students of UQ. This event is held on Wednesday 21 July and Thursday 22 July 2021. Register here. Places are limited.

         

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