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.


Infrastructure Upgrade Works – Day works from 28 September 2020

  • From Monday 28 September day works will progress along the eastern side of Bramston Terrace nearby the Bramston Terrace Carpark.
  • A section of road on the Eastern side of Bramston Terrace will be closed. Two-way traffic access will be maintained with traffic control and traffic bollards in place.
  • Pedestrians are asked to utilise the footpath on the western side of Bramston Terrace where possible, as access will be limited nearby the works area.
  • Access in and out of the Bramston Terrace Carpark will be maintained at all times under traffic control.
  • The northern access ramp to the carpark will be closed during these works.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians are asked to follow the directions of traffic controllers at all times.

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People and culture 

Official Launch of the Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

The Framework sets out UQ’s commitment to striving for safe and respectful learning, working and research environments for all members of our community. This event will be an opportunity to learn about the Framework and explore what it means for each of us in practice. Hear from speakers Professor Deborah Terry AO, UQ Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Joanne Wright, UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Keynote Speaker Patty Kinnersly CEO of Our Watch. Please register online. 12.45-3pm, Friday 16 October, UQ Centre.

Free work safety and mentally healthy workplaces events

The UQ Safe Work month events (including the Mental Health Week events) are now in the HSW Events Calendar. You can also check out Queensland Government's Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Safe Work Month events and Queensland Mental Health Week events online.

Excellence Awards nominations

Nominations are open for the 2020 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards. In a year of disruption and uncertainty, our Faculty members have shown great resilience and teamwork. View the 11 award categories and nominate here.

The Conversation annual report available

Over the last year, UQ researchers and academics reached more than 16.5 million readers across the globe via Conversation articles. The Conversation amplifies quality research and plays a vital role in the impact and engagement landscape. Now more than ever, universities and their researchers are vital to public wellbeing, providing reliable expertise, evidence-based research and debunking myths. Download the short report here.

Are you OK?

Thank you for joining us for coffee and cupcakes on RU OK? Day (9 September) at Café Dose, which kindly donated 50% of its coffee sales to the RU OK? organisation. It’s more important than ever to regularly ask your friends, family and colleagues how they’re going, and take action. See photos on the Out and About page.

Advancement staff changes
Lucy Reid will commence maternity leave on Wednesday 23 September, and Emma O’Connor will continue to work in the Advancement Officer role part-time until December 2020. The Medicine Advancement team remains contactable through the inbox.

UQDI raises funds for PA Research Foundation
The Diamantina Institute team had a great time participating in PA Giving Day earlier this month, joining together to raise money for the hospital foundation that has enabled remarkable research through their generosity. Thank you to everyone involved! See photos on the Out and About page.

New Scholarship for MD Students
Thank you to Associate Professor Victoria Atkinson who has pledged $50K to establish the Associate Professor Victoria Atkinson Medical Student Scholarship Endowment to benefit MD students. UQ’s unique offer to match donations over $50,000, dollar for dollar, when directed towards the creation of a need-based endowed scholarship, ends in December. Contact Tori Darnell for information.

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Teaching and learning

2020 Student Experience Survey (SES)

UQ is participating in the 2020 Student Experience Survey (SES) to help improve the student experience and we would like your assistance to encourage participation. It will be administered between Thursday 10 September and Sunday 11 October. All staff are encouraged to promote the survey to our students, and academic staff are asked to take a moment at the end of classes throughout September to encourage students to complete the survey. A slide for this purpose can be accessed from the SES page on the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation website. 

Schmidt Futures: Reimagine Challenge 2020 Information

The Reimagine Challenge invites university students of all levels to submit a short, written project proposal that addresses one of two topics: Sparking a Global Movement and Community Impact from COVID-19. After two rounds of submissions and judging, up to $1 million will be awarded in scholarships and prizes through the selection of up to 20 final winning entries, with each winning entry receiving up to a total of USD $25K as tuition scholarships through their institutions. The institution where the winner is currently enrolled will also receive up to USD $25k. Visit their website for more information.

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Professional development 

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R training at PACE

The School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with UQ Library, are offering R with RStudio training based at PACE:

    UQ-IITD Academy of Research (UQIDAR) joint PhD Program

    Through the joint-PhD program, students can receive a scholarship to study at two world-leading, research-intensive institutions – The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IITD) – on multidisciplinary projects. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be offered a jointly awarded Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from both UQ and IITD. Closing date: 18 October 2020. Apply online

    Get media attention!
    Have you got an upcoming paper? The Faculty can help you promote it to media and via Twitter. Provide a layman's explanation of the research, the likely publication date, a copy of the paper (if possible), and loop in your Centre Manager. The more notice you give, the better. Contact the Media Team.

    Do you have type 2 diabetes?

    Researchers from Mater Research and The University of Queensland are looking to understand why people with type 2 diabetes experience more symptoms and are often unwell for longer periods of time from influenza. To do this, we are looking for volunteers who have type 2 diabetes to donate blood, urine and a small amount of their time to monitor blood sugar levels. Study visits will occur at Mater Hospital and participants will receive a parking voucher to use. Please email us on to find out more and how to participate.

    Need a Biostatistician?

    Mark Chatfield is happy to help with the design/analysis of cluster randomised trials (or RCTs more generally). Mark is a senior biostatistician collaborating with many researchers around the Faculty. He has chaired the ACTA-STInG Excellence in Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) Statistics award panel for the last 3 years. View his latest paper.

    2020 U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting

    The 2020 U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting was successfully held virtually from 25 to 28 August. Hosted by University College Dublin, the meeting featured a timely theme of “One Health: A Collaborative Approach to Healthcare”. Recordings and copies of presentations can now be downloaded. The 2021 Annual Meeting will be hosted by Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico in September 2021. Watch an intro video.

    Japan-Australia international relations grant

    DFAT invites grant applications between $10-$40,000 per year for organisations or individuals focussed on enhancing Australian-Japanese communication, information, and advocacy; economic diplomacy and geopolitics; education and Australian studies; scientific innovation; and society, culture and sport. Closes 2pm ASET Tuesday 6 October. Visit the website or contact the Global Strategy and Partnerships team.

    Data science training with QCIF

    QCIF has committed to delivering all their training workshops online until the end of 2020. Registration for all our workshops is free to UQ staff and research students. Workshops include Surveying with Qualtrics, Longitudunal Trials with REDCap, and Statistical Comparisons using R. Visit the website for more details.

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    UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

    Guest speakers for this session are Associate Professor Graham Leggatt and PhD student Quentin Wright from the Leggatt Lab at UQDI. Graham will be presenting From parasites to cancer: a career centred on immunology and Quentin will be presenting Evaluation of intradermally delivered immunotherapeutic antibodies in a mouse cutaneous tumour model. Wednesday 30 September, 9.30-10.30am, via Zoom: Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. 

    Research in Canada: Funding opportunities webinar

    The High Commission of Canada and UQ invite you to join an upcoming webinar to learn more about Canadian research funding options. You'll be provided a general overview of research in Canada, national research councils and funding options that are open to international applicants. Q & A to follow. Suitable for all disciplines of research and anyone who has an interest in researching or studying at the doctoral and postdoctoral level in Canada. Thursday 1 October 2020, 2pm. Register now.

    The Show Must Go On! 23rd Annual WiT Awards Cabaret Extravaganza

    ABC celebrity scientist and showman Joel Gilmore will be our Master of Ceremonies as we introduce you to the cream of Queensland’s women in science and technology for 2020.We have record entries this year with more than 240 applicants vying for top honours in 14 categories – including new innovation and regional awards. Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro is our pre-eminent keynote and will share her views on creativity, innovation and the opportunities in cross-sector collaboration. Friday 9 October, 6.00–8.30pm, Online. Register here.  

    Geriatric Seminar Series

    Dr Anne-Louise McCawley and Tile Imo will present Preliminary results and learning from OPALS: Older Persons Advocacy and Legal Service – a Metro South Health/Caxton Legal Centre Inc. initiative to combat elder abuse. Wednesday 14 October 12.30-1.30pm, via Microsoft Teams Meeting. Visit the event page for more information.

    UQ-CUHK Ethics webinar: The ethics of health during a global pandemic

    After the successful inaugural UQ-CUHK Health Engineering Virtual Symposium, The University of Queensland (UQ) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) will hold a public webinar focused on an ethics discussion on Thursday 15 October 2020, 6-7.30pm AEST. Please see draft program for more details. Register online.  

    2020 ‘Virtual’ Medical Student Research Conference: 16 October 10am–12.30pm

    COVID-19 put a stop to most conference attendance and presentations this year. Therefore the annual student research conference will be an online mixture of oral presentations by webinar and digital poster displays. The Student Research Portal has all details including registration.

    The Conversation: Editor’s talk

    Participate in a presentation and Q&A session with Commissioning Editor Michael Lund to learn how to be part of The Conversation. This online training session for UQ academics and PhD students will tell you what you need to know before pitching a new article and the benefits of bringing your expertise to the world. Wednesday 28 October, 9.30–11am. Register for live stream.  

    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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    Welcome to CHSR

    • Dr Anton Lord commenced with Professor Jason Pole as Research Fellow
    • Lauren Gleed commenced with COH as casual Research Assistant
    • Vilma Simbag commenced with Clinical Informatics group as Project Coordinator
    • Dr Misa Matsuyama commenced with AKTN as a Clinical Research Associate
    • Dr Elasma Milanzi will be joining AKTN as a Statistician
    • Dr Oliver Canfell will be joining the Clinical Informatics group as Research Fellow from 6 October
    • Professor Ruth Hubbard has been appointed the Chair in Geriatric Medicine from 6 October

    Recent publications

    Campbell, L. H., Smith, A. C., & Brooks, P. (2020). The NBN Futures Forum: Social and Economic Benefits of Broadband for Digital Inclusion and Telehealth. Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 8(3), 18-32. doi:10.18080/jtde.v8n3.346

    Langbecker, D., Snoswell, C. L., Smith, A. C., Verboom, J., & Caffery, L. J. (2020). Long-term effects of childhood speech and language disorders: A scoping review. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 10(1), 1-13. doi:10.4102/sajce.v10i1.801

    Badve, S. V., Pascoe, E. M., Tiku, A., Boudville, N., Brown, F. G., et al. (2020). Effects of Allopurinol on the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease. N Engl J Med, 382(26), 2504-2513. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1915833

    Htay, H., Pascoe, E. M., Hawley, C. M., Campbell, S. B., et al. (2020). Patient and center characteristics associated with kidney transplant outcomes: a binational registry analysis. Transpl Int. doi:10.1111/tri.13681

    Campbell, V. K., Gately, R. P., Krishnasamy, R., Burg, D., Robertson, G. R., & Gray, N. A. (2020). Midkine and chronic kidney disease-associated multisystem organ dysfunctions. Nephrol Dial Transplant. doi:10.1093/ndt/gfaa084

    Kumar, N., Puljević, C., Ferris, J., Winstock, A., & Barratt, M. J. (2020). The intersection between spliff usage, tobacco smoking, and having the first joint after waking. Sci Rep, 10(1), 11100. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67809-6

    Davies, E. L., Cooke, R., Maier, L. J., Winstock, A. R., & Ferris, J. A. (2020). Drinking to excess and the tipping point: An international study of alcohol intoxication in 61,000 people. Int J Drug Policy, 83, 102867. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102867

    Winstock, A. R., Lynskey, M. T., Maier, L. J., Ferris, J. A., & Davies, E. L. (2020). Perceptions of cannabis health information labels among people who use cannabis in the U.S. and Canada. Int J Drug Policy, 102789. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2020.102789

    Mak, C., Whittingham, K., Cunnington, R., Chatfield, M., & Boyd, R. N. (2020). Six-month follow-up of a mindfulness yoga program, MiYoga, on attention, executive function, behaviour and physical outcomes in cerebral palsy. Disabil Rehabil, 1-7. doi:10.1080/09638288.2020.1783582

    Edirippulige, S., Gong, S., Hathurusinghe, M., et al. (2020). Medical students' perceptions and expectations regarding digital health education and training: A qualitative study. J Telemed Telecare, 1357633x20932436. doi:10.1177/1357633x20932436

    Obermair, A., Baxter, E., Brennan, D. J., McAlpine, J. N., Muellerer, J. J., Amant, F., van Gent, M., Coleman, R. L., Westin, S. N., Yates, M. S., Krakstad, C., & Janda, M. (2020). Fertility-sparing treatment in early endometrial cancer: current state and future strategies. Obstet Gynecol Sci, 63(4), 417-431. doi:10.5468/ogs.19169

    Pigott, A., Obermair, A., Janda, M., Vagenas, D., Ward, L. C., Reul-Hirche, H., & Hayes, S. C. (2020). Incidence and risk factors for lower limb lymphedema associated with endometrial cancer: Results from a prospective, longitudinal cohort study. Gynecol Oncol. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2020.04.702

    Roberts, N. A., Alexander, K., Wyld, D., & Janda, M. (2020). Statistical Process Control assessed implementation fidelity of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in routine care. J Clin Epidemiol. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.06.022

    Tschandl, P., Rinner, C., Apalla, Z., Argenziano, G., Codella, N., Halpern, A., Janda, M., Lallas, A., Longo, C., Malvehy, J., Paoli, J., Puig, S., Rosendahl, C., Soyer, H. P., Zalaudek, I., & Kittler, H. (2020). Human-computer collaboration for skin cancer recognition. Nat Med. doi:10.1038/s41591-020-0942

    Bartels, H. C., Rogers, A. C., Janda, M., Obermair, A., & Brennan, D. J. (2020). Quality of life following minimally invasive hysterectomy compared to abdominal hysterectomy: A metanalysis. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol, 252, 206-212. doi:10.1016/j.ejogrb.2020.06.055

    Egan, G., Athale, U., Johnston, D., Pole, J. D., Silva, M., Zorzi, A., & Alexander, S. (2020). Outcomes of children with chronic myeloid leukemia: A population-based cohort study. Pediatr Blood Cancer, e28491. doi:10.1002/pbc.28491

    Pelland-Marcotte, M. C., Pole, J. D., Nathan, P. C., Sutradhar, R., & Sung, L. (2020). Severe infections following treatment for childhood cancer: a report from CYP-C. Leuk Lymphoma, 1-9. doi:10.1080/10428194.2020.1789626

    Maasakkers, C. M., Melis, R. J. F., Kessels, R. P. C., Gardiner, P. A., et al. (2020). The short-term effects of sedentary behaviour on cerebral hemodynamics and cognitive performance in older adults: a cross-over design on the potential impact of mental and/or physical activity. Alzheimers Res Ther, 12(1), 76. doi:10.1186/s13195-020-00644-z

    Rosenberg, D. E., Anderson, M. L., Renz, A., Matson, T. E., Lee, A. K., Greenwood-Hickman, M. A., Arterburn, D. E., Gardiner, P. A., Kerr, J., & McClure, J. B. (2020). Reducing Sitting Time in Obese Older Adults: The I-STAND Randomized Controlled Trial. J Aging Phys Act, 1-11. doi:10.1123/japa.2019-0470

    2020 CHSR Awards

    We are excited to announce the 2020 edition of the Centre for Health Services Research Awards, an annual event celebrating the achievements of our team and to reflect on the successes of the past year. Nominations for the 2020 Centre for Health Services Research Awards are now open. Please consider nominating a colleague who has achieved excellence within these categories and whose hard work and passionate commitment underpin the success of CHSR.

    2020 Patient & Community Symposium webinar

    Professor Monika Janda and her colleagues at Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research recently hosted the 2020 Patient & Community Symposium titled “Gynaecological cancer breakthroughs saving and improving lives of women”.  The symposium was well attended with over 80 patients. Watch the webinar

    Recent publications

    • De Guzman, K. R., Snoswell, C. L., Puljevic, C., & Gupta, D. (2020). Evaluating the utility of a Smoking Cessation Clinical Pathway tool to promote nicotine prescribing and use among inpatients of a tertiary hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 1-5. doi:10.1017/jsc.2020.22

    • Snoswell, C., Jensen, E., Wang, N., Shah, K., Currey, E., & Barras, M. (2020). Transit Care Hub pharmacist: improving patient flow within the hospital. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. doi:10.1007/s11096-020-01092-3

    Upcoming events

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

    COH Telehealth Webinar: A 21st century (and pandemic friendly) approach to delivering cardiac rehabilitation

    Presented by Dr Jonathan Rawstorn, this forum will discuss how evidence-based mobile health interventions can improve the reach and accessibility of cardiac rehabilitation for people who are unable to attend existing centre-based programs. It will also explore potential interest in and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships to translate research evidence into clinical practice. This will be followed by a panel discussion. Wednesday 7 October 2020, 12.30–1pm (Seminar Presentation) and 1–1.20pm (Panel Discussion). Connect using the following link: Visit the event page.


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    Work on our new MD Program has recommenced

    We are back in full swing with our MD Design project after a 4 month hiatus due to COVID-19. The project team will be working with colleagues across our broader community over the coming months to  develop and refine the design of our new MD Program. 

    We have recently put together a short video featuring colleagues from across the Program talking about their ideas and vision for the new MD.  Watch the video now on the project website. If you have any questions or feedback for our Design team, please email us at


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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.


    Toowoomba site update

    The clinical skills team have established the ‘Friday SIM program” for Year 4 students to give them more exposure to SIM scenarios. Lyle is running this and Hayley has been his patient. Last week they even roped Clare in to play the concerned friend of the patient and invoke “Ryan’s Rule”. 

    Rockhampton site update

    Jess Geddes commenced in the role of Marketing and Communications Officer for the whole RCS on 2 September 2020. Jess has just returned from maternity leave and was previously working in the marketing and communications space in regional promotions with Rockhampton Regional Council. She will be working on a four weekly rotation: Week 1 (Wed and Thurs) and Week 2-4 (Mon and Tues).

    Hervey Bay site update

    1. Work Ready program for Year 3 students on Friday went well.  A/Prof Pene Prasad showed the students how to do Paediatric Life Support last week and they are now ready save babies!

    2. A/Prof Riitta Partanen was a virtual examiner for the Melbourne Uni’s Year 2 OSCE’s last week. She said it was fun and interesting to see how another uni has modified the OSCE to be online.

    Meet the team: Associate Professor Riitta Partanen, Head of Rural Clinical School

    When did you start working for UQRCS: 2005 when UQRCS Hervey Bay first began.

    Highlights of your job: Watching students grow, become part of our community and ultimately become rural doctors.

    What inspires you: Positive people, change makers and those who have defied adversity.  

    Something exciting you’re working on: The joint UQ, CQU, CQHHS and WBHHS Regional Medical Program that will start in 2023.

    A day off is best spent: With family

    Highlights of living in Hervey Bay:  I actually live in Maryborough and love the country feel of the town, minimal traffic, the friends I have made over the 26 years I have lived here and the golf course!

    What did you want to do when you grew up: Be a Doctor!

    Favourite food and drink: Hmmm… Flat white and my Mum’s Pulla (Finnish Coffee buns – so yum!)

    Your idea of a perfect holiday: Travelling the world, seeing the sights and learning about the history and the people of the area I am visiting.

    If you were a med student, what would you specialise in after graduating: General Practice!

    RRM team update

    1. Online module development in Articulate

    During the online block four, new online modules were created in Articulate (ECG, Ultrasound e-FAST, Trauma in a rural setting & Introduction to Retrieval Medicine). Shannon Tyrrell has been able to continue with RRM team in a part time capacity to convert and update the other five mandatory online modules from iSpring to Articulate (Skin lesions in a Rural Setting, Snakebite & Envenomation, Spider, Bug & Marine Creatures, Zoonoses and tropical diseases & X-rays in a rural setting. The team have enjoyed getting to know this program and developing eLearning design skills.

    2. Rural Health Project (RHP) Compendium

    Prior to going on parental leave, Bridget had been working on a new RHP compendium in InDesign. The project involves compiling a collection of innovative high quality RRM student rural health projects produced between 2017-2020. The compendium showcases the work of RRM students in the rural communities and is designed to provide inspiration and support for rural preceptors and future RRM students. Jo Wakefield has stepped in and done an amazing job of teaching herself InDesign to bring this project through to printing stage. 

    3. Research paper – rural intention and online teaching

    While RRM students who completed the online only teaching block in Semester 1 reported high levels of satisfaction with the teaching and experience, only a quarter of students felt encouraged to pursue a career in rural medicine. Usually the evaluation data shows high levels of satisfaction correlated with high levels of intention to pursue a rural medical career. The RRM team are working with UQRCS research team to explore how the COVID related program changes can provide further insight into the impact of placement quality and short-term rural placements.

    4. Remote clinical skills practice

    The last of the 135 Suture Buddy Mini Kits and CSDS ICC Kits have been packed up and sent to Semester 2 RRM students at their rural placement sites so they can practice suturing and ICC insertion.  These skills are normally delivered during the CCP introductory week program.  Students in the first 2 blocks reported that the suture kit was very useful. The CSDS ICC kits received more mixed feedback but students were appreciative of the access to the modules and the opportunity to learn more about a less common procedure. 

    RTH team update

    We are delighted to welcome two new professional roles who will be strong assets to the Regional Training Hub Wide Bay Team.

    Lorraine Rosser commenced in the role of Project Officer for the RTH Wide Bay on 10 August 2020. Lorraine is based at our Bundaberg site (Monday to Wednesday) and brings a wealth of project and management experience in the health, government and community sectors. 

    Madison Smith will be commencing with us on 21 September 2020 in the role of Administration Assistant for the RTH Wide Bay. Madison is currently working in an administrative capacity with Friendly Society Private Hospital in Bundaberg. Madison will also be based at our Bundaberg site (Monday to Wednesday).

    Library update

    Our two librarians Kaye Cumming and Jacky Cribb would like to remind all staff that they work collaboratively across all four sites and that anybody is welcome to ask them for library advice. They can be contacted via their individual UQ email addresses. View further information.

    Frequency of UQRCS Update submissions

    Due to workload pressures within each team, submissions to the UQRCS Update will now only need to be made on a monthly basis. As such, the next round of submissions from each site will be due to your local Administrative Assistant by Tuesday 29 September 2020 – for publication on Monday 5 October 2020. 


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    From the Head of School

    As the mid-semester break approaches, don’t forget to take some time off (if you can) to recharge your batteries; its been a very hectic start to semester 2/end of semester 1.

    In good news, subsidy allocations have been transferred to supervisors of HDR, Honours and SCIE students. The total amount transferred is $135,500 for semester 2, ($312,500 for the whole year). Accelerator grants totalling $60,000 will also be distributed to staff soon. Funds are transferred to ACA accounts using fund code 131. Please use 131 when raising expenditure. Please spend these allocation before December (in preference to any grants you have that extend into 2021).

    Now is the time to be thinking about your preliminary data for next year’s grants and getting ideas together, ready for the Grant pitching day and retreat.

    You will have also noticed the DVC’s email that the University is in a reasonable financial state compared to many of our higher education colleagues, but you will need to take annual leave between Christmas and New Year this year, and I encourage those of you who haven’t had a break for a long time to take additional leave over this time as well.

    Further to the email from the DVC-A (on 8 September), I’d like to remind academics to promote the 2020 Student Experience Survey (SES) to students, accessible via the SES website.

    A reminder that requests for the Head of School should be sent to email.

    Date savers

    24 September
    Academic Staff Meeting (venue TBC)
    1 October
    Honours Proposal Seminars (venue TBC)
    4 November
    Grant Pitching
    5 November
    Honours Final Seminars (venue TBC)
    6 November
    Research Retreat
    24 November
    Postgraduate Symposium, UQ Centre
    25 November
    School Staff Meeting (Zoom, details TBC)
    30 November
    School of Anatomy All Hands Annual Training Session (venue details TBC)
    4 December
    SBMS Awards Night

    UQABS Industry Night a success!

    On the 26 August, the UQ Association of Biomedical Students (UQABS) held an online ‘Industry Night’, providing our students the opportunity to interact and network with industry representatives from various Brisbane based biomedical companies and research institutes. The event was an absolute success with over 200 students attending live, and a further 100 students accessing the recording.

    Among the presenters were three Biomedical Science graduates, whose involvement was facilitated by Dr Judit Kibedi. Judit has been working closely with UQABS to communicate the various career pathways and employability opportunities available to Biomedical Science graduates. We would like to congratulate Judit for her excellent work in facilitating this event.

    If you know of any Biomedical Science graduates, who would be interested in participating in similar events in the future, please send their information to Judit. 

    Faculty Asset Replacement Program

    The Faculty has expanded its capital replacement programme with Rounds 2 and 3 now having been finalised. The School will see a total of 15 new pieces of equipment being replaced, to a value of $185K. These include -80C freezers, ovens, biosafety Class II and laminar flow cabinets. 

    Broken equipment / furniture

    If you have any obsolete or broken equipment or furniture, please bring them down to the SBMS Stores. They will need to be decontaminated if they've been in a lab (70% ethanol wipe down). If items are too heavy to move, please contact

    Booking SBMS Meeting Rooms and Resources

    A reminder that rooms and resources need to be booked for use via the booking system UQ BookIt. If you haven’t booked the room/resource, someone who does have a booking is within their rights to ask you to leave.

    New Swipecard Access form

    The swipecard Access Request form has been updated - download the new version.

    Library assistance with Metrics for grants or promotion

    Use research (or publication) metrics when applying for a grant or promotion to indicate your research performance and attention to your research. Measures include citation metrics, journal quality indicators, benchmarking, altmetrics and collaboration. Upcoming classes include:

    Library guides: Metrics, Metrics, engagement and impact. On our Get Metrics page work through our Metrics worksheets / Submit a request for a metrics report or contact Juliette Grosvenor for assistance.

    Upcoming events

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


    View archived announcements from SBMS

    SPH staff updates

    Farewell to Lecturer, Dr Sue Vlack who has recently finished up with the School. We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to you Sue for your enormous contribution to research and teaching over the many years you have been part of SPH. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours – please know you will be missed.

    Well Done to SPH staff members Cathy Swart, Marina Reeves, Anna Finnane, Fiona Charlson, Kara Jaeschke (PhD student) and Linda Selvey who all took part in a 30km walk to raise money for Beyond Blue. A great effort for a fantastic cause. We look forward to seeing some more SPH staff completing the walk in 2021.

    Welcome to SPH Cris Deagon. Cris has recently joined Professor James Ward’s team in an IT role until the end of the year working on data migration for the National Indigenous Health Surveillance Network.

    SImon Reid5 minutes with Associate Professor Simon Reid

    Position: Associate Professor (Global Disease Control)

    How long have you been with SPH?  8 ½ years (since 2012).

    What energizes you at work? People and a sense of purpose. I’m am lucky to have found this combination at SPH where I’ve been able to learn how to work and think across disciplinary boundaries.

    What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Tell people everything you know, they won’t know what you don’t know. Who was it from? My PhD supervisor Bruce Copeman (JCU). My working principle “Never say never!” I was never going to set foot in a university after graduating in 1989, never going to teach and never going to leave Western Australia!

    What’s your go-to karaoke song? You’re kidding, I don’t/can’t sing in public or private! However, go-to music clearly has to be the greatest rock band on earth, Pink Floyd. Favourite song changes over time but includes anything released after 1973 (Dark Side of the Moon onwards).

    If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? I’d go for one that is consumed at a marathon European-style lunch (the 2 hour type) to give time to consume an entrée of fresh gnocchi and fried porcini mushrooms, a main of spit roasted porchetta and grilled veggies, a desert of Belgian chocolate tart finished with a nice cup of coffee made using small-batch roasted Hawaiian Kona beans. All washed down with a series of different high quality craft beers. That should cover the most important food groups: beer, coffee and chocolate.

    The art of compassion

    Extreme bushfires, a global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement: This is our norm, but it doesn’t have to be. UQ Professor Alasdair Foster writes the processes of artmaking and art‑sharing could provide a means by which the mutual and collective compassion essential to our survival might be realised. Read his Artlink magazine article here.

    Alasdair has also written two further articles for the magazine, one on the problems of intersectionality and disability, the other on art making in prisons. Click here to view.

    2020-2021 BBV/STI Professorial Chair HDR Research Enabler Scheme

    The purpose of the Scheme is to provide support for direct research costs incurred by enrolled HDR students who are currently undertaking their PhD or MPhil in a topic related to blood borne viruses (BBV), HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) or other sexual health related issues affecting the sexual health and wellbeing of Queenslanders. Please read the guidelines document for further details and how to apply. We would appreciate your assistance in making relevant SPH HDR students aware of this opportunity.

    New PhD opportunities

    1. Pollen and its contribution to respiratory outcomes in subtropical regions

    This new PhD scholarship opportunity is available in the School through The University of Queensland - IIT Delhi Academy of Research Joint PhD Project

    2. Balancing the health and climate benefits of 'greening' cities in India and Australia

    There are two PhD pathways to consider: i-students and q-students.

    • Indian nationals and international applicants (with citizenship other than Australia), will be considered for admission as i-students. i-students will spend their first year of study at IITD before completing one year (or more) at UQ. They would then complete the remainder of their studies at IITD.
    • Australian domestic students will be considered for admission as q-students. q-students will spend their first year of study at UQ before completing one year (or more) at IITD
    • More information visit UQIDAR website.

    3. IMHIP-Youth: Developing, implementing, and evaluating a culturally valid model of social and emotional wellbeing care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents who experience detention

    • Applicants are invited to apply via either the PhD scholarships to support Category 1 project grants or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Research scholarships.
    • Additional casual employment may be available for a suitable applicant.
    • Contact: For more information contact A/Prof Ed Heffernan, or Dr Carla Meurk,

    Research news

    Author of the Month

    Katherine CullertonDr Katherine Cullerton
    Lecturer - Public Health Nutrition

    1. Cullerton K, Baker P, Adsett E, Lee AD. What do the Australian public think of regulatory nutrition policies? A scoping review. Obesity Reviews.15.

    Effective government policies are crucial to creating healthy food environments. However, changing public policy is a slow and challenging process involving many competing factors. One factor often cited as crucial for policy change is public opinion towards a proposed policy. Our study aimed to systematically explore public opinion on regulatory nutrition policy issues in Australia from 2009 to 2019, to determine whether low levels of public opinion corresponded with the low levels of regulatory policy action in this country. We found that there was varying levels of public support in Australia for public health nutrition action. Regulatory‐ and legislative‐based policies generally had moderate to high levels of support except for food and drink taxes, which had low to moderate support. However, despite high levels of public support for certain policy initiatives, for example, banning junk food advertising to children, nutrition policy in Australia has not evolved consistently with the level of public support nor the evidence base over the past decade indicating other more important factors at play in policymaking.

    August Publications

    1. Araujo A, Martin F. Human T Leukaemia Type 1 and COVID-19. Pathogens. 2020;9(6). DOI: 10.3390/pathogens9060438
    2. Asgharnia M, Varasteh T, Pourmarzi D. Inter-Pregnancy Interval and the Incidence of Preterm Birth. Journal of family & reproductive health. 2020;14(1):52-6.  DOI:10.18502/jfrh.v14i1.3788
    3. Ali Suhailah, Williams O, Chang O, Shidhayem R, Hunter E, Charlson Fiona.  Mental health in the Pacific: Urgency and opportunity.  Asia pacific Viewpoint. 2020;1-14. DOI 10.1111/apv.12286
    4. Bell S, Ward James, Aggleton P, Murray W, Silver B, Lockyer A, et al. Young Aboriginal people's sexual health risk reduction strategies: a qualitative study in remote Australia. Sex Health. 2020;17(4):303-10. DOI:10.1071/SH19204
    5. Bell SFE, Coffey L, Debattista J, Badman SG, Redmond AM, Whiley DM, Lemoire, J; Williams, OD; Howard, C; Gilks, Charles F ; Dean, Judith A. Peer-delivered point-of-care testing for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae within an urban community setting: a cross-sectional analysis. Sexual Health.2020;17:359-367. DOI:10.1071/SH19233
    6. Bonevski B, Manning V, Wynne O, Gartner Coral, Borland R, Baker AL, Segan CJ, Skelton E, Moore L, Bathish R, Chiu S, Guillaumier A, Lubman DI. QuitNic: A pilot randomised controlled trial comparing nicotine vaping products with nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation following residential detoxification. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020;1-9. DOI:10.1093/ntr/ntaa143
    7. Choummanivong M, Karimi S, Durham J, Sychareun V, Flenady V, Horey D, et al. Stillbirth in Lao PDR: a healthcare provider perspective. Global Health Action. 2020;13:8. DOI:10.1080/16549716.2020.1786975
    8. Christensen MK, Lim CCW, Saha S, Plana-Ripoll O, Cannon D, Presley F,  Weye M, Momen MC, Whiteford  Harvey A, et al. The cost of mental disorders: a systematic review. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 2020;29:8. DOI:10.1017/S204579602000075X
    9. Dachew BA, Scott JG, Betts K, Mamun A, Alati R. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and the risk of offspring depression in childhood: Findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. Development and Psychopathology. 2020;32(3):845-51. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579419000944
    10. de Jesus AL, Thompson H, Knibbs Luke D, Hanigan I, De Torres L, Fisher G, et al. Two decades of trends in urban particulate matter concentrations across Australia. Environ Res. 2020;190:110021. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2020.110021
    11. Doust Jenny A, Bonner C, Bell KJL. Future directions in cardiovascular disease risk prediction. Australian Journal of General Practice. 2020;49(8):488-94. DOI:10.31128/AJGP-02-20-5231
    12. Fjeldsoe BS, Miller YD, Prosser SJ, Marshall AL. How does MobileMums work? Mediators of a physical activity intervention. Psychology and Health. 2020;35(8):968-83. DOI:10.1080/08870446.2019.1687698
    13. Hielscher E, DeVylder J, Hasking P, Connell M, Martin G, Scott JG. Mediators of the association between psychotic experiences and future non-suicidal self-injury and suicide attempts: results from a three-wave, prospective adolescent cohort study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.15. DOI:10.1007/s00787-020-01593-6
    14. James DB, Lee KK, Patrao Tania, Courtney RJ, Conigrave KM, Shakeshaft A. Understanding the client characteristics of Aboriginal residential alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services in New South Wales, Australia. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. 2020;15(1):14. DOI:10.1186/s13722-020-00193-8. DOI:10.1186/s13722-020-00193-8
    15. Khan Arifuzzaman, King C, Saif-Ur-Rahman KM, Khandaker Gulam, Lawler Sheliegh, Gartner Coral. Development of an Evidence and Gap Map (EGM) of interventions to increase smoking cessation: A study protocol. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. 2020;6:11. DOI: 10.18332/tpc/124117
    16. Le LK, Hay P, Ananthapavan J, Lee Yong Yi, Mihalopoulos C. Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions That Simultaneously Prevent High Body Mass Index and Eating Disorders. Nutrients. 2020;12(8). DOI:10.3390/nu12082313
    17. Lee XJ, Elliott TM, Harris PNA, Douglas J, Henderson B, Watson C, Patterson D, Schofield D, Graves N, Gordon LG. Clinical and Economic Outcomes of Genome Sequencing Availability on Containing a Hospital Outbreak of Resistant Escherichia coli in Australia. Value in health : The journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 2020;23(8):994-1002. DOI:10.1016/j.jval.2020.03.006
    18. Liu K, Yang BY, Guo Y, Bloom MS, Dharmage SC, Knibbs Luke D, et al. The role of influenza vaccination in mitigating the adverse impact of ambient air pollution on lung function in children: New insights from the Seven Northeastern Cities Study in China. Environmental Research. 2020;187. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2020.109624
    19. Mahamat-Saleh Y, Hughes MCB, Miura K, Malt MK, von Schuckmann L, Khosrotehrani K, et al. Patterns of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acid Dietary Intake and Melanoma Thickness at Diagnosis. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention. 2020;29(8):1647-53. DOI:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-0319
    20. McGrath JJ, Lim CCW, Plana-Ripoll O, Holtz Y, Agerbo E, Momen NC, Mortensen, P.B, Pedersen, C.B,  Abdulmalik J, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Al-Hamzawi A, Alonso J, Bromet, EJ, Bruffaerts, R, Bunting, B, de Almeida, JMC, de Girolamo G, De Vries YA, Florescu S, Gureje O, Haro JM, Harris Meredith G, Hu C, Karam EG, Kawakami N. Comorbidity within mental disorders: a comprehensive analysis based on 145 990 survey respondents from 27 countries. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2020;29:e153. DOI: 10.1017/S2045796020000633
    21. Meque I, Salom CL, Betts KS, Najman Jake, Alati R. Gender-Specific Drinking Contexts Are Associated With Social Harms Resulting From Drinking Among Australian Young Adults at 30 Years. Alcohol and alcoholism. 2020. DOI:10.1093/alcalc/agaa084
    22. Mitchell BG, McGhie A, Whiteley G, Farrington A, Hall Lisa, Halton K, et al. Evaluating bio-burden of frequently touched surfaces using Adenosine Triphosphate bioluminescence (ATP): Results from the Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) trial. Infection Disease & Health. 2020;25(3):168-74.  DOI:10.1016/j.idh.2020.02.001
    23. Nepal A, Hendrie D, Selvey Linda A, Robinson S. Factors influencing the inappropriate use of antibiotics in the Rupandehi district of Nepal. The International journal of health planning and management. 2020. DOI:10.1002/hpm.3061
    24. Olsen CM, Pandeya N, Law MH, MacGregor S, Iles MM, Thompson BS, Green A, Neale RE, Whiteman DC. Does polygenic risk influence associations between sun exposure and melanoma? A prospective cohort analysis. British Journal of Dermatology. 2020;183(2):303-10.  DOI: 10.1111/bjd.18703
    25. Olza I, Uvnas-Moberg K, Ekstrom-Bergstrom A, Leahy-Warren P, Karlsdottir SI, Nieuwenhuijze M, Villarmea S, Hadjigeorgiou, Kazmierczak M, Spyridou A, Buckley Sarah. Birth as a neuro-psycho-social event: An integrative model of maternal experiences and their relation to neurohormonal events during childbirth. Plos One. 2020;15(7):15.  DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0230992
    26. Peacock Amy, Tran LT, Larney S, Stockings E, Santo T, Jr., Jones H, Santomauro Damian, Degenhardt L. All-cause and cause-specific mortality among people with regular or problematic cocaine use: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction. 2020. DOI: 10.1111/add.15239
    27. Rowlands Ingrid J, Abbott JA, Montgomery GW, Hockey Richard, Rogers P, Mishra Gita D. Prevalence and incidence of endometriosis in Australian women: a data linkage cohort study. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2020. DOI:10.1111/1471-0528.16447
    28. Russell C, Lawrence M, Cullerton Katherine, Baker P. The political construction of public health nutrition problems: a framing analysis of parliamentary debates on junk-food marketing to children in Australia. Public Health Nutr. 2020;23(11):2041-52. DOI:10.1017/S1368980019003628
    29. Shanks GD. COVID-19 versus the 1918 influenza pandemic: different virus, different age mortality patterns. Journal of travel medicine. 2020;27(5).
    30. Thompson BS, Hardy S, Pandeya N, Dusingize JC, Green AC, Millane A, et al. Web Application for the Automated Extraction of Diagnosis and Site From Pathology Reports for Keratinocyte Cancers. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2020;4:711-23. DOI:10.1200/CCI.19.00152
    31. Tran LK, Morawska L, Gartner Coral E, Huong LTT, Le H, Thai PK. Secondhand smoke in public places in Vietnam: An assessment 5 years after implementation of the tobacco control law. Tobacco control. 2020. DOI:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2020-055753
    32. Uvnäs Moberg K, Ekström-Bergström A, Buckley Sarah, Massarotti C, Pajalic Z, Luegmair K, et al. Maternal plasma levels of oxytocin during breastfeeding-A systematic review. PLoS One. 2020;15(8):e0235806. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0235806
    33. von Schuckmann LA, Khosrotehrani K, Ghiasvand R, Hughes MCB, van der Pols JC, Malt M, et al. Statins may reduce disease recurrence in patients with ulcerated primary melanoma. British Journal of Dermatology.7. DOI:10.1111/bjd.19012
    34. Woldeyohannes SM, Perkins NR, Baker Peter, Gilks Charles F, Knibbs Luke D, Reid Simon A. Q fever vaccine efficacy and occupational exposure risk in Queensland, Australia: A retrospective cohort study. Vaccine. 2020. DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.08.006
    35. Wu Q, Xu Zhiwei, Dan YL, Wang P, Mao YM, Zhao CN, et al. Low ambient temperature increases hospital re-admissions for systemic lupus erythematosus in humid subtropical region: a time series study. Environmental science and pollution research international. 2020. DOI:10.1007/s11356-020-10488-7

    ***Bold – Current SPH staff member or student

    Underline – Past SPH staff member or Adjunct/Honorary Appointment

    Upcoming events

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    SPH Seminar Series - 29 September 2020

    An overview of methods and findings from the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study for mental disorders. Presented by Alize Ferrari, Damian Santamauro & Ana mantilla-Herrera. Seminars are run from 1–2pm via Zoom.


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    WPC Science Ambassador

    Well done to Dr Richard Gordon who has been selected as one of 8 Global Science Ambassadors by the World Parkinson’s Coalition to promote the next World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC 2022). This is the world’s largest Parkinson’s disease-focused meeting which is attended by patients and carers and also the scientific community. Learn more.

    From the Director’s Desk

    Last Wednesday a group of us met to discuss the strategic plan for UQCCR for 2021. We did this knowing that it is challenging times across many different aspects of life but especially in the higher education sector.

    With this in mind I would like to reiterate some comments made earlier in September by UQ’s new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry AO.

    • Compared to most other Australian universities, UQ is in a healthy position.
    • UQ’s revenue for the year is forecast to be more than $100 million below our original budget. However, we've managed to offset this fall in our revenue by taking early decisive action to cut our expenses, with cost savings coming from limited staff recruitment and significant reductions in travel and in-person events. Also, earlier this year, the University deferred $220 million of capital spending. These measures have helped us absorb the sudden reduction in revenue.
    • These savings were achieved in a targeted way that always prioritised investment in our people, teaching and research - ahead of projects and infrastructure.
    • UQ will proceed with the next salary increase in UQ's Enterprise Agreement. So, all eligible staff will receive a 2 per cent pay rise from 1 January 2021.
    • Some modest, but prudent, cost containment measures that will help UQ manage our financial position as we deal with greater volatility in 2021, and beyond are:
    • Christmas holiday leave: We feel it would be prudent to change the practice from past years of gifting staff an additional three days of recreation leave between Christmas and New Year. Instead, we will be encouraging everyone who is not required to be at work during the Christmas shut-down period to use their accrued leave during this period. This change will save UQ around $9.5 million. UQ will continue to pay the 17.5% leave loading. Further information about leave arrangements for the Christmas-New Year period will be circulated as soon as possible.
    • Voluntary separation scheme: UQ is currently developing the details of a voluntary separation scheme for staff. More information about this scheme will be shared by Monday 28 September. It is stressed that this scheme will be entirely voluntary.

    I encourage you to read Prof Terry’s letter to all staff in full. From a UQCCR perspective we will be distributing our 2021 strategic plan soon after the September/October school holiday break.

    Dates for diaries

    21–25 September
    Mobile Blood donations being taken outside the RBWH Education Centre. Drop in, or make a booking here.
    30 September
    UQCCR Seminar
    21 September – 2 October
    School holidays
    7 October
    Group Leaders’ meeting – please send agenda items to Lisa Dingwall.
    26 – 30 October

    Mass Spec user group

    The Mass Spectrometry Facility User Group meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 September at 12pm via Zoom. 

    Title: Profiling changes in Phospholipids and Phospholipid metabolites during fear and memory acquisition. 

    Speaker: Mr Bharat Venkatesh, PhD Candidate at QBI UQ. 

    Content:  The project focuses on how neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity in the brain are associated with modification of phospholipids and its metabolites.  The Meunier laboratory have spent several years elucidating the responses of phospholipids, FFAs and LPLs to neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity using lipidomics approach for characterising and quantifying these lipid species.  In particular, the use of the fear based memory acquisition paradigm known as auditory fear conditioning (AFC), which  constrains synaptic plasticity events to specific brain regions (particularly the amygdala), allowed the laboratory to quantify the changes occurring in phospholipid metabolites in specific brain regions in response to AFC, and to determine whether these changes correlated with synaptic plasticity.  

    Understanding how the phospholipid landscape changes in response to AFC may lead to better understanding of the role of phospholipid remodelling and phospholipid metabolites in neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity in general, how these process may change with ageing, and may also offer insights into neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Parkinson's Disease (PD) in which phospholipid metabolism is altered either as a consequence or a cause of the structural changes in the brain.

    Please contact Dr Sarah Reed ( to register for the event. 

    Research development and contracts

    We have seen an increase in the number of contract matters, including funding contracts required to be established before the end of year. This is great news for our researchers in 2021 but also means the RPMs working with you will be really busy! UQCCR currently has three RPMs working with our researchers - Sabine Sand, Phoebe Kearey, and Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

    For any new contracts, just a reminder to first contact your RDO, Roheen Gill, on Roheen will obtain some key research details from you, such as the due date and whether students are involved, and refer the contract on to the RPM team. This will ensure the contracts are logged and managed according to competing priorities.

    Paper of the Month Award

    The August UQCCR Paper of the Month award goes to David Whiley, for his publication in Clinical Infectious Diseases. This paper shows that between 2016 and 2018, almost 50% of positive rotavirus tests of infant patients were shown to be detecting the individual’s vaccine viral particles, rather than actual rotavirus infections. This discovery highlights the need for accurate diagnostic testing to distinguish vaccine from wild-type virus. Congratulations David on this award!

    UQ Student Experience Survey

    The Student Experience Survey is an annual national survey of over 280,000 university students containing a range of attitudinal questions regarding teaching quality, skills development, learner engagement and learning resources. It will be administered between Thursday 10 September and Sunday 11 October to coursework students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in their first or final year of studies. Please see the SES page on the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation website for more information.

    Faculty of Medicine Excellence awards

    Nominations for the 2020 Faculty of Medicine Excellence Awards are now open. The 2020 awards celebrate staff achievements across all levels of the organisation, with eleven award categories for which individuals and teams may be nominated.

    • Collaborators of the year
    • Innovators of the year
    • Service excellence 
    • Leader of the future (professional) 
    • Leader of the future (academic) 
    • Excellence in mental and physical health, safety and wellness
    • Philanthropic leader of the year 
    • Leader of the year (professional) 
    • Leader of the year (academic) 
    • Spirit of reconciliation 
    • Rising star of the year

    Please consider nominating a colleague or colleagues who have achieved excellence within these categories and whose passionate commitment and hard work underpin our continued success.

    Health, Safety and Wellness policy updates

    The following documents have been updated and are available on the Policy and Procedures Library.

    Marketing and communications

    Just a reminder that all UQCCR researchers are encouraged to consider writing for The Conversation as a way of promoting their research to the general public. You can participate in a presentation and Q&A session with Commissioning Editor Michael Lund to learn how to be part of The Conversation. This online training session for UQ academics and PhD students will tell you what you need to know before pitching a new article and the benefits of bringing your expertise to the world. Wednesday 28 October, 9.30–11am. Register for the livestream.

    Seminar Series

    Recordings available here.

    Toolbox Talks

    Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under ‘research resources’.

    Upcoming events

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    Timesheet requirements

    A reminder for all HEWL 1-7 professional staff who are required to complete fortnightly timesheets – it is sufficient to keep copies of the timesheets as an excel or pdf document stored in email or computer drives. There is no requirement to print hard copies or to obtain your supervisor’s signature. At the completion of each fortnight an electronic copy of your timesheet should be provided to your supervisor for storage locally in order to comply with UQ HR requirements.

    Invitation: Launch of the UQ Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

    All staff and students are invited to the official launch of the first UQ Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, on Friday 16 October, 12.45–3pm at the UQ Centre, St Lucia. If you would like to attend, please register here.

    Recording of TRI Student Seminar for R U OK? Day

    Professor Selena Bartlett, QUT, recently presented her seminar, Optimal performance and stress management Post-COVID19 using neuroscience. In this presentation, you'll learn simple strategies to help you understand how the brain works and a few tools to put neuroscience into action to manage stress and improve performance. Password: d+i@05h@

    Spinoff Prize 2021 - Applications due 15 November 2020

    Last year, Nature Research established The Spinoff Prize in partnership with Merck to showcase global excellence in the commercialisation of research through the creation of university spinoff companies. The Spinoff Prize will again focus on companies established in the past three years and is open to companies that are commercialising life sciences or physical sciences research. Applications from spinoffs seeking to translate innovative new science into commercial applications that tackle global challenges are particularly encouraged. 

    Selected spinoffs will be featured in Nature, pitch at a slam event as part of the Curious2021 Future Insight Conference and the winner will receive a €30,000 cash prize. Application is free of charge. The deadline for applications is 15 November 2020. You can also recommend a spinoff to apply here.

    Stacey ColeAppointment of UQDI Research Operations Manager

    Stacey Cole commenced as the UQDI Research Operations Manager on 18 September. Stacey joined UQDI in 2011 as a laboratory manager for Professor Ian Frazer. She completed her PhD at the Queensland Brain Institute in 2009 and was a Research Officer at the UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging prior to joining UQDI. During her time as a laboratory manager Stacey provided operational research support to a number of groups within the Cancer and Immunology programs.

    Please join us in welcoming Stacey as she moves into this new role. She will be supporting the day-to-day research-focused needs of the Institute as part of the UQDI operational support team.

    Guide and shape the experiences of UQ medical students

    Interested in joining the Faculty's Personal Advisor Network (PAN), to help guide and shape the experiences of UQ medical students? Download the flyer for more information.

    Updated grant mentorship program

    UQDI is implementing a new mandatory grant mentoring program this year which will give applicants access to Grant Readers, Mentors, Internal review panels, and Grantsmanship advice. Everyone in UQDI considering applying for funding through ARC and NHMRC is required to participate in the Grant Mentoring Program (EOI via this survey). Submissions outside the program will require Director’s approval for exemption.

    Histology sample labelling

    Like any decanted chemical, don’t forget to correctly label your histology samples in solution before leaving them with the Histology Core Facility for processing. Preprinted labels should be available throughout the laboratory areas and preprinted labels are also made available at the drop off racks for the Histology Core Facility. It is important that we support TRI in providing a safe working environment for technicians and other researchers working within the Histology Core Facility. If you would like additional training or information about labelling requirements, please contact your Scientific Services Officer or the Histology Core Facility team members for support.

    Masks for transport of samples

    UQDI will provide flat surgical masks to staff and students who are required to transport samples offsite via public transport. The reason for adopting this approach is that the Queensland Chief Health Officer currently recommends the wearing of masks by the general public in areas in which physical distancing cannot be guaranteed.

    Please note that mask stocks are limited and need to be conserved so we are placing some constraints on the supply to ensure they are used consistently:

    • UQDI staff and students can request a mask from the relevant TRI SSO on Level 5 or 6 after providing their name and broad purpose of travel;
    • It is unlikely that masks will continue to be supplied once the Queensland Chief Health Officer withdraws the current recommendation for the general public to wear masks in areas in which physical distancing cannot be guaranteed; and
    • Masks cannot be supplied for general travel to and from the TRI facilities but only when it is a requirement of the work being performed (i.e. not for commuting to and from work or out to lunch); and
    • Masks should be used and disposed of in a responsible manner in accordance with Commonwealth Department of Health recommendations.

    Your continued hard work and understanding is appreciated as UQDI continues to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

    Free Nature Masterclass course available: Focus on Peer Review

    Nature Masterclasses Online includes the freely available Focus on Peer Review course, a comprehensive and insightful overview of the peer review process, delivered by 11 journal editors from Nature Research, as well as active researchers from King’s College London and Imperial College London. Learn more

    Are you conducting research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health?

    Associate Professor Maree Toombs is leading the development of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Strategy for the Faculty of Medicine. Before we leap into developing the strategy, we are keen to understand who is involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research across the Faculty. We are also keen to find out whether you would be keen to be involved in a strategy development workshop. To tell us about your experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research and whether you would like to attend a workshop, please complete this short questionnaire.

    Animal Ethics Committee October 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 7 October to Kylie Hengst. Full project applications (and renewals) must be submitted direct to the AEU by 5pm Thursday 8 October using the online form. All information and documentation can be found on the UQ Animal Ethics Website.

    UQDI Research Committee questions or suggestions

    If you have any questions or suggestions for the UQDI Research Committee, they would be very interested to hear from you. Please get in touch.

    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.

    Upcoming events

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    CRC WORKSHOP: “What is a CRC and why should I care”

    UQ Research Partnerships invites you to a CRC Workshop webinar. Thursday, 24 September 2019, 10.30am–1pm. Webinar details will be sent upon registration.

    The workshop will include presentations giving an overview of the CRC program, the role of Industry Growth Centres in CRCs, experience from a recent successful bid and experience from a successful CRC followed by a panel discussion and Q&As.  Please see PROGRAM for further details. Please REGISTER here.

    WiT - Enhance your decision making with Values

    Attend the Women in Technology online webinar, 14 October 2020, 5.30pm, to unpack why leaders are making values based decisions. Visit the event website to register. We examine how to get started and how you can put your values into practice by:

    • Defining your values
    • Prioritise your values
    • Making a decision
    • the road to a good decision
    • communicating the decision

    Meet the Editors of the American Association of Cancer Research (ACCR)

    Learn how to get your study published:

    • Tips for preparation, submitting and publishing
    • How to increase your chance of being reviewed and accepted
    • Career insights of an ACCR Editor

    There will be a 15 minute speed dating opportunity following the seminar – showcase your work, obtain feedback and attract interest for your work (RSVP required to Thursday 5 November 2020, 9-10am via Zoom: Speed dating with Editors will be 10-11am.

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