Welcome message from the Acting Executive Dean | Professor Alastair Burt

Dear Colleagues

I am nearing the end of my first week as Acting Executive Dean. I had rather imagined that I might be faced with a baptism of fire but instead underwent a baptism of ice!  Carlos Lopez, a third year Spanish student of Commerce and President of Fair Trade Collective nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Having survived this I nominated Professor Lindsay Richards from Dentistry and Professor Randall Faull, Program Director for the MBBS; I hope they enjoy this as much as I did.

I am aware that not all in the Faculty will be aware of who I am. I was appointed to the role of Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine in January 2013 having spent the previous 23 years at Newcastle University in the North of England where I was Dean of Clinical Medicine for almost 7 years. My research background is in mechanisms of liver disease and in particular fibrogenesis and my clinical interest is in liver biopsy interpretation.

It is a great privilege to take on this interim position. I recognise that I do so at a time of great changes and exciting developments for the Faculty. I am aware that staff and students are keen to learn of the outcomes of the Faculty Review which has involved input from Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins. I can report that at this time there is still some work to be completed on the Review before it moves to the next stage. Please be assured that I am committed to this progressing in a timely manner and ensuring the best possible outcome for the future of the Faculty.

Some of you will have seen an article in the Australian yesterday regarding the School of Dentistry and the State Government’s tender process currently underway for public dental services. The University of Adelaide is participating in this process and the Interim Dean, Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson, has already set up a series of meetings to consult with staff and student representatives. This will help to inform our final response which is due in October.

Nonetheless, I want to reinforce that whatever the outcome of the tender, our new dental clinic for the community along with University controlled community clinics will accommodate all of our clinical training needs in Dentistry and also extend our clinical care to the South Australian community. The University’s commitment to the School of Dentistry has never been greater; the prospective student interest in dentistry and oral health at Open Day was tremendous and we have every reason to look forward to seeing the School go from strength to strength. As the SA Government tender process, and work on our new clinic progresses, I will keep you updated.

One of my most pleasant duties this week in my new role was to introduce Professor Dino Pisaniello as he gave an excellent inaugural lecture in the Braggs Lecture theatre on ‘Is work making you sick?. This was the latest in a series of such events to mark the 140th anniversary of the University of Adelaide and I would encourage you all to attend the remaining lectures during the next few months.

Professor Alastair Burt

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2015 Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowship | Applications Open

The 2015 Barbara Kidman Women’s Fellowships, funded by the DVC(R), are now open for applications.

This is the third year of the University scheme designed to support female academics to enhance and promote their career.

The Guidelines and Application Form are available on the Research Branch website.

Applications close Monday 13 October 2014

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Transdisciplinary Approaches to Chronic Disease | November 2014

Governments and organisations around the world have recognised the enormous potential of transdisciplinary research. Come hear Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty talk about the changing research landscape, transdisciplinary research and Congress.

Check out the scope of topics and speakers at here

Date: 16-19 November 2014

Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition

Early Bird and Oral Abstract Deadline: August 29

Register online here

(One full Early Bird Registration for Lab Head receives one free student registration)

Plenary Speakers: Professor Charles Bangham (Imperial College, London), Professor Gabriele Bergers (UC),Professor Molly Stevens (Imperial College London)

66 National and 20 International invited speakers, 12 participating organsations

Opening Forum features Professors Josef Penninger and Tanya Monro

Workshops – Transdisciplinary Incubator, Professional Development, Communications

Student Breakfast – network with Professor Josef Penninger, Professor Tanya Monro, Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and our Plenary Speakers.

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SA Genome Editing Facility (SAGE) Launch | Friday 19 September

Professor Paul Thomas and Professor Sarah Robertson are pleased to invite you to the SA Genome Editing (SAGE) Facility launch.

This event provides the opportunity to hear from Paul as he explains the exciting and innovating work the SAGE Facility is undertaking and how this can benefit your work.

At the conclusion of Paul’s presentation we will officially celebrate the launch of the facility with drinks, nibbles and the opportunity to network.

Please feel free to share this invitation with those who may be interested in the Facility.

Date: 4pm-5pm Friday 19th September

Registration is required for catering purposes.

To register please click here

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Annual Florey Lecture | Professor Fiona Wood | 24 September

The Faculty of Health Sciences and The Florey Medical Research Foundation invite you to attend the Annual Florey Lecture

‘Striving for excellence in healthcare’

Presented by

Winthrop Professor Fiona Wood FRCS, FRACS, AM

W/Professor Fiona Wood FRCS, FRACS, AM is Director of the WA Burns Service of Western Australia, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Princess Margaret and Royal Perth Hospital, pioneer of “spray-on skin” cell technology for use in treating burns victims and recipient of Order of Australia Medal for her work with Bali bombing victims.

Professor Wood’s lecture will take place on Wednesday 24th September and coincides with the anniversary of Lord Howard Florey’s birth, so please help us celebrate from 5pm with refreshments and a wine tasting by Zerella Wines. The lecture is scheduled from 6pm – 7pm.

This is a free public lecture but registrations are essential by Wednesday 17 September.
To register and for further information please click here

Date:  Wednesday 24th September 2014

Time: 5pm for refreshments and wine tasting followed by the lecture at 6pm

Location: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, The Braggs Building, University of Adelaide

The Florey Lecture is supported by
Zerella Wines
Crowne Plaza Adelaide Click here for a special staff and alumni offer

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Farewell Message from the Executive Dean Professor Justin Beilby

Dear Colleagues

As I embark on annual leave, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and efforts for the Faculty of Health Sciences during my time as Executive Dean.  The Faculty is only as strong as the exceptional people it represents. I am incredibly fortunate to have worked with staff and students over the past decade who would be the envy of any great university across the globe.

This role has been rich and rewarding.   I have relished the diversity that each day brings. I am particularly proud that we have finally secured the significant capital works and infrastructure to support Health Sciences for the long-term. And I am proud that our research output is now leading the University and our enrolment numbers are solid, and the calibre of those students, is second to none. I never cease to be surprised by the depth of creativity and passion of our students.

After coming to the difficult decision to step down as Executive Dean after more than 10 years leading the Faculty and over 35 years association with the University now is the right time for me to return to my roots in clinical practice and focus my efforts on the local and national health reform agenda.

Thank you for the many good wishes and kind remarks that have been sent to me  since I announced I would be leaving this position.

With best wishes for the Future of our Faculty and the exciting decade to come!

I wish Professor Alastair Burt well as Acting Executive Dean. I know he will continue to successfully lead the Faculty as we continue this outstanding momentum.

Kind regards

Justin Beilby

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City to Bay 2014 | Community Outreach Dental Program

A small group from Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, School of Dentistry will be participating in the City to Bay as team “Tooth Fairies” and between them will be walking/jogging/running 84km.

The Tooth Fairies wish for everyone to have healthy teeth, and to help this wish come true for our marginalised and vulnerable people we will be using this opportunity to support the School’s Community Dental Outreach program. This Program has established a Dental Clinic located with the Common Ground complex in Light Square in Adelaide’s CBD and supports our homeless community with their dental health care needs.

Please show your support by donating to this Program using the University’s donation platform. Please select Community Dental Outreach Program as your preference:

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Arthritis SA Postgraduate Rheumatology Grant of $20,000

Arthritis SA is the peak consumer body in South Australia that has a vision to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis and related conditions.

The ARA supports and educates members and other practitioners in the musculoskeletal field to enable provision of best possible management for
patients. It fosters excellence in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions through training, professional development, research and advocacy.

Overview

Arthritis SA, in association with the South Australian Branch of the Australian Rheumatology Association, is proud to announce a grant of $20,000 for 2014.

The purpose of the grant is to support recent Rheumatology graduates to embark on research projects which lead to the improvement of the lives of patients with arthritis and associated musculoskeletal conditions.

Applications

Applicants need to provide a written submission that clearly demonstrates clarity of vision and planning and a strong commitment to the research project to be undertaken. The submission should include an outline of the proposed research project of no more than 4 pages long, including the proposed time frame for the project, the expected outcomes, references and a budget.

In addition, a lay summary of the proposed research (maximum 750 characters) should be included.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae (including the applicant’s contact details, previous academic achievements, awards and publications), the proposed higher degree and university, the research institution where the work will be undertaken, the names of the supervisor(s) with details of their prior supervisory experience and the names and contact details of three referees.
Applications will be assessed by a committee comprising interstate assessors and representatives from Arthritis SA and the SA Branch of the ARA.

Who can apply?

Applicants generally must have completed, or be about to complete rheumatology advanced training in South Australia. Consideration will be given to advanced trainees in clinical immunology or Immunopathology who plan to undertake studies in rheumatic diseases.

Applicants should be Australian residents, enrolled or planning to enrol in a fulltime graduate research degree in a recognised South Australian tertiary institution. Funding may be tax exempt depending on the individual’s circumstances. The project must be conducted in South Australia and aimed at improving the lives of South Australians with arthritis and associated musculoskeletal conditions.

How to Apply
Email or post application including a signed certification page to: CEO Arthritis SA, Julie Black 118 Richmond Road, Marleston, SA, 5033
Closing date – September 12th 2014

Please find Arthritis SA Application document attached

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Congratulations to the Faculty Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalists

With topics ranging from Pakistani maternal and child health to gene therapy for cystic fibrosis sufferers and the effectiveness of gloves protecting paramedics from insecticide poisoning, this week’s Faculty 3MT final was an inspiring and informative event.

In a tightly fought competition,  Harshavardini Padmanabhan (Paediatrics) and Isabella-Rose Meredith (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) were chosen as Faculty winners and will compete in the University 3MT final on 9 September.  (Registrations here)

Both will also present their three minute talk in the Florey Postgraduate Research Conference on 25 September 2014 where they also will receive their prizes funded by the Northern Communities Health Foundation.

Congratulations Harsha and Isabella and good luck in the University completion

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Research visits to Japan commencing between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from professional Australian researchers to collaborate with researchers in instititues affiliated with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

Researchers in any field of the natural sciences, including mathematics, technology, engineering and medicine, the humanities and the social sciences may apply.

Applications close on 9am Monday 29 September 2014

Please see website for information and guidelines

Contact: International programs | T (02) 6201 9412 | E grants@science.org.au

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