Welcome to Research Week 2017 where we continue to showcase the advances in health and medical research described through the exploration of the research question. Registration is required for some workshops and seminars. 

Copies of the Program Book are available now for download:

Calendar of events

Thursday, 22 June

1.00 pm - 1.45 pm

(Lunch at 12.30 pm)

Welcome and Plenary | MC: Professor Ingrid Winship, Executive Director of Research, MH

Opening address:

Professor Shitij Kapur
Dean Faculty of MDHS, Vice-Chancellor Health,
University of Melbourne

Plenary presentation:

"Saving brain and improving outcome"
Professor Stephen M Davis, Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre and Neurology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital; Professor of Translational Neuroscience, University of Melbourne; Immediate Past-President of the World Stroke Organization

2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Big Ideas Symposium | Dr Louise Ward

2.00 pm - 5.00 pmUoM MD Research Project Symposium | Professor Terry O'BrienCLT
Friday, 23 June
9.15 am - 11.45 am

Research Symposium

9.15 - 10.15 am10.30 - 11.30 am 
Basic Science ResearchPublic Health ResearchCLT
Health Services ResearchCancer ResearchSR1
Cardiorespiratory ResearchContinuing Care ResearchSR2
11.45 am - 12.45 pm

Poster Viewing Session - Over 100 posters will be on display in the Function Centre


1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

(Lunch at 12.30 pm)

The Great Debate | All Clinicians Should do Research

Join us for a riveting and controversial debate on the merits of universally mandated research. Should all clinicians be research active? If research leads to excellence in care, then why not? But if too many cooks can spoil the broth, are we venturing down a path of madness? Adjudicating these proceedings: Professor Kim Foster, Mrs Sally Campbell and Mr Adam Horsburgh.

The following debaters will remove their sterile examination gloves in a battle to win your vote, so be there!

Team for the affirmativeTeam for the negative

Professor Ruth Vine
A/Professor Kate Drummond
Ms Bridgid Connors

A/Professor Peter Burnett
A/Professor Chris MacIsaac
Professor Stephen Holt
Saturday, 24 June
8.30 am - 9.30 am

Surgical Research Forum | Chair: Professor Andrew Kaye

History: Last year marked the 50th anniversary of The University Department of Surgery RMH Surgical Forum Program, founded by the then Professor of Surgery, Professor Maurice Ewing. Professor Andrew Kaye has been organising this Forum since 1995 - the past 22 years!

Monday, 26 June
9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Study designs and basic epidemiological and statistical concepts | Ms Alex Gorelik

This half day workshop will provide an overview of different study designs, confounders, randomisation process, and different options for sample size calculations/power analysis.

12.00 pm - 1.00 pmResearch Symposium: Neurosicene and Mental Health ResearchCLT
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Ethics: Tips for submitting and securing approval for your project |
Melissa Cadwell, Angela Bragato, Desiree Cashman & Alex Gorelik

​Targeted to future and current researchers and research coordinators (new and experienced), this session will provide an overview of the ethics submission process for new research and quality assurance applications, outline best practices and provide some handy hints to navigate the ethics submission process.

Attendees will also learn about the new Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) form which will replace the current version Online Forms (NEAF & LNR VIC) later this year, the ‘e-submissions’ process, and updates about the Office for Research processes.  

Tuesday, 27 June
9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Data management and analysis using Microsoft Excel | Ms Alex Gorelik

This practical workshop will be dedicated to data management and analysis using Excel. Participants will learn how to manage data, how to use Excel formulas to create new variables and calculate basic statistics.

12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Take this App, and call me in the morning: Future of digital health technology prescribing |
Chris Kommatas

​Digital Health has become a growing phenomenon within the healthcare industry. Society is increasingly dealing with an ageing population, an increase of ill health related to work stress, and constraints on healthcare budgets. Add to this the golden age of entrepreneurship and we are seeing the way we identify, track, monitor, store and learn to manage chronic conditions or how we use medication is changing but how quickly?  In this session, we will explore the future of prescribing of digital health apps, wearables and devices.  The benefits, challenges and impact on the current healthcare system.

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Quality and integrity in research | Drs Sarah Rickard, Angela Watt

The best possible healthcare is only achievable through the best practice research. Through excellent research, each of us can enjoy and expect the best of health. However, research that does not have integrity and is not of the highest quality is not ethical.  

Come along to find out about the latest updates and new processes to be implemented by the Office for Research  to help you maintain and strengthen research quality and integrity.  The session will provide a host of practical tips, process and tools, including the launch of the NEW  ‘Research Toolkit’ that will make your life easier, the quality of your research higher and the healthcare outcomes for our patients better.

Wednesday, 28 June
10.30 am - 11.30 am

Dynamic Consent: Bringing research into the 21st century | Dr Matilda Haas, Program Coordinator, Australian Genomics Health Alliance

The research environment is rapidly changing, with biospecimen and big data sharing becoming more common through international collaboration, especially in genomics. This session explores dynamic consent, where online or app based personalised platforms allow study participants provide more specific, future proof consent and to engage more fully in research.

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

Pathways to research for nursing and allied health clinicians
Ms Rebecca Bullock, Dr Catherine Granger and Mr Sean Hosking

​Whether you want to be a coordinator of a research project or have an idea about conducting your own study, this session will appeal. As part of Research Week, we bring you "Pathways to Research" - journeys experienced by three members of our nursing and allied health team. Each presenter will describe their research journey - identifying their hurdles, successes and support networks. 

Thursday, 29 June
9.00 am - 12.00 pm

Systematic Review Boot Camp: A practical workshop on how to conduct a systematic review |
Drs Catherine Granger, Emma O'Brien and Ms Marlena Klaic 

This session aims to equip participants with basic skills and knowledge regarding how to conduct a systematic review. The workshop will cover how to design a systematic review, according to international guidelines. 


1.00 pm - 1.45 pm

(Lunch at 12.30 pm)

Closing, plenary and Research Week Prizes | MC Professor Ingrid Winship


"Changes in Bone and Mineral Markers after cessation of Cinacalcet in dialysis patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism"
Dr Irene Ruderman, Nephrology Research Fellow


Unless specified otherwise, all events will be held in the Function Centre, Ground Floor, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

CLT = Charles La Trobe Lecture Theatre​, Function Centre
ELT = Ewing Lecture Theatre​, Clinical Sciences Building
​LAB2 = Lab 2, RMH Library, Ground Floor
LLT = Lovel Lecture Theatre, Medical School (enter via Function Centre)
SR1 = Seminar Room 1, Function Centre


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