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15 March, 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the UQ Research Bulletin. This fortnightly circular includes information on funding opportunities, upcoming research events and workshops, as well as information on research awards and prizes.

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Upcoming Events

Please see Upcoming Events on the UQR&I website for details of information sessions, seminars and workshops for UQ staff.

Events and Workshops


Evaluation of Animal Research Services at UQ

UQ has engaged OmniAdvisory Consulting to evaluate the current and potential future needs for the provision of biological resources at UQ, to inform decisions that will position the university to provide cutting edge animal services support and ensure provision of the highest level of animal welfare.

OmniAdvisory Consulting will gather information and ideas from people within UQ, and at similar institutions across Australia and internationally. You will be able to provide your views about what you believe the future of animal services should be at UQ, including strengths of existing services, opportunities, constraints and aspirations, through workshops, an e-survey and Zoom or phone interviews. Face to face interviews will be held with senior UQ research executives and heads of schools, institutes and facilities. You will be able to provide additional information and ideas by email and can register your interest in being involved by contacting tim@omniadvisory.com.au.

OmniAdvisory Consulting will present a report to UQ by October this year with a ‘proposed future state’ of animal research services. Findings and outcomes will be presented in an all staff seminar towards the end of this year. More information is available from Dr Gordon McGurk, Director, OmniAdvisory Consulting on M: 0408 291840 or E: gordon@omniadvisory.com.au

ABC News – Seeking Female Subject Experts

ABC News is currently building out its database of women across industries to call on as expert talent, opinion leaders and sources for interviews/commentary on its digital and broadcast platforms. This database will be used by ABC News interview producers, talent bookers and journalists. All female UQ researchers are encouraged to consider this great opportunity to get your research and insights out there as subject matter experts. Access the nomination form here.

Advanced Leadership Program - Supporting the development of exceptional female leaders throughout Australia's Higher Education sector

During a career-defining six month journey, participants in the Higher Education Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) accelerate their career potential, become part of an exceptional peer network and consider the broader implications of gender equality throughout the Australian education sector. The course Prospectus can be viewed here. $3,000 scholarships are currently available to women in the higher education sector in Queensland to assist them to participate in the ALP by offsetting a portion of the course fees. To request a scholarship application for yourself or a colleague, please email Nick Williams nwilliams@asam.edu.au with your name, organisation, phone and email contacts.

UQ Industry Connect Event - Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research
Thursday, 21 March

UQ Global Change Institute Seminar Room, Room 273, Level 2, Building 20
11.00am – 12.00pm

UniQuest extends an invitation to attend a UQ Industry Connect event to hear from Dr Wendi Yajnik, Global Head of Academic Partnerships and External Innovation. Dr Yajnik is based at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge MA and will give a presentation about their external innovation needs followed by Q&A and networking. NIBR’s therapeutic areas of interest include: oncology; immuno-oncology; neuroscience; cardiovascular & metabolic diseases; autoimmunity, transplantation & inflammatory disease; musculoskeletal diseases; ophthalmology; and respiratory diseases. For more details on NIBR’s areas of focus for strategic partnering, please see https://www.novartis.com/our-science/research-disease-areas.

To RSVP, please email rsvp@uniquest.com.au with ‘Attending Novartis’ before Tuesday 19 March for catering purposes, indicating any dietary requirements. For further information, please contact Dr Craig Belcher, Senior Director Commercial Engagement – Life Sciences on 0407 637 853 or c.belcher@uniquest.com.au.

UQ Industry Connect Event – UQ/UniQuest/CSL Research Acceleration Initiative and Call for Proposals
Wednesday, 3 April

Large Seminar Room (3.142) QLD Bioscience Precinct (Building 80)
12.00pm – 1.00pm

CSL has opened a Call for UQ proposals for biotherapeutics and biomarkers in the areas of immunology, neurology, haematology, thrombosis, transplant, respiratory and cardiovascular/metabolic diseases. Researchers whose disease biology or clinical research overlap with these areas of interest are invited to attend a UQ Industry Connect event to hear a presentation by Dr Marthe D’Ombrain, Director of Research Innovation for CSL, and are invited to submit applications for CSL’s 2019 Research Acceleration Initiative. Please note that CSL is not interested in small molecules.

To download the pre-proposal template and for information about CSL’s focus areas, modalities and the application process, visit www.uniquest.com.au/csl. Non-confidential pre-proposals are to be emailed to csl@uniquest.com.au by Friday 3 May 2019. Successful application to CSL may result in funded collaborative research or provision of in-kind materials from CSL.

To RSVP for catering purposes, please email rsvp@uniquest.com.au before 31 March, indicating any dietary requirements. For further information, please contact Dr Craig Belcher, Senior Director Commercial Engagement – Life Sciences on 0407 637 853 or c.belcher@uniquest.com.au.

Essential Knowledge for Research Management Seminar
Thursday, 18 April

Senate Room, Brian Wilson Chancellery (#61A), UQ St Lucia Campus
9.00am - 1.00pm

This seminar has been designed to familiarise staff with the many functions of UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) including the Office of Sponsored Research, Office of Research Ethics and Research Partnerships Office, and the UQ Graduate School. The seminar will also feature Contract and Grants Accounting (CGA) and the UQ Library, providing information on the services available to researchers and administrative staff working in the research environment.

The course would be of particular benefit to new Academic, Research, Clinical and Professional staff involved in research or research management. Topics covered will include: Funding opportunities and resources; Research Grants - Services; Information Management; Metrics and Data Management; Research Accounting; IP Management; Research Partnerships Managers’ role; Export Controls; Research Ethics (Animal and Human); Research Integrity; Biosafety; and Graduate School - Services and training opportunities.

Registration is via Staff Development at https://staffdevelopment.hr.uq.edu.au/course/RRM001. For any enquiries, please e-mail UQR&I at workshops@research.uq.edu.au

MS Research Australia – Research Resources

The MS Research in Australia: Resource Landscape Report lists resources for Australian MS researchers, including infrastructure, funding avenues, and professional development. It is available online or in hard copy by request. Submissions or updates on available resources are welcomed via enquiries@msra.org.au.

If you are looking for participants for a research study or clinical trial, MS Research Australia maintains a Clinical Trials Network database listing of current Australian research studies involving people with MS. Studies listed in this database can also be promoted to the MS community via MS Research Australia newsletters and social media. For more information, visit www.mstrials.org.au, or contact Dr Hamish Campbell to list your study or update study details.

The MS Research Australia Brain Bank encourages expressions of interest from researchers who would like to access tissue for their research. If you require MS brain or spinal cord tissue for your research, or to discuss your tissue requirements, please complete and return the MS Researcher Expression of Interest Form to msrabrainbank@msra.org.au.

MoU for Academic and Research Co-operation between NIE and TERN

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Academic and Research Co-operation between National Institute of Ecology (NIE), Republic of Korea and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) at the University of Queensland (UQ) was signed in February 2019. This MoU recognises the mutual benefits from long-term co-operation and importance of academic and research cooperation in the fields of ecological database and information.

In addition to the MoU signing, the visiting Korean delegation, including Professor Ohseok Kwon, Kyungpook National University (KNE) and Chair of the Korean Long Term Ecological Research network (KLTER), participated in a five-day program organised by TERN. The purpose of their visit was to view Queensland ecology field sites that may host students of the International Ecology School (IES) for student exchanges. The IES concept aligns with the Short-term Global Experience for UQ students and is expected to commence in late 2019.

IES is a Korean initiative to be funded by a donation from a Korean business specifically to provide education and international field experience to undergraduate students in the International Long Term Ecological Research network’s East Asia Pacific regional chapter (ILTER-EAP), which includes Australia. IES sites visited on this trip included QUT’s Samford Ecological Research Facility (TERN was launched here in 2010), the TERN Daintree Rainforest Observatory operated by JCU and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Call for MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) panel members

Clinician researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of ICTC applications as a member of the peer review panel via email.

NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

Plenary and keynote presentation videos as well as PowerPoint presentations from the parallel sessions at the 2018 NHMRC Symposium are now available. This year’s symposium, the 8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, will be held in Melbourne in November 2019. Further details will be advised as soon as they are available. The theme this year will be “Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies."


Michael J. Fox Foundation Research Tools Catalog - Tool of the Month: Alpha-Synuclein Knockdown Viral Vectors

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) has made a number of tools available to the research community, including DNA plasmids, viral vectors, purified protein, antibodies, assays and pre-clinical models. Researchers rely on critical tools, including reagents and pre-clinical models, to understand the cause and mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease and to develop effective treatments.

In collaboration with GeneDetect and Vigene Biosciences, MJFF provides well-validated alpha-synuclein viral vector research tools to the community. These include AAV viral vectors designed to knockdown wildtype and common pathogenic mutation forms of human and mouse alpha-synuclein (a scrambled control is also available). These viral vectors are available through Vigene Biosciences. View available research tools in the MJFF Research Tools Catalogue.

National Cancer Institute Patient-Derived Models Repository (PDMR)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is developing a national repository of Patient-Derived Models (PDMs) comprised of patient-derived xenografts (PDXs), in vitro patient-derived tumour cell cultures (PDCs) and cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) as well as patient-derived organoids (PDOrg). These models will serve as a resource for public-private partnerships and for academic drug discovery efforts. These PDMs will be clinically-annotated with molecular information available in an easily accessible database and will be available to the extramural community. Initial distribution of PDX and in vitro material will be U.S. domestic only and international distribution will follow. International requestors can request to be placed on a notification list once models can be distributed internationally. For more information, please see https://pdmr.cancer.gov/.

US Department of Defense CDMRP Webinar – Team Science Funding Opportunities

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) funding opportunities that have a team science component are the focus of the Team Science Funding Opportunities webinar. This is now available for viewing and provides an overview of types of award mechanisms that encourage multiple investigators, key elements of team science program announcements, required application documents, and general guidance for applicants. The next webinar will be on Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Funding Opportunities and is scheduled for 25 March 2019. See the webinar schedule and access past webinars at https://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/Webinars/webinar_series. Queries about US Department of Defense funding opportunities can be directed to the UQ R&I International Team at internationalgrants@research.uq.edu.au.

Meet the Scientist Webinar - Circadian Rhythms and Bipolar Disorder
Tuesday, 9 April

2.00pm – 3.00pm EDT (Wednesday, 10 April 2019 4.00am – 5.00am AEST)

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation hosts a free Meet the Scientist Webinar each month, presenting the latest research from international experts in the field of brain and behaviour research. The next seminar will be presented by Colleen Ann McClung, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

Many studies have found significant disruptions in circadian rhythms in people with bipolar disorder. These rhythms affect sleep/wake activity, body temperature, and hormonal cycles. Changes to the sleep/wake cycle can precipitate manic and depressive episodes while stabilization of these rhythms is therapeutic. Professor McClung will be discussing work from her lab aimed at better understanding the molecular mechanisms by which circadian genes and rhythms control mood in bipolar disorder and how synchronization of the circadian clock may lead to novel mood-stabilizing therapies.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.bbrfoundation.org/event/circadian-rhythms-and-bipolar-disorder. Past webinar recordings can be viewed on the BBRF website.

CPTAC Assay Portal Update: New Mouse MRM-MS Assays Available

The CPTAC Assay Portal (National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute) serves as a centralized public repository of ‘fit-for-purpose’ multiplexed quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomic targeted assays. Targeted proteomic assays eliminate issues that are commonly observed using conventional protein detection systems.

The goal of the portal is to widely disseminate highly characterized proteomic assays to the global research community, with access to SOPs, reagents, and assay characterization/validation data in support of the National Institutes of Health’s Rigor and Reproducibility Principles and Guidelines. Targeted mass spectrometry assays are characterized according to the CPTAC assay characterization guidelines. The portal is also designed to bring together biologists seeking to ask hypothesis-driven questions about the proteome they study with analytical chemists equipped to perform targeted proteomic assays. For further information, please see the Assay Portal website at https://assays.cancer.gov/.

Working Scientist Podcast – Nature Careers Podcast Series

A six-part podcast series on research funding is available on the Nature website. Topics include Inside the NIH grant review process, How to plan a successful grant application and Grant application essentials.

Research Awards and Prizes

For assistance with UQ nominations and applications for research awards and prizes, and fellowship of the learned academies, please email ResearchAwards@research.uq.edu.au.


ASM Frank Fenner Award

This award recognises distinguished contributions in any area of Australian research in microbiology by scientists in a formative stage of their career, rather than to reward senior scientists for a lifetime of achievement. Two awards will be given each year. Nominations close 31 March 2019 – see more details at: http://www.theasm.org.au/awards/asm-frank-fenner-award/

Batterham Medal

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for their work in the past five years. Nominations close on 5 April at 12pm AEST – see more details at: https://www.applied.org.au/programs-and-awards/batterham-medal/

BHERT Awards Expression of Interest

The BHERT Awards were established to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training. The objective of the program is to highlight at a national level the benefits of such collaboration and enhance links between industry and universities.

The Research Partnerships Office is coordinating UQ’s Expression of Interest (EOI) process. All EOIs should be sent to UQRI Research Partnerships Office at researchpartnerships@research.uq.edu.au by COB on 9 April 2019, prior to the external submission deadline of Tuesday 16 April. BHERT will then select the top applicants in each Award category, who will be invited to complete a full Application through its Online Portal from Monday 13 May to Tuesday 9 July. See more details at: http://www.bhert.com/awards.html

Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for 2019

These awards recognise excellence in early career research across all the sciences including mathematics, alongside a passion and capacity to communicate science to the community. Nominations close 10 April 2019 – see more details at: http://www.aips.net.au/tall-poppies/

ICM Agrifood Award

The ICM Agrifood Award is an early career award for two outstanding agriculture or food scientists or technologists. The Award is sponsored by ICM Agribusiness, one of Australia’s major agribusiness groups, and administered by ATSE. One female and one male winner will each receive a cash prize of $5000. Nominations close on 12 April 2019 – see more details at: https://www.applied.org.au/programs-and-awards/icm-agrifood-awards/

Churchill Fellowships

A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented Australians to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation, and excellence. Nominations close 30 April 2019. More details available at: https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/

Australian Academy of Science 2020 Honorific Awards

The Academy’s honorific awards are open to senior scientists as well as early- and mid-career researchers who are making outstanding contributions to Australian science across a range of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences. Nominations close 9.00am (AEST) 1 May 2019 – see more details at: https://www.science.org.au/opportunities-scientists/recognition/honorific-awards

Eureka Prizes

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science. The 2019 Eureka Prizes are now open and nominations close 3 May 2019 – see more details at: https://australianmuseum.net.au/eurekaprizes


Benjamin Franklin Medals

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations from the following seven disciplines of science: chemistry; civil and mechanical engineering; computer and cognitive science; earth and environmental science; electrical engineering; life science; and physics. Nominations for the Benjamin Franklin Medals are accepted at any time – see more details at: https://www.fi.edu/call-for-nominations

Materials Research Society Awards

The Materials Research Society invites nominations for a number of awards for early career and more advanced researchers across the field of materials research. Nominations close 1 April 2019 – see more details at: http://www.mrs.org/awards/

Grawemeyer Award in Psychology

The Grawemeyer Award in Psychology is given for original and creative ideas: ideas that possess clarity, power and that substantially impact the field of psychology. These ideas help us understand one another and the world around us, and provide insights into the human mind. The Award is accompanied by a prize of no less than $100,000 USD. Nominations close 15 April 2019 – see more details at: http://grawemeyer.org/education/

Ton Duc Thang University Scientific Prize

The prize is established with the avowed purposes of honouring Vietnamese and international scientists who have excellent research and contribute positively to society. The fields of science and social work serving the people and the community are within the scope of the award. Applications close 30 May 2019 – see more details at: http://prize.tdtu.edu.vn/announcement-of-tdtu-prize-2019

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