Research Week is our opportunity to showcase the advances in health and medical research described through the exploration of the research question.

Download the MH Research Week Program 2018


Thursday, 21 JuneEvent

9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre

University of Melbourne MD Research Project Symposium

All are welcome to attend the MDRP Symposium where 26 MD4 Students from a breadth of disciplines will present their research projects in 3-minute orals.

Download flyer: UoM MD4 Symposium - List of Oral Presentations

1.00 pm - 1.45 pm
(Lunch at 12.30 pm)

Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre

Research Week Opening Plenary

Welcome: Professor Ingrid Winship, Executive Director of Research
Invited Speaker: Professor Shitij Kapur. Dean Faculty of MDHS, Vice-Chancellor Health, University of Melbourne

Friday, 22 June

9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Function Centre

Research Symposium

Basic Science and Clinical Research Oral Presentations and Mini Oral Presentations. Hear from researchers of all disciplines: Mental Health, Dietetics, Endocrinology, Neuropsychiatry, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Neurologists, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Haematology, Surgery and more...

For list of presenters, session times and venue, download program: List of Oral Presentations

11.45 am - 12.45 pm

Function Centre

Poster Viewing Session

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre

The Great Debate | An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Where should we direct our research funds? To the prevention of diseases thus avoiding the burden on the community and our health system? Or should we continue to find the holy grail that is the cure and help out the millions of people affected today!

Team for the AffirmativeTeam for the Negative
Professor Sharon Lewin Professor Andrea Maier
Dr Emma O'BrienDr Ashley Ng
Dr Ben TranAssociate Professor John Wentworth


  • Professor Christine Kilpatrick, Chief Executive

  • Ms Ellen Flint, Executive Director People and Culture

  • Professor Mark Rosenthal, Director, Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit

Saturday, 23 June

8.30 am - 9.30 am

Ewing Lecture Theatre

Surgical Research Forum | Chair: Associate Professor Benjman Thomson

Featuring research presentations in the field of surgery.

Monday, 25 June

8.30 - 5.00 pm

Doherty Institute Auditorium

Organoids Are Us | Symposium

A Wnt signalling symposium, featuring organoids, cancer research, infectious diseases and stem cells with local and international guest speakers including Professor Hans Clever from the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research, Netherlands.

9.00 am - 11.30 am

e-Learning Studio, Baillieu Library

Management and modelling of clinical data | Dr Sourav Das, Melbourne EpiCentre

In bite size chunks, this hands-on session will give participants first hand exposure to some of the most common issues and curative tools for data cleaning and data analysis. We will use Microsoft Excel and SPSS.

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Lovell Lecture Theatre

Research Collaboration Agreements: The good, the bad, and the ugly | Drs Angela Watt and Sarah Rickard, Office for Research

These days collaborative research is the name of the game….but with collaboration comes “agreement pain”. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. This session is essential for anyone involved in collaborative research or research involving third parties. Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • When an agreement is required
  • The type of agreement that best suits your study
  • The essential elements of research agreements
  • The process for review at MH

Best of all, we will provide you with tips for avoiding the common mistakes and pitfalls that can often cause delays and headaches.

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Seminar Room 1

Mini Orals - Session 4

Mini-oral presentations featuring researchers from Melbourne Health and organisations in the Parkville Precinct.

For list of presenters download program: List of Oral Presentations

3.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Lovell Lecture Theature

Facilitating research through electronic data capture using REDCap | Dr Tim Fazio and Ms Kylie Shackleton

The Royal Melbourne Hospital Business Intelligence Unit has recently launched a web platform known as REDCap to help researchers design and manage databases and surveys.

REDCap is a secure web application that can be used to collect virtually any type of data. It is used in thousands of academic institutions, in over 100 countries, and has supported over 500,000 research projects. This talk will explain what REDCap is, explore its functionality, and explain how researchers can get access to the platform. Ms Shackleton, a Senior Research Nurse at Melbourne Health and Project Manager at WEHI, will demonstrate how REDCap is used for projects and clinical trials, including multi-site studies.

Tuesday, 26 June

9.00 am - 10.00 am

Seminar Room 1

Use and misuse of statistical methods in medical research | Luke Buizen, Melbourne EpiCentre

Statistics, a curse or blessing? We would argue that statistical methods can be rigorous inferential tools when used properly. In contrast, improper use - sadly quite common - could lead to serious errors.

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Lovell Lecture Theatre

Plenary: "What's new about the 2018 influenza vaccines, and who should get one?"
Professor Kanta Subbarao

After the severe influenza epidemic of 2017, many people wonder whether the 2018 influenza season will be as severe as the last one and whether they should get vaccinated. Although we cannot predict whether it will be a mild or severe season, it is important to know what we can do to prepare for the 2018 season.

1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Seminar Room 1

Big Ideas Symposium

Wednesday, 27 June

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre

Plenary: "What's hot in biomarkers?" | Chair: Professor Ingrid Winship

  • Professor Colin Masters, Laureate Professor of Dementia Research, Head Neurodegeneration Division, The Florey Institute
  • Dr Jeanne Tie, Senior Research Fellow, Systems Biology and Personalised Medicine Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Dr Charis Teh, NHMRC Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellow, Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm

Lovell Lecture Theatre

Mental Health Early Career Researcher Symposium | Chair: Professor Kim Foster

The NWMH Research Committee developed a grants program to encourage clinicians to carry out research projects. This symposium will showcase the research activities that have been supported by this funding.

  • Teresa Kelly, Understanding the complex interplay of mental illness on cardiovascular health: a narrative inquiry
  • Michelle Swann, Family Consultation, implementation evaluation and service improvement
  • Erin Rees, Using action to overcome inertia for people with enduring mental illness in Australian residential rehabilitation settings
  • Elizabeth Currie, Physical health care attitudes, skills and knowledge of nurses working in acute mental health inpatient units
  • Brian O'Donoghue, High-risk sexual behaviour in young people with mental health disorders
Thursday, 28 June

1.00 pm - 1.45 pm

Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre

Plenary and Research Week Prizes | MC Professor Ingrid Winship

Best Abstract 2018:

Dr Henry Zhao, Neurologist, PhD Candidate
The Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit halves time to commencement of acute stroke reperfusion therapy


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