Congratulations go to Professor Sarah Robertson on being appointed to Chair of the Embryo Research Licencing Committee (ERLC). What a wonderful achievement for Sarah and the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide.

Experts in health ethics, policy, patient care and innovation are among those appointed to five National Health and Medical Research Council committees to help shape the future of Australia’s research sector.

The committees play the vital role of providing advice and guidance to the NHMRC Council and CEO, and are important pillars of the NHMRC as Australia’s premier body for administering medical research funding and issuing health and ethical guidelines.

The committees and their Chairs are:
Research Committee, Professor Kathryn North AM
Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC), Professor Ian Olver AM
Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC), Professor Sharon Lewin
Health Innovation Advisory Committee (HIAC), Professor Graeme Samuel AC
Embryo Research Licensing Committee (ERLC), Professor Sarah Robertson

The appointments comprise a cross-section of experienced Australian researchers, clinicians, academics and administrators, as well as people from the corporate sector.
While AHEC, ERLC and Research Committee have a long, esteemed history serving NHMRC, HTAC and HIAC are entirely new bodies.
They will advise NHMRC on how best to improve the translation of health and medical research into patient outcomes and health policy (HTAC) and to foster and encourage health innovation in Australia (HIAC).

Further details about the NHMRC committees, including their membership for 2015-18, are available on the NHMRC website.
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Applicants may apply for amounts of up to A$5,000 for Priority Partner funding initiatives which support and enhance the relationship with this Priority Partner. Applications can be for any form of collaboration which enhances the relationship with Nagoya University be it research projects, staff or student mobility. Funds and projects need to be completed by the end of the year.

Further information on Nagoya University can be found at:

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 September 2015. Applications and questions should be directed to Dr Christiane Niess, Faculty of Health Sciences, Please contact Dr Christiane Niess to get an application form.

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Wintering just south of Mount Everest with the Silver Hut expedition, led by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1960, sparked the beginning of a long interest in high-altitude medicine and physiology for Professor John West. Professor West then led the 1981 American Medical Research Expedition to Everest during which the first physiological measurements on the summit were made.

Hear from Professor West as he addresses how it is possible for humans to survive in the extreme oxygen deprivation of these great altitudes which are right at the limit of human tolerance. He will also highlight his role in high altitude physiological measurements since the 1960’s and how the research has shaped today’s medical practices.

About Professor John West

John West graduated with a medical degree in 1951 from the University of Adelaide. He spent 15 years in London, mainly at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. Further to the 1960 Silver Hut expedition his interest in the field of high altitude medicine and physiology continued. John West took a period of sabbatical leave at the NASA Ames Research Center in 1967-1968. During this time he submitted a and gained long term funding from NASA to study pulmonary function in astronauts.

He joined the faculty of the University of California San Diego in 1969 and has been there since. He was in charge of the physiology course for first year medical students at UCSD for 35 years and his little red book Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials has been translated into 13 languages He also has a strong interest in the history of medicine and has written several books on the subject. His monograph High Life is a standard history of high altitude physiology and medicine. He has developed an archival collection of material in high-altitude medicine and physiology for the special archival library at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. West has had many honors including president of the American Physiological Society, foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, honorary doctorates from the universities of Barcelona, Ferrara and Athens, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Date: Tuesday 22 September
Time: 6.00pm
Location: Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
RSVP: by 20 September – Register here

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Dr Johan Gustafsson, Research Associate, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology (CBNS) at the University of South Australia, will present ‘Molecular profiling and imaging in biological systems using mass spectrometry’. Chair Dr Lorraine MacKenzie, Therapeutics Research Centre, University of South Australia and the Basil Hetzel Institute TQEH. When: Wednesday 2 September, […]

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The CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing has approved the following student projects for scholarship funding to be undertaken at the University of Adelaide: Investigating combinations of kinase inhibitor drugs and T-cell therapy for metastatic melanoma (Prof Michael Brown, Dr Tessa Gargett) Investigating genetic correction of haemopoietic stem cells as a potential therapy for the ribosomopathy […]

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Making evidence stronger! The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is pleased to offer researchers, in all disciplines, Comprehensive Systematic Review Training.  Just as braiding strands together creates a strong rope, the rigorous conduct of a systematic review ties together research to enable strong decision making in practice.  Our fully facilitated and practical program is a 1, […]

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In what was undoubtedly one of the tightest and most competitive Faculty 3 Minute Thesis competitions ever held, 17 Faculty of Health Sciences students fought it out on Tuesday to decide two finalists to compete in the University 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) final on 8 September. The well-deserved Faculty winners are Clare McGuiness from the […]

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Dr Jenny Hardingham, Principal Medical Scientist, Colorectal Cancer Research Group, Molecular Oncology Laboratory, Basil Hetzel Institute TQEH, will present ‘Aquaporin 1 – new drug target for colorectal cancer’. Date: Thursday 27 August, Time: 12-1pm. Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Rooms, Basil Hetzel Institute, 37a Woodville Road, Woodville

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Dr Adrian Elliott, Exercise physiologist and lecturer at the University of Adelaide, will present ‘Exercise: the new anti-arrhythmic’. Chair Dr Kanchani Rajopadhyaya, Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide and Basil Hetzel Institute TQEH. Date: Wednesday 26 August Time: 12-1pm. Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Rooms, Basil Hetzel Institute, 37a Woodville Road, Woodville.

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Positive Education: The case for teaching the science of positive psychology, skills for resilience and positive wellbeing in schools, and the challenges of evidence-based and effective implementation Dr Lisa Kettler is the College Psychologist and Coordinator of Positive Education at Trinity College Gawler, a multi-campus independent school educating more than 3700 students in Northern Adelaide. […]

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