A note from our Executive Director:

Happy New Year and welcome to the first WAHTN newsletter for 2021. With a new year comes new resolutions for the year ahead. COVID-19 vaccinations have been developed at an unprecedented rate. With the rollout of these vaccines beginning globally, we hope that 2021 will see significant easing of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been recent changes to the Medical Research Future Fund Rapid Applied Research Translation Initiative application process. Please read on below and visit the Australian government website for updated eligibility and application criteria. 

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia summit – Shifting Gears, is coming up on 18-19 March. Be sure to sign up and to keep an eye out for the Australian Health Research Alliance’s (AHRA) panel discussion and an update of AHRA projects being conducted in the Consumer and Community Involvement space. 

Registrations for our Science on the Swan 2021 conference are opening on 4 February. Keep an eye on the Science on the Swan website for full conference details.

Congratulations to Professor Jeremy Nicholson, director of Murdoch University’s Australian National Phenome Centre and his team for their discovery of new blood signatures that may boost COVID-19 testing and monitoring.

I would also like to congratulate our partners who were awarded the latest round of NHMRC Ideas grants. Please visit the NHMRC website for the full list of recipients. Having said that it is still painfully clear that the success of WA institutions at 4% is nowhere near the 10% of grants awarded we might expect based on our percentage of the Australian population. As in recent years the majority of grants flow to the South East of Australia. This cannot be explained by distance alone given that South Australia with two thirds of our population received 6.3% of grants. The new and growing WA Future Health and Innovation Fund must be used to address this poor record and be invested such that WA can move towards 10% or more of the national funding available through NHMRC and MRFF. 

Read further to find more information about events and the latest in funding opportunities.

Until next month,
Professor Gary Geelhoed

Changes to MRFF RART applications

The Australian Government has announced a further round of the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) Initiative, offering grants totalling $55 million over three years. As per an announcement in late December 2020, MRFF RART funding will no longer be coming directly to WAHTN and the nine other AHRA Translation Centres. While WAHTN will no longer be able to apply directly for funding, our partner organisations can. Please be advised that each eligible organisation can only submit ONE application per stream. 
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CHF Summit 2021

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is hosting Australasia’s first consumer health summit on 18-19 March 2021 - Shifting Gears will bring together consumers and other leaders from the health sector to explore the latest research and developments which drive health towards a consumer-centred culture. AHRA and ACTA have co-sponsored a 90 minute session on Thursday 18 March, including a 30 minute panel discussion. AHRA will give an update on the four projects being undertaken by AHRA members in Consumer and Community Involvement.

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Newly discovered blood signatures may boost COVID-19 testing and monitoring

Professor Jeremy Nicholson, director of Murdoch University’s Australian National Phenome Centre and his team have discovered blood signatures in patients with COVID-19 similar to those found in individuals suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease in research which could not only assist with COVID-19 testing but also help with monitoring for long-term health effects. The work will open the door to a new type of test that can help discriminate COVID-19 infections, separate from the virus itself.

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Science on the Swan 2021

Science on the Swan 2021 is around the corner, with registrations set to open on 4 February. This years topic is 'Driving Translational Research - Embedding Research and Innovation in Heath Care'. Visit the Science on the Swan website for key dates and conference details. 

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Looking for Funding?

Open now:
  • Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund 2021
  • Premier’s Science Fellowship Program
  • Forrest Research Foundation Prospect Fellowship Scheme
  • NHMRC funding schemes
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National and state events:

Please be aware that the following events may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Please check with event organisers for real time updates.
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CCI Program update

If you're currently developing grant applications or have a project which requires community involvement, why not reach out to the CCI Program to see how they can help your research project succeed? If you'd like to book a time to discuss your application or project please get in touch.

If you would like to stay up to date with CCI Program activities sign up to their mailing list or join their Program to get involved (please note signing up for the mailing list does not create a Program account).
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RETProgram update

RETProgram training is freely available for all staff within WAHTN Partner Organisations. The Research Governance Service (RGS) and Improving Aboriginal Children’s Lung Health modules are available free to everyone. View our full suite of available modules.

If you have any feedback for the RETProgram team, or would like to work collaboratively to develop a topic for training, please get in touch.

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CTDMC update

The Clinical Research Support Service offer on-site meetings to all WAHTN partners every Tuesday.

Forty-five minute bookable sessions are offered at the following times: 9:00am-9:45am, 10:00am-10:45am, 11:00am-11:45am, 1:00pm-1:45pm, 2:00pm-2:45pm and 3:00pm-3:45pm. If you would like help with clinical research, please visit the WAHTN website for upcoming session dates.

Over the past two years CTDMC have assisted people with getting started in research, essential documents for clinical trials, networking, REDCap, data management, audits, monitoring, biostatistics and study design. 

CTDMC also offer external monitoring and auditing services for Investigator-initiated clinical trials.

For further information or to book a session, please email Christine Robins at
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