Staff Hub


Executive Assistant - Faculty

Opportunity to provide high-level executive support to assist in the smooth running of administrative activities for the Associate Dean (Research) and Faculty Executive Manager. To discuss this role please contact Kimberly Pullen. For more information and to apply, visit UQ Jobs. This is an internally advertised position only, and closes Tuesday 27 August.

Scheduled substances purchase workflow

There is a new scheduled substances (drugs and poisons) purchase workflow in place. Only approved Delegates may request and authorise the ordering of these materials for use in areas under their direct supervision. Contact your local School, Centre or Institute manager, or for further details. More information is also available at the UQ HSW page.

Safe disposal of discarded needles guide

Occasionally we may come across discarded needles in or around our workplace. OHS have developed a new guideline for the safe collection and disposal of these items.

Preparing your retirement

Getting prepared early for retirement can help ensure you don’t miss out on financial opportunities. But where to start? This seminar provides information on the key issues to consider in the lead-up to retirement so you can start planning. Tuesday 27 August, 2pm, Room 4311, Oral Health Centre. Register online.

Biosafety submission to IBC subcommittee

Only online submissions via the new UQ-Safe Lab system will be accepted for 2019 IBSC meetings. These submissions must go through reviews prior to the cut off date so be mindful of the below meeting dates. Submit your application via the UQSafe-Lab Activity application register

  • 27 August (submissions due 9 August)
  • 15 October (submissions due 27 September)
  • 26 November (submission due 8 October)

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People and culture 

Thursday 12 September 2019 is R U OK? Day

This is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone to ask, “Are you OK?” and to remember every day of the year to support people who may be struggling with life’s ups and downs. This year the message is “Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut and Ask R U OK?” We are encouraging all areas to draw awareness to this very important message. Resources and information available here

Australasian University Health Challenge - Registrations now open!

The Australasian University Health Challenge (AUHC) is starting soon. From 19 August to 29 September, challenge yourself and your friends to increase your daily amount of steps. Represent your University and compete against other institutions across the country and sea. Head to the 10,000 Steps website, represent UQ, and take the step towards a healthier you.

Epiderm Lecture: Making Progress in Skin Cancer

Professors Richard Scolyer and Georgina Long from the Melanoma Institute of Australia presented the Epiderm Lecture to 160 guests at TRI. They illustrated exciting life-extending progress in advanced skin cancer treatment. The Faculty is working to fund an Endowed Chair in Dermatology so the efforts and research of UQ’s Dermatology Research Centre continue to improve health outcomes.

Joan and Otto Hirschfeld Memorial Honours Scholarship in Immunology

On 5 August, the Hirschfeld family joined Diamantina Institute staff to award the scholarship’s sixth recipient. Leslie Dominguez Cadena undertook honours studies with the Blumenthal Group and acknowledged the philanthropic scholarship as a significant part of her success. She achieved first class honours, and will return to the Blumenthal Group to commence her PhD.

New Women In STEM database

The Australian Academy of Science has launched a new resource for gender equity toolkits—STEM Women—an online directory of women in Australia working in STEM. STEM Women is a platform developed to increase the representation of all women at all stages of their STEM career, whether in academia or industry. For details on how to share STEM Women through your own networks, contact Visit to connect with opportunities.


Need help or advice in accessing the student voice for your project or school/faculty initiative?  The Student-Staff Partnerships team can create adverts, collect student registrations, provide UQU vouchers for participants, and can provide guidance on running Student Forums, Focus Groups and activities. Submissions are now open via the SSP Voice Opportunity Submission form and close in Week 9, Friday 20 September.  Find out more on the SSP website.


Recruit your student reps now for Sem 2 2019 or 2020!  By having your 2020 student reps in place, existing reps can provide a handover, information and support to new recruits. Need help? Get assistance recruiting student reps by completing the SSP Representation Opportunity Submission form or find out more about the different types of UQ student representation e.g. Student Advisory Groups or Staff-Student Liaison Committees on the SSP website. Submissions close in Week 9, Friday 20 September.

Support Daffodil Day 2019

This year the Faculty of Medicine are showing its support for the Cancer Council by selling daffodils and hosting a Daffodil Day morning tea on Friday 23 August 10.30-11.00am, OHC, Level 7, Terrace Room.

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Teaching and learning

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Professional development

Adobe’s Inject Creativity into the Curriculum Roadshow 

This free professional learning session aims to demonstrate and worksop practical ways to inject creativity in many areas of the higher education curriculum. Wednesday 21 August, 9.30am–12.30pm, Room 101, Kathleen Lambourne Building (82F), St Lucia campus. More information and registrations online. 

Consumer Research Workshop

RECOVER Injury Research Centre presents a professional development workshop on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research. Participants will learn to identify why and how consumers, and the community, can contribute to their research. It will also help to broaden awareness of consumer perspectives. Friday 16 August, 9am–3.30pm, RBWH Conference and Education Centre.

Ethical bystanders course

This practical and interactive workshop will explore strategies to help you become an ethical bystander through activities designed to build confidence and skills to intervene when witnessing potential sexual misconduct. Wednesday 21 August, 2–4pm. Register here.

Supporting students with a disability

This session will provide you with an overview of UQ's responsibility toward students with a disability, the role of Student Services and how they can assist you, and strategies on how to approach students who present with a disability. Book in to register your interest. Thursday 5 September, 8.30–10.30am, Herston campus.

Professional boundaries and self care

This two hour session will explore how to set and maintain professional boundaries, how to work with students in a supervisory role, how to gain increased confidence in knowing how to handle student situations and understanding the limits of your responsibility, and introduce you to support and referral pathways. Register online. Wednesday 18 September, 2–4pm, Room 2060, TRI.

Supporting students with a mental health condition

Presented by a senior staff member of our Student Service Counselling team, this course will improve your awareness and skills on identifying and supporting students with early signs of a mental health condition. Register online. Thursday 24 October 2019, 9am–12pm, Herston campus.

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Visit the Faculty Research Alert page

UQ Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Appreciation Day

The Early & Mid-Career Researcher Committee (EMCR@UQ) invites you to help celebrate our first ever EMCR Appreciation Day! The morning tea event is about recognising the contribution of EMCRs to UQ and establishing a constructive dialogue between UQ’s EMCRs and executives about how to support and appreciate the work of EMCRs. Turn up and join in the conversation and networking event! For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending here. If you are interested in sharing your experiences and perspectives, please complete this survey. Wednesday 18 September, 9–10.30am, 61A Brian Wilson Chancellery, Senate/Academic Boardroom, St Lucia.

New virtual community for Histology and Microscopy users

Are you a specialist in sectioning, or a master of the microscope? Are you planning experiments using histology or microscopy and don’t know where to start? Wondering how to convert your 200MB image into a figure for your next Cell paper? Then you should join the new virtual community for Faculty of Medicine researchers

School of Public Health Workshop Series

The School of Public Health is hosting a series of workshops on qualitative research in the latter half of 2019. The workshops are open to UQ Staff, HDR students and external health professionals/researchers who are keen to understand more about qualitative research. 

Women in Life Sciences Luncheon

AusBiotech is excited to be holding the 2019 Queensland Women in Life Sciences Luncheon. With the theme, 'An Hour to Empower', the Women in Life Sciences luncheon will seek to encourage, inspire and further develop women in the sector. Register here. Friday 6 September, 12–3pm, Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall. 

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SBMS Seminar Series

Professor Rik Thompson, Associate Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and Professor in Breast Cancer Research, School of Biomedical Sciences, QUT will present on Epithelial Mesenchymal Plasticity Dynamics in Human Breast Cancer Model Systems. Monday 26 August, 12–1pm, 63-360, St Lucia campus. No registration required.

CHSR Seminar Series

Hear Professor Andrew Burton-Jones and Natalie Smith present on Evaluating digital transformation: The move to an evidence-based approach. 27 August, 12.30–1.30pm, Room 2004, TRI.

SBMS Honours program info session

Join Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) coordinators for an overview of the Honours program and research opportunities. Researchers and past students will also be available to answer questions. Lunch provided. Tuesday 27 August 12.30–2pm, Blended Learning Area, Level 1 MacGregor Building (64).

SPH Seminar Series

Sabine Sand, Research Partnership Manager with the Faculty of Medicine will present a seminar on Intellectual Property (IP)Tuesday 27 August, 1–2pm, Room 113, Public Health Building, Herston.

Children bereaved by domestic violence: understanding circumstances and improving care

Presented by Associate Professor Eva Alisic, this presentation homes in on the available literature as well as case file data and in-depth interviews with young people and caregivers. It considers international and national data, and explores the experiences of placement, custody and guardianship, contact between family members from the victim and the perpetrator side, contact between children and the perpetrator-parent, and the services received from relevant agencies. Register online. 27 August, 2–3pm, Level 7 C Auditorium, Queensland Children’s Hospital.

BDHP Ageing Theme Conference: Navigating the Ageing Journey

In August, Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (BDHP) will host a conference in support of the Ageing theme: Navigating the Ageing Journey. This one-day conference will include an exciting line-up of Australian geriatric experts, who will be speaking on a range of topics. Register online. Friday 30 August, 9am–2pm, Victoria Park Golf Course.

Wear it Purple Day Morning Tea

Wear it Purple Day is all about celebrating and supporting LGBTIQ+ people, and challenging societal attitudes to help shape a better world for us all to live in. Why purple? Well, each colour of the rainbow flag has a special meaning and the rainbow’s purple stripe represents ‘spirit’. By celebrating the spirit of LGBTIQ+ people, we let them know they are valued, supported and loved. So find your best purple outfit and come and join us to celebrate our TRI LGBTIQ+ community. As a way of fundraising for the Wear It Purple organisation, please bring along a donation to share in the baked goods. We will be giving out free Catalyst vouchers for the first 20 people wearing purple – there will also be tea/coffee available for those who miss out on the vouchers. All welcome! This event is organised by the UQDI and Mater Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committees. 30 August 2019 from 10am, TRI Atrium.

EMBL in Australia 2019

All EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) staff, alumni, their colleagues and networks in Australia are invited to the EMBL in Australia event. The programme will feature an exciting day of science talks and discussions about resources and opportunities at EMBL and in Australia. Registration is free and open to all. For more information and to book go online or contact Mehrnoosh Rayner: Monday 2 September, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

UQCCR Seminar Series 

Dr Julie Wixey will present Neuroprotective effects of placental stem cell treatment for the intrauterine growth restricted newborn​, and Professor Anders Cervin will present The snot transplant, a clinical trial. Wednesday 4 September, 12–1pm, Level 2 Auditorium.

2019 Gynaecological Cancer Patient and Community Symposium

The Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research 2019 Patient & Community Symposium promises to be an exciting event with a number of great guest speakers lined up including Pippa Hallas, CEO of Ella Bache and Dicey Scroggins, 22-year survivor of ovarian cancer and a world leader in patient advocacy. All staff and students interested in gynaecological cancer research are invited to attend. This year’s symposium theme is Survivorship: Making life after gynaecological cancer the best it can be. It will be held at Customs House on Saturday 7 September 2019. To register email or phone 07 3346 5031.

SBMS Seminar Series

Dr Kay Colthorpe, Senior Lecturer will present on Understanding students’ metacognition to support learning of biomedical science. Monday 9 September, 1–2pm, Level 7, QBI Auditorium, St Lucia campus. No registration required.

Healthcare Symposium

Senior healthcare leaders and UQ affiliates will come together at the Herston State of the Art Healthcare Symposium to discuss their vision for the Herston Healthcare and Research Precinct. For more information, please contact RBWH events. 9–12 September, RBWH.  

CHSR Seminar Series

Mrs Nazanin Falconer is a pharmacist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and a PhD Candidate at the School of Pharmacy. She will speak on Prioritising hospital patients at high-risk of medication harm: development and validation of a predictive risk model. A light lunch will be served from 12 noon for those who RSVP by 5 September 2019 to September, 12.30–1.30pm, Room 2007, TRI.

McCallum Founder’s Lecture in Dermatology

Hosted by the UQ Faculty of Medicine and Dermatology Research Centre, the 2019 McCallum Founder’s Lecture in Dermatology will be presented by Associate Professor Chris McCormack from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Thursday 12 September, 6–9pm, Auditorium, TRI Building. Register for this event.

Royal Friday

Head to RBWH from 10am for music, games, and tasty food trucks. Friday 13 September, Outside RBWH Education Centre/Block 7. 

Research Week

Research Week is being held on 16–20 September 2019 and is a celebration of the incredible research and researchers that are based at UQ. A variety of events are held to celebrate and promote research at UQ and we invite you to participate. Visit the website to find out more.

UQ Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) Appreciation Day

The Early & Mid-Career Researcher Committee (EMCR@UQ) invites you to help celebrate our first ever EMCR Appreciation Day! The morning tea event is about recognising the contribution of EMCRs to UQ and establishing a constructive dialogue between UQ’s EMCRs and executives about how to support and appreciate the work of EMCRs. Turn up and join in the conversation and networking event! For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending here. If you are interested in sharing your experiences and perspectives, please complete this survey. Wednesday 18 September, 9–10.30am, 61A Brian Wilson Chancellery, Senate/Academic Boardroom, St Lucia.

Research Capabilities Showcase

Humming inside The University of Queensland’s sprawling research facilities are some of the coolest technology and infrastructure known to researchers. The Office of Research Infrastructure is excited to present this all-day event that aims to shine the spotlight on the cool tech and infrastructure that power research across UQ and beyond. Friday 20 September 2019, St Lucia campus.

Biology of Ageing Symposium

Join prominent researchers to explore current research into the biology of ageing at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. In addition to 4 prominent international speakers, we have a great line-up of local and interstate scientists showcasing their research. Due to generous sponsorship from IMB, QBI and AIBN, free morning tea and lunch will be provided for registered participants. Join us by registering here. 20 September, 9am–5pm, QBP Large Seminar Room, IMB.

Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

This is the 19th annual SFT conference hosted by the Centre for Online Health. The SFT-19 conference is the place to share experiences, interact with peers, share ideas and learn from presentations in the categories of formal research and clinical case reports. The SFT program will offer a diverse range of presentations on a variety of important telehealth formats, panel discussions, an industry showcase session, poster presentations and telehealth demonstrations. Visit the website for more information. 21–23 October, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.

National AMR Forum

CRE REDUCE and UQ are collaborating with national institutions and international partners in the delivery of the 3rd National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Forum, to be held in Brisbane on 8 November 2019 at the RBWH Education & Conference Centre at Herston. 

ASI Conference

Join us for the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology. The conference aims to provide another innovative and dynamic scientific program spread over five days. Call for abstracts close 30 August. 8–12 December, Adelaide Convention Centre. 



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Pofessor Christel Middeldorp to Co-Chair Children’s Mental Health Strategy Working Party

Congratulations to Professor Christel Middeldorp who together with Professor Frank Oberklaid from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, will co-chair the working group tasked with developing the Children’s Mental Health Strategy. The working group will develop a strategy which will provide a framework to embed protective skills in early childhood, create mentally healthy home environments, support parents, and prevent or treat early childhood trauma.

Congratulations to Cody Frear

Well done to Cody Frear for winning the Faculty of Medicine 3 Minute Thesis competition. He was the overall winner as well as the people’s choice winner. He will now go on to represent the Faculty at the UQ Final in September. 

Mary McConnell Career Boost for Women award

Congratulations to the winners of the Mary McConnell Career Boost for Women, awarded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year CHRC has two winners: Dr Alex DeYoung and Dr Kath Benfer.

Staff photos

UQ Faculty Media have arranged for a photographer to come to CCHR on Thursday 29 August to take staff photos between 9.30am–12.30pm in rooms 601 and 602. If you are interested in having a staff/student/group photo taken on that day, please email Elyanna will be finalising the list at 10am on Thursday 22 August. 

CHRC All Staff Meeting

August’s UQ CHRC All Staff Meeting will be held at 9am on Wednesday 28 August in the level 5 Seminar room (followed by morning tea). Professor Geoff McColl has been invited to speak about Faculty Strategy. This will be run as a Q&A session.

KidStim lab on ScopeTV

The KidStim lab, set-up and managed by the Acquired Brain Injury in Children (ABiC) Research group, featured on Scope TV on Sunday 4th August (Channel 10 Peach).  See our Research Fellow, Dr Kartik Iyer, explain HD-EEG.

Grant Writing Workshop

The 2-day interactive workshop aims to provide guidance in grant/fellowship writing, grantsmanship, clinical trial design, biostatistics, budgeting, bibliometrics and career development through mentorship, lectures and group discussions. This intensive workshop will involve lectures from topic experts (clinical trials design, biostatics) and panel discussions, and attendees will be assigned with an experienced primary and secondary mentor and will receive individual feedback on their application. The workshop will be led by Professor Roslyn Boyd, NHMRC Research Fellow and Director of the AusCP-CTN CRE, and mentors with NHMRC track records in the field of Cerebral palsy, Neuroprotection, Pre-clinical Trials and Paediatrics. For any queries, please contact Dr Annie Chen at, or visit our website. 10–11 October, Monash Health Translation Precinct. 


Burgess, A. , Boyd, R. N., Ziviani, J. and Sakzewski, L. (2019), A systematic review of upper limb activity measures for 5‐ to 18‐year‐old children with bilateral cerebral palsy. Aust Occup Ther J. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12600

Upcoming events

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

Steps toward an epigenetic therapy for Angelman Syndrome

Dr Ulrika Beitnere of the David Segal Lab, Genome Centre, University of California Davis, USA, will present. Friday 16 August, 12–1pm, CCHR Seminar Room Level 5.

CCHR Research Seminar

Leah Roberts will be speaking on the Application of whole genome sequencing technologies for clinically important bacterial pathogens. 28 August, CCHR Seminar Room.

Children's Health Precinct HDR Student Symposium

The Children's Health Precinct HDR Student Symposium will highlight postgraduate research that is taking place across the Children’s Health Precinct, and promote networking amongst postgraduate students and professionals. 29 August, 9am–2.30pm, CCHR. Register online.

A Photo Exhibition: Helping Mothers Care for Kids with Disabilities in India

This exhibition documents a program which trained local women in health, play, nutrition and child development and involved low-cost materials. The proceeds of any prints purchased will be donated to the Asha Bavan Centre, an Indian disability non-governmental organisation which continues to employ community mothers to deliver the program. September 6–8 at the Woolloongabba Substation. View more information or register online.



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Dr Anish Menon received the prestigious award of Researcher of the Year, Student Researcher - Clinical Science at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Health Symposium Research Excellence Awards for his work on the REMODEL Project – Rethinking Diabetes Care. Anish is a CHSR PhD student in his final year and a consultant Endocrinologist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. A well-deserved award!

New PhD student

Harriet Wilson arrived from England on July 29. Supervised by Melinda Martin-Khan, Len Gray and Jason Ferris, Harriet’s thesis title is International Dementia Care: Health service utilization comparisons of people with cognitive and functional impairment using a global minimum data set (MDS). Her project uses interRAI data to identify and characterize patients with and without cognitive impairment, describe cognitive and functional capacities, and health service utilization. It will characterize global prevalence and incidence of dementia using a common MDS; and describe variation in health care service models for people with dementia highlighting where acute care and emergency department utilization is minimised.

Self-nominations for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels now open

Researchers are invited to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels through RGMS. Self-nominations must be entered in RGMS by Wednesday 28 August 2019. Details on how to determine the most appropriate funding programs to contribute your expertise and experience to and instructions on how to nominate yourself are available from the NHMRC website.

IDF Congress 2019

Congratulations again to Anish Menon whose abstract was selected for inclusion in the scientific programme of the IDF Congress 2019 in Busan. Novo Nordisk supports the IDF Congress 2019 with an educational grant to fund 25 young researchers, and he was also selected to be part of this group.

The Conversation series

The Conversation ran a series of articles on a recently released comprehensive evaluation of the Queensland government’s 2016 policy reforms to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and the implications for alcohol regulation and the night-time economy in Queensland and Australia. Jason Ferris, Cheneal Puljević, and Barbara Wood contributed. 

Thirsty Thursday

On the first Thursday of every month, CHSR is inviting all staff to attend drinks at the Norman Hotel from 4.30pm. Please come along for a drink and some laughs! Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming events

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

Medical Grand Rounds

Professor Kenneth Rockwood and Professor Susan Howlett will speak on the topic of Translational research in ageing. Monday 2 September, 12.15–1.15 pm, TRI Auditorium.



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Student Experience Survey

UQ is participating in the 2019 Student Experience Survey (SES) to help improve the student experience. Over 280,000 students completed the 2018 SES, making it the largest ever survey of current university students in Australia. The UQ data from the 2018 SES can be found on the UQ Reportal. All staff are encouraged to promote the survey to our students. Academic staff are asked to take a moment at the end of classes throughout August 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, together with suggested social media content for use in other forms of communication with students.

MD2025 Stakeholder Consultation Program 

A major review of our curriculum is now underway.  Attend a workshop and have your say about the future of our Medical Program. Alternatively, send your ideas and feedback through to

Scholarship to keep local doctors in the region

UQ has announced a new scholarship intended to train and keep future doctors in Bundaberg. It was announced at the Bundaberg Rural Clinical School’s Open House event, where the doors of its medical school opened to the public for the first time.

Upcoming events

Get involved by attending seminar series and events listed here.

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.


From the Head of School

I congratulate Ethan Scott, Cassy Spiller and Brad Launikonis on their successful research grants from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), The Kids Cancer Project and the Jain Foundation, respectively. These are great examples of diversifying funding sources.

Congratulations to Maree Smith as the Keynote Speaker at the AusBiotech Queensland Women in Life Sciences Luncheon being held on 6 September. She was honoured as a Companion of the Order of Australia earlier this year for her eminent service to science through pioneering research and innovation in the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Please note that we will be preparing the 2020 budget in the next month or so, and senior staff may be contacted to provide input to this process (which involves analysis of our current situation).

A brief reminder that the MD2025 Stakeholder Consultation Program is holding a workshop specifically for SBMS from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday 27 August. Please register via the invitation email sent on 15 August.

I shall be attending the International Statistics Institute World Statistics Conference in Kuala Lumpur next week. Lizzie Coulson will be Acting Head of School.


Research group web pages

Due to the limitations of the UQ web management system, the publication lists on Research group pages on the SBMS website are not automatically kept up-to-date like they are with individual researchers’ pages. There are two ways to update your publications lists:

  1. The marketing team can add a button that links to the researcher’s eSpace. See Stefan Thor’s page (click through to the “Selected publications” tab) here as an example. Please email the SBMS Marketing & Comms Manager Simone Moyle if you would like a button added to your Group page.
  2. Your list of publications can also be manually copied across from your individual page. Again, please email SBMS Marketing & Comms Manager Simone Moyle to keep your list of publications current.

HDR Liaison Officer

We welcome Aisha Dixon to the School as our new HDR Liaison Officer, replacing Penny Storey. For the past 18 months, Aisha has worked in the Faculty of Medicine supporting Northside students and supervisors. She brings a wealth of experience having previously worked in similar roles in NMSW and Dentistry. Aisha is also the custodian of the Faculty’s HDR Student Support page, so let her know if you have any ideas to help make it a more useful tool for students. She will be based in the Skerman level 3 office Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.   

Keynote speaker announcement

Emeritus Professor Maree Smith has been announced as the Key Speaker for the Queensland Women in Life Sciences Luncheon. Chaired by Lorraine Chiroiu, CEO, AusBiotech, this powerful luncheon will feature an action-oriented speaking programme to encourage, support and empower women in the sector. This luncheon will focus on the solutions and what we can do to initiate change and bolster efforts. Register your place here.

An update from Vaughan Kippers on his preparations for the Smiddy Challenge

“I am now ready for the Smiddy Challenge after completing the final training weekend. If you or a friend would like to support cancer research at the Mater Hospital, please encourage them to donate.

This is my final report before I leave Townsville on Friday 23 August with 40 other Smiddy Challenge riders. In July, we had our last training session. This confirmed that I will struggle to keep up with the peloton and may have to spend some time in the “sag wagon”, but I’ll try to make this as little as possible.

A friend, Roger Hawley, organised a pair of fundraising rides at the end of the July, and it is anticipated that more than $2,500 will be added to my present total of $8,822. I have now dropped out of the top five fundraisers, so any additional donations will be appreciated.

On Saturday, 31 August, at 3pm, the Smiling for Smiddy riders are scheduled to arrive at the Mater Hospital, Aubigny Place, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane. All supporters are encouraged to welcome the peloton after nine days and 1,600km of cycling!”

Australasian University Health Challenge

The 10,000 Step Challenge has gotten bigger - this year your steps will count for UQ in the Australasian University Health Challenge. Registrations are open now for the 6 week challenge, running from 19 August to 29 September.

If there is enough interest, we are also happy to coordinate a SBMS team challenge again. This would mean that you need to create your team of 7 members, nominate your Team Captain who will send Robyn Oram your team name, members names and email contact. The Team Captain will collate and send Robyn the team weekly tally each Monday. We will keep tally of the weekly totals and send out update and most importantly, organise some prizes for the winning team.

Grant success

Please join us in celebrating the following successful grant outcomes:

  • Ethan Scott’s SFARI grant on Brain-wide mapping of sensory circuitry in zebrafish models of autism spectrum disorder ($1,267,455 over 4 years) has been officially announced.
  • Cassy Spiller received $50k from The Kids Cancer Project for her project Development of a non-invasive diagnostic and prognostic assay for adolescent testicular cancer.
  • Brad Launikonis received a 1-year grant ($202,780) from the Jain Foundation for his project Ca2+ handling and tubular (t-) system function in dysferlinopathy.

A table of successful research grants awarded to SBMS researchers so far this year can be found on our Intranet. Please send information about any new grant successes to Uli Siebeck. Information about key upcoming grant and fellowship opportunities can also be found here

Big Picture Grant Ideas/HERA

At the Research Retreat in November (and in preparation for grants including HERA), if you wish to lead one (or think you might be involved in one external to SBMS) we want to know. Ideas will be chosen to discuss at this year’s Retreat. Please talk to Brittany to complete a Faculty “strength” form for us.

Staff Scientific Reviews

We now have a process by which you can nominate to have your research be “reviewed” by a panel of your choosing. We aim to have everyone reviewed once every three years, especially if people are considering applying for promotion. Nomination forms are available here or from Brittany.

UQ Amplify

We have a formal EOI for UQ amplify applicants for the 2019 round (which just opened). If someone has approached you please ask them to apply if they haven’t already done so. Teaching needs to be allocated via the T&L Committee.

SASS Friday Social Mixer

The next SBMS SASS Friday Social Mixer will be held on Friday 23 August, 4:30-7:30pm, on the level 1 deck, Sir William MacGregor Building (64). Please remember to bring cash to the event. Hope to see everyone there.

Inter-Institute Soccer Tournament

It's time again to strap on your football boots and represent SBMS at UQ's annual inter-institute soccer tournament! Last year we had two teams and we secured third place, beaten only by SCMB and IMB. Don't worry if you're not a professional player, or even if you've never played before; SBMSer's of all skill levels are more than welcome to come play or even just cheer us on to victory. Saturday 21 September 2019, St Lucia campus. It's a great day away from the lab, so bug all of your lab mates, supervisors and basically anyone you see wandering the hallways of SBMS. Register your interest with Declan Gorman.

Date savers

September 5
Honours Proposal Seminar (mid-year cohort), multiple venues
September 26
School Staff Meeting, Hawken Engineering Building (50), Room S201
October 3
2019 Thanksgiving Ceremony, Exhibition Hall, UQ Centre (27A), St Lucia
October 27-29 HDR Retreat, Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre
November 4
Honours Final Seminars, multiple venues, TBA
November 5-6
SBMS Research Retreat, venue TBA
November 27
School Staff Meeting, venue TBA
November 29
2019 Annual Anatomy Training, venue TBA
December 13
Awards Night, Customs House

SBMS honours student wins world rowing comp

Congratulations to Ria Thompson, an honours student from the Tucker group, who recently won the Women’s Single Scull at the 2019 under-23 world rowing championships.

Cryofacility Training

Two new Cryofacility training sessions have been scheduled for: 

  • Monday 12 August, 1– 1.30 pm, Outside Cryofacility, Ritchie Building Room C104. Trainer is Adam Beauchamp.
  • Friday 16 August, 1– 1.30 pm, Outside Cryofacility, Ritchie Building Room C104.Trainer is Nigel Deeming.

Please email your intended attendance to to reserve a spot.

New publications in SBMS

The Research Committee would like to ensure all SBMS staff are aware of the publication achievements within the School. Please send any information about upcoming publications (including the date to be released) to Jo Bowles for inclusion in The SBMS Update.

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Congratulations to Sam Brookfield

The 3MT final included nine finalists from across the Faculty. The calibre of presentations was excellent and the stories used by the finalists to tell their thesis in three minutes were brilliant. The competition was very close with only 0.25 points difference between first and second place. Samuel Brookfield was awarded runner-up and did SPH very proud. Sam is supervised by Lisa Fitzgerald and Linda Selvey. His 3MT presentation was titled Why are we not all on drugs, right now? Asking the right questions about methamphetamine. Sam has been invited to present at the Wildcard Competition on 28 August. Sam is away presenting at two major international conferences in August, but we are hoping he might be able to make the wildcard competition. Congratulations again Sam! And thanks to the SPH contingent that came along to cheer him on.

Climate change rally

The Global Climate Strike rally in Brisbane will take place on 20 September. Staff wanting to participate should contact Linda Selvey, and also speak with their supervisor to make the appropriate leave and university service delivery arrangements.  Please note that Global Climate Strike rally is not an endorsed work activity and attendees do so in a personal capacity. 

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New equipment

We have purchased two MinION devices for rapid whole genome sequencing of bacterial pathogens. We’ve also purchased an AcceleratePheno system (first in Australia!). This is a technology that allows the determination of MICs (minimum inhibitory concentration) of common antibiotics against bacteria found in patients with bloodstream infections. These purchases are part of a broader effort in translational research at UQCCR for patients with life-threatening bloodstream infections. 

Improving Grants Support at UQCCR

The UQCCR Research Committee invites you to complete a survey on improving grants support services. Your response will guide the Committee with planning and developing grant support activities. It is hoped that these initiatives will help boost the quality of your applications and contribute to your overall funding success. Your participation is valued and critical. The survey is open now, and closes midday Thursday 22 August 2019. For assistance contact Luminita Vlad,, or ext 66071.

TapeStation announcement

We're pleased to offer researchers access to an Agilent TapeStation 4150, complementing the BioAnalyzer currently available on level 8. The TapeStation allows high quality analysis of size, quantity and integrity of DNA and RNA samples, supporting next-gen sequencing and biobanking workflows. Unlike the BioAnalyzer, the TapeStation has a constant consumables cost per sample, and kits are available for a range of applications. Training is being offered by the supplier on 29 August. If you are interested, please contact beforehand.

Change to Evacuation assembly point

Due to upcoming construction in the grassed commons area out the front of UQQCR, an alternative Emergency Evacuation Assembly point will be nominated for 5 August to the end of September 2019.  The alternative assembly point will be the grassed area on the other side of the Education Centre. Notices will be placed up on all Evacuation Plans showing the alternative assembly point, and Floor Wardens and all staff and students will be informed off the alternate arrangements. If you require any clarification, please contact Lyle McMillen (UQCCR Building Warden).

Melatonin for Parkinson's disease sleep problems

Calling for volunteers to find out whether melatonin can assist people with Parkinson's disease to get better sleep. Our research will help find a better treatment for long-term sleeping difficulties. Contact Dr Jane Nikles on or 0408 599 033 or visit the website for more information.

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UQDI Staff and Student Update

All UQDI staff and students are encouraged to attend. Tuesday 20 August, 10 – 11am, TRI Auditorium.

Animal Ethics Committee September 2019 deadline

The UQDI deadline for submission of amendments, extensions, adverse events and breeding applications for consideration at the HS AEC September 2019 meeting is 10am Wednesday 4 September to Kylie Hengst. Full project applications (and renewals) must be submitted by the UQ deadline of 5pm Thursday 5 September using the online form .Please remember that the new amendment form must be used. The previous modification form will no longer be accepted.

Metrics for grant applications

This hands-on session will provide information about key publication metrics that will strengthen your grant applications. Find out how to demonstrate the extent of your collaboration and make claims of impact using metrics from indexed (Web of Science, Scopus and Scival) publications. We will also touch on alternative impact measures you might use. Tuesday 20 August, 9.30am–12.30pm, PACE Library. Register online.

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Wear it Purple Day Morning Tea – 30 August 2019 from 10am, TRI Atrium

Wear it Purple Day is all about celebrating and supporting LGBTIQ+ people, and challenging societal attitudes to help shape a better world for us all to live in. Why purple? Well, each colour of the rainbow flag has a special meaning and the rainbow’s purple stripe represents ‘spirit’. By celebrating the spirit of LGBTIQ+ people, we let them know they are valued, supported and loved. So find your best purple outfit and come and join us to celebrate our TRI LGBTIQ+ community. As a way of fundraising for the Wear It Purple organisation, please bring along a donation to share in the baked goods. We will be giving out free Catalyst vouchers for the first 20 people wearing purple – there will also be tea/coffee available for those who miss out on the vouchers. All welcome! This event is organised by the UQDI and Mater Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committees.

UQDI Seminar Series

Each month UQDI hosts an external researcher to present a seminar to all staff and students.

  • Dr Yew Ann Leong, University of California San Francisco. Wednesday 4 September, 12.30–1.30pm, TRI Room 2003.
  • Professor Georgia Chevenix-Trench, QIMR Berghofer. Monday 23 September, 12.30–1.30pm, TRI Room 2003.
  • Associate Professor Paul Timspon, Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Tuesday 8 October, 12.30–1.30pm, TRI Room 2003.
  • Professor Alex Swarbrick, Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Monday 28 October, 12.30–1.30pm, TRI Room 2003.

UQDI Research Leaders Seminar

Dr Fiona Simpson will present. 12 September, 12pm–1pm,TRI Room 2003.

TRI Monthly Seminar Series

The TRI Monthly Seminar Series aims to attract internationally renowned speakers to present at TRI.TRI based researchers, if you would like to nominate a speaker, please contact them to ascertain their availability. If the speaker would like to present at TRI, please complete the online form and submit to

TRI Student Seminar Series

Each week, several research higher degree students and post-doctorate researchers will give a presentation on their research.These seminars will be held every Thursday, from 3–4pm in the Level 7 Staff Lounge. Drinks and snacks will be provided from 3pm.

TRI Cancer Seminar Series

This is an interdisciplinary seminar series, highlighting cutting edge clinical, translational, and basic research topics in cancer from our research partner institutes – UQ Diamantina, QUT and the Mater.

TRI Immunology Seminar Series

This fortnightly series features exciting research updates from ongoing early-to-mid career Immunology researchers, covering basic to translational research topics in immunology and immunotherapy.



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