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Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) News

Congratulations to the VCRN 2015 Early Career Clinician Researcher (ECCR) award winners and commendees. The inaugural ECCR awards were announced and presented by Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor, at a VCRN Forum at the AMREP Education Centre on Thursday 12 November. 
Winner - Allied Health Category ($1000 Prize)
Dr Carmen Pace, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Winner - Medical Category ($1000 Prize)
Dr Elif Ekinci, Austin Health
Commendation ($500 Prize)
Dr Cylie Williams, Peninsula Health & Monash Health
Dr Jacqui Frowen, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
(L-R) Dr Cylie Williams, Dr Elif Ekinci, Dr Carmen Pace & Dr Jacqui Frowen.

UROP's Invading Victoria!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) continues to grow, with a diverse range of research organisations participating in BioMedVic's flagship education and training program, that provides undergraduate students with first-hand experience of research. 
See below for the number of UROP scholars placed at participating research organisation throughout Victoria between July 2014- June 2015. 

The 2015 VPTN Showcase was a resounding success!

The annual event represented the VPTN’s efforts and network as it brought together all stakeholders including government, industry, researchers, innovators and academics. The showcase this year reached capacity early, with 197 registrations, a 20% increase from last year’s showcase.

The showcase theme – the platform to drive innovation and productivity – was aligned with the federal and state government’s priorities of strengthening the connections between science, research and industry, and encouraging research institutions and businesses to collaborate with each other.
With 35% industry attendance and facilities coming from all VPTN represented disciplines, the showcase created networking opportunities for all attendees and provided a platform for facilities to exhibit their unique offerings to potential new users and innovators.

Keynote speakers Dr. Amanda Caples, Ms Rosie Hicks and Associate Professor Michelle McIntosh featured their own stories that explored the connections between science, research and industry.
The Industry Hub then allowed guests the opportunity to further engage with industry as Cris Popp, Yogendra Vashishtha, Michael Fuller and Peter Czabotar spoke on their experience in engagement and
collaboration between industry and research platforms.
The diverse range of guests at this year’s showcase created an opportunity for researchers, facilities and
industry to engage, interact and connect with each other. 
VPTN Showcase 2015 - The platform to drive innovation and productivity
The 2015 VPTN Showcase video captures the essence of this successful event

VCRN Update

The VCRN was established to provide a voice for clinical research and to support their activities to improve clinical practices. The VCRN aims to reduce barriers for clinicians to conduct  research through research support activities include forums and workshops.

VCRN Events 

The VCRN will be hosting a Statistics Workshop, ‘Help for the desperate: Statistics for Clinical Research’.
This free event will be held at AMREP Education Centre on the Thursday 12 November at 5.00pm.
For more information and to register

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BioMedVic @ AusBiotech 2015 

What a fantastic week it was with the 2015 AusBiotech national conference in Melbourne attracting a significant number of internationals. BioMedVic was delighted to partner with the Victorian Government to deliver two events during AusBiotech 2015:
  • An exclusive Business Briefing and Networking program for international delegates to Australia Biotech Invest and AusBiotech 2015, on Monday 5th October 2015. The aim of the Briefing was to provide a snapshot of Victoria’s strengths and capability in health and medical research. BioMedVic assembled senior representatives from eight of our Member organisations to present their areas of research focus, available technologies and licencing opportunities.
  • A three-day Program at the Victorian Government’s booth in the AusBiotech Industry exhibition highlighting Victoria’s capability in three key areas: Clinical Trials (7 October), Drug Discovery & Development (8 October) and Medical technologies and Devices (9 October). Seven BioMedVic Members and five companies took part in this program.
Feedback from participants, visitors to the stand and our Victorian government partners was fantastic!
“BioMedVic played an integral part in the planning and delivery of the State Government's strategy for maximising the outcomes for Victoria through the AusBiotech National Conference last week. In the lead up to the conferences, BioMedVic helped put together an impressive program that included leaders from the medical research community to share with the international community what Victoria has to offer. BioMedVic also helped manage the themes that ran through our exhibit during the three days of the National Conference - ensuring that the key stakeholders from the identified themes of clinical research, drug discovery and development and medical devices were present each day at the exhibit to maximise the opportunity for meaningful conversations on the stand.

“A lot of effort went into the planning and execution of these and we are very pleased with the result.”

Dr Sandhya Tewari
Senior Trade Manager- Biotech, Medtech & Pharma, Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Congratulations to UROP scholar Eva Reda who is soon to complete her placement at CSL. Pictured here proudly wearing her UROP lapel pin
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