Ethos Bio Science Forum

About the program
This program brings together research leaders and research managers across the disciplines of bio-science, genomics and bio-engineering and focuses on sharing and discovering best practice in strategy, leadership and innovation relevant to the scientific enquiry encompassed in these disciplines. All participants will attend a six day program spaced over three months.

The program will be divided into 3, two day forums. The first session will be held in Singapore, the second in Perth and the third in Brisbane. Eighteen research leaders from Australia and Singapore, anticipated to take a greater leadership role, will discuss the strategic and leadership issues that drive innovation and growth and those that stifle and inhibit potential. With eminent bio-science leaders, the participants will discuss global strategic trends in the bio-sciences currently being identified by governments, corporations and universities. Our eminent leaders will reflect on their strategic decisions and make observations about the next ten years through their lens of experience. Participants will be challenged to learn from the mistakes of the past.

Who should participate?
Participants will be senior research leaders and senior research managers from the disciplines of bio-science, genomics and bio-engineering. The pgram will be limited to 18 participants only. All participants will have responsibility for developing and managing relationships beyond their laboratory. Meet with some of the most respected research leaders in the bio-sciences as guest presenters Participants meet with six eminent research leaders in the field of bio-science (see list below). In a relaxed, informal environment, these leaders discuss the issues that shaped them as leaders, their personal insights, their institutional observations and their global strategic perspectives regarding bio-science research.

Case studies from participants
Each participant presents their research concentration as a ‘case study’. Issues of strategy, people management, strategic alliances and more, are analysed and explored. The case study presenters ask questions of the group and are challenged to see what is familiar to them from a different perspective.

Work preference analysis
All participants gain an insight into their own leadership style through an internationally respected work preference and leadership analysis tool, the Team Management Profile.

Research leadership essentials
Participants come prepared to engage with their colleagues in a rich conversation that focuses on new leadership perspectives and issues within bio-science research and its clinical and commercial translation.

Forum Chairman
The Ethos Bio-science Forum is chaired by Mark Douglas, Director of Ethos Australia Pty Ltd. Mark has worked with senior management teams of universities, publically listed corporations, and many governments. Mark has worked with numerous research institutes and research centres across 21 universities. Mark is an organisational psychologist with over 20 years’ experience consulting on strategy, change, teams at work and collaborative business structures. Mark is a skilled facilitator and communicator and is an accredited mediator. Mark has worked in senior management roles within consulting organisations, within government and university research environments.

Forum content
The purpose of the Bio-Science Forum is to build leadership and strategic awareness relevant to driving success across and between the three disciplines of bio-science, genomics and bio-engineering. Participants will grow their appreciation of strategy across the international research landscape as they see the ‘bigger picture’. The program will discuss the strategic implications of recent international initiatives and require the participants to deliberate upon the strategic and organisational issues affecting:
• International research collaboration;
• The translation of research;
• Successful and ethical relationships with industry;
• Access to research and infrastructure funding

Course Dates
4 & 5 November 2014 (Singapore)
3 & 4 February 2015 (Perth)
26 & 27 March 2015 (Brisbane)

AUD$12,650 (includes GST)
US$10,800 (Singapore only)
See the Registration Form online at or contact Ethos Australia for a Registration Form.

Contact details
T +61 8 8373 6433
F +61 8 8272 4503

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Translational Science Workshop 3 Research, Learning and Teaching SGDE | 22 August 2014

‘Capitalising on the opportunities for Small Group Discovery Experiences in 2015: The potential for undergraduates to engage with Knowledge Translation’

Have you ever wondered what it is like to participate in a Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE) from a student’s perspective?
Are you involved in the delivery or coordination of SGDEs for undergraduate students?
Are you interested in Knowledge Translation in Research and/or Learning and Teaching?

The Translational Science Task Force Team invite you to join us for our final event in a series of three as we collaborate with colleagues from the schools and disciplines across the Faculty of Health Sciences to look at the future of SGDEs for all undergraduate, but primarily, second year students.

With the aim of having Research, Learning and Teaching and SGDE coordination/ delivery staff in attendance, we plan to identify how we can capitalise on the opportunities that Small Group Discovery Experiences present in order to provide diverse, interdisciplinary and stimulating learning experiences for students, while also furthering the initiatives of the third strategic pillar in the FHS – Translation into person, place, policy and practice.

One of the ways of doing this on the day will be to pilot a faculty-wide ‘knowledge translation’ SGDE module that can be customised and tailored by colleagues like yourself as we go along, and then later adopted by you and your school if you wish to use it in 2015.

This workshop will not only be an opportunity for you to help shape the future of SGDE in your school and the Faculty, but will also:
 * Identify the work that has been done by the Translational Science Task Force over the past 21 months;
*  Help you get ahead on organising your SGDE materials ready for 2015;
 * Identify the potential for the Translational Science Task Force to assist with the development of your school’s SGDE materials for 2015; and
 * Create a sense of collective interest in SGDEs and interdisciplinary learning and teaching around knowledge translation for our future students.

When: Friday, 22 August 2014
1.45pm for a 2pm start – 5pm

Where : Eclipse Room, Level 4 Union House
The University of Adelaide

Further Information:
Please contact Rhianon Marshall

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Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme open 21 July 2014

Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme opened nationally today, Monday 21 July 2014, for uptake in 2015.

The scholarship is worth up to $15,000 per year for full time or $7,500 for part time study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are undertaking or are intending to study in a health related course in the following professions:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants)
  • Nursing.

Full details and access to the applications can be found on our website, closes Monday 15 September 2014.

Please pass this email on to any relevant people; ACN thanks you for your support of these scholarships.

If you require further information please contact the scholarships team at ACN on 1800 688 628 or email

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Clinical Psychology Scholarships – Applications open on 6 August 2014.

The NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship applications will open on 6 August 2014 for 2015 funding round. A link to the ‘online application’ will be available on the Clinical Psychology Scholarship page from the 6th of August 2014.

This scholarship provides financial assistance ($15,000 per annum FTE for a maximum of 2 years) for those who are undertaking or intending to undertake a Clinical Psychology studies at Masters or Doctorate level. The selection criteria focus is on unmet need in geographical and clinical areas of need.

We shall be very much grateful if you could establish a link in your website to the Clinical Psychology Scholarship page on the SARRAH website and distributing this information to your networks.

Please contact us on Toll Free number 1800 338 061 if you need further information regarding the NAHSSS scholarships.

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Dr Melissa Cantley attends the 64th Lindau Laureate Meeting | 29 June to 4 July 2014

Dr Melissa Cantley, School of Medical Sciences was selected by the scientific review panel of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings to participate in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which was held from 29 June to 4 July 2014, in Lindau, Germany.

Only the 600 most qualified young researchers can be given the opportunity to enrich and share the unique atmosphere of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Dr Melissa Cantleys Summary-

I was very fortunate to recently attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Physiology or Medicine in Germany with support of The University of Adelaide, G08 and the Australian Academy of Science. The Australian delegation consisted of 15 young researchers from different backgrounds, disciplines, universities and research organisations representing 5 states of Australia. The meeting was attended by 37 Nobel Laureates including Australian Laureates Professor Elizabeth Blackburn and Professor Brian Schmidt. Throughout the week the Australian delegation was treated to lunches with different laureates including Professor Barry Marshall, Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Professor Rolf Zinkernagel and others, which were organised by the Australian Academy of Sciences.

The International day hosted by Australia on Monday 30 June was definitely a meeting highlight for me. The Women in Science breakfast discussion was a fantastic start to the day with a panel consisting of a range of members who all had very valuable contributions and experiences to draw upon, including Nobel Laureates Professors Blackburn and Schmidt. The Australia Day concluded with the International Get-Together which was a great evening hosted by MC Adam Spencer and consisted of networking along with celebrating science and Australia. Attending this meeting was definitely a highlight in my research career. It was such an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by and interact with some of the world’s leading scientists. Having the chance to meet other young researchers from around the world with a variety of research interests was amazing and allowed us to learn about their different experiences in research. Overall this was an inspiring experience that far exceeded my expectations and has provided me with great motivation for science as I commence my NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. 

Dr Melissa Cantley PhD
NHMRC Early Career Fellow
School of Medical Sciences

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Robinson Research Institute’s Science Stories: A new approach to improve IVF success

At least 1 in 6 Australian couples experience infertility and now 4% of children are conceived by IVF – and this number is on the rise. Age is the largest cause of infertility and increasingly women are having children later in life, and turning to IVF. However, IVF is not a magic solution that works for all women. Only 17% of IVF cycles are successful and result in a live birth. Why is the success rate so low? This is a complicated question and the full answer is unknown. However, Dr Melanie McDowall, a Senior Post-Doc in the Early Development Research Group has focused her research on increasing IVF success and hopes to gain clinical acceptance for her new and uncomplicated approach.

Click here to read the latest edition of Science Stories

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Reducing the Gap between Research Policy and Practice Initiative

Panel Session Three


While there have been spectacular advances in health research, practitioners, policy makers and researchers are often frustrated by an inability to ensure that these findings contribute to practical differences in health outcomes and healthcare service delivery. The Reducing the Gaps Between Research, Policy and Practice Initiative aims to address these challenges by providing a supportive collegial environment which encourages discussion and the sharing of ideas in order to learn from the experiences of each other.

Previous panel sessions have focused on researchers’ and policy makers’ experiences. Summaries and full audio-visual recordings of these first two sessions can be found at

Panel Members:

Ms Stephanie Miller – Executive Director, Health Consumer Alliance of SA
Ms Julie Marker – Acting Chair, Cancer Voices South Australia
Mr Tim Agius – Director Strategic Development, Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
This event is FREE to attend.

Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014
Time: 8.30am to 10.30am (Presentations commence at 9.00am)
Venue: Ground Floor Auditorium, South Australian Health
and Medical Research Institute
Please click here to RSVP by Friday 25th July 2014

Tea, coffee and a continental breakfast will be provided.
Please note that parking near SAHMRI is limited, but there
is a tram stop nearby.

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Congratulations to Xiangqun Ju | J Morita Junior Investigator Award for Geriatric Oral Research

We congratulate Xiangqun Ju for receiving the J Morita Junior Investigator Award for Geriatric Oral Research; second prize in the Pre-Doctoral Category.

Xiangqun’s study ”Systematic Diseases Predict Periodontal Attachment Loss Progression: A Longitudinal Study” was presented at the 92nd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association of Dental Research meeting in Cape Town, South Africa in June.

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2014 Science Excellence People’s Choice Award

 Voting for the 2014 Science Excellence People’s Choice Award is now open, with some of our exceptional staff and students in the running. Vote here before Wednesday 6 August.

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Mark Bartold receives the 2014 IADR/Straumann Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine

At the General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) in Cape Town, South Africa, the 2014 IADR/Straumann Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine was presented to Professor Mark Bartold in recognition of his remarkable achievements in the field. Professor Bartold has authored more than 230 scientific articles, a number of which focus on his research into the use of periodontal stem cells and the fabrication of bioactive scaffolds for periodontal regeneration.

Worth USD 5000, the Award was created to honor significant contributions in basic and/or clinical research in regenerative periodontal or peri-implant medicine. This year’s Award was presented by Professor Shinya Murakami, President of the IADR Periodontal Research Group and Chairman of the Periodontology Department at Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry.

Mark Bartold, BDS, BScDent, PhD, DDSc, FRACDS (Perio), is Professor of Periodontics and Director of the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. He is the current President of the International Academy of Periodontology and a past president of the ANZ Division of the IADR, the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology, the IADR Periodontal Research Group and the Division of Periodontics of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He is also a member of the editorial boards of eight international dental journals.

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