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BioMedVic Symposium - Genomic Medicine

Coming up on May 11, the Genomic Medicine Symposium and Public Forum will provide an overview of what’s happening in Victoria and internationally in Genomic Medicine including its application to disease diagnosis, in personalised medicine and the development of treatment regimens and in public health. 

The Symposium will feature a Plenary by Professor Madhuri Hegde (Emory Genetics) and presentations from local leaders in the field, Prof Kathryn North, Prof Ingrid Scheffer, Prof David Bowtell, Prof Andrew Sinclair and Prof Deborah Schofield. 
The scientific program will be capped off by a Public Forum “Should we sequence every baby’s genome at birth?” moderated by Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster Paul Barclay and recorded for ABC Big Ideas. 

Being held on the 11th May at the Ella Latham Theatre, Royal Childrens Hospital.
Click here to register and see the full program.

Connecting BioMedVic Members with Osaka, Japan

On the 27th March, BioMedVic welcomed a delegation from Osaka University's Graduate School of Medicine (OU-GSM) to sign a collaborative agreement to facilitate joint health and medical research endeavours.
The Memorandum of Understanding was a product of Jan Tennent's participation in two missions to Melbourne's sister City of Osaka, Japan, in August 2014 and February this year. The trips focused on developing opportunities in the life sciences sector and were supported by the City of Melbourne, the City of Osaka and the Victorian Government. 
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine delegation visits the BioMedVic Board Meeting.
(L to R) Dr Sachiko Baba,
Prof Akira Myoui,
Prof Yasufumi Kaneda,
A Prof Jan Tennent,
A Prof Noriko Inoue,
Dr Roland Scollay &
Dr Michelle Zajac.
The Osaka GSM/BioMedVic MOU will provide a framework for Victorian researchers and BioMedVic Member organisations to engage with OU-GSM in the field of health and medical research and to develop an understanding of shared issues and interests and identify opportunities for collaboration in a range of areas including research and clinical trials, MedTech, and skills development.
This will be achieved by exchanging information, exploring potential collaborative research projects, organising academic symposia and workshops and developing opportunities for the exchange of academics, research scientists and students. 
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the Melbourne Town Hall, witnessed by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Professor Ian Gust, Mr Cameron Boardman and Melbourne City Councillors Lovey and Ong.
BioMedVic is looking forward to a productive and mutually-rewarding relationship with the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine.
Do let Jan know if you have ongoing links with Osaka, Japan, and/or if you are interested to establish new connections.

Keeping up to date with VPTN

The uncoupling of NCRIS funding from the Higher Education Reform bill finally, and thankfully, occurred on 16 March, paving the way for the release of funding to support many NCRIS facilities. Those facilities and their outstanding staff support the research activities of many thousands of researchers and industry partners alike. The 11th hour reprieve relieved the great uncertainty that had been felt across many facilities and organisations that rely on their world leading capabilities to support research translation.

On the topic of research translation, the VPTN partnered with the BioMelbourne Network on 17 March to deliver an excellent BioBreakfast and networking event. The 80 strong audience was a good mix of VPTN and BioMelbourne Network members and they learned of the program of VPTN activities and the Network's mantra; Browse | Connect | Engage. Three facilities shared the stage with their industry client, demonstrating some of the excellent engagements and outcomes that have been achieved. The three case studies were presented by; The VPTN have had a great month with ARIN. We have been actively configuring several new facilities that will start using the software solution to support access and usage of their facility. Those facilities will be coming online over the next 4-6 weeks and will be available for bookings. One of them is a brand new facility, so stay tuned for those updates and notices about the formal opening! To stay up to date with ARIN releases and new features you can join our mailing list.

With VPTN Marketing Manager Tanya Mitchell now on board, we will be visiting facilities searching for your great stories and case studies.  A great way to jump the queue is for you to contact us by emailing We love to hear about new facilities, new instruments and services, or new ways in which existing resources are being used. Every story needs an ending/outcome and we want to hear about the outcomes from your facilities.  

UROP Upcoming Events

Save the Date for the 2015 UROP Conference Day – Friday 17th July
BioMedVic will be hosting the annual UROP Conference Day at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

Everyone is welcome to see our outstanding UROP students present exciting results from their projects.

Below are a few pictures from last year’s UROP Conference Day. 

UROP Important Dates 2015

17 July: Conference Day (MCEC)
3 August: Round 2 Student Applications open
18 August: Round 2 Student Applications close
18 August: Round 2 Project Submission close
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