Monday, 23 January 2017

3MT presentation - Sivanjah Indumathy presents her research on immune cells

Faculty internal funding schemes results

The results of the 2017 Strategic Grants Scheme (SGS) and the Honour Roll of Grant Review Panel members are available here.

The Faculty acknowledges the important contribution of researchers as GRP members.

The 35.6% success rate for SGS 2017 is up from 33.1% for SGS 2016. A total of $1.43M was awarded across 146 projects in four categories: Strategic Project Grant (SPG), Early Career Development (ECD), Platform Access Grant (PAG), and Joint Medicine Pharmacy (JMP).
This year, the Joint Arts Medicine (JAM), a new category, was introduced under the Joint Arts-Medicine Interdisciplinary Research Scheme. The results are available here.
Outcomes for the Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017 (Round 1) are available here.

Outcomes for the Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017 are available here.

Update on MHTP Flow Cytometry Facilities

Michael Thomson has recently commenced as Manager of our MHTP Flow Cytometry research facility. Prior to commencing at MHTP, Michael was Manager of the Flow Cytometry Facility at St Vincent's Institute for several years, which followed being Assistant Manager in the Flow Cytometry Posistion at the Burnet Institute. 

Our MHTP Flow Cytometry facility is also going through the transition of becoming the first Node of Monash Flowcore. It will soon be relocating and operational on the Technologies Platform  Floor - Level 4 of the TRF building. This is anticipated to be finalised by the beginning of April 2017. The new Platform will house a new  5-Laser 18-Parameter BD FACS Aria Fusion Cell Sorter in a Class II Baker Hood, and a 5-Laser 18-Parameter BD Fortessa X-20 Analyser. These new instruments will be in addition to the facilities existing - MoFlow XDP Cell Sorter and BD Canto-II Analyser. 

At present, booking instruments is via the exisiting processes, however we will transition to the ARIN booking system once the Node has commenced. This is the system currently used by Monash Flowcore on the University Campus, Histology, Medical Genomics, etc. 

Details of the MHTP Flowcore operation and bookings transition will be confirmed in the near future.
Introductory Seminars we will also be held to assist with the transition .

Michael looks forward to supporting you with Flow Cytometry questions, discussing projects or providing advice to support your research and can be contracted via 

We hope you will take the opportunity to meet our new Platform manager soon.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any further queries.

Superbug fighting antibiotics

Throughout 2016 Associate Professor Max Cryle  and his collaborators, from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, have used published molecular structures of antibiotic resistant golden staph (Staphylococcus aureus), to see how we might overcome the resistance with new super-antibiotics.
Read more.

NHMRC equipment grant facilitates leading research into human cognitive function

The Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), in conjunction with Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI), Monash Physiology / the Biomedical Discovery Institute (BDI), MAPrc, Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences and Central Clinical School, and Behaviour Works, has been awarded a $130,000 NHMRC standard equipment grant towards the purchase of equipment to develop a “portable neurophysiological assessment suite”.
Read more.

Invitation from Head of School - Please join us for a Welcome Back Sausage Sizzle (joint SCSMH & Hudson event) Tuesday 31 January

Please click on the image below to register, for catering purposes

PhD mid-candidature review - Rashid Aldahhan

Presenation Date, Time Venue: 25 January 2017, 10.30am, Seminar Room (RC18) level 4, block E, MMC.
Student Name: Rashid Aldahhan
Presentation Title: Understanding the mechanisms involved in heat damage of testicular function in the rat.
Synopsis: This project aims to study the time-course of the response of the rat testis to heat and to determine the mechanisms by which the seminiferous tubules communicate with the intertubular compartment of the testis. It also investigates the potential role of activins, inhibins and follistatin in this intercompartmental dialogue.
Supervisors:  Associate Prof Mark Hedger and Prof David de Kretser 
Panel chair: Associate Professor Elizabeth Algar
Independent assessors: Professor Kate Loveland and Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith

3rd International Conference on Advances in Medical Science (ICAMS) 2017 19 - 20 April

Innovation and Research: The key to Better Healthcare

Date:      Wednesday 19 April - Thursday 20 April 2017
Venue:   Marina Bay, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Important Dates:
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline:  31 January 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:  9 March 2017
  • Registration Deadline:  20 March 2017
The conference is organised by three research groups of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia i.e. stress enzyme, bone research and cardiovascular groups. This is one of the awaited events devoted to health science and practice of medicine, and it will give participants a platform to exchange ideas, discover novel opportunities, reacquaint with colleagues, meet new friends, and broaden their knowledge. The Conference will provide the ideal environment to stimulate ideas and establish collaboration, networking opportunities as well as to initiate intense discussions.
For more information and registration, please visit the website:

Learning Event and Panel Discussion - 5 April

Date:    Wednesday 5 April 2017
Time:   10.00am - 2.00pm Learning event (talks/lectures)
            3.00pm - 5.30pm Panel discussion and launch event
Venue: Deakin Edge Auditorium at Federation Square, Melbourne

Save the Children is about to transform the way we deliver humanitarian assistance. And we’re inviting you to be a part of it.

On 5 April 2017 we will be hosting a learning event and a panel discussion to support the launch of the 
Emergency Health Unit - a world first for the Asia Pacific Region. Prominent experts from around the globe will be in Melbourne to discuss health, medical, paramedical, and humanitarian issues as well as emergency responses. This is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of humanitarian sector and health and medical interventions in such settings.

Tickets for event are free however seating is limited so it is imperative that you register.

Save the Children’s Emergency Health Unit can deploy world class teams of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel quickly to provide health and medical assistance in humanitarian settings. 

Staff OHS training

OHS training opportunity details:

Date: 23 February 2017
  • 10.00am-1.00pm: Student Project Safety (Risk Management) - compulsory for students (once only)
  • 2.00pm-4.00pm: Biosafety level 1 (Microbiologicals) - for clinical and lab researchers
  • 4.00pm-5.30pm: Biosafety level 2 (OGTR / AQIS)
Venue: TRF building seminar reoom 1, Monash Medical Centre

Registration and further information is hereStudents - please register via your student authcate account (not a staff account). Places are limited so please register as soon as possible.

Is my OHS training up to date? 
You can check your training portfolio in ESS via My Monash Training Qualifications. 

What training do I need to do?
Please refer to the OHS training guide or email

Want to participate in the NHMRC 2017 Project Grant Review Panels? Nominate Now

Monash University has once again been asked by NHMRC to nominate people to participate in various parts of this year’s review process. There are two call-outs (an Assistant Chair on a GRP and ECRs for Observers) as per below.

1. For ECRs to observe and/or participate in the 2017 Project Grant Review Panels.
The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is allowed to nominate up to three ECRs to serve as observers for the 2017 Project Grant Review Panels.

Since 2013, NHMRC has invited ECRs to observe GRP meetings providing training opportunities for future leaders of health and medical research. Engagement of ECRs will:
· provide insights into the Project Grants scheme peer review process which could be                   advantageous in their future Project Grants applications;
· provide ECRs with an opportunity to observe the discussion of applications;
· assist NHMRC to expand the pool of potential GRP members for the future.

2. For Assistant Chair in the 2017 Project Grant Review Panels.
The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is allowed to nominate one individual to serve as an Assistant Chair for the 2017 Project Grant Review Panels.

Assistant Chairs play an important role in ensuring the peer review process for each project grant application is fair and equitable. In return, the experience provides Assistant Chairs with valuable insights into the Project Grants funding scheme and functions of the peer review process.

For further information and nomination forms please contact Tania Wilmann at

ARC DECRA 2018 (DE18) - Now Open in RMS

Applications for ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards 2018 are now open in RMS and close 5pm Wednesday 22 March 2017.

Please find below:

Templates, including the Part D2 template for the 'Statement by the Administering Organisation' and the DE18 Certification form will be made available shortly on the MRO DECRA intranet pages.
If you require an eligibility exemption and have not yet submitted your
request, please contact MRO ( ASAP

Please start your proposal in RMS as soon as possible so we know that you intend to apply. A Pure Application Record will also need to be started in myResearch/Pure (for guidance refer to: Creating an Application Record) 

          Key Dates:


   MRO close date

ARC close date

Funding Rules 22 Sept 2016

Open in RMS   16 January 2017

Proposal closing date

2 March 2017

5pm 22 March 2017

Eligibility Exemption

11 January 2017



24 February 2017


Request Not to Assess

2 March 2017

5pm 8 March 2017

Rejoinder Process




Anticipated: Sept 2017
​For queries about the DE18 scheme, please contact ​

NHMRC Research Tracker – 13 January 2017

Research Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities.  CLICK HERE to subscribe.

In the 13 Jan 2017 edition:
  • EU Joint Programme—Neurodegenerative Diseases Research (JPND) 2017 call
  • Update on Assigners Academy membership
  • Update on Grant Review Panel (GRP) membership
  • Project Grants—2017 Project Grants scheme-specific funding rules
  • Early Career Fellowships—2017 Round opening in January
  • Career Development Fellowships—2017 Round opening in January
  • Key application dates
  • Closure of the Human Research Ethics Portal (HREP)
Read all updates here

NHMRC Funding Opportunities: January - April 2017

Please find below a table of the NHMRC funding schemes which are currently open or opening in January for submission in February, March & April this year.  Schemes that are currently open are shaded in gray. Scheme specific information is available by clicking on each scheme specific hyperlink.

Funding Scheme
Applications Open inRGMS
Minimum Data By
MRO Compliance Close (via Pure)
16 November 2016
18 January 2017
18 January 2017
1 February 2017
7 December 2016
18 January 2017
1 February 2017
7 December 2016
18 January 2017
1 February 2017
23 November 2016
18 January 2017
25 January 2017
8 February 2017
(supports researchers who are participating in leading international collaborative research that has been selected for funding through the NIH BRAIN Initiative)
26 October 2016
25 January 2017
8 February 2017
11 January 2017
15 February 2017
1 March 2017
11 January 2017
15 February 2017
15 February 2017
15 March 2017
(supports international and interdisciplinary collaborations in research, focusing on chronic non-communicable diseases)
18 January 2017
15 February 2017
15 February 2017
1 March 2017
18 January 2017
22 February 2017
8 March 2017
(for research in Novel Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases in Singapore and Australia)

25 January 2017
1 March 2017
8 March 2017
22 March 2017
18 January 2017
29 March 2017
(AI Waiver TBC)
29 March 2017
12 April 2017

The EU Joint Programme—Neurodegenerative Diseases Research (JPND) 2017 call may also of particular interest to some researchers. The JPND call for multinational research projects for pathway analysis across neurodegenerative diseases opened on Monday 9 January 2017. As part of the Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round 2, NHMRC will provide up to $850,000 of funding per grant over a maximum of three years. This will be for Australian-based researchers participating in multinational consortia that have been favourably reviewed by JPND. Please refer to the JPND website for further information. Applicants from Australia intending to participate in the call should download the Australian information sheet. Further information is also on the NHMRC website.

Researchers can contact us by phone or email if they have any questions about these schemes.  Contact details:
  • Tsharni Zazryn (Manager) +61 3 990 24427
  • Kylie May (Mon, Tues & Fri) +61 3 990 59859
  • Wade Moore +61 3 990 54347
  • Melina Pereira (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri) +61 3 990 55536
  • Susie Berkowicz +61 3 990 51229
  • Gabriela Khoury +61 3 990 20497
  • MRO intranet site
MRO processes related to each of these schemes are available from our new NHMRC intranet page.

The 2017 NHMRC Project Grant round has opened for applications in RGMS

The attached documents:
outline the 2017 MRO submission process for this scheme, including critical dates and instructions, and a CI/AI consent form for this scheme.

The MRO close for Project Grant compliance check requests is 15 February 2017. All compliance check requests must be made via Pure. Please initiate a Pure record for the application when you create your RGMS application.

Further information about the MRO processes can be obtained from the MRO​ project Grants intranet page at the following link.

The Movember Foundation – National Breast Cancer Foundation, Prostate and Breast Cancer Research Collaboration Initiative

The Movember Foundation and the NBCF fund innovative research that is aimed at improving outcomes for men with prostate cancer, men and women with breast cancer. For the first time the two organisations have come together to jointly fund high impact translational research that spans both prostate and breast cancer.

We are seeking high quality translational research proposals with the potential to transform the clinical management of both prostate and breast cancer. Proposals may also include an ovarian cancer stream where relevant.

The total funding available through this collaborative initiative is $2.5 million for up to 2 projects commencing in 2017.

Key dates:

  • Requests for Proposals will open: Monday January 30th 2017
  • MRO Compliance Date close: Friday March 17th 2017
  • Requests for Proposals will close: Friday March 31st 2017
CLICK HERE for further information

Haemophilia Foundation Research Fund 2017 Funding Round

Closing Date 15 February 2017
MRO compliance Closing Date 1 February 2017 

$20,000 is available for medical, scientific or social research to improve outcomes for people with haemophilia, von Willebrand disorder or other related inherited bleeding disorders, and/or those with medically acquired blood borne viruses.

The funding round is for research projects to commence before July 2017.

Download the guidelines and application form.

Further information can be found at

or contact HFA: