Headlines July 2017


Three-Minute Thesis Comp comes to SPHPM

Last morning tea saw the SPHPM heats of the Three-Minute Thesis competition take place. Alexandra Chung took first place with her presentation on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Australian children. Marliese Alexander took second place with her presentation on biomarkers for the prediction of thromboembolism in lung cancer (BIOTEL).

The competition was started by the University of Queensland, and encourages PhD students to develop necessary research communication skills.


Carol’s European visit

A/Prof Carol Hodgson was invited speaker to Das SMACC – the Social Media And Critical Care conference 2017, hosted by Germany. She spoke about interdisciplinary projects, and long term recovery after critical illness. She also met with investigators in Germany who are interested in participating in the Trial of Early Activity & Mobilisation in ICU (TEAM Trial).

She also visited the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona that has 5 ICUs and more than 80 ICU beds to speak about our program is research in early mobilisation.


MCHRI team lead international panel

During their attendance at the ESHRE meeting in Switzerland, Prof Helena Teede, Dr Anju Joham and Dr Marie Misso from MCHRI led a PCOS international guideline panel in Geneva this week. The panel involving consumers, primary care and multiple medical and health disciplines met to provide clinical and treatment recommendations based on large scale evidence synthesis led by Marie Misso. The team are building on their prior work with WHO on guidelines and are leading an international evidence network in women’s health.


STAREE reaches the regions

The major focus of 2017 for STAREE thus far has been the expansion of the trial to regional and rural areas. This expansion aims to build clinical research capacity in these areas and provide opportunities for regional and rural residents to participate in clinical trials.

In Victoria, Clinical Trial Centres have been established by SPHPM in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Traralgon and Mildura. In Tasmania, clinical research hubs in Launceston and Burnie are underway. Supporting and developing STAREE regional clinical trial centres will not only strengthen connections between regional health professionals and the research sector, and provide local employment and skills training, but will also encourage participation and interest by healthy older persons living in regional and rural areas in this major, community based clinical research program.


Medicine and the Media short course announced

This November, we will be running a new course about the interaction between medicine and the media. In this one-day interactive course, participants will gain an understanding of the paradigm of evidence-based medicine and how it can be used to enhance reporting, using illustrative examples. Participants from a journalism background will have the opportunity to engage in small group workshops to undertake tasks to improve their evidence-based reporting. Researchers and academics will participate in small group sessions covering tips for better engagement with media, such as how to stay on message, avoid being misquoted and steer away from difficult areas.  Researchers and academics will have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in a mock media interview with a health journalist, and receive targeted feedback to improve interview skills.

Heart hands 

Participants wanted

Help protect yourself from one of Australia’s biggest killers Do you have a family history of heart disease? Would you like to know how to reduce your risk? Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is calling on people aged 40–70 years to take part in an innovative research study that aims to advance the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease.

Institute Director and cardiologist Prof Tom Marwickis investigating the use of coronary scanning to identify people in high-risk groups before they develop serious symptoms. The CAUGHT-CAD study includes over 700 people who haven’t experienced a cardiovascular event themselves, but have immediate family members or relatives who have. For more information, please contact Jo Harris on 03 8532 1511 or baker.CAUGHT@bakeridi.edu.au