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People and culture 

$10 personal training sessions

Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS) is offering 18 one-on-one online personal training sessions for $180 – that’s $10 per session! With more than seven years in operation, HMNS offers a range of exercise services for individuals or groups. Applications close 2 August. Find out more here or email Emily Smith.

Non-Binary Peoples Day

International Non-Binary Peoples Day was on 14 July 2020, and to celebrate Ideals at UQ have released another webinar in their Trans and Gender Diverse Speaker Series. Dr Jenny Setchell is an NHMRC Research Fellow in Physiotherapy. This webinar focuses on improving health professional’s reflexivity relating to gender, reducing unintended assumptions, blind spots, and stigma as well as shedding light on areas where physio and non-binary and Trans people might meet. View the rest of the Series.

Dermatology funding boost

Thank you to the PA Research Foundation, who have committed $300,000 in support of Professor Peter Soyer’s skin cancer and dermatological research at the UQDI Dermatology Research Centre. The Advancement team works with a variety of organisations and foundations to secure philanthropic funding for our researchers - to find out more please contact med.advancement@uq.edu.au.

Visit us on Level 4, Mayne!

The Advancement team has officially returned to the office, and would love to see you all in person soon. Drop in to our offices on Level 4, Mayne Medical Building, to chat about how we can work together, meet our new Health Advancement Network Director, Marla, and catch up on some good old fashioned (physically distant) ‘face-time’.

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Teaching and learning

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Professional development 

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Faculty Research Alert

To receive the latest research funding opportunities, sign up to the weekly Faculty Research Alert by contacting the Faculty Research Support Office via med.research@uq.edu.au. Research grants and awards listed in the Faculty Research Alert are provided in more detail on the Faculty Research Alert Page.

Call for abstracts: Herston Health Precinct Symposium

The Herston Health Precinct Symposium is an opportunity to showcase the facilities strengths in research and innovation, strengthening partnerships and reinforcing the commitment to provide a wealth of opportunities for physicians, nurses, health professionals, researchers and students. Abstract submissions should be no more than 300 words in length including heading, authors and content, and will only be accepted in Word or PDF format. Submissions close Sunday 23 August 2020. Visit the website for further details.

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UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

Guest speakers Dr James Wells and Jenny Zeng at UQDI will present Developing novel treatments to combat cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. Wednesday 29 July, 9.30-10.30am, via Zoom: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/93328498022. Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. 

UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

Guest speakers Professor Riccardo Dolcetti and Dr Bijun Zeng at UQDI will present Is there a role for cancer vaccine in the immune checkpoint inhibitors and CAR-T era. Wednesday 5 August, 9.30-10:30am, via Zoom: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/91999152894. Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. 

3MT Faculty of Medicine Final

The Faculty of Medicine 3MT Final has been scheduled for 5 August 2020, at 1pm. Register online.

Industry Engagement Seminar – Update on New UQ Policies and Procedures Regarding Industry Work

The SBMS Industry Engagement Committee invite staff to an online seminar about the new policies and procedures introduced to govern industry consulting or research work. The seminar will cover aspects relating to previous, current and future industry work, how to identify whether you're involvement comes under 'consulting' or 'research' and what the new policy means in relation to 'left over' industry funds. Monday 10 August, 11am-1pm (including time for questions), via Zoom.

SBMS Seminar Series

Professor Peter Fuller (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne) will present Actions and Interactions of Aldosterone and the Mineralocorticoid Receptor: an Evolutionary Perspective. 17 August 2020, 1-2pm. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/99972234797.

Crossing Cultures Hidden Histories Workshop

Be transported on a journey from the past to present day as Associate Professor Maree Toombs shares stories about what life was really like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ‘Under the Act’. Challenge your knowledge and be prepared to unlearn, in order to re-learn our shared history. Tuesday 18 August 2020. Register now.

Science Media Savvy online workshop

Wednesday 19 August, 9.30am–12.30pm 

Presented by Dr Joe Milton, Senior Media Officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

As the lines blur between traditional media and social media, there has never been a more important time to make sure your digital footprint is up to scratch. The Science Media Savvy workshop is designed to increase your confidence and give you the knowledge and media skills to help you engage more effectively with the wider public through the media, both social and traditional. You will learn what makes a story, what drives the news agenda and what journalists need from you. We will also provide top tips on planning and preparing for media interviews, and lessons for developing a story that can be applied to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach, and social media. In addition, we will explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of scientists getting social, the different platforms available, how to build a career-boosting online presence, and how to deal with online trolls. This online session will be delivered via Zoom. Register your attendance here. Zoom details will be sent out closer to the event.

The aftermath of pandemics in the arts, history and literature

In this webinar Professor Alastair Blanshard and Dr Karin Sellberg discuss the way that societies have responded to pandemics throughout history. Plague might bring out the worst in mankind and the best, but in its wake we see a world transformed in which the positives are just as worth noting as the negatives. Friday 28 August, 5.30-6.30pm via Zoom. Register now by emailing med.pascu@uq.edu.au. Download the event flyer.

Milestone Seminars

UQ’s milestones are designed to provide HDR students with an opportunity to articulate their research to colleagues and receive feedback and guidance. There are three milestones – Confirmation, Mid-candidature Review, and Thesis Review. View a list of upcoming Faculty milestone seminars

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Upcoming events

Get involved by attending CHSR and other seminar series and events listed here.

COH Telehealth Webinar - Telehealth Communities of Practice: Collaborating and sharing knowledge

Alice King is the regional Telehealth Program Manager for the Barwon South West region of Victoria. She also coordinates the Telehealth Victoria Community of Practice, with colleagues in Victoria. 

In this forum we will discuss how telehealth communities of practice (COP) have been established, how they can work and the benefits of working as communities of experts. The forum will also explore potential interest in and opportunities to bring telehealth COPs together nationally.

Participants are encouraged to send their questions to enquiries@coh.uq.edu.au and the panel members will do their best to address these.

Wednesday 5 August 2020, 12.30—1pm (Seminar presentation) and 1—1.20pm (Panel discussion). 

Panellists this month include:

  • Kim Ford, Assistant Director of Nursing, Telehealth Tasmania, Tasmanian Health Service

  • Alan Taylor, Vice-President, Australasian Telehealth Society

  • Professor Tim Shaw, Director of Research and Director of Digital Capacity, Digital Health CRC

  • Professor Anthony Smith, Director, Centre for Online Health, CHSR (Webinar Chairperson)

Please note this meeting is a Zoom Only Webinar. Connect using the following link: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/96263481752.

Digital Health Grand Round Seminar Series: Explore Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) Concepts

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) is the fundamental standard developed by Health Level Seven (HL7) and is an interoperability specification for the exchange of healthcare information electronically. This month’s Queensland Digital Health Grand Rounds will explore FHIR concepts, underpinned by real-world examples that demonstrate how this standard effectively supports the exchange of information and the development of apps. For any enquiries contact chsr@uq.edu.au. Tuesday, 25 August 12.30-1.30pm. Online event via Microsoft Teams.

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Opportunity for Academic Staff to participate in a Student Staff Partnership (SSP) Project

Expressions of interest are invited from MD Program Academic Staff to participate in an SSP Project, to co-design curriculum content and activities, with appropriate scaffolding, year-by-year, that will enable the development of the skill of graded assertiveness. Please submit your interest by 3 August 2020. Download the information sheet for more information about the project and how to apply.

New Cancer Australia resource for the investigation of lung cancer symptoms

Cancer Australia has released a new evidence-based resource for health professionals to support the optimal and timely investigation of lung cancer symptoms. Investigating symptoms of lung cancer: a guide for all health professionals (the Guide) outlines a systematic pathway for the appropriate investigation and referral of people with symptoms or signs of lung cancer. It includes the optimal timeframes for action at each step in the pathway and emphasises the importance of multidisciplinary care.


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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.


Integrated Pathology Learning Centre (IPLC) Digital Resources for Secondary Schools

In May, the IPLC released a digital resource pack for secondary schools containing three videos with accompanying worksheets covering smoking, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases. To date, we have received 60 requests for these resources from schools all around Queensland including Brisbane, Yeppoon, Noosa and Far North Queensland.

Thank you to UQ Student Liaison for their support and to Charmaine Keal from SPARQ-ed for promoting the program.

From the Head of School

I would like to commend Aldo Meizoso Huesca, Asia Armstrong and Martin Lo, for their entries in the Faculty 3MT heats, and congratulate Asia Armstrong on being announced runner-up. We wish her the best of luck for the finals next Wednesday.

The PVCs have sent a call for project proposals for the UQ-IITD Academy of Research (UQIDAR) joint PhD program (round five). Submissions are requested by 14 August 2020. See the attached memo for further information.

On a sad note, I wish to inform you of the untimely passing of one of our second year Bachelor of Biomedical Science students, Yiliang (Ulrich) Xu, who died in a tragic kayaking accident. For anyone wishing to attend, a memorial service honouring Ulrich’s life will be held in the East Chapel, Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens, Holland Park, at 9.30am on 31 July 2020.

Date savers

31 July
Morning tea, 10am, Otto Hirschfeld Building, Level 4 tearoom
5 November
Honours Final Seminars (venue TBC)
23-24 November
Postgraduate Symposium, UQ Centre
30 November
School of Anatomy All Hands Annual Training Session (venue details TBC)
4 December
SBMS Awards Night

Morning tea

A reminder to join us for morning tea this Friday 31 July from 10am, level 4 tearoom, Otto Hirschfeld building. Donations will be put towards the 2020 SBMS Awards Night in December.

Changes to Digital Essentials

Two new modules: eProfessionalism, Digital wellbeing and privacy

Assignment Essentials is no longer separate and the modules (Information essentials, Types of assignments, Write, cite and submit) have become part of Digital Essentials. To incorporate or link Digital Essentials modules and online quizzes into your course, visit this link.

Library training for SBMS students and staff

Social soccer

Every Wednesday from 4pm the elite and inexperienced alike are invited to a round of social soccer at the William Dart Park – just a 5 min walk from SBMS. It’s the perfect way to run off some steam and wrap up hump day. Keep an eye out for Declan Gorman or email him.

Fundraising chocolates

A friendly reminder to pay for your choccies from the fundraising boxes around the School. So far SBMS has gobbled up 394 chocolates, but $113 worth of chocolates haven’t been paid for. If you think you might have forgotten to pay for a couple, please arrange payment to: Society Cheque Acct, BSB: 064 158, account number: 1084 2124.

Upcoming events

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SPH staff updates

Congratulations to PhD Student Meron Lewis who was the winner of the Faculty of Medicine North 3MT Heat. Meron’s presentation was titled ‘Can everyone afford healthy food?’ and will now compete in the FoM final on Wednesday 5 August 2020. The final will be held via Zoom. To register your attendance click here. Well done Meron and good luck in the final.

The School of Public Health would like to welcome Troy Combo, Senior Research Assistant and Sid Kaladharan, Casual Senior Research Technician working with Professor James Ward. Troy and Sid will be located in Room 018.

UQ Award for Excellence – Response to COVID-19

In light of recent circumstances, there is now an additional award category for 2020, dedicated to recognising individual and team efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The UQ Award for Excellence – Response to COVID-19 category provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our colleague’s outstanding contributions, which have led to improved outcomes for the UQ community during the current pandemic. Applications open Monday 20 July 2020 and close on Monday 17 August 2020. Further information about this new category (including the award-specific criteria) and the online nomination process is available at the Awards for Excellence web pages.

5 Minutes with Kate Gadenne – Research Development Manager

How long have you been with SPH? – I have been with SPH since September 2018, when I was seconded to the role of Research Development Officer.
What do you like best about working at SPH? The best thing about working at SPH has to be the plush surroundings (lol) and the good humour of my colleagues. Best team ever!
What is something surprising that people may not know about you? I speak Tok Pisin, and was a Tok Pisin linguist in the Australian Army.
What has been your most memorable SPH moment? My most memorable SPH moment was the Naidoc week lunch organised by Francis Nona, and the opportunity to share food and stories with beautiful friends and colleagues at SPH. Francis’ later presentation of the Reconciliation Tree to the school was also a highlight.

Research update

Highlighted Author and Article of the Month – June 2020

Nina HallAuthor: Dr Nina Lansbury Hall is a Social and Environmental Scientist and Senior Lecturer in the Planetary Health Division at the School of Public Health

  1. Hall NL, Crosby L. Climate Change Impacts on Health in Remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. International journal of environmental health research. 2020:1-16.

I’ve been working on climate change issues for twenty years, and more recently on water issues and environmental health in remote Indigenous communities. With water insecurity in remote communities receiving more media exposure since late 2018, I was getting asked more frequently, in interviews, about other climate change impacts on health that may arise for Indigenous Australians living on remote country. I recruited a talented MPH student (now MD student) and Larrakia woman, Lucy Crosby, as a research assistant over summer. Together we researched and published this desktop review on the range of current and projected climate change health impacts in remote Australia. The literature tends to describe three types of climate-related health impacts: direct impacts (such as extreme weather events), indirect impacts through changes to ecosystems, and indirect impacts through changes to social systems. Without adequate adaptation, living in remote communities could be very challenging on residents’ health into the future, with associated impacts on mental health.

Indigenous Australians have a range of traditional adaptation practices developed through thousands of generations living on country. Ironically, it is only recently that Indigenous Knowledge is starting to be included in scientific literature as a ‘valid’ source of evidence, given that it doesn’t present in a classic ‘scientific’ way. It’s a live debate that I’m involved in through my role as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 6th Assessment Report. The resulting paper with Lucy is likely to be cited in the Australasia regional chapter of the IPCC AR6. I’d welcome further discussion on any of these important topics.

SPH June 2020 Publications

  1. Ananthapavan J, Sacks G, Brown V, Moodie M, Nguyen P, Veerman L, Herrera AMM et al. Priority-setting for obesity prevention-The Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of obesity prevention policies in Australia (ACE-Obesity Policy) study. PLoS One. 2020;15(6):e0234804.
  2. Babic A, Sasamoto N, Rosner BA, Tworoger SS, Jordan SJ, Risch HA, et al.  Association between Breastfeeding and Ovarian Cancer Risk.  JAMA oncology.  2020;6(6).
  3. Babl FE, Franklin D, Schlapbach LJ, Oakley E, Dalziel S, Whitty JA, Neutze J, Furyk J, Craig C, Fraser JF, Jones M, et al.  Enteral hydration in high-flow therapy for infants with bronchiolitis: Secondary analysis of a randomised trial. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020;56(6):950-5.
  4. Bakker EA, Hartman YAW, Hopman MTE, Hopkins ND, Graves LEF, Dunstan DW, Healy GN, et al. Validity and reliability of subjective methods to assess sedentary behaviour in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2020;17(1):75.
  5. Betz-Stablein B, Koh U, Plasmeijer EI, Janda M, Aitken JF, Soyer HP, et al. Self-reported naevus density may lead to misclassification of melanoma risk. British Journal of Dermatology. 2020;182(6):1488-90.
  6. Demakakos P, Linara-Demakakou E, Mishra GD. Adverse childhood experiences are associated with increased risk of miscarriage in a national population-based cohort study in England. Human reproduction (Oxford, England). 2020;35(6):1451-60.
  7. Dohrn IM, Gardiner PA, Winkler E, Welmer AK. Device-measured sedentary behavior and physical activity in older adults differ by demographic and health-related factors. Eur Rev Aging Phys Act. 2020;17(1):11.
  8. Getaneh Y, Zealyas K, Adugna F, Kursha K, Atsbeha GE, Kassa D, Assefa Y. HIV drug resistance early warning indicators in Ethiopia: Variability at regional and health facility levels and trend over time. Int J Infect Dis. 2020;95:90-7.
  9. Gordon LG, White NM, Elliott TM, Nones K, Beckhouse AG, Rodriguez-Acevedo AJ, et al. Estimating the costs of genomic sequencing in cancer control. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020;20(1).
  10. Hansen JM, Nagle CM, Ibiebele TI, Grant PT, Obermair A, Friedlander ML, DeFazio A, Webb PM, Ovarian Cancer Prognosis and Lifestyle Study Group. A healthy lifestyle and survival among women with ovarian cancer. Int J Cancer. 2020.
  11. Hu D, Lou X, Xu Z, Meng N, Xie Q, Zhang M, et al. More effective strategies are required to strengthen public awareness of COVID-19: Evidence from google trends. Journal of Global Health. 2020;10(1).
  12. Hunter SC, Kim B, Mudge A, Hall L, Young A, McRae P, et al. Experiences of using the i-PARIHS framework: a co-designed case study of four multi-site implementation projects. BMC Health Serv Res. 2020;20(1):573.
  13. Jones BC, Youlden DR, Cundy TP, O'Callaghan ME, Karpelowsky J, Aitken JF, et al. Renal tumours in Australian children: 30 years of incidence, outcome and second primary malignancy data from the Australian Childhood Cancer Registry. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020;56(6):908-16.
  14. Karatela S, Coomarasamy C, Paterson J, N IW. Exposure to Toenail Heavy Metals and Child Behavior Problems in Nine-Year-Old Children: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(11).
  15. Kho EA, Fernandes JN, Kotze AC, Fox GP, Lord M, Beasley AM, et al. Visible-near infrared spectroscopy for detection of blood in sheep faeces. J Near Infrared Spectrosc.12.
  16. Kho EA, Fernandes JN, Kotze AC, Sikulu-Lord MT, Fox GP, Beasley AM, et al. Detection of Haemonchus contortus nematode eggs in sheep faeces using near and mid-infrared spectroscopy. J Near Infrared Spectrosc.10.
  17. Lee AJ, Kane S, Herron LM, Matsuyama M, Lewis M. A tale of two cities: the cost, price-differential and affordability of current and healthy diets in Sydney and Canberra, Australia. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2020;17(1):80.
  18. Majidi A, Na RH, Dixon-Suen S, Jordan SJ, Webb PM. Common medications and survival in women with ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Gynecologic Oncology. 2020;157(3):678-85.
  19. Mationg MLS, Williams GM, Tallo VL, Olveda RM, Aung E, Alday P, et al. Determining the Impact of a School-Based Health Education Package for Prevention of Intestinal Worm Infections in the Philippines: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Intervention Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020;9(6):e18419.
  20. Melody S, Wills K, Knibbs LD, Ford J, Venn A, Johnston F. Adverse birth outcomes in Victoria, Australia in association with maternal exposure to low levels of ambient air pollution. Environ Res. 2020;188:109784.
  21. Milali MP, Kiware SS, Govella NJ, Okumu F, Bansal N, Bozdag S, Charlwood J, Maia MF, Ogoma SB, Dowell FE, Corliss GF, Sikulu-Lord MT, Povinelli RJ.  An autoencoder and artificial neural network-based method to estimate parity status of wild mosquitoes from near-infrared spectra. PLoS One. 2020;15(6):e0234557.
  22. Mitchell GK, Young CE, Janamian T, Beaver KM, Johnson JLK, Hannan-Jones C, Mutch AJ. Factors affecting the embedding of integrated primary-secondary care into a health district. Aust J Prim Health. 2020;26(3):216-21.
  23. Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD. Testing the role of the timing and chronicity of maternal depressive symptoms in the associations with child behaviour and development. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol.9.
  24. Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Tooth L, Mishra GD. Which Australian Women Do Not Exclusively Breastfeed to 6 Months, and why? J Hum Lact.13.
  25. Moss KM, Loxton D, Dobson AJ, Slaughter V, Mishra GD. Correction to: Testing competing mediators of the association between pre-conception maternal depression and child health-related quality of life: the MatCH study (Archives of Women's Mental Health, (2020), 23, 1, (53-62), 10.1007/s00737-019-0941-7). Archives of Women's Mental Health. 2020;23(3):447.
  26. Moss KM, Reilly N, Dobson AJ, Loxton D, Tooth L, Mishra GD. How rates of perinatal mental health screening in Australia have changed over time and which women are missing out. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health.6.
  27. Parker S, Warren N, Hamilton S, Cabral S, Cutbush J. Enhancing the quality of supervision: description and initial outcomes of a blended-learning approach to RANZCP supervisor accreditation. Australas Psychiatry.8.
  28. Pourmarzi D, Hall L, Smirnov A, Hepworth J, Rahman T, Fitzgerald G. Framework for community-based models for treating hepatitis C virus. Aust Health Rev. 2020;44(3):459-69.
  29. Rowlands IJ, Aye SK, Schoenaker D, Dobson AJ, Mishra GD. Menstrual symptoms and risk of preterm birth: A population-based longitudinal study. Birth-Issue Perinat Care.8.
  30. Runge CE, Waller MJ, Moss KM, Dean JA. Military Personnel Ratings of a Deployment and Their Positive and Negative Deployment Experiences. Military medicine. 2020.
  31. Tessema GA, Mahmood MA, Gomersall JS, Assefa Y, Zemedu TG, Kifle M, et al. Structural Quality of Services and Use of Family Planning Services in Primary Health Care Facilities in Ethiopia. How Do Public and Private Facilities Compare? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(12).
  32. Thomson RM, Furuya-Kanamori L, Coffey C, Bell SC, Knibbs LD, Lau CL. Influence of climate variables on the rising incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections in Queensland, Australia 2001-2016. The Science of the total environment. 2020;740:139796.
  33. von Schuckmann LA, Khosrotehrani K, Hughes MCB, van der Pols JC, Malt M, Smithers BM, et al. Prognostic implications of biopsy with tumor transection for patients with high-risk primary melanoma. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2020;82(6):1521-4.
  34. Weye N, Momen NC, Christensen MK, Iburg KM, Dalsgaard S, Laursen TM, Mortensen BP, Santomauro DF, Scott JG, Whiteford HA, McGrath JJ, Plana-Ripoll O. Association of Specific Mental Disorders With Premature Mortality in the Danish Population Using Alternative Measurement Methods. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(6):12.
  35. White NM, Barnett AG, Hall L, Mitchell BG, Farrington A, Halton K, et al. Cost-effectiveness of an Environmental Cleaning Bundle for Reducing Healthcare-associated Infections. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2020;70(12):2461-8.
  36. Youlden DR, Baade PD, Walker R, Pyke CM, Roder DM, Aitken JF. Breast Cancer Incidence and Survival among Young Females in Queensland, Australia. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology. 2020;9(3):402-9.
  37. Zhu D, Chung HF, Dobson AJ, Pandeya N, Anderson DJ, Kuh D, et al. Vasomotor Menopausal Symptoms and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: A pooled analysis of six prospective studies. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020.
  38. Zhu D, Chung HF, Dobson AJ, Pandeya N, Brunner EJ, Kuh D, et al. Type of menopause, age of menopause and variations in the risk of incident cardiovascular disease: pooled analysis of individual data from 10 international studies. Hum Reprod. 2020.

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From the Director’s Desk

You will be all aware of ongoing infections with COVID-19 in Australia and around the world. Community-acquired Australian infections certainly provides a message to us that we should not be complacent and should continue to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing. The world has shifted and we should not “soldier on” and come to work with a runny nose or a cough. On the plus side, a number of vaccine candidates around the globe are showing that they provide a good immune response against the coronavirus. UQ has recently started its first clinical trials of their vaccine here on the Herston Campus. Let’s hope that vaccines do “pass” their clinical and safety tests and can be rolled out as soon as possible.

The reality of working in a Research Centre is that grant funding allows us to do what we set out to achieve. This week I would like to encourage researchers to get involved with the grant readership scheme we have here at UQCCR. The scheme requires many volunteers to read the grant applications of other researchers, and to provide advice and feedback. I encourage our professorial staff to step up for the next round – your experience and knowledge is incredibly valuable to all our grant applicants, and your input may make the difference between a successful grant and a near miss. Additionally, the readership scheme is a particularly good exercise for early career researchers, even if you have not yet written a grant, as it exposes you to the process. It really is an excellent way to develop your grant writing skills - the more grants you read, the better your own grants will become. If you would like to be involved, please contact Roheen (med.research.uqccr@uq.edu.au).

Dates for diaries

14th August
Ekka public holiday (Friday this year!)

How to speak with confidence

In this podcast UQ Entrepreneur in Residence, Sam Jockel, shares her top tips for speaking with confidence as part of an online LeadHers workshop. Whether it be in the lunchroom or on the stage, Sam's practical advice is for everyone. https://alumni.uq.edu.au/news/podcasts

Science Media Savvy online workshop

Wednesday 19 August, 9.30–12.30pm 

Presented by Dr Joe Milton, Senior Media Officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

As the lines blur between traditional media and social media, there has never been a more important time to make sure your digital footprint is up to scratch. The Science Media Savvy workshop is designed to increase your confidence and give you the knowledge and media skills to help you engage more effectively with the wider public through the media, both social and traditional. You will learn what makes a story, what drives the news agenda and what journalists need from you. We will also provide top tips on planning and preparing for media interviews, and lessons for developing a story that can be applied to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach, and social media. In addition, we will explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of scientists getting social, the different platforms available, how to build a career-boosting online presence, and how to deal with online trolls. This online session will be delivered via Zoom. Register your attendance here. Zoom details will be sent out closer to the event.

LaTrobe University COVID study

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reshaped our society and working conditions. Already there is a growing body of literature detailing how COVID-19 measures are exacerbating the gender divide.

The crisis poses specific challenges for women and academics with caring responsibilities (primarily women). With COVID-19 measures impacting workers along gendered lines, there is a significant risk that there will be long term implications for equity in career progression and promotion across universities.

Researchers at La Trobe University want to document the impact of COVID-19 on academic workloads. This research will create a body of evidence (for instance peer-reviewed publications and an internal report) to inform future discussions about research productivity and outputs and ensure the differential impacts of the crisis are taken into account.

This is a project devised by Dr Tasha Weir, Project Manager for Athena SWAN at La Trobe University and Dr Kirsty Duncanson from the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University. It has been approved by the La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee.

Academic staff of all genders are invited to tell their story by completing this survey:  https://latrobe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3epGQZ1YWkZX7bD

Seminar Series

Thank you to all recent speakers in the UQCCR seminar series. Some seminars have been recorded and are available for viewing via the links on the Centre intranet.

Toolbox Talks

We hope you are enjoying the Toolbox talks, which is a series of an informative presentations aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of participants for wide-ranging topics relating to research, career development and associated subjects.

Recordings of some talks are now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’.

If you have a topic that you would like the series to tackle, or if you are a subject matter expert who would like to deliver a talk, please get in touch with the series convener, Sarah Piper.

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Cleaning services

To request cleaning outside of the laboratory areas, please contact tri.operations@biniris.com with details of the location and type of issue so that TRI’s contractor is able to assist. If your request requires same-day resolution after 2pm, please contact Security on 37733 and they will notify the cleaner on duty. Also advise the Scientific Services Officer for that floor if the issue is major or affects multiple occupants so that they can coordinate the response.

Tip: Remember to dispose of gloves appropriately. Doing your bit will help maintain the integrity of building waste streams and allow TRI’s contractor to best focus their efforts on other cleaning tasks.

Suggestions / Feedback for the UQDI Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Do you have any suggestions or feedback for the UQDI ED&I Committee? They would like to hear from you. Please get in touch here

Note: Any comments received will be anonymous unless you add your name and contact details.

Animal Ethics Committee August 2020 deadline for UQDI

The UQDI deadline for submission of animal ethics amendments, extensions, adverse events and breeding applications for consideration at the HS AEC August 2020 meeting is 10am Wednesday 5 August  to Kylie Hengst. Full project applications (and renewals) must be submitted by the UQ deadline of 5pm Thursday 6 August using the online form. All information and documentation can be found on the UQ Animal Ethics Website.

Animal Ethics Committee September 2020 deadline for UQDI

The UQDI deadline for submission of animal ethics amendments, extensions, adverse events and breeding applications for consideration at the HS AEC September 2020 meeting is 10am Wednesday 2 September to Kylie Hengst. Full project applications (and renewals) must be submitted direct to the AEU by 5pm Thursday 3 September using the online form. All information and documentation can be found on the UQ Animal Ethics Website.

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