Staff Hub

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced a new wellness and support webpage for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.


Take a break from your screen
Short frequent breaks from the computer are beneficial not only to reduce the risk of injury, but also for eye health and productivity. Evidence shows we should be aiming to get more movement into our day for our overall wellbeing, and best advice is to aim to change position every 30 minutes. A one to two minute break is enough – the secret is to do it regularly.
To help you adopt some healthy habits ‘Breaktimer’ is now available in the Software Centre (Windows) or Self Service (Mac) for download onto your computer. This app gives you break reminders and is fully customisable so you can adjust the settings to suit you. 
Once installed, from the icon in your task bar, you can quickly set and change how long breaks will be, how often you want to have them, and how you want to be prompted. Find out more .

Have Your Say – GE&E Global Strategy Review

Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship (GE&E) will be reviewing the current priority country strategies (2018-2021) to identify successes and challenges and to inform future plans. Phase 1 of the review focuses on Germany, Vietnam and Indonesia. If you have engaged with any of these countries in the areas of teaching, research or engagement, please click here to view the country-specific plans and give your feedback by Friday 13 August. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

Search default in the new Outlook

Many will be updating to the latest operating system and new Outlook in the coming days and weeks. Some may note that the search tool now defaults to the current folder, rather than all folders or all mailboxes as it previously did. There is an easy fix for this in Outlook Preferences: Go to Outlook > Preferences > Click Search (in Other) > Select a new default option

Ethical Use of Student Data 

What are your thoughts and expectations about how UQ collects and uses your data? UQ’s Information Technology Services is keen to hear your comments via a short survey. Participate in a survey and go into a draw to win one of five $50 Coles Myer gift cards and influence the development of the Enterprise Data Ethics Framework. 

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 

    UQRAP Network

    UQ has proudly launched its new #UQRAP Network to ensure a culturally-respectful workplace and study environment. Membership is open to all staff and students. Increased engagement and action by non-Indigenous staff and students in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a key factor in the success of UQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.
    Members of the #UQRAP Network will have opportunities to continue their cultural learning journey and engage with Reconciliation initiatives across UQ. The Network activities include regular meetings to take action on reconciliation within our spheres of influence, continuing cultural education and being part of a vibrant Microsoft Teams – RAPN Community. You can join as a RAP Friend, Partner or Agent – depending on your stage of engagement with reconciliation and capacity. To find out more information on how to join #UQRAP Network click here.

    PAH Awards
    UQ researchers are invited to submit an abstract for the 2021 Princess Alexandra Hospital Health Symposium Research Excellence Awards. The awards – which recognise next generation discoveries in the clinical space – will return to the symposium program, held from 24-27 August at the Translational Research Institute, PAH campus. Application and event details here.

      View archived People and Culture announcements

      Teaching and learning

      Early Career Academic Program 2021

      The Faculty is currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2021 Early Career Academic Program. This program targets Level A or B academics across the university who are approximately in their first 5 years of employment post PhD. For further information about the program please visit this link.

      The Early-Career Academic Development Program is designed to complement your highly developed technical skills, by helping you to develop the career planning and related interpersonal skills necessary to transition from being a leading academic to being an academic leader. The program is experiential in nature, meaning you not only gain knowledge, but also learn through doing and reflecting. The program targets Level A or B staff, in approximately their first five years of employment following PhD completion. This stream of the program is for Teaching & Research/Research-focussed/Teaching-focussed/Clinical academic staff.

      Entry to the program is by expression of interest. Click on the 'register' button via this link to access the EOI form. 

      UQIDAR PhD candidates

      The UQ-IIT Delhi Academy of Research (UQIDAR) invites expressions of interest from academic staff interested in recruiting PhD candidates through the UQIDAR Joint PhD program. Interested staff can visit the UQIDAR website to identify potential collaborators in your research areas or request to be added to the UQIDAR future supervisor database.

      Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship (GE&E) is hosting a virtual information session on Friday 9 July from 1.30pm to 2.30pm to provide an update on partnership outcomes and useful information about submitting a project proposal. The current application round for the 2022 intake closes on Friday 13 August. Please RSVP via this link.

      Teaching and Learning Week EOIs now open
      EOIs are now open for UQ staff to present at Teaching and Learning Week (1–5 Nov 2021). This is an opportunity for the UQ community to learn from one another and celebrate inclusive teaching and learning practices designed to enhance student learning. As the theme this year is 'Inclusion', we welcome you to share how you incorporate inclusive teaching approaches and facilitate a sense of belonging at UQ. Please submit your EOI by 5pm on Thursday 15 July 2021.

      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 for more information.

      As only one nomination can be submitted per university, please email Professor Pauline Ford at 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 

      Core Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning

      Core Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Learning is available to all staff. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) developed the online Core Foundation Course in collaboration with Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dept of Social Work and the University of Sydney.   Core Cultural Learning consists of 10 modules covering a broad range of topics and themes focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' cultures, history and society.

      Modules 1 and 2 are one-off required training and Modules 3 to 10 are optional. These additional modules will deepen your understanding of particular topics. Complete all ten to receive a complimentary copy of Professor Larissa Behrendt's Indigenous Australia for Dummies (2012).  See the book review by Asmi Wood (2013) here.

      Why should I do it? Core Cultural Learning provides a detailed exploration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and topics as a means of assisting you to enhance your cultural understanding; gain a deeper sense of self-awareness and critical reflection; and enhance your personal and professional capacity to engage respectfully and effectively in an intercultural context.

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

      How do I access the training? You can access the required training at then select "The University of Queensland" as your identity provider.  This will trigger the UQ Authenticate screen where you will enter your UQ username and password.  Once logged in you will land in the UQ Classroom on Learning Ground.

      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


      $3.2m for study involving 15,000 Australians
      In great news for CHSR and UQ Diamantina Institute, Professor Monika Janda and Professor Peter Soyer were part of a successful team, led by Associate Professor Victoria Mar from Monash, to receive $3.2 million in funding for a study involving 15,000 Australians. The aim is to develop a next-generation, standardised diagnosis for melanoma. A story about the research was broadcast by Channel 7 News.

      Way to go Coral
      Professor Coral Gartner has been shortlisted for the third round of funding in Cancer Grand Challenges, with an opportunity to receive up to £20 million. Coral is working with Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London and has applied for the E-cigarettes challenge.

        View archived Research announcements

        2021 Symposium
        The Inaugural Advanced Diagnostics and Physiological Monitoring in Critical Care (ADP-MoCC) Symposium will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on 6-7 August 2021. Click here to register

        Walk, roll or run for Malan syndrome awareness
        SBMS researchers have put together a team to raise money and support for the Malan Syndrome Foundation.
        Malan syndrome is a severe developmental disorder caused by mutations to a gene called NFIX.
        Team SBMS will be led by Associate Professor Michael Piper for a virtual 5km run/walk/roll event. You simply need to do a 5km walk, roll or run anytime between 19 August (Malan Syndrome Awareness day) and 2 September. More details can be found in this short video.

        Healthcare innovations 

        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. Held 6-10 September at the Education Centre of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

        Environmental Impacts on Infectious Disease

        Hosted by the Children’s Health and Environment Program (CHEP), Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) Brisbane, a one-day focus meeting will be held on 16 September, 2021 at CCHR, South Brisbane. The meeting will be held in the afternoon and evening to accommodate international time zones, making it more feasible for students to participate virtually. Click here for more information about the event. Or alternatively, click here for registration information. A discounted price is offered for CCHR students – just select CCHR student when you get to the tickets page.

        Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

        Eary bird registrations are open for the Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-21), held 3-5 November, 2021. Hosted by the Centre for Online Health and the Australian Telehealth Society, SFT-21 will provide an engaging forum to share both positive (successes) and challenging (failures) telehealth experiences. With increased telehealth use worldwide as a result of COVID-19, the timing is perfect to share learnings. Visit: 

        View archived Events announcements

        Environmental Impacts on Infectious Disease

        Hosted by the Children’s Health and Environment Program (CHEP), Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) Brisbane, a one-day focus meeting will be held on 16 September, 2021 at CCHR, South Brisbane. The meeting will be held in the afternoon and evening to accommodate international time zones, making it more feasible for students to participate virtually. Click here for more information about the event. Or alternatively, click here for registration information. A discounted price is offered for CCHR students – just select CCHR student when you get to the tickets page.

        View archived announcements from CHRC

        New email address

        A generic CHSR Centre Manager email address has been created so that others can access and action requests if required. 

        Please use this account for anything CHSR Centre Manager related: 

        DementiaECHO launch

        The Centre for Online Health, Metro South Health and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) are delivering telementoring to increase dementia knowledge and skills across QAIHC health services. Monthly DementiaECHO sessions (via live video) connect dementia specialists with QAIHC health services to improve local clinician support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia Click here for further information.

        Freckle on your wrist?

        The People's Choice Award for the southside heats of the Faculty of Medicine 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) went to Dilki Jayasinghe Arachchige

        The topic was: “Ladies, you got a freckle on your wrist or is it just a myth?” Dilki gave an entertaining talk which included statistical modelling of the body site distributions of naevi and spatial patterns in the adult general population in Queensland.

        CHSR Seminar Series

        On Tuesday 20 July 2021, between the hours of 12pm and 1pm Professor Clair Sullivan and Associate Professor Jason Ferris will share their knowledge in back-to-back presentations.

        The first, by Professor Sullivan, will discuss healthcare being digitised and accelerated by COVID-19 and the use of routinely collected healthcare data. The SMART project will explore this resource to deliver new and innovative ways to use healthcare data to improve patient care. The second session, by Dr Ferris, contains information about the Secure eResearch Platform (SeRP).  When it comes to data management, many of us make use of UQ’s Research Data Manager (RDM). There are a lot of good things about this; but when an academic downloads data from the RDM there is no control over where it goes. This is where SeRP comes in.

        You can join the seminars at Level 6 of the Oral Health Centre, Room 6053 Boardroom or join via Zoom video conference. Please RSVP by Thursday 9 July 2021 to 

        Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

        Eary bird registrations are open for the Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference (SFT-21), held 3-5 November, 2021. Hosted by the Centre for Online Health and the Australian Telehealth Society, SFT-21 will provide an engaging forum to share both positive (successes) and challenging (failures) telehealth experiences. With increased telehealth use worldwide as a result of COVID-19, the timing is perfect to share learnings. Visit: 

        Funding opportunities

        Metro South Research Support Scheme. Now open! RDO deadline: 27th July

        Metro North Collaborative Research Grants. Now open! RDO deadline: 13th July

        Further details are available on the current funding opportunities tab in MS Teams.

        Research Support Team update

        What have you got in the pipeline? We want to know! Email any upcoming grants/awards you intend to apply for (2021-2022 inclusive).

        Meet a CHSR researcher
        Name: Associate Professor Tracy Comans

        Field of research? My research uses economic theories and tools to understand human behaviours in health, individually and collectively, and their impacts on the health system, the wider economy and society. I have a background as both a physiotherapy clinician and academic health economist. I worked for 20 years in hospital and community settings specializing in geriatric and rehabilitation physiotherapy with embedded research and have now worked for over a decade as a university researcher.

        How do you like to switch off from research? Can you ever switch off from research? I think it is something you do because you are curious about the world and it doesn’t fit neatly into 9 to 5. You think about it most of the time. Having said that, I love escaping outdoors to bike ride, walk or scuba dive – especially diving with sharks. They are such misunderstood creatures and incredibly important to the oceans.

        What interests you about your field of research? As a hybrid professional, my interests lie in changing the way health care is delivered to ensure high value care. It love working in CHSR where I am around other researchers and clinician researchers with the same drive to improve patient care. I learn new things every day from being around this super intelligent group of committed people.

        CHSR publications

        Kang A, et al. [Hawley C*], Effect of Hemodiafiltration on the Progression of Neuropathy with Kidney Failure. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2021 Jul 7:CJN.17151120. doi: 10.2215/CJN.17151120. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34233923.

        Manera KE, Johnson DW, Cho Y*, Sautenet B, Shen J, Kelly A, Yee-Moon Wang A, Brown EA, Brunier G, Perl J, Dong J, Wilkie M, Mehrotra R, Pecoits-Filho R, Naicker S, Dunning T, Craig JC, Tong A. Scope and heterogeneity of outcomes reported in randomized trials in patients receiving peritoneal dialysis. Clin Kidney J. 2020 Dec 31;14(7):1817-1825. doi: 10.1093/ckj/sfaa224. PMID: 34221389; PMCID: PMC8243273.

        Caffery L*, Weber J, Kurtansky N, Clunie D, Langer S, Shih G, Halpern A, Rotemberg V. DICOM in Dermoscopic Research: an Experience Report and a Way Forward. J Digit Imaging. 2021 Jul 9. doi: 10.1007/s10278-021-00483-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34244881.

        Yeung E, et al. [Johnson D.*], Current status of health systems financing and oversight for end-stage kidney disease care: a cross- sectional global survey. BMJ Open. 2021 Jul 9;11(7):e047245. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047245. PMID: 34244267.

        Rajkumar R, et al. [Cho Y*, Johnson DW*, Viecelli A*], SONG-HD and SONG-PD initiatives for the SONG-HD and SONG-PD initiatives. Perspectives on ability to work from patients' receiving dialysis and caregivers: analysis of data from the global SONG initiative. J Nephrol. 2021 Jul 9. doi: 10.1007/s40620-021-01105-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34241814.

        Betz-Stablein B, et al. [Janda M*], Reproducible Naevus Counts Using 3D Total Body Photography and Convolutional Neural Networks. Dermatology. 2021 Jul 8:1-8. doi: 10.1159/000517218. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34237739.

        Dawson J, Lambert K, Campbell KL, Kelly JT*. Incorporating digital platforms into nutritional care in chronic kidney disease. Semin Dial. 2021 Jul 8. doi: 10.1111/sdi.12998. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34235785.

        Kang A, et al. [Hawley C*], Effect of Hemodiafiltration on the Progression of Neuropathy with Kidney Failure. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2021 Jul 7:CJN.17151120. doi: 10.2215/CJN.17151120. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34233923.

        Forbes JM, et al. [Johnson DW*], Cotterill A, Barrett HL, O'Moore-Sullivan T. T-Cell Expression and Release of Kidney Injury Molecule-1 in Response to Glucose Variations Initiates Kidney Injury in Early Diabetes. Diabetes. 2021 Mar 18:db201081. doi: 10.2337/db20-1081. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34285121.

        Jones JE, Damery SL, Allen K, Johnson DW*, Lambie M, Holvoet E, Davies SJ. Renal staffs' understanding of patients' experiences of transition from peritoneal dialysis to in-centre haemodialysis and their views on service improvement: A multi-site qualitative study in England and Australia. PLoS One. 2021 Jul 19;16(7):e0254931. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0254931. PMID: 34280249.

        Doucet BP, Cho Y*, Campbell SB, Johnson DW*, Hawley CM*, Teixeira-Pinto ARM, Isbel NM. Kidney Transplant Outcomes in elderly Recipients: An Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplant (ANZDATA) Registry Study. Transplant Proc. 2021 Jul 15:S0041-1345(21)00444-9. doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2021.06.024. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34275599.

        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.


        Boost to rural health training

        The Australian Government will extend one of the nation’s premier rural health workforce initiatives, following an evaluation of the programme highlighted its effectiveness in addressing workforce shortages. Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton, said Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program will continue to provide more than $200 million per year over three years to fund a network of rural clinical schools, university departments of rural health, and regional training hubs across rural and remote Australia. Click here for the full media release.

        Hervey Bay Update

        • We helped our students relieve some of the pressure of Semester 1 exams with a Hawaiian/State of Origin themed day on Wednesday, homemade morning tea after exams on Thursday and Beanie Day on Friday.
        • To mark the end of Semester 1 and celebrate the new team at Hervey Bay, a team dinner was held during Break Week.
        • Last week we welcomed students to Semester 2 with a pizza afternoon tea and TROPHIQ also held a BBQ for all students.
        • Trivia and Dinner will be held at the RCS on 30 June for students,

        Toowoomba Update

        • 30 students attended an educational day at the Life Flight Toowoomba Centre on Thursday 13 May. Students were given a run down on the Life Flight helicopters and equipment, what a day at Life Flight looks like, pathways to consider if interested in a career at Life Flight. A smaller group of students were also asked to volunteer as ‘pretend patients’ in a mass casualty scenario for their medical team to assess and triage.
        • We held a meet and greet BBQ during Intro Week to welcome our new medical students.
        • We will also be hosting events during July for high school students looking at a career in medicine - Student Work Experience Program on 21 July and Aspire2Health on 26 and 27 July.

        Rural and Remote Medicine Update

        • The team recently arranged CCP-RRM Intro Week for their six rural sites; Goondiwindi, Roma, Kingaroy, Laidley, Emerald, and Theodore, along with the four RCS sites. We thank the RCS staff and clinical skills teams for their involvement.
        • We attended RDAQ conference on the Gold Coast (24–26 June) with the marketing team, which was sponsored by RCS and Faculty of Medicine.
        • Applications for TREES observerships open on 5 July. Year 1 students can apply for a two-week placement at the end of the year in one of the RRM rural placement locations.
        • Applications for the Extended Placement Program (EPP) for Year 3 CCP students also open on 5 July.

        RTHWB Update

        • Dr Kim Gidall, our Primary Care Workforce Lead presented ‘Specialising in General Practice: what do I want to be when I grow up?” to 35 interns and RMOs on the Fraser Coast. This included information on GP training options and promoted rural and regional General Practice. 
        • A mid-year mixer social event was held in Hervey Bay to bring together all the mentors, mentees, career champions and the Junior Medical Association. A great time was had by all. We will also be holding one in Bundaberg in July. 

        Marketing and Communications Update

        Team matters

        This is to be used when requesting assistance from the marketing team, to share good news stories, share Facebook content and 'FYI' messages with, and for your day-to-day queries.

        Social media

        Media distribution

        • Three media stories and opportunities were distributed in May

        Media coverage

        • Click here to see media coverage generated so far in May

        Events calendar

        • Click here to see events and activities scheduled for June, July and August.

        Next UQRCS Update

        • A new model is currently being developed for the newsletter. Until further advice is received, please continue to send your usual submissions directly to: 
        • The next UQRCS Update will go out on Monday 26 July 2021. Submissions are due by Friday 16 July 2021.

        View archived announcements from RCS

        From the Head of School

        Congratulations to Nykola Kent on making it to the final of the Faculty of Medicine 3MT competition after placing runner-up in the Southside heat. Congratulations to all of our other HDR students who gave presentations during the competition heats. Fantastic job everyone!

        Please join me in welcoming our new Research Higher Degree Liaison Officer (HLO), Shamara Pitiyage, to the School. Shamara will be in the School on Mondays and Tuesdays (Skerman 306b), in the Grad School on Thursdays and Fridays, or she can be contacted via email.

        Lizzie Coulson


        Date Savers

        30 July

        SBMS Morning tea, 10am, outside Skerman bldg (post office side)

        1 August

        Open Day at St Lucia, 9am to 3pm

        6 August

        Due date for submission of MS exam questions

        19 August

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        20 August

        Due date for submission of EOS exam questions

        27 September

        Mid-semester break commencment

        21 October

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        1-2 November

        Honours Research Seminars, venues TBA

        4-5 November

        SBMS Academic Research Retreat, venue TBC

        9 December

        All Staff meeting, 11am, venue TBC


        Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) Grants

        The 2021-2022 Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) Grants are now open for applications, with sustainability as the priority area. The internal application deadline is 3 September. The grant round seeks applications for projects that can be undertaken between 1 March 2022 and 28 February 2023 in the following countries:

        • Argentina
        • Australia
        • Brazil
        • Chile
        • Colombia
        • Costa Rica
        • Cuba
        • Ecuador
        • El Salvador
        • Guatemala
        • Mexico
        • Panama
        • Paraguay
        • Peru
        • Uruguay

        Feel free to share with your colleagues. For more information, please visit the GE&E Global Mobility and Funding Opportunities website.


        New SBMS Publications

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

        Stephan CN, Fisk W

        Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2021

        This paper explores how humanities authors writing on human dissection practice can fall into the same ethical vortex as that of Victorian era anatomists who exploited dissection subjects for commercial gain. Often, humanities writers use highly sensationalist vocabulary merely to grab attention and boost sales, at the expense of decency and respect toward the dead (we review numerous examples from the last 15 years). We suggest that all who participate in the anatomical domain should do so with dignified, sensitive and respectful language.


        Equity and Diversity Training

        Equity and Diversity Training Session Dates

        29 July: Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person – Mental Health Champions Only

        6 August: Academic Adjustments and Inclusive Learning

        10 August: Managing a Diverse Team

        13 August: Autism in the University Context

        20 August: Academic Adjustments and Inclusive Learning

        31 August: Unconscious Bias Workshop                

        Please note that only courses with places available have been included. Other courses, such as Mental Health First Aid Training, currently have no availability but will be included in a later newsletter when new sessions are released.


        Update your reading lists during the semester

        You can now update your reading lists yourself! Get access to the system and then update your published lists in real-time. This is a quick and easy alternative to emailing us your changes. To request access to edit your lists send an email, including the relevant course codes to Requests are usually processed within one working day.


        Request a purchase online form

        From 12 July an online purchase request option is available to all UQ staff and students. You can now request items not held by UQ Library without emailing your librarian. See our new Request a purchase webpage for further information.


        Library drop-ins

        Staff and students are invited to Library Drop-ins with your Librarian to chat about: Database searching, Locating information resources for your research or course; Referencing and EndNote; Citation analysis and demonstrating research impact for grant applications, promotions etc.; Scholarly publishing; Setting up and maintaining Author identifiers (including ORCiD); Data management etc. Thursdays 12.30 – 1.30pm Skerman Building (65) small meeting room (313) 29 July, 12 August, 26 August.



        Lisa Akison, Karen Moritz, Sarah Steane and Nykola Kent recently completed Brisbane Coastrek 2021 last Friday 23 July to raise funds for Beyond Blue. They walked 30 km along the coast from Mudjimba Beach to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and are aiming to raise $2000. Please help support their team ‘UQ and Beyond’ by donating here. Donations can be made up until 31 July 2021.

        Also, check out Nykola Kent’s personal journey that has prompted her to be involved with such a worthy cause.


        Congratlations Taylor Dick

        Dr Taylor Dick has been awarded the International Society of Biomechanics Jaqueline Perry Emerging Female Scientist Award. In further good news for Dr Dick, along with a team of researchers from across Australia, her group received an Australian Government Women in Stem and Entrepreneurship Grant of approximately $360,000 (administered through University of Canberra) for a project aimed towards engaging and exciting schoolgirls and mentors in the biomedical engineering field of biomechanics at two critical points where girls and early-career biomechanists disengage with engineering pathways. Details can be found here.


        Friday Drinks

        Our next Friday Drinks is this Friday (30 June) from 4.30pm on the level 1 MacGregor deck. We'll try to have an eftpos machine that actually works, but please bring cash or be prepared to transfer online as a backup. Please keep an eye out for any COVID-related updates that may affect our good times and scientifically appropriate vibes. 


        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 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.


        Walk, roll or run for Malan syndrome awareness

        SBMS researchers have put together a team to raise money and support for the Malan Syndrome Foundation.
        Malan syndrome is a severe developmental disorder caused by mutations to a gene called NFIX.
        Team SBMS will be led by Associate Professor Michael Piper for a virtual 5km run/walk/roll event. You simply need to do a 5km walk, roll or run anytime between 19 August (Malan Syndrome Awareness day) and 2 September. More details can be found in this short video.

        View archived announcements from SBMS

        Staff updates

        The School would like welcome to PhD student Phu Do. Phu will be working with Associate Professor Simon Reid and Dr Yibeltal Alemu on the Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance.

        Congratulations to PhD student Ha’i Ragalawa who submitted her PhD thesis recently. The topic of here thesis is Practices and Determinants of Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Indonesia. Well done Ha’i, a great achievement.


        5 minutes with Dr Nina Hall

        Position: Senior Lecturer in Planetary Health and Head of Division, Planetary Health and Health Protection

        How long have you been with working with SPH?: 4 years!

        What energizes you at work? My amazing colleagues. When I started at SPH, I couldn’t believe that I met a new and incredible person every day for weeks.

        What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from? Under promise but over deliver. I learned this one late in my work life.

        What’s your go-to karaoke song?  My experience with karaoke is long ago and rather funny… It was in a beer bar in Japan, the karaoke selection was really limited, and the lyrics were poorly transcribed. The outcome was not very musical.

        If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Eggs and mushrooms. It’s all good and so always so rewarding.


        SPH in the media

        Associate Professor Linda Selvey featured on ABC discussing the effectiveness of lockdowns. To view please click here.


        Teaching and Innovation Grants

        Applications for the 2021 Teaching Innovation Grants (TIG) and Early Career Educational Research (ECER) Grants are now open. Detailed application guidelines and a link to the online application form are available on the TIG and ECER Grants website. If you are interested, please submit your project abstract online by 5:00pm, Monday 2 August 2021.


        Turnitin update

        Turnitin has been updated to provide a more intuitive assignment set-up and student submission interface. A key change is using the Build Content menu (rather than the Assessment menu) to create Turnitin assignments. Please note that the Submission ID is no longer emailed to students, however proof of submission is still available from their Assignment Inbox. Christian Kelly will be providing an overview of the changes at the next PCC and UCC meetings. If you have any queries, please reach out to  


        Remember to update Zoom for Semester 2

        As we prepare to commence Semester 2, this is just a brief reminder that you may like to update your Zoom software. The latest update has improved functionality for co-hosts, breakout rooms and reactions. To coincide with the update, the Virtual Classroom PowerPoint template has been updated with the latest instructional slides. Download the template here.


        Upcoming events

        The SPH Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be holding an Unconference on the 25th of August. To find out more about this fantastic event please click here.


        June SPH publications

        Author of the Month – Dr Melinda Protani

        1. Protani MM, Jordan SJ, Kendall BJ, Siskind D, Lawrence D, Sara G, Brophy L, Kisely S. Colorectal cancer outcomes in people with severe mental illness cohort (COSMIC): a protocol for an Australian retrospective cohort using linked administrative data. BMJ open. 2021;11(6). DOI:



        Colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality is significantly higher in those with severe mental illness (SMI) compared with the general population, despite similar incidence rates, suggesting that barriers to optimal screening and cancer care may contribute to disparities in CRC mortality in those with SMI. This publication describes the protocol for a retrospective cohort study of Australians (currently being conducted) using linked administrative data to assess participation in Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in those with SMI and those in the general population. Other outcomes that will be examined include follow-up colonoscopy rates, CRC incidence, CRC treatment pathways after diagnosis, CRC-cause and all-cause mortality.

        1. Al Imam MH, Jahan I, Das MC, Muhit M, Smithers-Sheedy H, McIntyre S, Badawi N, Khandaker G. Rehabilitation status of children with cerebral palsy in Bangladesh: Findings from the Bangladesh Cerebral Palsy Register. Plos One. 2021;16(5). DOI:

        2. Ansari RM, Baker P. Identifying the predictors of Covid-19 infection outcomes and development of prediction models. Journal of Infection and Public Health. 2021;14(6):751-6. DOI:

        3. Belachew SA, Hall L, Erku DA, Selvey LA. No prescription? No problem: drivers of non-prescribed sale of antibiotics among community drug retail outlets in low and middle income countries: a systematic review of qualitative studies. BMC Public Health. 2021;21(1):1056. DOI:

        4. Bryant J, Bolt R, Botfield JR, Martin K, Doyle M, Murphy D, Graham S, Newman CE, Bell S, Treloar C, Browne AJ, Aggleton P. Beyond deficit: 'strengths-based approaches' in Indigenous health research. Sociology of Health & Illness. 2021. DOI:

        5. Cao S, Jones M, Tooth L, Mishra GD. Association between preconception cannabis use and risk of postpartum depression: Findings from an Australian longitudinal cohort. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021;226:108860. DOI:

        6. Cheng J, Ho HC, Webster C, Su H, Pan H, Zheng H, Xu Z. Lower-than-standard particulate matter air pollution reduced life expectancy in Hong Kong: A time-series analysis of 8.5 million years of life lost. Chemosphere. 2021;272:129926. DOI:

        7. Cleary E, Hetzel MW, Siba P, Lau CL, Clements ACA. Spatial prediction of malaria prevalence in Papua New Guinea: a comparison of Bayesian decision network and multivariate regression modelling approaches for improved accuracy in prevalence prediction. Malaria Journal. 2021;20(1):269. DOI:

        8. Cole R, Sugiyama M, Owen N, Sugiyama T. Variations between major and regional Australian cities in physically active and sedentary travel behaviors. Cities. 2021;114. DOI:

        9. Edwards HA, Shen XH, Soyer HP. Teledermatology Adaptations in the COVID-19 Era. Frontiers in Medicine. 2021;8:675383. DOI:

        10. Ewald B, Knibbs L, Marks G. Opportunity to reduce paediatric asthma in New South Wales through nitrogen dioxide control. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2021. DOI:

        11. Feng JL, Dixon-Suen SC, Jordan SJ, Webb PM. Statin use and survival among women with ovarian cancer: an Australian national data-linkage study. British Journal of Cancer. 2021. DOI:

        12. Garvey G, Anderson K, Gall A, Butler TL, Cunningham J, Whop LJ, Dickson M, Ratcliffe J, Cass A, Tong A, Arley B, Howard K. What matters 2 adults (Wm2adults): Understanding the foundations of aboriginal and torres strait islander wellbeing. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(12). DOI:

        13. Graves PM, Sheridan S, Scott J, Amosa-Lei Sam F, Naseri T, Thomsen R, King CL, Lau CL. Triple-Drug Treatment Is Effective for Lymphatic Filariasis Microfilaria Clearance in Samoa. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 2021;6(2):44. DOI:

        14. Hall NL, Grodecki H, Jackson G, Sam CG, Milligan B, Blake C, Veronese T, Selvey L. Drinking water delivery in the outer Torres Strait Islands: A case study addressing sustainable water issues in remote Indigenous communities. Australasian Journal of Water Resources. 2021. DOI:

        15. Harfield S, Elliott S, Ramsey L, Housen T, Ward J. Using social networking sites to recruit participants: methods of an online survey of sexual health, knowledge and behaviour of young South Australians. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2021. DOI:

        16. Hickey M, Moss KM, Mishra GD, Krejany EO, Domchek SM, Wark JD, Trainer A, Wild RA. What Happens After Menopause? (WHAM): A prospective controlled study of cardiovascular and metabolic risk 12 months after premenopausal risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Gynecol Oncol. 2021;162(1):88-96. DOI:

        17. Holman BWB, Bekhit A, Waller M, Bailes KL, Kerr MJ, Hopkins DL. The association between total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N) concentration and other biomarkers of quality and spoilage for vacuum packaged beef. Meat Science. 2021;179:108551. DOI:

        18. Khalpey Z, Fitzgerald L, Howard C, Istiko SN, Dean J, Mutch A. Peer navigators' role in supporting people living with human immunodeficiency virus in Australia: Qualitative exploration of general practitioners' perspectives. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2021. DOI:

        19. Khatri RB, Alemu Y, Protani MM, Karkee R, Durham J. Intersectional (in) equities in contact coverage of maternal and newborn health services in Nepal: insights from a nationwide cross-sectional household survey. BMC Public Health. 2021;21(1). DOI:

        20. Kisely S, Strathearn L, Najman JM. A Comparison of the Smoking Outcomes of Self-reported and Agency-Notified Child Abuse in a Population-Based Birth Cohort at 30-Year-Old Follow-up. Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 2021;23(7):1230-8. DOI:

        21. Li Bassi G, Suen JY, Dalton HJ, White N, Shrapnel S, Fanning JP, Liquet B, Hinton S, Vuorinen A, Booth G, Millar JE, Forsyth S, Panigada M, Laffey J, Brodie D, Fan E, Torres A, Chiumello D, Corley A, Elhazmi A, Hodgson C, Ichiba S, Luna C, Murthy S, Nichol A, Ng PY, Ogino M, Pesenti A, Trieu HT, Fraser JF. An appraisal of respiratory system compliance in mechanically ventilated covid-19 patients. Crit Care. 2021;25(1):199. DOI:

        22. Mationg MLS, Tallo VL, Williams GM, Gordon CA, Clements ACA, McManus DP, Gray DJ. The control of soil-transmitted helminthiases in the Philippines: the story continues. Infectious diseases of poverty. 2021;10(1). DOI:

        23. McFadden K, Heywood A, Dyda A, Kaufman J, Seale H. Minimising missed opportunities to promote and deliver immunization services to middle and older age adults: Can hospital-based programs be a solution? Vaccine. 2021;39(26):3467-72. DOI:

        24. Shanks GD. Long-term risk benefit of the use of preventive antimalarial drugs in modern military populations. BMJ Military Health. 2021;167(3):145-6. DOI:

        25. Shanks GD, Marsh N. Acute Respiratory Epidemics in Australian Military Forces 1940. Journal of Military and Veterans Health. 2021;29(2):48-51.

        26. Shih HJ, Chang CY, Huang IT, Tsai PS, Han CL, Huang CJ. Testicular torsion-detorsion causes dysfunction of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Andrology. 2021. DOI:

        27. Walter CM, Schneider-Futschik EK, Hall NL, Sly PD, Head BW, Knibbs LD. The health impacts of ambient air pollution in Australia: a: systematic literature review. Internal Medicine Journal. 2021. DOI:

        28. Wang X, Xu Z, Su H, Ho HC, Song Y, Zheng H, Hossain MZ, Khan MA, Bogale D, Zhang H, Wei J, Cheng J. Ambient particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10) and childhood pneumonia: The smaller particle, the greater short-term impact? Science of the Total Environment. 2021;772:145509. DOI:

        29. Xiao X, Wang R, Knibbs LD, Jalaludin B, Heinrich J, Markevych I, Gao M, Xu S-L, Wu Q-Z, Zeng X-W, Chen G-B, Hu L-W, Yang B-Y, Yu Y, Dong G-H. Street view greenness is associated with lower risk of obesity in adults: findings from the 33 Chinese community health study. Environmental Research. 2021;200. DOI:

        30. Yu H, Zhou Y, Wang R, Qian Z, Knibbs LD, Jalaludin B, Schootman M, McMillin SE, Howard SW, Lin L-Z, Zhou P, Hu L-W, Liu R-Q, Yang B-Y, Chen G, Zeng X-W, Feng W, Xiang M, Dong G-H. Associations between trees and grass presence with childhood asthma prevalence using deep learning image segmentation and a novel green view index. Environmental Pollution. 2021. DOI:


          View archived announcements from SPH

          From the Director’s Desk

          Congratulations to Dana Pourzinal, HDR student in the Dissanayaka group, for receiving an RM Gibson Program award, in association with the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF). You can read more here. Well done, Dana.

          With recent grants success across the building, we will surely be welcoming many new staff members and students over the next few months. May I welcome Vicki Rossi who recently commenced as a Research Project Manager on the 8th floor.

          Unfortunately, as COVID-19 continues on and on, it has become clear that not everyone is faring as well as others in these difficult times. Many people are worried about their relatives overseas or interstate and feel trapped at not being able to be with their friends and loved ones due to travel restrictions.

          Please avail yourself of the following services if you need support, or reach out to your lab members, supervisors or any of UQCCR colleagues.

          UQ With You

          Support at UQ With You is provided by and final year postgraduate counselling students and provisional psychologists. All practitioners receive regular supervision from fully qualified, senior practitioners. UQ With You is a free service, accessible to all members of the community.

          Beyond Blue

          Coronavirus mental wellbeing support service

          UQ Employee Assistance program

          UQ COVID-19 Advice

          UQ Staff and researchers – COVID-19 advice

          UQ Students- COVID-19 advice

          Local contacts

          Wellbeing committee: Amy McCart Reed

          Student contact: Yunan Ye


          Dates for diaries



          2 August

          UQCCR all staff and student meeting - Auditorium

          4 August

          Group Leaders meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

          UQCCR seminar

          18 August

          UQCCR seminar

          19 August

          Exec meeting – agenda items to Lisa Dingwall


          Paper of the Month winners

          Congratulations to our two paper of the month winners:

          Adam Irwin, Publication of the Month – ECR category. Title: The use of continuous electronic prescribing data to infer trends in antimicrobial consumption and estimate the impact of stewardship interventions in hospitalized children. Journal: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

          Priya Kalita de Croft, Publication of the Month – General category. Title: Characterization of Immune Cell Subsets of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes in Brain Metastases. Journal: Biology


          HDR Students – UQ immunisation compliance processes 

          The UQ Immunisation Note – HDR Students provides detailed information about the centralised process for requesting and monitoring immunisation compliance.

          Specifically, the communication is to highlight the responsibilities of principal advisors in:

          •           Identifying any potential immunisation requirements as part of project development;

          •           Ensuring an appropriate immunisation request is initiated as early as possible using the central student immunisation processes;

          •           Ensuring students are immunised prior to potential exposure to vaccine preventable diseases in their project work. 

          Students are alerted to the process in the compulsory task section of the HDR Get Started webpage.

          Reminder: Some vaccination courses can take up to 7 months to complete (e.g. hepatitis B) therefore it is important that the worker or student get medical advice as early as possible, to commence the vaccination process. 

          If you require further information, please contact your HSW leader or the HSW Immunisation Records Team.


          Review of UQ’s current priority country strategies

          The Global Strategy and Partnership team (GSP) within GE&E will shortly be commencing a review of our current priority country strategies, with an aim of collating information about UQ’s achievements over the last 4 years, identifying gaps and considering opportunities in our engagement with priority countries.

          High level strategies were developed for UQ’s priority countries, building on the focus areas outlined in UQ’s Strategic Plan (2018-2021) and UQ’s Global Strategy. These country strategies, combined with UQ’s Global Strategy aim to enhance the University’s global impact. The strategies outline UQ’s aspirations with each priority country across teaching, research and engagement, including the development of strategic partnerships in government, industry and alumni. Each strategy also identifies key themes, funding mechanisms and alignment with bilateral government priorities, to guide UQ’s engagement. The country strategies have been implemented from 2018-2021 and this timeframe, combined with the impact of Covid-19 and the opportunity to strategically re-position UQ globally, makes this an ideal time for us to review these country strategies. The reviews will help establish the groundwork to move us into the next phase of UQ’s Global Strategy and be informed by UQ’s next strategic plan.

          The priority country strategies we will be reviewing in three phases over the next five months are outlined below:

          Phase One:

          13th July to 13th August

          Phase Two:

          16th August to 17th September

          Phase Three:

          20th September to 15th October

          • Germany

          • Vietnam

          • Indonesia

          • Singapore

          • UK

          • Brazil

          • Chile

          • India

          • USA

          • Canada

          • China

          We need your insights and ideas to review UQ’s engagement with these priority countries including reviewing:

          • what has and hasn’t worked (successes and challenges)

          • opportunities for improvement

          • recommendations for the next phase of engaging in priority countries within the new global context of ‘Covid-19 normal’.

          To help us do this, we ask that you take 5-10 minutes out of your day to complete the online survey for priority countries with which you have worked, or had significant engagement with. We’d be grateful if you can also share this with your colleagues who may be interested in providing their feedback on engagement with these priority countries.

          In addition to providing your input into the survey, individual group meetings can also be requested and scheduled with the Global Strategy and Partnership team to discuss the achievements of the last four years and opportunities for improvement with each of these countries. If you would like to arrange a review meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Senior Manager of Strategy and Partnerships in GE&E, Zhan Patterson.


          Japanese Encephalitis study – call for volunteers

          Our own Dr Luis Furuya-Kanamori is conducting a trial on Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccines with the travel clinic (Dr Deb, The Travel Doctor) and they are looking for participants 18-45 years of age.

          In this study they will use the normal, registered JE vaccine, but will give it in a slightly different way: a micro-dose into the top layer of the skin (intradermal/ID), instead of where it is usually given - into the muscle (IM). 

          This would make the vaccine significantly cheaper, and also less painful. Intradermal vaccines generally cause less discomfort than IM vaccines, and are commonly used for other diseases such as rabies or tuberculosis.

          What would participants do? 

          • Have a blood test and get a free Australian-registered JE vaccine (intradermally) at the travel clinic in the CBD Brisbane.  

          • Visit the clinic one month later for a blood test.

          • Visit the clinic two months later for a final blood test.

          Participants will receive their results at the end of the project. There is of course no cost to participants except for their time.

          JE is an important vaccine for travel to Asia. Although the disease is rare, it can cause brain damage or death.

          The JE vaccine is normally $200-300 per dose. One dose lasts for life, however many people decline to have this vaccine because of the cost.
          If this project is successful, it would allow more people to be vaccinated at a cheaper rate and with less discomfort.

          If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Dr Luis Furuya-Kanamori (


          Fresh Science

          Fresh Science is looking for:

          • early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD)

          • a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage

          • some ability to present ideas in everyday English.

          To nominate check out the selection criteria, read ahead and see what questions will be asked, then go online and nominate via the short, easy, online application form. Nominations close Thursday 29 July 5pm AEST. Finalists will be notified by 30 August.

          What’s involved in Fresh Science?

          If selected as one of ten finalists, you will get:

          • A day of media training where you will: hear from working journalists about what makes science news for them; find the story in your research with guidance from two experienced science communicators; and practice being interviewed in front of camera and on radio.

          • A communication and pitching session on day two.

          • A short profile about your work written in a media-friendly way, published online and via social media.

          • The chance to step on stage and present your science to a friendly audience down at the pub.

          As part of Fresh Science we will publish a short, media-ready profile on the finalists and promote via social media channels. We will encourage each of the Fresh Scientists’ institutes to issue a press release about their work which we will support with our own publicity.

          Queensland training is planned for Monday 18 October, and the evening event for Thursday 21 October.


          Take a Break with BreakTimer

          Short frequent breaks from the computer are beneficial not only to reduce the risk of injury, but also for eye health and productivity. Evidence shows we should be aiming to get more movement into our day for our overall wellbeing, and best advice is to aim to change position every 30 minutes. A one to two minute break is enough – the secret is to do it regularly!
          To help you adopt some healthy habits ‘Breaktimer’ is now available in the Software Centre (Windows) or Self Service (Mac) for download onto your computer. This app gives you break reminders and is fully customisable so you can adjust the settings to suit you. 
          Once installed, from the icon in your task bar, you can quickly set and change how long breaks will be, how often you want to have them, and how you want to be prompted. Find out more >>


          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’.


          Research Funding alerts

          Visit the Faculty of Medicine website for all current research funding opportunities. Please contact Roheen Gill if you are planning to apply for any grants.


          Seminar Series

          Recordings are available here.

          View archived announcements from UQCCR

          Publication affiliation at UQDI

          UQDI authors are required to cite their affiliation as: The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, The University of Queensland, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia

          TRI must not be included in the affiliation but acknowledged as:

          This research was carried out at the Translational Research Institute, Woolloongabba, QLD 4102, Australia. The Translational Research Institute is supported by a grant from the Australian Government.

          Up to $50,000 for two years

          TRI in partnership with Metro South Health and Mater has launched a new collaborative research grant scheme: LINC. There will be eight, $50,000 grants available for a new collaborative research projects between a TRI-based early to mid-career researcher and an early to mid-career clinician based within in Metro South Health (open to all its hospitals) and Mater (open all its hospitals).

          The LINC program is kicking off with a Showcase event on 16 September, inviting researchers and clinicians to talk about research ideas/clinical dilemmas as well as network with potential collaborators. To present, an EOI needs to be submitted by 17 August. The LINC grant applications open the day after the Showcase, on 17 September (closing 1 November). Further details available.

          TRI Immunology Seminar Series – Presenters Required

          There are a number of TRI Immunology Seminar Series timeslots available between September and October this year. The seminars are held every second Thursday from 9.30am – 10.30am. If any Immunology Academics or Students have made progress you would like to share, please add your name to the spreadsheet.  

          Are you a female-identifying student, staff or alumni? Ventures LeadHers is a confidence-building program that will help grow your leadership capabilities, build connections, and gain the confidence to take your first steps in your entrepreneurial and leadership journey. Apply today before registrations close.

          Social Impact
          The Ventures Social Impact program is designed to help aspiring social changemakers build the necessary tools and mindset to create social and environmental change. Learn how you can create high-value social impact and apply today before registrations close

          Participation in the TRI Laboratory Training Program – TRIELS

          Registration for the August/September TRIELS program is now open. All recently enrolled UQDI Honours, Masters and PhD students are expected to attend this essential face-to-face training . It covers a range of topics including handling of biologicals and chemicals, equipment usage and PPE. Research professional staff and postdoc researchers who are new to UQDI are also strongly encouraged to register. If you have any questions please contact Stacey Cole. Email by 9th August to register.

          Postdoctoral Research Fellow opportunity

          An opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to be engaged in Dr Snehlata Kumari’s Research Group and undertake internationally competitive research in the areas of inflammation and immunity with the aims of understanding the immunomodulatory signalling mechanisms in inflammatory skin diseases and cancer. The role will involve driving forward research projects in understanding molecular mechanisms and their potential translation, and supervision of students.

          General duties and responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

          • Conducting internationally competitive research in the areas of skin inflammation and cancer with the aims of understanding the molecular mechanisms in regulating inflammation.
          • Beginning to develop external links by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

          This position is primarily located at our Translational Research Institute (TRI) in the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus (Woolloongabba). Closing Date: 08/8/2021. 

          Ethical use of student data 

          What are your thoughts and expectations about how UQ collects and uses your data? UQ’s Information Technology Services is keen to hear your comments via a short survey. Participate in a survey and go into a draw to win one of five $50 Coles Myer gift cards and influence the development of the Enterprise Data Ethics Framework. 

          Search default in the new Outlook

          Many will be updating to the latest operating system and new Outlook in the coming days and weeks. Some may note that the search tool now defaults to the current folder, rather than all folders or all mailboxes as it previously did. There is an easy fix for this in Outlook Preferences: Go to Outlook > Preferences > Click Search (in Other) > Select a new default option

          Updated information: COVID-19 staff leave guidelines

          Continuing and fixed-term staff who are not already absent on leave and are unable to work from home due to carer or other support obligations during a lockdown, should apply for Personal (Carer’s) Leave. Personal (Carer’s) Leave may be taken in hourly or daily amounts.

          The COVID-19 special leave fact sheet is available here, and applies to continuing and fixed-term staff who have exhausted their leave balances (personal and recreation or carer’s leave) and who: 

          • have (or may have) contracted COVID-19 and (if awaiting test results) are unable or too unwell to work; or
          • have to provide care or support as a result of COVID-19 to someone who is a dependent child, immediate or extended family, significant other or household member, and are unable to work from home or online; and 
          • have been directed by a government or medical/public health authority to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and cannot perform their role from home or online.

          Casual staff whose projected rostered work has been cancelled because of COVID-19 and who can do alternative work at home (as approved by their supervisor) or undertake the work on alternative dates, will be paid for that work. If this is not an option, casuals may apply for a payment in lieu, based on projected rostered work.

          Falling Walls

          Which are the next walls to fall? Calling all postdocs, students, innovators and entrepreneurs to represent Queensland at the 2021 Falling Walls conference in Berlin. Applications now open for the Queensland Falling Walls Lab. Find out more and submit your application by Friday 30 July at 5pm via this link.

          Student-Staff Partnerships open

          Want to make real change at UQ? Why not apply to be a Student Partner on a Student-Staff Partnerships (SSP) project? Student Partner applications are now open and close on 7 August. Find out more and apply at

          Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships open until 2 September

          In addition to the Graduate School’s RTP Scholarships, applications for the 2022 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship are now open (close 2 September). This scholarship will provide up to $120,000 over two to three years for postgraduate students at UQ. The scholarship includes a dedicated Leadership Development Program designed to prepare students to be inspiring leaders. Please note that medical research projects as defined by the ARC Medical Research Policy are not eligible for this scholarship.

          UQDIPs join us at the UQDI Parent meeting

          As an initiative from UQDI Equity, Dvirsity and Inclusion, UQDI parents (and future parents) are meeting once a month on Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am after the UQDI Seminar Series. It is a fun meeting, where we share our moments of joy and struggles, and get advice from each other. We also exchange pre-loved books, toys, clothes. Please opt in by emailing

          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 and COVID-19 safe event. Registration is required and can be completed here:

          Tax Information for Next Financial Year

          There will be 27 pay periods in the 2021/2022 financial year instead of the usual 26 pay fortnights. As the Australian Taxation Office calculate the tax withheld amounts based on a 26 pay period financial year, this may result in an insufficient amount of tax being withheld from your pay. If you wish to nominate extra tax withholding, please complete the Additional Tax Withholding Form and email it to

          UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

          Wednesday 28 July, 9.30-10.30am, via Zoom.

          Guest speaker Professor Lucas Ferrari de Andrade from the Icahn School of Medicine, USA.

          Lucas will be presenting Cancer immunotherapy with proteolytic cleavage inhibitors.

          Lucas Ferrari de Andrade’s Bio: Dr Ferrari de Andrade received his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil, in 2014. During this period, he also spent 12 months in the lab of Professor Mark J. Smyth, at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia, where he studied natural killer cells and cancer immunotherapy. Dr Ferrari de Andrade moved to the United States in 2014, to join the lab of Dr Kai W. Wucherpfennig as postdoctoral fellow. In this lab, at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, he developed monoclonal antibodies that stimulate antitumor immunity. Dr Ferrari de Andrade started his own laboratory in August 2019, to work in the development of new cancer immunotherapies. He joined the faculties of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and his lab focuses on monoclonal antibodies that inhibit the proteolytic cleavage of surface proteins.

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