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.

Operational  

Vaccinations and immunisation requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phase 1A populations:

*Quarantine and border workers

*Frontline healthcare worker sub-groups for prioritisation

*Aged care and disability care staff

*Aged care and disability care residents

 Phase 1B populations:

*Elderly adults aged 70 and above

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

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55

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

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

UQ Annual Influenza Vaccination Program

The University of Queensland’s annual free flu program is set to be rolled out in April.

The program is open to all staff (continuing, fixed term and casual) and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students aged between 18 and 64. 

The program will commence on 12 April at 11 different UQ locations.

For details on the program and where and how you can benefit from it see here.

Herston bike box area cleanout

A scheduled cleanout of the bike box area in the Oral Health Centre, Herston, Car Park level 1 will occur  on Saturday 10 April.

If you are a user of this space, please collect any personal items left in communal areas including bikes and bike locks before 11pm on Friday 9 April. 

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

Herston Road resurfacing works

Brisbane City Council will be undertaking road resurfacing works on Herston Road, Herston between Aberleigh Road and Bowen Bridge Road. These works are expected to start from Sunday 28 February 2021 to mid-March 2021, from 7pm to 5am, subject to suitable weather and construction conditions. Signage will be installed at the location of the works one business day before the works start, to notify residents and businesses nearby.

    View archived Operational announcements


    People and culture 

    Have your voice heard

    UQ's HR Mental Health team is evaluating UQ's Employee Assistance Program, Benestar, and are welcoming any feedback staff may have in relation to your experience of the program offered by the current service provider and the quality of counsellors/clinicians. The questionnaire should only take five –10 minutes and all responses are anonymous. For enquiries, contact Workplace Psychologist Kate Smith.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support line

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line provides support from clinicians who either identify as or who have in-depth cultural awareness and extensive experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The service is free, confidential and available face-to-face or over the phone. Find out more or call 1800 816 152.

      View archived People and Culture announcements


      Teaching and learning

      Experts Talk Equity seminar

      Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM, the first quadriplegic medical graduate and intern in Queensland, will speak at TIME UQ’s inaugural Experts Talk Equity series on 6 May.

      Dr Palipana is a co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities Australia and works tirelessly to confront ableism and inequity in the Australian medical system.

      Tickets to the online event are free for TIME members and non-members who are part of the Equitable Access Scheme. For all other non-members, tickets are $5.

      Bookings and further information here
       

      UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

      Expressions of interest (EOIs) for the UQ Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are now open until Friday 23 April.

      The awards aim to acknowledge excellence in learning and teaching by recognising staff through three programs (self-nomination is permitted): Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE)Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL)

      View archived Teaching and Learning announcements


      Professional development 

      Webinars for UQ staff with direct reports

      In readiness for UQ’s new HR system, Workday, all UQ Managers are invited to attend three important webinars commencing Monday 15t April. A ‘Manager’ in Workday is anyone with direct reports. Note: You do not need to have the word ‘Manager’ in your job title for this to apply to you.  Please register here

      Training and development courses

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

      View archived Professional Development announcements


      Research

      Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme 2021

      Congratulations to Associate Professor Kristen Gibbons, Dr Sainath Raman and Mr Endrias Ergetu from the Child Health Research Centre.

      The group have secured $10,000 in seed funding to develop an International Partnership with the University of Zurich and University Children’s Hospital Zurich. The partnership aims to enhance capacity in digital trials and precision medicine for critically unwell children.

      Funding and presenting opportunities for women’s health researchers

      Two exciting opportunities are now available for Queensland researchers specialising in women’s health to either showcase their research or apply for grants.

      The AHRA Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network has opened up applications for the inaugural Early to Mid-Career Researcher Funded Awards.

      The inaugural grant round comprises one-off 12-month financial support grants of up to $15,000 to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers.

      The Network is also holding the Queensland Women’s Health Forum in May and is calling for researchers to submit abstracts for presentations on a range of topics.

      Application details here.

      Abstract call-out for prestigious PAH awards

      UQ researchers are invited to submit an abstract for the 2021 Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Health Symposium Research Excellence Awards.

      The awards – which recognise next generation discoveries in the clinical space – will return to the symposium program, held from 24-27 August at the Translational Research Institute, PAH campus.

      Abstract submission deadline is 28 May. More information and application details here.

      Medical Research Future Fund survey

      Research Australia is showcasing Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) success stories.

      MRFF grant recipients are being asked to complete a survey about how MRFF funding has assisted or is assisting in research. This could be interim results or the outcomes of completed projects.

      The responses will be used to compile a report that will be presented to government to promote continued investment in the MRFF and research

      As a member of the Research Australia Alliance, you may be selected as a ‘feature piece’ for the report and we will contact you further should you be chosen.

      Please click this link to take part in the 20-minute survey which is voluntary, is not aimed at tracking success and is not a grant assessment.

      Winter Research Program

      Interested students are encouraged to apply for the Winter Research Program, with applications now open until 18 April.

      This is a wonderful opportunity to team up with some of The University of Queensland’s leading academics and researchers to engage in research-related activities for a selected project.

      Find out more and apply here.  

      Faculty of Medicine Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow Scheme

      The Faculty of Medicine is delighted to be recruiting up to eight Level B or C research-focused academics to join our research enterprise on prestigious five year research fellowships. Applicants from both within and outside of UQ are encouraged to apply and successful applicants will be granted start-up funds and provided with opportunities to teach. More info here.

      RDI 2021 Network Conference

      Calling all academics, researchers, consultants, practitioners and students.You’re invited to register for the upcoming Research for Development Impact Conference 2021 in response to the theme: Pathways through disruption – the future of sustainable development and recovery in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.Early bird registrations are open for the online conference on July 1-2. More information here

      U21 Health Sciences funding opportunities

       Applications are now open for U21 Health Sciences Group funding opportunities in three key categories.

      The International Projects Fund is aimed at supporting academic and non-academic represented teams to develop a collaborative project while the Research Development Fund is aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects.

      The Student Research Fund is designed to support Masters (Research) and Doctoral students across the network to develop a research project.

       Interdisciplinary applications involving multiple health themes and partnership with at least three member universities are encouraged.

       The closing date for applications is Monday, 5 July 2021 with all application details here.

      Vertigo Ventures webinar
      Metrics for Grant Writing and Promotion will provide an overview of publication metrics that can be used to support claims about the quality of your research and track record for grant funding or academic promotion applications. Held via Zoom on five dates until 15 June, registration required.  
       

      MyResearch now available

      UQ’s research community can now Login to MyResearch to submit human and animal ethics research, teaching and breeding applications. MyResearch Training Hub provides learning resources. Researchers are encouraged to be familiar with the keynote topics for researchers. Demonstrations are also available to assist with familiarisation with the system.

      Learn more about MyResearch 

        View archived Research announcements

        Milestone Seminars

        UQ’s Milestones Seminars 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 archived Events announcements

        ABiC's award winning poster 

        Acquired Brain Injury in Children (ABiC) presented a poster on brain connectivity and sleep changes after melatonin treatment in children with persistent post-concussion symptoms at the International Neurotrauma Symposium 2020.  It won the EBIC People’s Choice poster award.

        Congratulations Athena

        Athena Stein, a PhD student in ABiC, was accepted into the Wonder of Science Young Science Ambassador program, hosted by UQ.

        As a Young Science Ambassador, Athena will undertake at least five trips of her choice throughout the year to schools around Queensland. 

        High achiever rewarded

        A huge congratulations to Donna Franklin who was one of six winners selected for the PCCM Awards for Trainees and Early Investigators for medical/nursing/allied health professional oral presentation on ‘Nasal High Flow in Children with Acute Hypoxemic Respirator Failure. A Paediatric Acute Respiratory Intervention Study (Paris)'.

         

        View archived announcements from CHRC

        Geriatric Medicine Research Stream seminar

        The CHSR Ageing and Geriatric Medicine Research Stream has a new seminar series presentation on 13 April. Presenters Dr Rahul Ladwa and Ms Robyn Berry will lead a  discussion on Geriatric Oncology. 

        Dr Ladwa is a medical oncologist at the PA hospital and senior lecturer at UQ. Robyn is the older person oncology CNC. Her background is in community aged care prior to joining the oncology team. She has worked on numerous research projects looking at the assessment of older people with cancer. Her areas of interest include frailty, dementia, and delirium. She is keen to continue collaboration with Ruth Hubbard and other members of Geriatric medicine team.

        The management of lung cancer has changed drastically with the introduction of targeted drugs and immunotherapy. An older and frail patient population exists that have been underrepresented in clinical trials. The appropriate selection and management of these patients in this rapidly evolving space has not been studied.

        This presentation will focus on how the assessment of frailty in lung cancer and its impact on treatment decisions may change how we manage patients with this advanced malignancy.

        Details on how to join the discussion can be found here

        COH Telehealth Webinar

        The next COH Telehealth Webinar will be held on Wednesday 7 April by Zoom only.

        Dr Claire Brolan, UQ Development Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures, will present the Webinar on the topic of ‘Assumptions on who can and can’t access telehealth services’.

        The forum will explore the assumptions and myths about access to telehealth services by disadvantaged healthcare consumers and examine the 'most appropriate' way to provide health services to marginalised or disempowered groups for improved equitable access to healthcare. 

        Event details can be found here.

        Congratulations

        Congratulations to Dilki Jayasinghe. Dilki is the new CHSR HDR Representative and a huge thank you to Alice Tran for representation in 2020.

        Sharing the good news

        Congratulations to Dr Syed (Afroz) Keramat and his wife on the arrival of their baby boy.

        CHSR welcomes Phd student Dr Mark Nalder

        Dr. Mark Nalder has recently joined the Administrative Data Analytics group within the Centre for Health Services Research to commence a PhD. Mark is a qualified Medical Oncologist and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Recently, Mark was appointed as a Medical Oncology Research Fellow at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

         As part of his PhD, in collaboration with the Cancer Alliance Queensland, Mark will utilise the Queensland Cancer Registry and other linked administrative and health services data to investigate the real-world outcomes of cancer patients treated with systemic therapy in Queensland. Specifically, Mark is interested in analysing the outcomes of immunotherapy treatment and investigating the utility of predictive peripheral blood biomarkers which may correlate with response to treatment. 

        Mark’s principal advisor is Jason Pole in collaboration with David Wyld and Euan Walpole.

        Upcoming events

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

        View archived announcements from CHSR

        Expression of Interest: Join a MD Design Working Group
        The MD Design project is now embarking on the stage two of the design process - the detailed design of the curriculum. We are seeking expressions of interest and nominations from across our broader MD Program community and beyond to join one of eight working groups that will be focused on the design of the new curriculum.    The working groups will be led by a Theme Lead and will meet regularly to progress with the design of staged learning outcomes, learning activities and related assessment tasks for their specific theme.  For more information, click here or alternatively, contact the MD Design project team at med.md-design@uq.edu.au

        View archived announcements from the Medical Dean Portfolio

        Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting

        The ANZSCDB Queensland Committee invites you to attend the Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting on Thursday April 22.

        The meeting will be held from noon–4pm at the Translational Research Institute Auditorium and via Zoom (for interstate and New Zealand Colleagues).

        Confirmed plenary speakers include Dr Sarah Boyle (University of South Australia), Associate Professor Mathias Francois (Centenary Institute), Dr Jana Vucovic (The University of Queensland) and Associate Professor James Hudson (QIMRB).

        Four outstanding PhD/ECR speakers will also be selected to present on their latest research in cell and developmental biology.

        Lunch will be provided and a networking event with food and drinks provided will run following the meeting.

        In conjunction, a Best Microscopy Image competition will be held for HDR students and ECRs (up to five years post-PhD). Please email images to Dr Jatin Patel (j7.patel@qut.edu.au) and Dr Julia Pagan (j.pagan@uq.edu.au) by COB Thursday 15 April.

        Registration for this event is free and for catering purposes is required by 15 April.

        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.

         

        Hervey Bay Update

        RCS Hervey Bay first Community Advisory Group (CAG) – 15 March: We held our first CAG meeting for the year last Monday with great representation from our community stakeholders.

        Harmony Week Food Festival and Student Trivia – 18 March: We celebrated diversity with our staff and students last week by joining together for a “food festival” and a student trivia competition. The food was divine!

        General Intern Campaign Information Session – 23 March:  RTH Wide Bay are hosting a General Intern Campaign Information Session on 23 March for our local students. We will provide them with further information on the campaign and give them the opportunity to ask questions about the process and internships prior to the campaign opening in May.

        General Practice Information Session –23 March:  RTH Wide Bay are also holding a General Practice Information Session on 23 March, to give those students thinking about or interested in a career in General Practice, information on the training programs, application process, pre-requisite rotations and being a GP in a regional setting. 

        Bundaberg Update

        Our 2021 Welcome event was held on 1 March after being postponed from Intro Week due to COVID.  Approximately 60 students, staff, junior doctors, teaching clinicians and community members attended the evening which was held outside in front of the RCS building from 5.30pm. It was great seeing everyone getting to know one another, catching up with familiar faces and enjoying the delicious woodfired pizzas.  Photos from the event are on Out and About.

        The first SSLG Meeting was on held on Monday 15 March with 25 students and staff in attendance.  We also had a special guest attend the meeting; Professor Alan Sandford, Director of Medical Academic Development for CQ& WBHHS who provided some guidance to students on prevocational and vocational pathways.

        Our first TL&R Meeting was also held on the evening of 15 March, with 16 Academic Leads and RCS Staff in attendance.  Our Head of RCS was also able to join our meeting to provide an update on RMP and MD Design matters.

        The first CAG Meeting for Bundaberg was held on Tuesday 16 March with an attendance of 16 members which included 10 community members and only 4 apologies.  Nominations for Chair were held with two very suitable candidates accepting nominations, and the elected Chair conducting the next meeting in May.

        Toowoomba Update

        We are excited to welcome to the following staff to our UQRCS Toowoomba team:

        1. Dr Rebecca Lyon, Toowoomba Academic Lead  who is on site Monday, Thursday and alternate Wednesday/Friday afternoons. Email her at r.lyon@uq.edu.au. After practising as a rural generalist in Kingaroy, Rebecca is now working clinically as a GP in Toowoomba at Eastside Health on Mary, and for GPTQ supporting the doctors on Practice Experience Program.

        2. Alanna Johnstone, Student Coordinator RRM.  Email Alanna at alanna.johnstone@uq.edu.au.  Alanna joined the RRM team last week having recently relocated from Bundaberg where she worked as a Student Engagement Officer with CQUni.

        Toowoomba Clinical Skills Update

        We held our first SILVER-Q on 6 March 2021 which comprised of both morning and afternoon sessions in a jam packed day. 10 medical students worked through five scenarios with a total of 20 nursing students. Once again our actors were the stars of the day! The feedback was excellent and it was exciting to see the students encouraging their peers to sign up for the next session on 20 March.

        Marketing and Communications Update

        Team matters:  As of Monday 22 March, Justine Barrett will now only work Monday – Wednesday. Jess Geddes will continue working two days per week. We will be short staffed until a new team member joins us. More details to come.

        Social media: Our February social media post with the most reach was RACGP Award Winners while the post with the most engagement (shares/likes) was NHET-Sim Workshop in Bundy

        Website changes:  The RTH section of the website has had a revamp. RTH now has its own “tab” on the main RCS website. Further changes will progressively be made across the entire RCS website

        Media distribution: Four media stories were distributed in January and February respectively while two media stories and opportunities have been distributed so far in March

        ​Media coverage: Media coverage generated in January can be accessed here, and here for February. Media coverage generated so far in March can be found here.

        Events calendar

        Events and activities scheduled for March and April can be found here. Our key upcoming events are recruitment based, leading up to the UCAT cut off in May.

        Research Update

        PRIMM Grant submitted: UQRCS Research is part of a consortium which has recently submitted a grant application for Primary care Rural Innovative Multidisciplinary Models (PRIMM) funding. The consortium, led by Western Queensland Primary Health network, is made up of 8 partner organisations. While this project does not bring a huge amount of funding to the RCS, the external relationships and community impact associated with this work are of very high importance. The Research Group thanks Dr Tiana Gurney for taking the lead on this application.

        Next UQRCS Update information

        Results from the UQRCS Staff Newsletter survey will help better inform the structure and content in future UQRCS Updates. Until a new model is developed, please continue to send your usual submissions directly to Kristy Jackson (kristylee.jackson@uq.edu.au) in Toowoomba. The next UQRCS Update will go out on Monday 19 April 2021. Submissions are due by Tuesday 13 April 2021.

        View archived announcements from RCS

        From the Head of School

        A big congratulations to Dan Ezzy and his partner, Clare, on the birth of their baby girl Elouise, born Saturday 6 March 2021, weighing 3.2kg.

        A big ‘Thank You’ to all the teaching staff for your fast pivot to 100% online teaching with the recent lockdown (including some of the mid-semester exams). As I write this I don’t know if we are still going to be at home as you read or not.

        As you will have noticed there are a number of research support programs open which are stemming from the Federal Government Covid-uplift funding to the University.

        These currently include fellowship opportunities for recent PhD graduates, externally-funded current UQ postdocs whose jobs end before the end of the year, and some opportunities for external recruitment to the FoM/School.

        Regarding the latter, please feel free to pass on the opportunities to people you may know across Australia (international applicants are welcome to apply for the five-year FoM fellowships, but it’s a little tricky as they hopefully are ready to sign up by July!).

        Pertinent to this, the School Executive is meeting on Friday 9 April to draft a recruitment plan for our teaching gaps that are filled, but with short-term contracts.

        The discussions at the whole school meeting, academic staff meeting, previous Executive and REMEDE committee meetings have all fed into what we hope will be a productive but busy morning. It will get circulated for comment once drafted.

        I trust you all have some time off over Easter even if travel plans were thwarted, and in the non-teaching week have managed to get started on your NHMRC Ideas grants, if you weren’t finalising applications to other schemes.

        Lizzie Coulson

         

        Date Savers

        15 April

        Academic Staff Meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        17 June

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        15 July

        All Staff meeting, 11am, Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-360; or Zoom (details to be announced)

        MND at UQ

        The MND at UQ Network brings together scientists at UQ with established links to clinicians and relationships with philanthropy and stakeholders including people currently living with MND and/or FTD.

        The Collective will enhance national and international collaborative research efforts and facilitate community consultation to pioneer scientific and clinical discoveries in the field of MND and FTD.

        Public Lecture: Chloroform and Serial Killers

        Tune-in to a public lecture by our own Rebecca Lush on Tuesday 20 April, They Didn’t Feel a Thing: Chloroform and Serial Killers. Rebecca’s talk is part of the History of Medicine talk series put on by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Register here.

        New SBMS publications

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

        Surgical Applied Anatomy: alive and kicking

        Farley, E, Hindmarsh, J, Eizenberg, J, Midwinter, M

        ANZ Journal of Surgery, 2021

        It is too often considered that Anatomy has nothing new to tell us. However, new clinical anatomical approaches utilising novel application of knowledge is driving improved patient outcomes.

        This is not necessarily being reflected in how anatomy is taught, and students need to be inspired to look at how anatomical knowledge can be exploited in innovative approaches to treating disease.

        This paper looks at contemporary clinical anatomical advances and how best these might be incorporated into the medical curriculum to inspire future innovators.

        After Hours Emergencies

        If you are working on the weekend or after hours and notice a hazard (floods, water leaks or damage) or an emergency situation (LN2 alarming) please report to Security 53333. Also, don’t forget to update Facilities or OHS the next working day.

        Library Training

        The Library provides a full range of training and access to online training tools for UQ student and staff. LinkedIn Learning online courses, one of the largest and most popular software and skills training websites,  is free for UQ students and staff.

        Training sessions in April include Kaltura Capture: Desktop Recording software / UQRDM / R with RStudio / OpenRefine: an introduction to dealing with messy data / Excel / PowerPoint / Publishing your datasets with UQRDM / Word: Styles and Structure / Infographics: Data Visualisation / Nvivo / EndNote.

        For SBMS and IMB students: Smart Searching – how to find high-quality evidence for your research topic 23 April 2021, noon - 1.30pm /The basics of EndNote 21 April 2021, noon - 1:30 pm  /Advanced features of EndNote 28 April 2021, noon - 1:30 pm

        Library staff can provide tailored in-class training and workshops for students. Contact your librarian to discuss.

        Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting

        The ANZSCDB Queensland Committee invites you to attend the Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting on Thursday April 22.

        The meeting will be held from noon–4pm at the Translational Research Institute Auditorium and via Zoom (for interstate and New Zealand Colleagues).

        Confirmed plenary speakers include Dr Sarah Boyle (University of South Australia), Associate Professor Mathias Francois (Centenary Institute), Dr Jana Vucovic (The University of Queensland) and Associate Professor James Hudson (QIMRB).

        Four outstanding PhD/ECR speakers will also be selected to present on their latest research in cell and developmental biology.

        Lunch will be provided and a networking event with food and drinks provided will run following the meeting.

        In conjunction, a Best Microscopy Image competition will be held for HDR students and ECRs (up to five years post-PhD). Please email images to Dr Jatin Patel (j7.patel@qut.edu.au) and Dr Julia Pagan (j.pagan@uq.edu.au) by COB Thursday 15 April.

        Registration for this event is free and for catering purposes is required by 15 April.

         Upcoming events

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

        View archived announcements from SBMS

        Staff Updates

        Welcome to SPH Kara Ngampromwongse. Kara has commenced in the School today in the Vice-Chancellor’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Program.

        Kara has completed the Bachelor of Health Science and is currently studying the Master of Environmental Health Science. She will be in room 120 and will initially be working with Francis Nona and Nina Hall and is also keen to meet other people in the School. Please feel free to make a time to catch up with her.

        5 minutes with Dr Morris Carpenter

        Position: Senior Research Assistant

        How long have you been with SPH? Almost a year. This is a second career for me, after many years in the media industry working in newsgathering.

        What energizes you at work? For one of the research projects that I am working on I’m based at Queensland Health for a couple of days a week, where I contact clinicians whose patients have been reported to the notifiable conditions registry with a positive Hepatitis C test result. I offer support and resources to try and increase hepatitis C treatment rates in the community. I find it very rewarding to have such a direct role in trying to make a difference to people’s health outcomes, by speaking to doctors about specific patients.

        What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from? After witnessing a heated debate, a French news photographer with more experience than me, told me that I was wasting my energy arguing with people whose minds I would never change, and there were better things to devote my efforts to.

        What’s your go-to karaoke song? I’m no solo artist, but I might join in a crowd chorus of Sweet Caroline while watching the rugby.

        If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Head says fish, heart says Cheezels.

        SPH in the media

        Associate Professor Linda Selvey appeared on ABC News to discuss the recent lockdown situation in Brisbane. To view this click here.

        Equity, Diversity and Inclusion News

        This week is Harmony Week. More than one third of our 55,000 students are from overseas, our 7000 staff hail from every corner of the globe, and our graduates can be found in 190 countries. More information found here

        Uluru Statement from the Heart - University Week of Action

        You can still take action and support the Uluru Statement of Heart. The Uluru Statement calls for structural reform including constitutional change by forming a new relationship between First Nations and the Australian nation based on justice and self-determination where Indigenous cultures and peoples can flourish, and we all can move forward.

        Submissions close Wednesday  31 March 2021. Sign up here.

        Stand up against racism

        Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies. Each day, we can stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.

        Be a human rights champion, call out injustice and stand up for human rights. For how to be an ally in the fight for racial justice, click here

        Research Update

        Research Australia are asking MRFF grant recipients to complete a survey about how MRFF funding has assisted or is assisting in their research. 

        These surveys will be used to compile a report that will be presented to government to promote continued investment in the MRFF.

        A submission may be selected as a ‘feature piece’ for the report.

        Interested researchers are asked to complete Research Australia’s online survey. Submissions can include interim results or the outcomes of completed projects.  Researchers may wish to consult with their school or faculty research professionals on how to maximise the impact of their submissions.

        2021 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants 

        In 2021, up to nine Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to individuals in universities, public hospitals or institutes for a contribution towards the undertaking of health or medical research with a potential path to clinical application within five years.

        These grants are intended to provide enabling research support for an autonomous early career investigator who is taking, or has recently taken, a substantive position.  There will be an internal selection process due to each organisation only being allowed one submission per ‘department’ (defined at UQ as School, Centre or Institute), and up to a maximum of two per administering organisation (i.e. UQ).

        We will also need to confirm availability of matching cash contributions. Please contact the SPH Research Team for further information.

        Research Update

        Grant opportunities
        Please see below a number of grant opportunities. Please contact The SPH Research Team if you are interested in applying.
        A forecast grant opportunity has been announced by the Department of Health: Public Health and Chronic Disease Program – Rare Diseases. The grant is scheduled to open some time before June 2021. More information and draft guidelines can be found here.
        The U21 HSG International Projects Fund is aimed at supporting academic and non-academic represented teams develop a collaborative project with at least three U21 HSG member institutions, across at least two countries. This is designed to be a more flexible fund to enable members to think innovatively with the aim of helping us achieve the network’s overarching goals. These may include for example: enhancing global education, information exchange and sharing of resources. Up to £10,000 will be awarded annually with the expectation that, over a 12 month period, the project group will deliver specific project outputs and report on these at the Annual Meeting.
        RDO Deadline: 9 June 2021
        UQ Internal Deadline: 14 June 2021
        External Deadline: 5 July 2021
        For more information, visit the U21 Health Science website.
        The U21 HSG Research Development Fund is aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects across at least three U21 HSG member universities, across at least two countries. Up to £10,000 will be awarded annually for a 12-month period with the expectation that this will lead to high-impact publications and applications for further substantial funding.
        RDO Deadline: 9 June 2021
        UQ Internal Deadline: 14 June 2021
        External Deadline: 5 July 2021
        For more information, visit the U21 Health Science website.

        Upcoming events

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

        View archived announcements from SPH

        From the Director’s Desk

        We have all been acutely aware of the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications on our lives. I would like to thank all of you for your cooperation during the rapidly changing situation which we have seen.

        Many of our researchers have been busy in recent weeks preparing NHMRC Investigator grant applications. Reading through these applications, I have been so impressed with the impact that our UQCCR research has on people’s lives worldwide.

        We have also been informed about a variety of funding schemes provided by UQ Central and the Faculty of Medicine for research fellowships, computing and infrastructure. I would like to encourage researchers to apply for the fellowships on offer and to be aware of the eligibility requirements and deadlines of the various schemes.

        Please be assured that we have also requested funds for support staff, computer capability, and equipment as part of the strategic funding opportunity.

        Finally, we all must be aware of our place within a very busy Herston Health Precinct. In this time of COVID-19, we have much to be thankful for the work of clinicians and support staff at RBWH and laboratory workers at Pathology Queensland.

        Many of us have had the opportunity to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination made available to UQCCR staff and students by RBWH.

        An important initiative within the Herston Health Precinct is the first Herston wide grand rounds on 22 April. Please mark your calendars for this – more details on the speakers and topic will follow.

        Please stay safe!

        David Paterson

        Dates for Diaries

        2–18 April: Queensland School Holidays

        22 April: Inaugural Herston Precinct Grand Rounds, 4–6 pm.

        21 July: UQ Celebration of Staff, Herston, 2pm. Details to follow.

        New UQ Disclosure Obligations

        The Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 (Cth) (AFRA) was formally passed in December 2020 and establishes a Foreign Arrangements Scheme. The purpose of the Scheme is to ensure arrangements between state and territory governments and foreign entities do not adversely affect Australia’s foreign relations and is consistent with Australian foreign policy.

        The Scheme requires Australian public universities, including UQ, to notify the Commonwealth Minister of any arrangements with a foreign government or foreign university that does not have institutional autonomy.

        For UQ, this means that we need to adhere to the schemes’ notification process for arrangements which are deemed ‘non-core foreign arrangements’. You can find more information about what constitutes a non-core foreign arrangement here.

        The Scheme is being implemented in two stages:

        • from 10 March 2021, UQ is required to notify the Minister of all new non-core foreign arrangements that it enters in to, or plans to enter in to within 14 days.
        • by 10 June 2021, UQ must advise the Minister of all existing non-core foreign arrangements that were formed prior to 10 March 2021.

        All notifications to the Minister must be uploaded through the Foreign Arrangements Scheme Online Portal, which is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the Minister is required to maintain a public register of all foreign arrangements.

        UQ, through Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship (GE&E), will coordinate and upload all UQ arrangements captured under AFRA and systems are currently being implemented to support this process.

        Further information regarding AFRA, internal processes to assess whether an arrangement is notifiable and the notification process is available on UQ’s website

        This webpage will be regularly updated with the latest information about AFRA and how UQ is meeting its legal obligations under the Scheme.

        Prior to entering into any formal discussions about new international arrangements, please first consult with David Paterson as Centre Director.

        HR – Lou Betts

        New HR system: ‘Workday’

        Staff who manage other staff would have recently received an email inviting you to attend targeted sessions specifically developed to prepare you for the implementation of UQ’s new HR system, Workday. The sessions are as follows:

        Talent Acquisition (Recruitment) and Onboarding: Thursday 8 April,  2–3:30pm

        Workforce Administration: Wednesday: Wednesday 7 April, 10–11:30am

        Learning, Talent & Performance, and Probation: Tuesday 6 April, 2–3:15pm or Friday 9 April, 10–11:15am

        You are strongly urged to attend these sessions so you are fully informed and prepared for these substantial changes when Workday is implemented. 

        Ask HR

        AskHR was introduced on 15 March and enables all staff member access to our friendly Human Resource Advisors via a single online form and phone number.
        Your general enquiries will be answered via our AskHR team members, although depending on the nature of your enquiry we may direct your enquiry onto the relevant specialist areas to assist further.

        Staff Development opportunities

        The UQ Staff Development Program provides you with the opportunity to develop technical and systems skills and personal capabilities across all levels and at all stages in your career. The program is developed and delivered by professional and academic staff across UQ, and overseen by the University Staff Development Committee (USDC).

        Browse the list of Staff Development Courses here. 

        There are also a number of virtual options through LinkedIn learning if there are particular areas that are identified as enhancement development opportunities.

        UQ Celebration of Staff

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

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

        Inaugural Herston Precinct Grand Rounds

        The Inaugural 'Herston Precinct Grand Rounds”'is on 22 April from 4–6pm in the Education Centre Auditorium. 

        The theme is 'Advancing recovery of the mind and body after injury or medical insult'.

        Each Grand Rounds will be chaired by Professor Kesh Baboolal, plus a co-chair from one of our University partners. Drinks and nibbles will follow the Round.

        Women Finding Success podcast

        The Women Finding Success podcast is an initiative of the SAGE Athena SWAN Project at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia.

        Each episode of the series features inspiring interviews from women who have found success in academic and professional roles at UQ.

        These women are resilient, smart, proactive, and, more importantly, they’re now working together to implement systemic changes to the University’s culture.

        Their goal is to make career progression in all fields more achievable for women. Listen in weekly to be inspired to break down barriers and challenge expectations

        Professor Neena Mitter, Director of Centre of Horticultural Science QAAFI and Chair of UQ’s inaugural Cultural Inclusion Council was a recent guest on Women Finding Success Podcast, talking about her journey and career as a researcher from Delhi to Australia and the impact her research has on sustainable solutions for food supply. Listen to Episode 3

        Research Data Management system

        UQCCR recently hosted Mariana Kaiser, Research Systems Coordinator with the RDM team, at a Toolbox talk.

        Mariana took us through the latest updates in the system and demonstrated how easy it is to create research records and store your data safely.

        Did you know that every record is automatically allocated 1TB of space, and there is no limit to the number of records you can hold? Extra storage space is easily requested at no charge.

        We encourage all UQCCR researchers to store their active research data on the RDM, rather than on the shares drive. Please contact ITS if you’d like any current data transferred across.

        The slides from Mariana’s talk can be found here

        New funding and presentation opportunities for researchers in women’s health

        Two exciting opportunities are now available for Queensland researchers specialising in women’s health to either showcase their research or apply for grants.

        Queensland Women’s Health Forum

        Researcher specialising in women’s health are invited to present their research at The Queensland Women’s Health Forum on 27–28 May 2021 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

        Hosted by Australian Health Research Alliance and Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, the Forum will focus on current research and unmet needs in women’s health in Queensland. A key focus of the meeting will feature presentations from early-career and mid-career researchers along with a Poster Networking session.

        Researchers from across Queensland are invited to submit abstracts for the following topics:

        Healthy ageing

        Mental health

        Reproductive health

        Violence and abuse

        Indigenous health

        Chronic disease and preventative health including cancer and heart disease

        Healthy lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of obesity

        Preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and intrapartum health of women and babies

        Sexual health

        For more information on how to submit abstracts visit Qld Women’s Health website.

        Researchers are also invited to register to attend this exciting event, which will feature keynote speaker Dr Robyn Littlewood, from Health and Wellbeing Queensland. Dr Littlewood is the Chief Executive Officer of Health and Wellbeing Queensland and a leading advocate for health promotion.

        Early bird discounts are available on all registration types until 16 April 2021. Visit the conference website for further details.

        Women’s health research translation network grants

        The AHRA Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network is pleased to announce applications are now open for the inaugural Early to Mid-Career Researcher Funded Awards.

        The inaugural grant round comprises one-off 12-month financial support to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers.

        This support will advance the career development of women working across the breadth of women’s health research and build capacity in women researchers across underrepresented groups, diverse disciplines and Indigenous research.

        The grants round will offer a competitive award of up to $15,000 to commence on 1 July 2021. Applications close on Monday 26 April 2021.

        For more information and to download an Information and Application Form visit the Awards website

        Statistical Support – Mark Chatfield

        One day workshop: “Regression Modelling in Stata”

        Date: Mon 10 May 2021 (9.30am–4pm)

        Who should attend?

        Staff and students in the UQ Faculty of Medicine who: have basic data analysis skills, have basic Stata knowledge (otherwise sit with someone who uses Stata) and understand SE, 95% CI, p-value.

        Let’s discuss to see if you will benefit from this workshop at this time

        Learning Objectives – by the end of the workshop, participants will:

        1. Understand the meaning of output from linear and logistic regression models presented in the literature, and understand better the terminology that goes with it

        2. Know how to fit these regression models in Stata

        3. Have a greater awareness of how a research team might approach building a regression model

        1. in general
        2. for their specific analyses

        4. Have had plenty of opportunity to ask questions in a small classroom environment, and get some answers

        Topics to be covered: Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, General Approaches to Good Modelling of Data

        Course notes will be provided.

        Presenter: Mark Chatfield, senior biostatistician collaborating and consulting across the Faculty of Medicine. Mark has previously run this workshop on seven occasions.

        Logistics: In person, no zoom. School of Public Health (Computer Room 015), Herston

        Stata version 16.0 for Windows provided for the day.

        We will use one dataset (elemapi2.dta) for fitting regression models for everybody, but there will be time to look at your own data too.

        Catering not provided.

        Cost: Free … but places limited … contact for registration/queries: m.chatfield@uq.edu.au

        Statistical Support

        I am happy to hear more about your research and provide statistical advice where I can. Alternatively, you can fill out a form – Research and Statistical Support Service (RASSS) – and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

        Marketing and Communications  – ​Kirsten Dodd

        UQCCR researchers are invited to provide updated information about your research and research group to the Marketing Comms team.  Please email the new/updated text, images or instructions to our Marketing Manager, Kirsten Dodd Kirsten.dodd@uq.edu.au and Digital Marketing Coordinator, Monique Chang m.chang@uq.edu.au .

        You can locate:

        • your research group via the research themes page
        • UQCCR services via the services page

        We also like to encourage you to take a moment to update your UQ Researcher Profile. To update your profile, simply head to the UQ Researchers Page and click ‘Update Profile’ on the navigation bar.

        Finance – Kristina Carmody

        Probity in Procurement online training

        UQ Finance is pleased to announce the launch of online interactive Probity in Procurement training (please ensure you have logged into Learn.UQ before accessing training links).
        Probity relates to integrity, uprightness and honesty. This easy to follow but comprehensive training package guides you through what probity in procurement looks like at UQ and aims to ensure you have a strong working knowledge of probity principles when procuring goods and services for the University.

        We are requesting you undertake the training which also includes a Training Success Meter (TSM) at the end of the course. Completing the TSM embeds the knowledge learnt throughout the course and also ensures successful completion is captured and uploaded into Aurion.

        If you have any questions please contact Finance Client Support Services.

        Ken Jamieson Lecture invitation

        Jamieson Trauma Institute in conjunction with the RBWH Trauma Service are hosting the fourth annual Ken Jamieson Lecture. The guest speaker is Dr Michael Redmond, who received his medical degree at UQ and completed his surgical education and training in Brisbane and at the Mayo Clinic, the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Toronto Children’s Hospital. Michael has joined the RBWH after a three-year sojourn at the Royal Darwin Hospital. He practices general neurosurgery.

        This event is free to attend, with light refreshments to follow after the lecture.

        Date: Thursday 6 May 2021

        Time: 5pm for a 5:30pm start. Event concludes at 7pm.

        Venue: RBWH Education Centre Auditorium

           (Virtual attendance also available)

        RSVP:  Monday 3 May 2021

        Register here

         Note – once registered you will be sent a calendar invite to attend in person, or via Microsoft Teams.

        Toolbox Talks 2021

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

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

        Research Funding alerts

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

        Seminar Series

        Recordings available here

        Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting

        The ANZSCDB Queensland Committee invites you to attend the Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting on Thursday April 22.

        The meeting will be held from noon–4pm at the Translational Research Institute Auditorium and via Zoom (for interstate and New Zealand Colleagues).

        Confirmed plenary speakers include Dr Sarah Boyle (University of South Australia), Associate Professor Mathias Francois (Centenary Institute), Dr Jana Vucovic (The University of Queensland) and Associate Professor James Hudson (QIMRB).

        Four outstanding PhD/ECR speakers will also be selected to present on their latest research in cell and developmental biology.

        Lunch will be provided and a networking event with food and drinks provided will run following the meeting.

        In conjunction, a Best Microscopy Image competition will be held for HDR students and ECRs (up to five years post-PhD). Please email images to Dr Jatin Patel (j7.patel@qut.edu.au) and Dr Julia Pagan (j.pagan@uq.edu.au) by COB Thursday 15 April.

        Registration for this event is free and for catering purposes is required by 15 April.

        Upcoming events

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

        View archived announcements from UQCCR

        UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

        The next suite of seminars in the UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series are not to be missed. From 9.30–10.30am  on Wednesday 14 April UQDI’s  Professor Brandon Wainwright will be presenting Diseases of the cerebellum - new paradigms for treatment of cancer and neurodegeneration in the TRI auditorium and via Zoom. Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password.

        The series continues on Monday 19 April from 23pm in TRI Room 2003 with a special seminar featuring guest speaker Dr Steven Suchting who is Investment Director, Life Science, IP Group (international venture capital firm). Dr Suchting will be presenting on How investors approach therapeutic opportunities. Register here.

        The next seminar in the series will be led by guest speaker Professor Sherene Loi from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre on the topic of Journey into breast cancer immunology using genomics.

        The seminar will be held on Wednesday 21 April from 9.30–10:30am  via Zoom.  Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. 

        The final seminar in the series for April will be presented by Professor Oded Rechavi from Tel Aviv University on Heritable memories.

        The Wednesday 28 April seminar will be held from 3–4pm via Zoom. Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. 

        UQDI Professional Staff Profile

        Let's get to know, and recognise the diverse work carried out by our professional staff here at UQDI. A lot of the amazing research carried out at TRI would not be possible without our numerous professional staff. If you would like to nominate a professional

        staff member to be featured in an upcoming newsletter then please contact the UQDI Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

        Meet Katie Lee, who has worked with the Dermatology Research Centre for eight years.  You’ll find her on Level 5 west at TRI.

        What is your role at UQDI? I’m a research assistant for the Dermatology Research Centre.

        What is something you do for UQDI that people may not know you do? I edit and format our group’s papers, grants and other publications. If you need to cut 1000 words from your manuscript but you can’t manage to “kill your darlings”, as the literary advice goes…come see me.

        What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now? I’m preparing to start a PhD on melanoma, sun-damaged and sun-protected skin using new spatial morphological whole transcriptome technology, that can map the results of transcriptomics back onto the image of the histopathology slide they were taken from – so you can see exactly where all your transcripts of interest were coming from and what’s going on in particular cell types, in their spatial context.

        What’s something you’ve done, but will never do again? Worked in a telemarketing. I lasted a whole four days!

        What energises you outside of work? Bushwalking.  I joined the Brisbane Bushwalkers club a few years ago and I’ve been busy discovering places around Brisbane I had no idea about.

         

        Reminder –​ Domestic travel constraints

        Travellers and travel approvers are responsible for checking if planned travel is to or from a declared hotspot, which can change at short notice.

        Travellers must comply with all applicable government restrictions and make alternative travel arrangements, when required. 

        Mandatory quarantine in government arranged accommodation may be required and charges will apply.

        UQ's travel insurance does not cover any COVID-19 related cancellation and disruption costs, such as forfeited deposits, rebooking fees and hotel quarantine costs. 

        Some COVID-19 related medical costs might be covered, if not included in the Medicare Benefits Schedule or recoverable under Private Health insurance. 

        All claims will be assessed by UQ’s travel insurer on a case-by-case basis. Further information can be found on the UQ Travel FAQs.

        2021 UQDI Honour Scholarships

        The 2021 round of honours scholarships are now open, with the deadline for applications on Monday 12 April. This year the following scholarships will be offered:

        * Two Diamantina Institute Honours Scholarships, valued at $3500 each, and open to enrolled honours students starting 2021.

        * One Otto and Joan Hirschfield Memorial Honours Scholarship in Immunology, valued at $6000, and open to enrolled mid-year 2020 honours students and honours students starting 2021.   

        More information on how to apply can be found here

        UQDI Staff Profile

        Dr Susan Sullivan Bio

        Susan has over 10 years’ experience in the research sector, as a postdoctoral researcher and in research management roles spanning The University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and hospital organisations. Susan completed her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Newcastle in 2009. As an independent post-doctoral researcher, Susan successfully managed two fellowships and three project grants as the Chief Investigator and produced research outcomes with a significant impact in their field.

        As a research manager, Susan provided operational and strategic research support for a UQ research centre that included two major research programs (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence and an Advance Queensland Innovation Project). At QUT, Susan worked with Science and Engineering Faculty leaders to develop and enact the faculty’s research strategy and actively supervised a high-volume, client-focussed research services team. Susan is highly skilled in strategic research development and pre- and post-award grant administration, across NHMRC, ARC and other public sector funding schemes.  When she’s not at work, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, playing hockey and photography.

        Women Finding Success Podcast

        Episode 4 of the Women Finding Success podcast has launched! This week’s guest is UQ's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Bronwyn Harch.

        Faculty Fellowship Scheme – open until 12 April 

        Opportunities for Faculty of Medicine Research Fellowships are now available. Applications will be accepted until 12 April 2021 

        UQDI role advertised

        Senior Research Technician/Research Assistant – Brisbane. Closing date 11 April. Opportunity to provide advice and support the research conducted in the laboratory at UQ's Diamantina Institute.

        PhD scholarship advertised

        PhD scholarship: Developing new treatments for children with brain cancer – St Lucia. Closing date 30 April. The Children's Brain Cancer Initiative based at UQDI is a collaboration between multiple Universities and Research Institutes, and the Queensland Children's Hospital.  As part of this Initiative we have PhD scholarships for suitably qualified applicants.

        Early and mid-career researchers grant deadline

        The Australian Health Research Alliance Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network has launched its Early to Mid-Career Researcher Funded Awards. The grants aim to facilitate career advancement and development in women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers. 

        The grant offers up to $15,000 and applications close 26 April 2021. More information here

        Women’s Health Forum 

        The Australian Health Research Alliance Women’s Health Research Translation and Impact Network is calling for researchers working in women’s health to submit abstracts to the Queensland Women’s Health Forum (27–28 May 2021). 

        The Forum will focus on current research and unmet needs in women’s health in Queensland. Submit abstracts here. Register here to attend. 

        Free flu vaccinations

        UQ’s annual free flu vaccination program is open to all staff (continuing, fixed term and casual) and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students aged between 18 and 64 and is available onsite at TRI as well as other locations. Register today! Please note that the Federal Government provides an alternative flu vaccine specifically for Australians aged 65 and over.

        Chemical label audit

        In conjunction with TRI, UQDI will be conducting an audit of decanted chemical GHS labelling on the following dates: Level 6 laboratories on Thursday 8 April and Level 5 laboratories on Friday 9 April.

        Any unlabelled or improperly labelled reagents will be removed and discarded on Friday 16 April. Further information on labelling requirements can be found here

        Post-HDR career planning – resources and upcoming sessions

        Researchers work in all facets of government, industry, NGOs and universities.

        Understanding the diverse range of career options available will allow you to start considering your options and plan for your post-HDR career during your studies so you are well prepared to transition to the workplace as a PhD or MPhil qualified individual.

        Check out the range of general and customised resources and information sessions currently on offer to help you make decisions based on your own strengths and interests.

        MTPConnect REDI Contestable Program 

        MTPConnect has announced round two of the REDI Contestable Program for organisations, including universities, to submit proposals to provide new training courses/programs to address two priority skill gaps:

        1. Identifying unmet market need and understanding the clinical context; and

        2. Ability to secure investment, funding and/or industry collaboration.

        Information is available from the MTPConnect Website.  Bidding closes 9 April 2021. 

        MyResearch – Animal Ethics Application ‘how to’ guide

        This ‘how-to’ guide contains step-by-step instructions on how to carry out all the key steps in using the Animal Ethics application form to prepare and submit an ethics application to an Animal Ethics Committee.

        Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting

        The ANZSCDB Queensland Committee invites you to attend the Queensland Satellite Cell and Developmental Biology Meeting on Thursday April 22.

        The meeting will be held from noon–4pm at the Translational Research Institute Auditorium and via Zoom (for interstate and New Zealand Colleagues).

        Confirmed plenary speakers include Dr Sarah Boyle (University of South Australia), Associate Professor Mathias Francois (Centenary Institute), Dr Jana Vucovic (The University of Queensland) and Associate Professor James Hudson (QIMRB).

        Four outstanding PhD/ECR speakers will also be selected to present on their latest research in cell and developmental biology.

        Lunch will be provided and a networking event with food and drinks provided will run following the meeting.

        In conjunction, a Best Microscopy Image competition will be held for HDR students and ECRs (up to five years post-PhD). Please email images to Dr Jatin Patel (j7.patel@qut.edu.au) and Dr Julia Pagan (j.pagan@uq.edu.au) by COB Thursday 15 April.

        Registration for this event is free and for catering purposes is required by 15 April.

        Upcoming events

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

        View archived announcements from UQDI