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.



Electrical and light testing

Please be advised of planned testing of the electrical supply system at the UQ Herston Campus on 25 September, 7am – 5pm. This testing will involve intermittent power outages to ALL buildings on the site. Each outage is expected to be a maximum of 5 minutes duration. Building occupants are advised to ensure where possible any active equipment is powered down prior to the testing.

Affected Areas:

  • All buildings on the UQ Herston Campus
    • Oral Health Centre (883)
    • Mayne Medical School (881)
    • Public Health Building (887)

For more information contact Adrian Mengede or Steve Lawler. ​ We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience during this time. For more information on campus shutdowns, disruptions and road closures please refer to the Property and Facilities Division Road and buildings works page.

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    People and culture 

    Get a Free T-shirt, Be an Ambassador!

    UQ Giving Day is 20 October. All donations made to our Faculty's Executive Dean of Medicine’s Emerging Priorities Fund will be matched by UQ! Will you help? Sign up as an Ambassador and help us spread the word – it’s easy, just click and share using provided templates. Sign up and receive your FREE UQ Giving Day t-shirt - while supplies last. 

    Brisbane Portrait Prize

    One of the finalists in this year’s Brisbane Portrait Prize is ovarian cancer survivor Jane Grealy. The portrait of her cancer surgeon and UQ researcher, Professor Andreas Obermair, is titled: Cancer He Said. More information about the artwork can be found here. Jane has pledged to donate all prize money to gynaecological cancer research if she is selected as one of the prize winners. Help support Jane and gynaecological cancer research by voting here for her portrait of Professor Obermair .

    Vaccination and Immunisation compliance

    The Vaccinations and Immunisations Procedures [2.60.08] require staff to be immunised against infections and illnesses that are both:

    • reasonably foreseeable for their role
    • 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. See the Vaccination and Immunisation Guidelines [2.60.08] for immunisation requirements related to particular roles or activities.

    For new staff, or existing staff who haven’t yet provided a record, your supervisor must initiate an online immunisation compliance request in my.UQ. More information, and a link to the immunisation compliance request system is available here

    UQMedicine magazine callout

    Do you or someone you know within UQ Medicine have an interesting story to share about their life and work? It might be about innovative research, a heartfelt patient story or a reflection on life as part of your journey into Medicine. Please get in touch with the Faculty’s media and communications team now to be considered in the planning for the next edition of the UQMedicine magazine, due out in December.    

    Real Talk: How to recognise and talk about mental health 

    Headspace, in partnership with Universities Australia, is hosting a two-hour Zoom workshop on how to talk about mental health with people at work and in your personal life. You'll learn how to notice changes in a person's mood or behaviours that may indicate mental health difficulties, how to start a conversation to ask someone if they are ok, and how to provide timely and appropriate support. There are 50 workshops available across several times and days. Click here to register.

    Calling all female academics
    A recent review by The Conversation has identified the need for more female voices in their expert articles. Can you write 800 words on topics such as COVID restrictions, vaccine passports and medical exemptions, etc..? Then get in touch via their portal How to pitch to the Conversation. Not an expert in these areas? That's OK, you can pitch any idea or story angle at any time using the link above.

    Workday Is Coming .... learn more about the HCMS Program

    Great Book Swap

    UQ is holding a Great Book Swap to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to provide books and learning resources to children living in remote communities across Australia. The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, learn more about Indigenous languages and culture, and raise funds for a great cause. This year the ILF are aiming raise $350,000 to gift 35,000 new books to remote communities. 

      View archived People and Culture announcements

      Teaching and learning

      GE&E Country Strategy Review (Phase 3)

      Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship (GE&E) is reviewing the current priority country strategies (2018-2021) to identify successes and challenges and to inform future plans. Phase 3 of the Review focuses on Canada, China and the US. If you have engaged with any of these countries in teaching, research or engagement, please click here for more information and give your feedback by Friday 15 October. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

       2021 Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase

      The 2021 Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase will be held as an in-person event on 6 October, 6-7:30pm, at the TRI Auditorium. The program includes medical student oral presentations and poster displays. All faculty, staff, students and colleagues are welcome. For more information contact Professor Di Eley.

      Teaching and Learning Week

      Registrations are now open for Teaching and Learning Week, on 1-5 November. Thsi event is an opportunity for the UQ community to learn from one another and celebrate inclusive teaching and learning practices designed to enhance student learning and facilitate a sense of belonging. This year’s workshops, seminars, roundtables and showcases will highlight our excellent teachers and tutors, initiatives and T&L leaders around the theme of Inclusion. View the program and register here. 

      Drop-in ethics training sessions

      The Research Integrity unit has released new drop-in training sessions dates for specific questions on ethics applications and informative sessions for the second semester. 

       Human EthicsWednesday 29 September 11:00am-12:00pm; Tuesday 12 October 13:30pm-14:30pm; Monday 25 October 10:00am-11:00am; Thursday 18 November 14:30pm-15:30pmRegistration in this link.

      Animal Ethics: Monday October 18 13:30pm-14:30pm; Friday 19 November 9:30am-10:30am; Thursday 9 December 14:00-15:00. Register here.

      Ethics information sessions

      Conducting Ethical Research with Humans at UQ (UQ staff): Wednesday 17 November, 14:00am-16:00pm. More information about this session and registration in this link.

      Research Ethics: Human [webinar] (HDR students): 16 November 10:00am-12:00pm. Register in this link.

      Ethical Research and Teaching with Animals at UQ (UQ staff): Tuesday 16 November, 1:00-3:00pm. Registration in this link.

      Research Ethics: Animal [webinar] (HDR students): Friday 12 November, 9:30am-11:00am. Register here.

      Responsible Conduct of Research: Wednesday 10 November, 1:00-3:00pm. Registration in this link.

      Email here for queries. 

      Recruiting HDR Students

      Our Faculty of Medicine HDR Projects page is now live:

      You can continue to upload projects to this page via this link:

      The recording as slides from last week’s panel session on ‘Fundamentals of HDR Student Recruitment and Selection’ are available on our HDR Student Support page, under the ‘For Advisors’. More information on HDR Recruitment and Scholarships is available on the Graduate School’s HDR Essentials page.

      Wear your thesis

      UQ is also running a competition where HDR students send in a photo of themselves 'wearing their thesis'. The best-dressed competitor will win an iPad. Submit your picture to be in the running.

      View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

      Professional development 

      View archived Professional Development announcements


      Australian Medical Research - Have your say

      The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) is seeking comment from interested parties through online submissions to help develop the next Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2021-2026 and its related priorities. Public submissions can be made through the Consultation Hub until 11 October 2021. A public webinar will be held on 28 September, 1-2.30pm (AEST). Please visit here to register for the webinar. More information about the consultation, including a Consultation Guidance Paper prepared by AMRAB is available via the Consultation Hub.


      A few burning questions

      Help fight skin cancer by completing a short online questionnaire. As part of the ACRF Australian Centre of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis, UQ researchers are conducting a 10-minute, 3D imaging consumer questionnaire. This questionnaire will help understand consumer’s facilitators and barriers towards using 3D total-body imaging for melanoma early detection. 

      COVID-related stigma and discrimination

      The aim of this research is to identify and investigate experiences of stigma and/or discrimination experienced by everyday adults living in Queensland as a result of their (or a family member’s) positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Researchers will explore how the experience of stigma and/or discrimination impacted on the participant’s ability to access timely health or allied health services and supports, as well as access or maintain employment, housing and other social supports and entitlements. Researchers will further explore how the adult participant responded to the stigma and/or discrimination that they experienced, and the remedies that they sought. A free cup of coffee or tea and a $40 gift voucher are offered to participants. Please contact Dr Claire Brolan on 0403 915 050 if you are interested.

      UQ Viral Vector Core

      Congratulations to researchers from the School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS) and the Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB) who were successful in attracting RSP3 funding to establish the UQ Viral Vector Core (UQ-VVC). The facility will provide streamlined viral particle production services for adenoviral and recombinant adeno-associated (rAAV) viral vectors as well as for lentiviruses. UQ-VVC supports both experienced and inexperienced groups in their viral work. A newly-created job opportunity exists to manage the daily operations and forward planning of the UQ Viral Vector core facility. The position is responsible for safety, training, compliance, maintenance and operation of equipment and delivery of services to clients. 

      View archived Research announcements

      Dementia Research Webinar

      Almost 500,000 Australians are living with dementia, and more than 1.6 million people care for them. Find out how UQ researchers are helping to address this pressing health challenge. Join Master of Ceremonies, Professor Gail Robinson and panel members, Professor Jürgen GötzProfessor Nancy Pachana and Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka for a live webinar where they will discuss Dementia Research underway across UQ. On Wednesday 29 September, 12:00–1:00pm.Register here

      Communicating your research on Social Media: panel session and Q&A

      Please join us for a panel session with some of UQ’s successful social media users, Monday 11 October, 11am-12pm. Their expertise spans multiple social media platforms. There will be ample opportunity to ask the panel members questions about how to successfully utilise social media to promote yourself and your research. Register for this session.

      Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

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

      View archived Events announcements

      Casual Research Assistant Opportunity

      Researchers from the Global Substance Use and Mental Health Unit at the Centre for Health Services Research are seeking a casual research assistant with strong quantitative analysis and writing skills to assist with various projects related to substance use, for approximately 7 hours per week. Pay scale will be negotiated based on experience. Interested applicants should email their CV to Associate Professor Jason Ferris and Dr Cheaneal Puljevic.

      Research Support Team updates

      Please notify the CHSR Research Support Team via the online survey if you are applying for any grants (either as lead CI or collaborator).

       Funding opportunities

      UQ Cyber Security Seed Funding scheme

      The third round for UQ Cyber Security Seed Funding scheme has just opened, for collaborative, cross-disciplinary research projects in cyber security. For information about the scheme, please contact the CHSR Research Support team at

      The applications are due by 28 October and are to be submitted to

      More funding opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

       Training opportunities

      Faculty of Medicine- 2021 Grant Writing Workshop

      This 3-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 and panel discussions, and attendees will be assigned with an experienced primary and secondary mentor and will receive individual feedback on their application. The goal of the course is to produce a highly competitive funding submission in clinical or pre-clinical research, primarily to NHMRC or MRFF schemes.  Participants are expected to bring a copy of their draft submission to the workshop.

      There are limited places available in the workshop, so attendance is via an expression of interest and competitive selection process. The course is a three-day intensive workshop and attendees are expected to commit to the entire workshop, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October.

      Feel free to upload a copy of your previous application (NHMRC Investigator / Ideas / CRE / Clinical Trials, MRFF grants) to better assist with Mentee/Mentor pairing.

      Expression of Interest due 9am Tuesday 5th October. Link to EOI form found here.

      If any questions, please contact Faculty of Medicine at

       More training opportunities available via the FoM CHSR teams.

      CHSR recent publications

      Bakebillah M, et al. [*Wubishet BL]. Community's misconception about COVID-19 and its associated factors in Satkhira, Bangladesh: A cross- sectional study. PLoS One. 2021 Sep 10;16(9):e0257410. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257410. PMID: 34506614; PMCID: PMC8432838.

      Ruangritchankul S, et al. [*Gray LC]. Adverse Drug Reactions of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors in Older People Living with Dementia: A Comprehensive Literature Review. Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2021 Sep 4;17:927-949. doi: 10.2147/TCRM.S323387. PMID: 34511919; PMCID: PMC8427072.

      Sharma-Kumar R, et al. [*Puljević C]. The Acceptability and Effectiveness of Videos Promoting Smoking Cessation Among Australians Experiencing Mental Illness. Health Educ Behav. 2021 Sep 8:10901981211034738. doi: 10.1177/10901981211034738. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34496656.

       *Snoswell CL*De Guzman K, Barras M. Pharmacists reducing medication risk in medical outpatient clinics: a retrospective study of 18 clinics. Intern Med J. 2021 Sep 6. doi: 10.1111/imj.15504. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34487409.

      *Thomas EE, *Taylor ML, *Banbury A, *Snoswell CL, *Haydon HM, *Gallegos Rejas VM, *Smith AC, *Caffery LJ. Factors influencing the effectiveness of remote patient monitoring interventions: a realist review. BMJ Open. 2021 Aug 25;11(8):e051844. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051844. PMID: 34433611.

      Ludlow K, et al. [*Gray LC]. Co- designing a dashboard of predictive analytics and decision support to drive care quality and client outcomes in aged care: a mixed-method study protocol. BMJ Open. 2021 Aug 25;11(8):e048657. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048657. PMID: 34433599; PMCID: PMC8388274.

      Carter SA, et al. [*Cho Y, *Viecelli AKJohnson DW]. Identifying Outcomes Important to Patients with Glomerular Disease and Their Caregivers. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2020 May 7;15(5):673-684. doi: 10.2215/CJN.13101019. Epub 2020 Apr 30. PMID: 32354728; PMCID: PMC7269216.

      Successes and Failures in Telehealth Conference

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

      View archived announcements from CHSR

       2021 Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase

      The 2021 Medical Student Research Conference and Showcase will be held as an in-person event on 6 October, 6-7:30pm, at the TRI Auditorium. The program includes medical student oral presentations and poster displays. All faculty, staff, students and colleagues are welcome. For more information contact Professor Di Eley.

      MD Design – Curriculum Development – UPDATE

      We are excited to announce that the program structure for the new UQMD has been endorsed by the UQ Academic Board and approved by our Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Deborah Terry.  This is a significant milestone for the MD Design effort and marks the end of the current stage of the project.

      We are now gearing up for Stage 3: Pre-Implementation and AMC Submission. This stage will see us progress with detailed course design and planning for implementation from early 2023.  A key focus in this stage will also be to engage with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to seek accreditation for the new UQMD.

      Click here to go to the project website and read more about the design of the new MD and the next steps.

      Graduate School recruitment 

      Next Graduate School Scholarship Round closes 27 September (for RQ1 or RQ2 2022 commencement). Domestic and onshore international applicants eligible to apply. Click to see available HDR Projects.

      Researcher of the Year

      Professor Ian Yang has been named the 2021 Research of the Year at the recent Metro North Rewards night for his dedication to respiratory research. He has been instrumental in developing the Airways Disease research program of the UQ Thoracic Research Centre at The Prince Charles Hospital, leading to key discoveries in lung genomics, clinical studies and Cochrane systematic reviews which are cited in international respiratory clinical guidelines.

      Associate Professor Henry Marshall was named the 2021 Rising Star for his research in lung cancer screening.

      Photo (left to right): Ms Barbara Page - PhD submitted, Associate Professor Henry Marshall – Rising Star award, Professor Ian Yang – Researcher of the year, Ms Janet Shaw – PhD student, Ms Hannah O’Farrell - PhD submitted

      2020 MD Program Annual Report

      The 2020 MD Program Annual Report is now available for UQ staff and clinical partners involved in the UQ MD Program. This report outlines our educational activity across the year, acknowledges successes, documents new initiatives implemented to enhance our program and identifies priorities and plans for future development and evaluation during the coming year. The report also presents data providing a wealth of information about our student cohort, the quality of our teaching and the outcomes of the program.

      View archived announcements from the Medical Dean Portfolio

      Important Information for researchers

      Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

      Support services for researchers

      Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.


      Indigenous suicide intervention program wins national award

      A University of Queensland researcher behind the world's first suicide intervention training program for Indigenous Australians, Associate Professor Maree Toombs, has been recognised with a LiFE Impact Award. Read full story here. 

      Staff Recognition

      Jane Baker, Support Officer, Rural Clinical School, has been nominated for service excellence in the 2021 UQ Awards for Excellence. Jane coordinates clinical skill sessions for medical students at the Rockhampton Rural Clinical School (RCS) and supports a broad range of community engagement and high school outreach programs. She provides exceptional service demonstrating the UQ values of honesty and accountability. Jane is generous with her time, energy and expertise, and through her strong connections with the medical community she has developed a program to source and reuse expired consumables for teaching. Jane's resourcefulness and approach to sustainability is of significant benefit to the RCS and is invaluable in building the professional standing of UQ in Central Queensland.  

      Bundaberg Update

      • Busy preparing to run the OSCE and MMi for the first time, both in November.  We have had a great response to date from potential examiners and interviewers for these activities.
      • RMP local graduate information sessions to be run in October at CQU and RCS.
      • Visit by the RCS Marketing and Comms Team on 5 and 6 September to our site to conduct a 2022 planning workshop with Bundaberg Team. It was the first visit to our site by Jess and Codie, so it was lovely to have them learn about our site and community.
      • Our first Silver Q sessions for the year were held on 23 and 24 August at CQU Bundaberg Campus for 4th year medical students and CQU nursing students. The sessions were a great success with excellent feedback from all students, supervisors and simulation participants. 
      • Our 3rd year students have been concentrating on OSCE with the second practice session on 9 September and final session on 14 October.  These sessions have been organised by the Junior Medical Association Bundaberg, ably supported by 4th year students. They have also formed their own weekly study group to conduct practice sessions.
      • TROHPIQ High School Convenors visited Bundaberg on 31 August and 1 September and conducted visits to three local high schools targeting a wide section of students. 
      • Our students have been keeping fit and active in the community with many involved in team sports – netball, touch, hockey.  They took over the volunteer roles for the Bargara Park Run on 11 September. 
      • Vampire Cup – Bundaberg RCS students were the 2021 winners. Prizes of $110 pizza vouchers will be used to provide pizzas to practice OSCE examiners and end of year event.
      • RU OK? Day – light refreshments were supplied by RCS to students and staff to encourage conversations and support for this important initiative

      Bundaberg Staff Update

      • Resignation of Dr Jash Kumar, Director.  Dr Therese Ryan, Acting Director from 13 September - 31 December 2021. 
      • Dr David Mildenhall, Acting General Practice Academic Lead from 13 September - 31 December 2021
      • Resignation of Mrs Sue Hansen, Administration Assistant, effective 15 September.

      Rockhampton Update

      • Angela Cameron-Tomkinson, Ruth Thompson, Janelle McGrail and Jordan Fox participated in the Yeppoon Running Festival…walking 5km!  Matthew McGrail ran in the 10km run. Congratulations to the team.  

      Rural and Remote Medicine Update

      • Preferencing for 2022 Semester 1 RRM placements opens on Monday 27 September and closes 5 October
      • Special Considerations for 2022 RRM placements close on Monday 27 September
      • 2022 EPP placements for Semester 1 are being loaded into Inplace
      • TREES Year 1 Observerships – contacting preceptors / accommodation / students

      RTH CQ Update

      • A Taste of Medicine - High school students in Central Queensland were invited to participate in clinical skills and scenarios with the support of current UQ medical students. Around 88 students were engaged across the footprint with events run in Yeppoon, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Theodore and Emerald. This also allowed the team to promote the Regional Medical Pathway in Central Queensland.

      Marketing and Communications Update

      Events for 2021 and 2022

      Please email through any upcoming events for 2021. If you have any confirmed dates for 2022 events, please email these through too as we are working towards developing the Marketing & Events Calendar for 2022.


      The RCS Marketing and Communications Team now has a generic email account. Email us here. This link is to be used when requesting assistance from the marketing team, to share good news stories, Facebook content, “FYI” messages and day-to-day enqueries.

      Social media

      Click here to see our August social media post with the most reach: Intensive Care Medicine.  

      Media distribution

      Six media stories and opportunities were distributed in August.

      Media coverage

      Click here to see media coverage generated in August.

      Events calendar

      Click here to see events and activities scheduled for September, October and November.

      Next UQRCS Update

      A new model is currently being developed for the newsletter. Until further advice is received, please continue to send your usual submissions directly to us here. The next UQRCS Update will go out on Monday 4 October 2021. Submissions are due by Wednesday 28 September 2021.

        View archived announcements from RCS

        From the Head of School

        I would like to thank everyone who responded to the Pulse survey – 90% participation: arguably the best in the Faculty! The results will be presented and discussed when available.

        I’m pleased to announce that the school has received a number of success stories over the past fortnight:

        • James Cuffe was successful with his application for an American Thyroid Association grant; Jo Bowles’ application for a Escher Fund for Autism grant was successful; Kylie Tucker was also successful in her bid for a Scoliosis Research Society Research Grant.
        • John Lee, Anne Conibear, and Cassy Spiller were all successful in the Career Track Awards.
        • The following academics have been successful in obtaining scholarship funding for the 2021-22 Summer research projects scheme through the Faculty of Medicine: Mike Piper, Mark Coulthard (in collaboration with Trent Woodruff) and Sherry Wu.

        Well done and congratulations to you all!

        Funds for Honours mid-year intake and SCIE students have been distributed to supervisors.  This is a timely reminder to ensure you spend your funds on items that can be received and paid for in the current year.  Funds cannot be carried forward. 

        This week is National Postdoc Appreciation Week, which is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the significant contribution that postdocs and EMCRs make to our research excellence.  Throughout this week, the Faculty is encouraging staff to share photos or posts of their ‘Public Displays of Appreciation’ on Twitter, tagging @UQMedicine and using the hashtags #PostdocAppreciation #NPAW2021 #AUNPAW  #UQPostdocs.  Please also know that National Research Administrator Day is on 25 September.  Let’s give a big shout out to Uli (RDM), Brittany (RDO) and Phil Smit (RPM).

        Finally, for those interested in the state of Animal Ethics,  a recent email from Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) was sent around, and if you didn’t get it, it is attached here.

        Lizzie Coulson

        Date Savers

        21 October

        Academic Staff meeting, 10am, venue TBC

        21 October

        Thanksgiving Ceremony, Customs House

        27 October

        SBMS Teaching & Learning Retreat, Hillstone St Lucia

        1-2 November

        Honours Research Seminars, venues TBA

        4-5 November

        SBMS Academic Research Retreat, venue TBC

        7-9 November

        HDR Student Writing Retreat, MBRS, North Stradbroke Island

        3 December

        SBMS End of Year Party, St Lucia Bowls Club

        9 December

        All Staff meeting, 11am, venue TBC

        Audit Time - Housekeeping

        It is audit time. As well as our ongoing workplace inspections, we are currently in the middle of UQ PC2 Inspections and Animals in Labs audits. We will also have inspectors from Biosecurity on sight very soon. To ensure that we remain compliant it is important that everyone is on top of:

        • Housekeeping – clean up your bench, empty bins, clean spills straight away, store PPE correctly, throw out cardboard and polystyrene, declutter etc.
        • Training – ensure that your mandatory training is up to date.
        • Recordkeeping. Check your drug logs, training records, grey folders etc.

        Also please ensure that any facilities issues are being reported to These include things such as cracks in walls, benches, joins etc, chips in paint, air conditioning not working, mould etc.

        Please see Robyn or Tania if you have any questions.

        New SBMS Publications

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

        Student and ECR Seminar

        Come along to the next student and ECR seminar in Room 305 Skerman building on Friday 24 September. Dr Eduardo Albornoz Balmaceda from the Woodruff lab will be presenting Targeting the innate immune response in Parkinson’s disease: Unveiling novel therapeutics, followed by Dr Rui Chen and Chintan Bhavsar from the Wu Lab presenting Pathway analysis techniques for gene perturbation studies.

        Equity and Diversity Training

        Equity and Diversity Training Session Dates

        29 September: Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response 101

        7 October: Staff Disability Inclusion Masterclass

        4 November: UQ Ally Workshop

        11 November: Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response 101

        11 November: UQ Ally Workshop

        12 November: Sexual Misconduct First Responders Training

        30 November: Managing a Diverse Team

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

        Library Drop-ins

        Thursday 23 September (12:30 - 13:30) in Skerman Building (65), small meeting room (65-313). Please come in and see Uti if you would like assistance with:

        • Research skills (finding quality information for assignments, database searching, and advanced literature searching techniques including literature reviews, systematic reviews)
        • Purchasing / locating information resources for your research or course
        • Referencing and EndNote
        • Developing digital and software skills
        • Citation analysis and demonstrating research impact for grant applications, promotions etc. 
        • Scholarly publishing / setting up and maintaining Author identifiers (including ORCiD)
        • Where to get help with data management

        Friday Networking
        Come one, come all! Join us in some delectable conversation paired with tasty drinks this Friday 24 September from 5pm on the Level 1 Deck. 

        Social Soccer
        Dreamt of leaving academia and being the next David Beckham? Pull up your socks and join us for Social Soccer (or 'football', if you must) every Wednesday at 4 pm at the UQ Playing Field 9 (near Walcott Street, a 5-minute walk from SBMS). For any queries please do not hesitate to contact Sai or Guillaume.


        View archived announcements from SBMS

        Staff Updates

        Thank you to Associate Professor Simon Reid for his valuable contribution as Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee over the past 3 years. The School now welcomes Associate Professor Lisa Hall to the position and looks forward to her leadership in the Teaching and Learning space over the coming years. 

        Due to Dr Lisa Buckley taking on the Program Director of the Bachelor of Health Sciences role, she will be standing down from her role as Academic Integrity Officer for SPH at the end of Semester, 22 November, and handing over to Dr Yibeltal Alemu. Congratulations Yibeltal, and thank you Lisa for your efforts in the role. Thank you also to Dr Preetha Thomas for her great work as Program Director for Bachelor of Health Sciences. Preetha will now commence her role as Deputy Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee.

        Good News Stories

        A big congratulations to Professor Gita Mishra and Associate Professor Maree Toombs who were both successful in securing a NHMRC Investigator Grant in the last round. A fantastic achievement and a great result for the School. Well done Gita and Maree.

        Congratulations to Associate Professor Genevieve Healy who has been successful in securing a Level E appointment in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Gen will commence her new role on 30 September. Thank you for the amazing work you have done within the School of Public Health over your many years of service. Gen is strongly committed to building further ties between SPH and HMNS and we look forward to continued work with her and her team.

        Congratulations to Sam Brookfield who won the People’s Choice Award in the UQ 3MT Final. Well done Sam a great achievement. To view Sam’s presentation please click here.

        Casual Research Assistant Opportunity

        Researchers from the Global Substance Use and Mental Health Unit at the Centre for Health Services Research are seeking a casual research assistant with strong quantitative analysis and writing skills to assist with various projects related to substance use, for approximately 7 hours per week. Pay scale will be negotiated based on experience. Interested applicants should email their CV to Associate Professor Jason Ferris and Dr Cheaneal Puljevic.

        SPH in the Media

        Dr Amalie Dyda appeared in The Conversation discussing “What life will look like when we hit the 70% vaccination rate”.

        5 Minutes with Dan Striegl

        Position: Management Accountant, School of Public Health and Rural Clinical School

        How long have you been with working with SPH?: ​3.5 years

        What energizes you at work? Helping people and seeing results from the work we do together.

        What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” (Einstein) plus more light-hearted I like “God put me on Earth to complete a certain number of things, at this rate, I will never die!”

        On the weekend you will find me… With my wife and two kids, or out running or cycling

        If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A good German wheat beer!

        Upcoming Events

        The inaugural SPH HDR Conference will be held at Victoria Park on Monday the 29th of November. This will be an exciting opportunity to showcase your research and to engage with fellow researchers within the School of Public Health!  Full invitation including registration, event details and call for abstracts to follow soon in the meantime save this date in your calendar.

        School of Public Health’s newest CRE

        Keep up to date with news from the School of Public Health’s newest CRE, the Centre of Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame, by subscribing to their mailing list here, or by following them on Twitter.

        Graduate School recruitment 
        Next Graduate School Scholarship Round closes 27 September (for RQ1 or RQ2 2022 commencement). Domestic and onshore international applicants eligible to apply. Click to see available HDR Projects.

        Publications of the Month

        Author of the Month: Dr Lisa McHugh

        1. McHugh L, O'Grady KAF, Nolan T, Richmond PC, Wood N, Marshall HS, Lambert SB, Chatfield MD, Perrett KP, Binks P, Binks MJ, Andrews RM. National predictors of influenza vaccine uptake in pregnancy: the FluMum prospective cohort study, Australia, 2012-2015. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2021:7. DOI: 

        The ‘FluMum’ study is Australia’s largest multi-site prospective cohort study (9,878 mother-infant pairs) looking at the uptake of influenza (‘flu) vaccination in pregnancy. Over 4 consecutive years we found that only 1 in 3 women were being vaccinated in pregnancy, almost none during the first trimester; and most health care providers are only vaccinating during a narrow 7-week period when vaccine first becomes available each year rather than offering it to all women who are pregnant during the influenza season. Published in Q1 journal ANZJPH, we also found that the introduction of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination program in pregnancy has really driven the uptake of ‘flu vaccine in pregnancy, and health care provider recommendation-GP, midwife, obstetrician-was the critical factor in ‘flu vaccine acceptance in pregnancy. Importantly, we found that safety of vaccination in pregnancy remains a concern for pregnant women. Moving forward we confirmed that ‘flu vaccine uptake in pregnancy remains sub-optimal nationally, and we highlight our concern around the current Australian Immunisation Register for no systematic approach to monitor and evaluate vaccines in pregnancy.

        1. Arnautovska U, McKeon G, Dark F, Siskind D, Harris M, Parker S. Predictors of unplanned discharge from community-based residential mental health rehabilitation for people affected by severe and persistent mental illness. J Ment Health. 2021;30(4):500-8. DOI:
        2. Aulike IA, Dobson AJ, Egwunye J, Fitzgerald DM, Mishra GD. Assessing Agreement between the K10 and MHI-5 Measures of Psychological Wellbeing. Applied Research in Quality of Life. 2021;16(4):1753-66. DOI:
        3. Baneshi MR, Haghdoost A-A, Mirzazadeh A, Zolala F. Methods in Epidemiology: Population Size Estimation. 1 ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2021 Aug 2021. VII, 72 p.
        4. Edwards HA, Betz-Stablein B, Finnane A, Shen XH, Soyer HP, Hall L. An Australian tertiary hospital analysis of outpatient dermatology clinical and demographic characteristics. Australasian Journal of Dermatology. 2021:8. DOI:
        5. Engstrom T, Waller M, Mullens AB, Durham J, Debattista J, Wenham K, Bell SFE, Ariana A, Gu ZH, Daken K, Dingle K, Gilks CF, Williams OD, Dean JA. STI and HIV knowledge and testing: a comparison of domestic Australian-born, domestic overseas-born and international university students in Australia. Sexual Health. 2021:3. DOI:
        6. Gajbhiye RK, Montgomery G, Pai MV, Phukan P, Shekhar S, Padte K, Dasmahapatra P, John BM, Shembekar C, Bhurke AV, Bagde N, Kulkarni K, Sardeshpande N, Humane A, Mahobia S, Shah M, Singh U, Srivastava A, Mishra G, Warty N, Chandra S, Mahale SD. Protocol for a case-control study investigating the clinical phenotypes and genetic regulation of endometriosis in Indian women: The ECGRI study. BMJ open. 2021;11(8):e050844. DOI:
        7. Garvey G, Anderson K, Gall A, Butler TL, Whop LJ, Arley B, Cunningham J, Dickson M, Cass A, Ratcliffe J, Tong A, Howard K. The Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A Conceptual Model. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(15):12. DOI:
        8. Heard E, Smirnov A, Massi L, Selvey LA. Personal, provider and system level barriers and enablers for hepatitis C treatment in the era of direct-acting antivirals: Experiences of patients who inject drugs accessing treatment in general practice settings in Australia. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2021;127:6. DOI:
        9. Huynh Q, Marwick TH, Venkataraman P, Knibbs LD, Johnston FH, Negishi K. Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with coronary artery calcification among asymptomatic adults. European Heart Journal-Cardiovascular Imaging. 2021;22(8):922-9. DOI:
        10. Ip HF, van der Laan CM, Krapohl EML, Brikell I, Sanchez-Mora C, Nolte IM, St Pourcain B, Bolhuis K, Palviainen T, Zafarmand H, Colodro-Conde L, Gordon S, Zayats T, Aliev F, Jiang C, Wang CRA, Saunders G, Karhunen V, Hammerschlag AR, Adkins DE, Border R, Peterson RE, Prinz JA, Thiering E, Seppala I, Vilor-Tejedor N, Ahluwalia TS, Day FR, Hottenga JJ, Allegrini AG, Rimfeld K, Chen Q, Lu Y, Martin J, Artigas MS, Rovira P, Bosch R, Espanol G, Quiroga JAR, Neumann A, Ensink J, Grasby K, Morosoli JJ, Tong XR, Marrington S, Middeldorp C, Scott JG, Vinkhuyzen A, Shabalin AA, Corley R, Evans LM, Sugden K, Alemany S, Sass L, Vinding R, Ruth K, Tyrrell J, Davies GE, Ehli EA, Hagenbeek FA, De Zeeuw E, Van Beijsterveldt T, Larsson H, Snieder H, Verhulst FC, Amin N, Whipp AM, Korhonen T, Vuoksimaa E, Rose RJ, Uitterlinden AG, Heath AC, Madden P, Haavik J, Harris JR, Helgeland O, Johansson S, Knudsen GPS, Njolstad PR, Lu Q, Rodriguez A, Henders AK, Mamun A, Najman JM, Brown S, Hopfer C, Krauter K, Reynolds C, Smolen A, Stallings M, Wadsworth S, Wall TL, Silberg JL, Miller A, Keltikangas-Jarvinen L, Hakulinen C, Pulkki-Raback L, Havdahl A, Magnus P, Raitakari OT, Perry JRB, Llop S, Lopez-Espinosa MJ, Bonnelykke K, Bisgaard H, Sunyer J, Lehtimaki T, Arseneault L, Standl M, Heinrich J, Boden J, Pearson J, Horwood LJ, Kennedy M, Poulton R, Eaves LJ, Maes HH, Hewitt J, Copeland WE, Costello EJ, Williams GM, Wray N, Jarvelin MR, McGue M, Iacono W, Caspi A, Moffitt TE, Whitehouse A, Pennell CE, Klump KL, Burt SA, Dick DM, Reichborn-Kjennerud T, Martin NG, Medland SE, Vrijkotte T, Kaprio J, Tiemeier H, Smith GD, Hartman CA, Oldehinkel AJ, Casas M, Ribases M, Lichtenstein P, Lundstrom S, Plomin R, Bartels M, Nivard MG, Boomsma DI. Genetic association study of childhood aggression across raters, instruments, and age. Translational Psychiatry. 2021;11(1):9. DOI:
        11. Jadambaa A, Graves N, Cross D, Pacella R, Thomas HJ, Scott JG, Cheng QL, Brain D. Economic Evaluation of an Intervention Designed to Reduce Bullying in Australian Schools. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 2021:11. DOI:
        12. Journo C, Martin F. Htlv-1 disease. Pathogens. 2021;10(8). DOI:
        13. Koehn K, Cassidy-Matthews C, Pearce M, Aspin C, Pruden H, Ward J, Mullen M, Hogg RS, Nicholson V. Rates of new HIV diagnoses among Indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States: 2009-2017. AIDS (London, England). 2021;35(10):1683-7. DOI:
        14. Lee YY, Harris MG, Whiteford HA, Davidson SK, Chatterton ML, Stockings EA, Mihalopoulos C. Exploring the cost-effectiveness of a Dutch collaborative stepped care intervention for the treatment of depression and/or anxiety when adapted to the Australian context: a model-based cost-utility analysis. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences. 2021;30:8. DOI:
        15. Moffatt CRM, Kennedy KJ, O'Neill B, Selvey L, Kirk MD. Bacteraemia, antimicrobial susceptibility and treatment among Campylobacter-associated hospitalisations in the Australian Capital Territory: a review. BMC Infect Dis. 2021;21(1):12. DOI:
        16. Mundie A, Lazarou M, Mullens AB, Gu ZH, Dean JA. Sexual and reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Chinese international students studying abroad (in Australia, the UK and the US): a scoping review. Sexual Health. 2021:9. DOI:
        17. Najman JM, Clare PJ, Kypri K, Aiken A, Wadolowski M, Hutchinson D, Slade T, Bruno R, Vogl L, Degenhardt L, Mattick RP. Gender differences in the supply of alcohol to adolescent daughters and sons. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2021;47(4):508-20. DOI:
        18. Restrepo AC, Furuya-Kanamori L, Mayfield H, Nilles E, Lau CL. Implications of a travel connectivity-based approach for infectious disease transmission risks in Oceania. BMJ open. 2021;11(8):e046206. DOI:
        19. Shanks GD. Ship-board malaria epidemics during war. BMJ Military Health. 2021;167(4):295-6. DOI:
        20. Shanks GD. Reintroduced malaria in Queensland, Australia during the Second World War. Internal Medicine Journal. 2021;51(8):1348-51. DOI:
        21. Stein DJ, Kazdin AE, Ruscio AM, Chiu WT, Sampson NA, Ziobrowski HN, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Al-Hamzawi A, Alonso J, Altwaijri Y, Bruffaerts R, Bunting B, de Girolamo G, de Jonge P, Degenhardt L, Gureje O, Haro JM, Harris MG, Karam A, Karam EG, Kovess-Masfety V, Lee S, Medina-Mora ME, Moskalewicz J, Navarro-Mateu F, Nishi D, Posada-Villa J, Scott KM, Viana MC, Vigo DV, Xavier M, Zarkov Z, Kessler RC, Colla WHOWMHS. Perceived helpfulness of treatment for generalized anxiety disorder: a World Mental Health Surveys report. Bmc Psychiatry. 2021;21(1):14. DOI:
        22. Stiller A, Goodwin BC, Crawford-Williams F, March S, Ireland M, Aitken JF, Dunn J, Chambers SK. The supportive care needs of regional and remote cancer caregivers. Current Oncology. 2021;28(4):3041-57. DOI:
        23. Sun TZ, Lim CCW, Gartner C, Connor JP, Hall WD, Leung J, Stjepanovic D, Chan GCK. Reactions on Twitter towards Australia's proposed import restriction on nicotine vaping products: a thematic analysis. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2021:3. DOI:
        24. Vilcins D, Baker P, Jagals P, Sly PD. The Association of Ambient Temperature with Extremely Preterm Births. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2021:8. DOI:
        25. Waterhouse M, Sanguineti E, Baxter C, Romero BD, McLeod DSA, English DR, Armstrong BK, Ebeling PR, Hartel G, Kimlin MG, O'Connell RL, Pham H, van der Pols JC, Venn AJ, Webb PM, Whiteman DC, Neale RE. Vitamin D supplementation and risk of falling: outcomes from the randomized, placebo-controlled D-Health Trial. Journal of Cachexia Sarcopenia and Muscle. 2021:12. DOI:
        26. White J, Cavenagh D, Byles J, Mishra G, Tooth L, Loxton D. The experience of delayed health care access during the COVID 19 pandemic in Australian women: A mixed methods exploration. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2021:12. DOI:
        27. Wise K, Cullerton K. Framing of nutrition policy issues in the Australian news media, 2008-2018. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2021:6. DOI:
        28. Xiang K, Xu Z, Hu YQ, He YS, Wu GC, Li TY, Wang XR, Ding LH, Zhang Q, Tao SS, Ye DQ, Pan HF, Wang DG. Circadian clock genes as promising therapeutic targets for autoimmune diseases. Autoimmunity Reviews. 2021;20(8):102866. DOI:

         Bold = Current staff member or student. Underline = past staff member or adjunct/honorary appointment.


          iew archived announcements from SPH

          From the Director’s Desk

          September 9 was R U OK? Day, a reminder for us all to continue connecting with each other. I know UQCCR people are very good at looking out for others, and I want to encourage you to keep reaching out as this pandemic continues. Times are tough for some of our people and a friendly chat can make a huge difference. A big thank you to the Wellbeing committee for the display in reception, and to Jenny for handing out Tim Tams and touching base with our people.

          This coming week, we pause a moment to appreciate our postdocs. Whether just starting out or one of our established researchers, our postdocs are a valued part of the UQCCR family, undertaking much of the hands-on research in the Centre. Please come along to an afternoon tea on Thursday, 23 September to acknowledge this wonderful group of people!

          The NHMRC announced its latest Investigator grant awardees at the start of the month, and while the results are still under embargo, I’m very happy to extend my congratulations to two UQCCR researchers – one of our professors and one of our Level A post docs. Well done to you both. Once embargo has been lifted, I will be sure to update you all on the projects that will be undertaken as a result.

          For those 11 applicants who were unsuccessful in this round – my condolences. I know Sara Gollschewski will be working closely with you to review your applications to determine the best course of action to develop your career.

          Congratulations also this week to MD student Zhen Yi Andy Ou, who was recently awarded a US Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Fellowship. Andy will be part of Richard Gordon’s lab and will investigate novel therapeutic targets to slow or halt the progression of Parkinson’s Disease by targeting chronic immune activation, which results in persistent uncontrolled inflammation that can drive neuropathology and disease progression in PD. These fellowships are internationally highly competitive, and Andy is only the second Australian student to be awarded this fellowship since it was established around 20 years ago. Well done, Andy!

          Brisbane Portrait Prize

          One of the finalists in this year’s Brisbane Portrait Prize is ovarian cancer survivor Jane Grealy. The portrait of her cancer surgeon and UQ researcher, Professor Andreas Obermair, is titled: Cancer He Said. More information about the artwork can be found here. Jane has pledged to donate all prize money to gynaecological cancer research if she is selected as one of the prize winners. Help support Jane and gynaecological cancer research by voting here for her portrait of Professor Obermair .

          Dates for Diaries



          18 Sept – 4 Oct

          Queensland State school holidays

          4 October

          Labour Day public holiday

          6 October

          Group Leaders’ meeting – send agenda items to Lisa Dingwall

          7 October

          Where to now? Discovering the value of your PhD – Industry Join us for the second panel discussion in our series. Contact Sarah Piper for more details

          Paper of the Month applications due, 5pm – see the UQCCR intranet for details and the application form

          8 October

          Bike Shed spring clean!

          14 October

          UQCCR Plant Swap

          14 & 18 October

          BDHP Consumer Engagement training for researchers – see below

          5 November

          UQ Celebration of Staff – Herston. More details to come

          Children at UQCCR

          With the Queensland holidays upon us, we’d like to inform everyone of the decision not to allow children to come into UQCCR with their parents / carers. In pre-COVID times, this was permitted under certain circumstances, but while we are in a pandemic, we need to limit the number of non-UQCCR personnel in the building. This is for the safety of both our people and your children. Thanks for your understanding.

          Publication of the Month Award – August

          General category

          Nadeeka Dissanayaka

          Title: Anxiety disorders are associated with verbal memory impairment in patients with Parkinson’s disease without dementia. Journal of Neurology

          ECR category

          Vesa Cheng

          Title: Population pharmacokinetics of piperacillin and tazabactam in critically ill patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (an ASAP ECMO study). Antimicrob Agents Chemother

          And a quick reminder to submit your applications by 7 October for the September awards. 

          Bike Shed spring clean – 8 October

          Spring has sprung and it’s time to do a spot of cleaning! It’s been a while since the UQCCR bike sheds and changing rooms have had a clean out, so on Friday 8 October all items of clothing and toiletries in the locker room and the bike shed will be collected up and donated to charity or binned (depending on the quality!). This will include items on top of lockers and under seats.

          There are currently one old and two new drying racks for towels in the bike shed. The old one is larger and has two ‘wings’. The old rack and any associated towels will also be removed during the spring clean, so if you have a towel that needs to be dried, please make sure it goes on one of the new, smaller racks.

          BDHP Consumer Engagement Training for Researchers

          Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (BDHP) and Health Consumers Queensland (HCQ) invite you to attend Consumer Engagement Training for Researchers: Involving Consumers in your Research, on 14 and 18 October 2021

          Session 1: Foundation Webinar - An Introduction to Involving Consumers in Research

          When: 12:00-1.30pm, Thursday 14 October 2021

          Register for the webinar here by 6 October 2021.

          Session 2: Hands on Workshop - Involving Consumers in your Research: Master Class
          When: 10am-12:00pm, Monday 18 October 2021, Translational Research Institute (TRI)
          2-4pm, Monday 18 October 2021, UQCCR, Herston
          You must complete Session 1: Foundation Webinar to be able to participate in Session 2: Hands on Workshop.

          Register for the TRI workshop here by 6 October 2021.
          Register for the UQCCR workshop here by 6 October 2021.
          For further information email here.

          Media Communication Series

          *NEW* Social Media Panel Session – 11 October, 11am-12pm – Zoom only

          A panel session with UQ researchers who have successfully used social media to promote their research and engage in the wider community.  Registration here.

          Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium

          The Queensland Mass Spectrometry Symposium (QMSS) serves to connect the Queensland MS user base, and those interested in this technology across a diverse range of disciplines. The main event is an annual symposium for interdisciplinary scientific exchange and networking, hosted by one of the partners.

          QMSS 2021 is planned for 4-5 November 2021 and will be hosted by the Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University. Join us at the Gold Coast for two days of science and latest updates and developments in Mass Spectrometry from our exhibitors and sponsors. Use this opportunity to meet in person, network and enjoy an in-person conference rather than sitting in front of another online meeting.

          All Queensland researchers and users of mass spectrometry technology are invited to participate at the symposium, which will showcase a diverse range of mass spectrometry research and applications. More details can be found here. 

          Australasian Cytometry Society conference

          The Australasian Cytometry Society’s annual conference will run Monday 8 November - Wednesday 10 November. The conference costs $70, which includes society membership until June 2022 and access to conference content online for at least 1 month post event. Additionally, society membership also includes access to online ACS resources such as previously recorded Roadshows/Home-shows/Education events.

          Intertwined within the conference, and also running on Sunday 7 November are workshops that can be opted into at a cost of $15. These workshops cover topics that may be of interest to many including high dimensional panel design, HD data analysis etc. Details of both the conference and workshops can be found here

          The 2nd National Human Research Ethics Conference

          Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members across Australia are invited to attend the conference from 1–3 December 2021.  This year will tackle topics relevant to your HREC.

          The program will include an excellent line up of speakers with valuable theme discussion on the following proposed topics of interest; consent, privacy, emergency care, horizon scanning, ethics and law, processes and best practice, use of data, vulnerable groups in research, non-medical research involving humans, the future of ethics in Australia, and general ethical issues.

          The conference will be spaced out over the 3 days, giving you time to attend to other things!

          Register here by 30 November 2021. For further information contact Sara Gottliebsen

          Toolbox Talks 2021

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

          Recordings now available on the UQCCR intranet under research resources

          Research Funding alerts

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

          Seminar Series Recordings available here.


          View archived announcements from UQCCR

          Finance end of year preparation 2021

          Please note the following important dates for financial transactions in 2021:

          End of Year Item

          Due Date

          Payables will guarantee to process any invoice or student and non-staff expense reimbursement received by 4pm. This does not mean that the invoice will be paid in 2021. Invoices will only be paid when they are fully matched and due for payment according to the terms as set in the University's Supplier Master File.


          The EMS team will guarantee that all staff Expense Claims which are fully approved in EMS ProMaster by 10/12/2021 will be paid in 2021. This excludes travel allowances for approved travel in 2022.


          Enterprise Procurement will guarantee to process any requests for supplier creation, re-activation or amendment, in 2021, subject to satisfactory completion of independent verification checks.


          Final day for transactions in EMS ProMaster to be reconciled and/or approved for 2021. Any transactions processed after this date will post in 2022.


          Final Invoice Dispatch for 2021 – 6pm. Invoices raised after this time will be dated 04/01/2022


          Purchase Orders approved and dispatched by 31/12/2021 will have a 2021 commitment date, Purchase Orders approved and dispatched in 2022 will have a 2022 commitment date.


          Purchase Orders that have been receipted but not matched to a Supplier Invoice by 31/12/2021 will be accrued in 2021. 
          New receipts entered in 2022 will either result in an accrual or actual expense with a 2022 accounting date. 


          ISCs that have been approved by 31/12/2021 will be dated period 12, 2021


          Journals that have been approved by 31/12/2021 will be dated period 12, 2021 (provided there are no errors and the Journal is not set to Incomplete)


          Final 2021 figures (subject to any audit adjustments) available in the Reportal


          Expressions of Interest (EoI) open: UQ-IITD Academy of Research PhD program

          Would you like to join a world-leading, transnational research team with a generous scholarship? UQ and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi are accepting Expressions of Interest (EoI) for our joint PhD program until 17 October. More information here.

          Complete the National Student Safety Survey and help us promote a safer UQ Community

          The National Student Survey invites 10,000 UQ students to share students’ views on safety and wellbeing at the university and experiences related to sexual assault or harassment. Your response will help shape future safety and wellbeing supports and policies at UQ! If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email invitation to the survey. If you are not selected, you can still have a say by visiting UQ Respect National Student Safety Survey website. Learn more at:

          Your Data, Your Call: Attend our Student Focus Group

          What are your expectations about how UQ uses your data?  Participate in a student focus group to provide input and feedback on how UQ communicates with you and uses your personal information. All participants will receive a $10 gift voucher. More information and registrations here.

          Preprints: a new category of publications- NHMRC

          NHMRC will accept preprints as publications for track record assessment purposes for schemes opening from October 2021. How to include them will be in scheme documentation. NHMRC defines a preprint as a complete and public draft of a scientific document, yet to be certified by peer review. More details here.


          Log in to UQRDM now to create your account.

          As you would have heard in previous meetings and newsletters, UQRDM will soon be the primary data storage location for UQDI data. To make the transition as smooth as possible we need all staff and students to log in to the UQRDM system as soon as possible to help automatically create new storage records. Log in today with your UQ credentials.

          UQ Research Ethics and  Integrity unit

          Animal Ethics Drop-in zoom sessions: for specific questions on ethics applications. Register here.

          Monday 18 October, 1:30-2:30pm
          Friday 19 November, 9:30-10:30am
          Thursday 9 December, 2-3:00pm

          Information sessions

          Ethical Research and Teaching with Animals at UQ (UQ staff): Tuesday 16 November, 1-3:00pm. Registration here.

          Research Ethics: Animal [webinar] (HDR students): Friday 12 November, 9:30-11:00am. Register here.

          Research Integrity (Human and Animal Ethics)

          Responsible Conduct of Research: Wednesday 10 November, 1-3:00pm. Registration in this link.

          Ventures ilab Accelerator 2022 - applications open to students and staff

          During the three-month program, December - March, each selected startup team receives $10,000 equity-free funding to help get them to market and investment-ready. Work closely with our Entrepreneur in Residence and access Ventures’ mentor and investor networks, workshops and co-working spaces. Join the information sessions throughout September and October and get your application in by 19 October.

          Talk health with Dr Rosy from UQ Health Centre (free student appointments)

          Book now for your free private, confidential health conversation with Dr Rosy at the UQ Health Centre. Ask as many questions as you like about all things health - no Medicare card, student ID or private health required. Appointments are FREE and open to all UQ students to access. Book an appointment.

          Indigenous Summer Research program

          Current UQDI undergrad research scholars and Honours students are encouraged to consider participating in the 2021/22 Indigenous Summer Research program. Of particular relevance to UQDI, the guest speaker at a recent UQDI Seminar Professor James Ward is leading a project titled 'First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Harnessing the evidence from an urban First Nations health ecosystem to inform ongoing response, recovery and health system adaptation'. Go to the ATSIS Unit website for more information and other projects.

          Meet the Editors of Trends / Cell Press

          Thursday 28 September 2021: 9:00–10:00am (Zoom – Online Workshop) / 10.00am – 11.00am (Speed dating with the Editors – RSVP only).

          Registration required by EOD Friday 16 July by emailing or scanning the QR code above.

          Industry Connect - how to turn great research into impactful companies

          UQ researchers are invited to an interactive workshop where the venture capital investor, IP Group, will discuss how they work with UniQuest and researchers to evaluate technologies for investments and shed light on how the start-up journey might look like. IP Group is interested in technologies from agrriculture, therapeutics and medical devices, digital, and engineering breakthroughs. Join us to understand how your research could attract venture capital into an exciting new start-up company! On Wednesday 13 October, 12–1:00pm, in Seminar room 275, level 2, GCI Building (#20) or via Zoom. RSVP here for Zoom link. For more information in your research area, contact Craig Belcher - Life Sciences, Deon Goosen - Agriculture, Alister Morrison - Physical Sciences or Anne Bannister - Social & Behavioural Sciences. 

          TRI's Asset and Issue Logging System

          TRI's Asset and Issue Logging System (TAILS) will allow internal occupants to contact specific teams within TRI with requests for advice, notification of problems, WHS reporting or general assistance. The system will also update you with the progress of your requests, provide information and feedback. Either log in to the system directly or send an email with a detailed description of your enquiry to the appropriate address: TRI Scientific ServicesTRI Building Services or TRI ICT.

          Women in Technology finalist from UQDI

          Priscila Oliveira de Lima from the Simpson Group has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Women in Technology Awards. Priscila has been recognised for her work repurposing a drug called Stemetil to improve responses to many antibodies in different cancers. Let’s cheer Priscila on at the Awards Gala on 21 October.

          Faculty of Medicine- 2021 Grant Writing Workshop

          This three day interactive intensive workshop (must commit to all three days; Tuesday 26-Thursday 28 October) aims to provide guidance in grant/fellowship writing, grantsmanship, clinical trial design, biostatistics, budgeting, bibliometrics and career development through mentorship, lectures and group discussions. It includes lectures from topic experts and panel discussions. Attendees will be assigned with an experienced primary and secondary mentor and will receive individual feedback on their application. The goal of the course is to produce a highly competitive funding submission in clinical or pre-clinical research, primarily to NHMRC or MRFF schemes.  Participants are expected to bring a copy of their draft submission to the workshop. There are limited places available so attendance is via an Expression of Interest due 9am Tuesday 5th October here.

          Deadly Noize is coming!

          On 23 October, UQ will be rocking our inaugural Deadly Noize concert at St Lucia with some of the hottest First Nations musical acts joining this outdoor event to celebrate culture and the diverse music genres of Indigenous artists. Headline acts include Sycco, who was nominated for Triple J’s Artist of the Year in 2020 and has received several nomintions at the National Indigenous Music Awards this year, and Tia Gostelow, who has reached national acclaim with her recent EP Chrysalis. Joining them on the bill is local rapper, singer and spoken word poet Sachém. Tickets are just $10 for UQ Students and $15 for UQ Staff, alumni and the wider community.

          Research Impact: Pathways, Planning and Proof

          This UQ Staff Development course on 10 November 2021 is primarily for researchers and professional staff who would like a better understanding of research impact. It also covers linking research activities with intended impacts, designing research projects for greater impact and examples of impact and collection of evidence types using current systems available to UQ staff. Register here.

          Publication affiliation at UQDI

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

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

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

          ARC’s position on preprints

          The ARC has issued a communique regarding an adjustment to ARC’s policy position on inclusion of preprints for future National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) applications.

          Media Communication Series- brought to you by FoM ECR Committee and FoM RDMs

          A panel session with some of UQ’s successful social media users: A/Prof Josephine Bowles, A/Prof Lee Hickey and A/Prof Jason Ferris. Their expertise spans multiple social media platforms, and they will provide their views on why they choose certain platform(s), how often they post, practicalities of posting, how they measure and present their ‘metrics’ and connecting with / following others.Social Media Panel Session and Q&A: 11am-12pm Monday, 11 October. Zoom only. Register HERE.

          Regional Professional Development workshop – Enhancing the professional practise of teachers engaging students in STEM

          The SPARQ-ed team will deliver a unique regional Professional Development workshop on Bacterial Transformation for teachers and science technicians from the Darling Downs South West region on 27 October at Dalby State High School. Participants will transform bacterial cells with pGLO plasmid using simple biotechnology techniques. The workshop relates to Year 10 Science, Year 11 and Year 12 Biology, and can also be used as an extension activity for STEM specialist groups/classes.

          Call for abstracts 

          The 2021 National Human Research Ethics Conference will run virtually from 1–3 December and is free to attend. If you would like to submit an abstract for a talk see the “News and updates” section on the conference website. The deadline for submission is 30 September and registrations close on 30 November.

          TRI Immunology Seminar Series – Presenters Required

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

          UQDIPs join us at the UQDI Parent meeting

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

          Tax Information for Next Financial Year

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

          How to find grant and funding opportunities

          Inform the UQDI RDO’s and RMD ’s if you intend to apply for any funding opportunities

          UQR&I Research Office provides a variety of resources to help find potential funding opportunities.

          • UQR&I Research Bulletin – a fortnightly newsletter with upcoming funding opportunities. Subscribe here.
          • UQR&I Funding Database – a searchable UQ funding database linked to the Research Bulletin or here.
          • UQ R&I Mailer circulates important funding information. Subscribe here.
          • Other databases and sources of funding
            1. GrantConnect-  Australian Government grant and tender opportunities
            2. find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from US Federal granting agencies.
            3. Research Professional database provides a searchable list listings of funding opportunities and sponsors

          The Faculty of Medicine also provides a weekly Research Alert newsletter and website advertising funding opportunities. Subscribe here.

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