AAMRI eNews May2018

AAMRI eNews May2018

1st May, 2018


May 2018

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – Research governance & strategy workshops, summary of NHMRC peer review changes
  2. Government update – New initiatives to fight Malaria, review of Defence Trade Controls Act, and a plethora of other consultations
  3. NHMRC & ARC updates – Postgraduate scholarships open, & consultation on draft revised guidelines on healthcare infections
  4. MRFF Update – $6.1M to Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, and recipients of Biomedtech Horizons announced
  5. Sector news – $200M Digital Health CRC, Microsoft backs Garvan’s Genetic Index
  6. Reports & resources – Latest sector reports
  7. Funding & award opportunities – Dr John Dixon Hughes Medal for Medical Research Innovation & more
  8. Events, conferences & training opportunities – Ausbiotech 2018, 1st Malaria World Congress and more

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1. AAMRI news

Research Governance & Research Strategy Workshops – Networks Launch Event

AAMRI is forming two new networks for those working in MRIs

  1. Research Governance,
  2. Research Strategy

The networks will be launched at one event on 1st June 2018 in Sydney. There will be a full day workshop for each new network, run in parallel, at the same venue. We have a great agenda lined up for the day, places are free but are filling up fast, so please register soon!

AAMRI’s summary of the peer review arrangements for the new NHMRC Grant Program

Last year the NHMRC announced the new structure for the new Grant Program. From 2019 the new grant program will be include four major schemes: investigator grants, ideas grants, synergy grants, and strategic and leveraging grants. While we wait for the webinar and associated slides to be loaded to the NHMRC website you can read AAMRI’s summary which includes a handy table overview..

2.  Government and policy update 

Policy update

2018-19 Federal Budget

The sector is eagerly awaiting the 2018-19 Federal Budget on 8 May where it is hoped further announcements relating to new programs from the Medical Research Future Fund will be made. AAMRI will provide a summary to members on the outcomes of the Federal Budget.

New initiatives to help end world Malaria

The Foreign Minister has announced new initiatives in Australia to help end world Malaria. Melbourne will host the first Malaria World Congress in July 2018, and support will be provided for health security professionals from the Greater Mekong subregion through the Australia Awards Health Security Fellowships.

Biologicals regulatory framework proposed changes to start on 1 July 2018

Guidance has been issued by the TGA on changes to the biologicals regulatory framework. The guidance represents TGA’s interpretation and intention of proposed changes and include the regulation of autologous human cell and tissue products.


Review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012

The review will consider whether the Act is fit for purpose; whether there are any gaps in the Act’s controls; unintended consequences of the Act; and any other matters relevant to the review. AAMRI will be consulting with members on developing a submission. Please contact Peter Thomas if you are interested in contributing to AAMRI’s submission. Submissions close 31 May 2018.

Meningococcal and Haemophilus Influenzae Type B Disease Chapters

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) is consulting with stakeholders on proposed changes to meningococcal and Haemophilus iinfluenza type B vaccination recommendations for inclusion in the Australian Immunisation Handbook. Submissions close 11.59pm on Sunday 6 May 2018.

Adoption of European Union guidelines in Australia from TGA

The TGA are seeking comments on the proposed adoption or non-adoption of EU guidelines, particularly advice on whether you support the proposed action. Closing date: 22 May 2018. More details on the TGA website, including email address for comments.

Parliamentary inquiries

Stillbirth Research and Education – update

The Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education are seeking submissions to consider the future of stillbirth research and education in Australia. The closing date for submissions is 29 June 2018.

Mental health inquiry in rural and remote Australia

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee are seeking submissions on the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia. Closing date: 11 May 2018 (however, the Committee will continue to consider and accept submissions after this date).

The science of mitochondrial donation and related matters

The Senate Community Affairs References Committee are seeking submissions on the safety, efficacy, ethical considerations, value, impact and legal framework around mitochondrial donation. Submissions are sought by 11 May 2018.

3. NHMRC & ARC updates

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships – 2018 round open

The 2018 Postgraduate Scholarships (for funding in 2019) will open Wednesday 18 April 2018 and close at 5pm Wednesday 13 June 2018. Further information will be available via NHMRC and GrantConnect websites when the scheme opens.

NHMRC – Draft revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

Public consultation on the draft revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare is open and will close on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

ARC – Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing

Having received $3.7M from the ARC the Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing has now opened. The centre will undertake research that pushes the boundaries of the manufacturing of medical devices and implants.

ARC – Investment in medical devices research hub

The ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Manufacturing of Medical Devices has now officially opened, and has received an investment of $2.8 million from the ARC Industrial Transformation Hubs scheme.

4.  MRFF update

$6.1m to Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners

A new investment over three years from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)  has been granted to Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners to help close the gaps between medical research and the delivery of healthcare services in Queensland and work with partnership entities to apply and scale research that benefits all Australians.

Biomedtech Horizons

The latest recipients of $10M of grants from the Biomedtech Horizons program have been announced. There was success for AAMRI members the Bionics Institutes and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Sign up to the MTPConnect network to find out about future funding opportunities from this program.

5.  Sector news

$200m Digital Health CRC announced

The Digital Health CRC was announced in mid April, the $200+ million investment is aimed a transforming health delivery, improving health outcomes, reducing waste in the health system and building businesses and jobs.

Microsoft backs development of Garvan’s Genetic Index

Microsoft has made significant Azure cloud computing resources available to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research with the goal of accelerating the Garvan’s Genetic Index – a resource for the international scientific community that will include summary data of 5,000 whole human genomes.

$7.75m to Global Kinetics to develop their technology to help Parkinson’s sufferers

On World Parkinson’s Day, it was announced the Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) invested $7.75 million to help Global Kinetics Corporation continue to develop their world leading technology to help Parkinson’s sufferers self-manage their disease and therapy requirements.

MedTech’s Got Talent receives $500k to support start-ups

Australia’s largest medical device accelerator program, MedTech’s Got Talent, will receive a $500,000 grant through the Incubator Support initiative to build start-ups in the fields of medical devices, laboratory equipment, diagnostics, bionics and eHealth.

6.  Reports and resources

AIHW: Survey of Health Care: selected findings for rural and remote Australians

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new web report today. Key takeaways include that among Australians 45 and over who visited a GP in the past year, those living in rural and remote areas were less likely than others to have a usual GP or place of care. Not having facilities nearby was a barrier to seeing a specialist and having a medical test.

AIHW: National opioid pharmacotherapy statistics annual data 2017

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new web report, in a snapshot day in 2017, over 50,000 clients received pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence at 2,732 dosing points around Australia.

My healthy communities: Incidence of selected Cancers in 2009-2013

Cancer incidence rates are provided for all cancers combined as well as breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, lung and melanoma of the skin.

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research

Australian Health Ethics Committee has approved minor amendments to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

7.  Funding & award opportunities

Dr John Dixon Hughes Medal for Medical Research Innovation – applications open

Nominations are open for a researcher under the age of 45 for outstanding contribution towards the development and advancement of a biomedical innovation related to the nature, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and incidence of disease and other health problems. The medal will be awarded with a prize of $50,000 in the form of a grant. Applications close 6pm (AEST) on 14 May 2018.

Georgina Sweet Awards 2018

Up to three awards of up to $25,000 will be made to Australian female researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. Applications close on 31 May 2018.

Alzheimer’s Disease Grant Round – now open

As part of our partnership with The Mason Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), NFMRI will be seeking EOIs for projects investigating potential treatments and/or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. More information about this grant round is now available and closes 6pm (AEST) on Thursday, 31 May 2018.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases  – applications open 

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) fifth call for applications is now open. The call focuses on scaling-up evidence-based interventions at the population level for the prevention or management of hypertension and/or diabetes. Applications close on 10 September 2018.

8.  Events, conferences & training opportunities

APR Intern – internships for PhD students

This government backed program provides 50% funding for PhD internships in industry. MRIs may wish to consider providing industry placements for PhD students, while PhD students may wish to seek out internship opportunities in a range of different industries.

NHMRC – Submit an abstract for the 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – 27-28 November

You are invited to submit your ‘Ensuring Value in Research’ abstracts, ahead of this year’s NHMRC Symposium in Sydney this November. Abstract submissions close Friday 11 May 2018. More information available on the conference website page.

1st Malaria World Congress

The First Malaria World Congress will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centrefrom 1 – 5 July 2018. The congress aims to gather and share information, and to build a solid framework for collaborative action against malaria.

AusBiotech 2018 conference

The annual AusBiotech conference has announced will take place on 31 October 2018. Keynote speakers include: Dr Charmaine Gittleson, Chief Medical Officer, CSL Limited; Mr John Carroll, Editor in Chief, Endpoints; and Millis Oration – Professor Doug Hilton, Institute Director Division Head of Molecular Medicine, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute.

Australian delegation to The MedTech Conference

MTPConnect invites the Australian medical technology sector to join the Australian delegation to The MedTech Conference—September 23 – 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Webinar: ORCID the state of the Nation

Find out more about ORCID and what it could mean for your institution at this ANDS/RDS/Nectar webinar on 3 May, 12.30-1.30pm AEST.