Faculty of Veterinary Science
October 2016
Research News
In this issue
Its been a busy couple of months as I am sure you will all agree!

To add to the busy-ness, I need to remind you to spend your RIBG, compact and or bequest funds from round 1 by November 21st. Any money is these accounts will be retained by the faculty/school next year, so please empty your accounts if you have not done already!

You may or may not be aware that the University has sent Faculty representation to UC Davis and the University of Padova  recently. Both meetings were organized by the Office of Global Engagement with a goal of making it easier for us to collaborate with other Universities. If you are interested in working with anyone from these Universities, and have not been able to contact them yourself, please let me know and we will be able to put you in touch.
Of particular interest to the OGE is working with UC Davis. Specific opportunities were identified in the areas of one health, food security, antimicrobial resistance, marine biology (particularly relating to climate change); and veterinary projects between our two schools. There will be opportunities for small amounts of funding soon- for example to initiate pilot projects, or to sponsor student exchanges for research. So, if you have a collaborative project in mind, NOW is the time to start working on it. We would also like to have a list of supervisors that would be willing to take on UC Davis students for short term projects (for example, a summer scholarship type scheme), so please let me know if you have anything that might be suitable or if you are interested on taking on an international student for a research project.

This is in addition to a previous request from the OGE about the other possible priority partner universities. Therefore, if you haven’t heard from me already, could you please read through the following list of unis and let me know if you have any current links (particularly unpublished or newly established links) with them OR if there is someone in particular you would like to work with there?
UC Davis, UC San Diego, UCLA, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Toronto, UBC, Fudan, U HK, NTU, Kyoto, NUS, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Utrecht, Oxford,Paris Sud.

Collaborations workshop
We held a great collaboration workshop in July. Apart from learning how to find collaborators (and keep them!); there were some very interesting presentations on the scope of the research office to help researchers. They delivered interesting information about current trends of collaborations, publications and networks. In particular, it has been shown repeatedly that papers published as part of international collaborations receive many more citations than papers published from just our faculty- the increase is exponential rather than linear. This may seem obvious- research performed in larger groups is cited significantly more often than smaller projects- but it again highlights the reason why we should be looking to collaborate as much as possible to make the most of every research dollar earned. The research office also presented information about resources available to support writing grant applications, which brings me to my next topic: the upcoming grant season.

The Research Portfolio is encouraging our researchers to complete a notification of intent prior to the forthcoming ARC and NHMRC submission rounds. While the NOI is not mandatory, the information submitted through the online form will be used to optimize the Research Portfolio's grant development support and to assist Faculties and Schools to provide targeted discipline specific support to applicants, to maximize the chances of success. Please note that there might be Faculty specific internal support and application deadlines that are relevant to your project and these can be discussed with your Faculty Research Manager. Note that:

  • Completion of the NOI does not commit an investigator to submit a grant.
  • The Chief Investigator should complete one NOI for each grant or fellowship application.
  • One NOI will target most ARC and NMHRC schemes across all Faculties. See dropdown lists provided on the form.
  • The NOI can be accessed online from anywhere by internal and external applicants (it does not require login or Unikey), and will be accessible from mid-August until 31 December 2016.
The online NOI can be accessed via the following link: University of Sydney Notice of Intent Form

If you are interested in applying for an ARC DECRA or Discovery project, there are additional information sessions available with Prof Ian Hume and Ms Jenny Turner. Other speakers will also provide general information about applying. The first is primarily for DECRAs (Wed 12th October at 9.15-11.30 am) and the second (for Discovery Projects) will be held on Wed 9th November at 9.15-11.30 am. Both will be in the Science meeting room 450 Carslaw. Please let David Dall know if you will be attending.

SOLES is also holding a “pitch” session to give feedback on how ARC Discovery Proposals might be received. Come along and share your ideas for some feedback. To participate in the first session, bring along:
  1. A great idea for a research proposal (1-2 summary slides with attractive layout)
  2. A slide telling us why you have the best team in the world to carry out this research
  3. Any preliminary results that you have that will prove you can do this
If you are interested in attending, there are two pitch sessions each at 2pm on the 10th and 12th October. Please fill in the Doodle Poll for your availability and we will select the session with the most participants or will alternatively run both if there are lots of people. The Doodle Poll link: http://doodle.com/poll/nnxef55myfmzn2sx

Note the following important dates for ARC schemes:
  • Laureates due November 30th.
  • Future Fellows due December 7th.
  • Linkage Training Centres due December 15th.
  • Linkage Research Hubs due December 15th.
  • Discovery Projects March 1st 2017
  • DECRA March 22nd 2017
If you are aware of people intending to apply for any of the four schemes closing this year, please let Andrew Black and Julie Cameron know asap – Future Fellows in particular.

Another link that might be of interest, from the National Innovation & Science Agenda:

The $18 million Global Innovation Linkages programme supports groups (or consortia) of Australian industry and research organisations with grants up to $1 million over a maximum of four years, to collaborate with international partners in key economies to undertake research, development and commercialisation projects in one of the five growth sectors. Applications are open from 8 August 2016 to 20 October 2016.

Finally, this is not entirely research related but I wanted to remind everyone that the procedures for promotions have now changed, as highlighted in an email from the Dean last Wednesday. One important change is that all Intending applicants must flag their intent to apply for promotion with the relevant person in the faculty (Dean, HoS or HoD) by October 31 this year. They must also email the Academic Promotions office dvc.apu@sydney.edu.au and confirm this has been done by 30 November of this year. This is to assist with workload planning and allow head of schools more time to develop supporting documentation. If you do not indicate your intention to apply; you may not be eligible to apply in 2017. 

Happy researching!!

All the best

Tash
Media Watch
Sonia Liu, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Poultry Unit Camden,  had one of the top performing articles in July with over 30,340 views. Find out what 30,000 other people have read! Ten facts you need to know about the chicken and eggs on your table  By Sonia Yun Liu — July 26, 2016

The new SAM ( Sydney Alumni Magazine) is now online. You can read about the food production story by downloading a copy of the magazine.



Who has been making news....
Regional papers profiled Professor David Raubenheimer from the Charles Perkins Centre about his research into nutritional ecology. Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, Professor Stephen Simpson, is mentioned.

Live Science (US) published an article by Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education about complications involved in breeding mutant cats.

The Conversation published an article by Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education about complications involved in breeding mutant cats.

Scientific American (US) reported on the new Doglogbook app run by the Faculty of Veterinary Science, which aims to measure and optimise dog wellbeing.


Sina (China) quoted PhD candidate Alexandra Green from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about her research recording and analysing cows ‘mooing’ to improve welfare and productivity.

The Conversation published an article co-authored by Professor Christopher Dickman from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the threat posed by predatory animals to species at risk of extinction.

Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on Hot FM about the launch of a world-first app, The Dog Logbook, which will help owners track the activities and behaviours of their dogs.

PhD candidate Alexandra Green from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC (The World Today, NewsRadioCentral West NSW, North Coast NSW, South East NSW, Riverina, Goulburn Murray, Gippsland, Northern Tasmania, Illawarra, Ballarat, Wide Bay) about her research recording and analysing cows ‘mooing’ to improve welfare and productivity.

ABC (Wide Bay, Central West NSW) interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the launch of a world-first app, The Dog Logbook, which will help owners track the activities and behaviours of their dogs.

People’s Daily (China) quoted Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the launch of a world-first app, The Dog Logbook, which will help owners track the activities and behaviours of their dogs.

Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC (Radio National, 774 Melbourne, Capricornia, Southern Queensland, North Queensland, North West Qld, Far North) about the launch of a world-first app, The Dog Logbook, which will help owners track the activities and behaviours of their dogs. ABC (702 Sydney, 891 Adelaide) also reported on the research. ABC’s Catalyst broadcast a feature about Professor McGreevy’s new research on ‘dogmanship’.

Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in Mashable (US), Guangming (China), Sina (China) and Asia Pacific Daily (Hong Kong) about the launch of a world-first app, The Dog Logbook, which will help owners track the activities and behaviours of their dogs.

ABC North West WA reported the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science will bring VetCompass to Australia, to understand complex health issues in pet populations.

ABC’s Catalyst interviewed Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about his research on ‘dogmanship’, which measures positive and negative emotional states in dogs. ABC (702 Sydney, 612 Brisbane, 891 Adelaide) also reported on the Catalyst program featuring Professor McGreevy’s research. ABC (Far North, North Queensland) reported the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science will bring VetCompass to Australia, to understand complex health issues in pet populations, and interviewed Professor McGreevy.

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science will bring VetCompass to Australia, to understand complex health issues in pet populations, reported Sina (China) and EastDay (China).

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science will bring VetCompass to Australia, to understand complex health issues in pet populations, reported 702 ABC Sydney. Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science spoke to 2UE Sydney about the project.

2UE Sydney interviewed Dr Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education about how best to prevent ticks in pets.

Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand) quoted Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the launch of the VetCompass project in Australia, which will give valuable insights into Australia’s pet population.

Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Canberra Times about the launch of the VetCompass project in Australia, that will give valuable insights into Australia’s pet population.

PhD candidate Rachel Rodney from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on ABC (Gippsland, Illawarra, South East NSW) about the impact of Vitamin D on the health of dairy cattle.

The Scientist (US) and The Verge (US) quoted Professor Katherine Belov, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, about new US research suggesting that Tasmanian devils are evolving resistance to facial tumour disease.

The Conversation published an article by Dr Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education about prevention of tick paralysis in dogs.

702 ABC Sydney interviewed Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education about preventing ticks in pets.

The Herald Sun, Sunday Times and Gold Coast Bulletin reported on National Dog Day and mentioned a University of Sydney study on the most popular breed of dogs and the health complications they face. Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was quoted.

PhD candidate from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Alexandra Green, was interviewed on 2EC Bega about her research on the vocal behaviour of dairy cattle.

Professor Chris Dickman from the Faculty of Veterinary Science was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about his book A Fragile Balance: The Extraordinary Story of Australian Marsupials.

Dr Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education was quoted in a Daily Mail (UK) article about cat food.

Dr Richard Malik from the Centre for Veterinary Education and Emeritus Professor David Fraser from the Faculty of Veterinary Science were quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article about cat food.

Beijing Bulletin (China), The Times of India (India), The Hans India (India), Medical Xpress (UK), Daily Times (Pakistan), Indo-Asian News Service (India) and Toronto Telegraph (Canada) reported on new research by Professor David Raubenheimer and Professor Stephen Simpson from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre about a new framework for human nutrition.

Daily Mail (UK) published an article by Postdoctoral Research Associate from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Dr Sonia Yun Liu, answering common questions directed to a poultry nutritionist.

The Sun Herald and Sunday Canberra Times quoted Professor Katherine Belov, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, about the threat of extinction of Tasmanian devils ten years ago, which has now turned to hope for their survival in the wild.

Postdoctoral Research Associate from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Dr Sonia Yun Liu, wrote an article published on The Conversation, answering common questions directed to a poultry nutritionist.

Australian Geographic quoted Dr Liz Arnott from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about methods to improve the attributes of the Kelpie dog breed.

CENTRAL reported Betty and Keith Cook have gifted the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital $1.3 million for research on canine health. Director of the hospital, Professor Vanessa Barrs from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, was quoted.

Malay Mail (Malaysia) and Janta Ka Reporter (India) quoted Associate Professor Navneet Dhand from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about diseases that could potentially be transmitted to people in the raw urine of cows.

Washington Post (US), Bloomberg (US), Newser (US), The National (United Arab Emirates) and El Economista (Spain) quoted Associate Professor Navneet Dhand from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about diseases that could potentially be transmitted to people in the raw urine of cows.

ABC Southern Queensland interviewed Dr Gregory Cronin from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the use of gestation stalls to confine pigs during pregnancy.

Bloomberg (US) quoted Associate Professor Navneet Dhand from the Faculty of Veterinary Science about the market for cow urine in India, which can sell for more money than milk.

Dr Gregory Cronin from the Faculty of Veterinary Science spoke to ABC (Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, South West WA, Illawarra, Northern Tasmania) about animal welfare concerns associated with the use of gestation stalls.

Sina (China) reported the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital is treating a Sumatran tiger for cataracts. 

KIIS 1065 and Daily Mail reported the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital is treating a Sumatran tiger to remove eye cataracts.

TEN Eyewitness News (Sydney), The Project (Melbourne), Channel 9 News (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne), Channel 7 News (Sydney, Brisbane), Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Business Insider, 702 ABC Sydney, Newcastle Herald, Daily Telegraph reported the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital is treating a Sumatran tiger for cataracts
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Congratulations
VetCompass
VetCompass has been launched.  It is an important advance in using “big data” to inform the practice of evidence based veterinary medicine for Australian conditions.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Paul McGreevy for his leadership of this project over many years. Thanks to this national collaboration Vetcompass will involve the Veterinary Teaching Hospitals of all of Australia’s veterinary schools in gathering and analysing de-identified data on veterinary clinical practice
The Farm Animal Health Infectious Diseases Laboratory (FAH)
The Farm Animal Health Infectious Diseases Laboratory (FAH) in the Faculty of Veterinary Science has been successful in obtaining NATA (National Authority for Testing Australia) accreditation. The laboratory is located at the University of Sydney Camden Campus and is part of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

The laboratory is under the management of Professor Richard Whittington, Chair Farm Animal Health, who is a registered specialist in veterinary pathobiology. Further information Email:- Richard.Whittington@sydney.edu.au
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Funding available
Grants
Find below some of the opportunites that are available via Research Professional
ABARES Young Scientist awards There are 11 grants valued at up to A$22,000 each for a period of one year.  Further details are available at ABARES Science Awards; applications close 5:00pm (AEDT), Friday 14 October 2016

The Australian Department of Industry and Science invites applications for its global innovation linkages. This program provides funding to assist Australian businesses and researchers to collaborate with global partners on strategically focused, leading-edge research and development projects. The program supports projects focused on developing high quality products, services or processes that respond to industry challenges. This is an ongoing program with an initial funding allocation of AUD 18 million to 2020 or 2021. Grants are worth up to AUD 1m for up to four years. Project partners must at least match the funding received from the program with cash and in-kind contributions. Applications close 20th October 2016

Are you looking to work with global partners on leading-edge research and development projects?  The newly announced Global Innovation Linkages programme might be able to assist. What funding is available? Funding of up to $1 million per project will be provided up to a maximum of four years. Applications close on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 5pm AEST

ACIAR Events Funding
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research invites applications for its events funding.  Applications will close Wednesday 26 October 2016.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute, under the AW Howard Memorial Trust, invites applications for the Tim Healey memorial scholarship. This supports a postgraduate student studying in a field that benefits the future of Australian farming. Applications close 30th October 2016

The Research Portfolio is leading a number of initiatives to help researchers find out how their work can benefit from investment by industry. There is now a continuum of support and funding, including:
Industry Engagement Fund,
which provides small grants to assist researchers with the expense of going out and meeting with clients.   Key dates – open throughout the year.  Awards limited to $5,000

WP Richard Bequest – 
We encourage you to apply via the 2017 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program, which will open on Thursday 27 October, the application form and information on applying will be available via this site.

Tasmanian Devil research grants
Applications are invited from national and international individuals and organisations.  Collaborative research projects that involve UTAS are given priority.  Grants are worth up to A$35,000 each. Applications close 30 October 2016

Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020. 
This funding scheme is planned to have a “fast fail” mechanism, with initial funding of up to $150,000 for 12 months; or possibly 18 months. Successful bids will be invited to apply for further (larger amounts) of funding over 2018 - 19. The first year will be a ‘proof of concept’ period with further investment only after demonstrable progress. Closing date is November 11th 

Morris Animal Foundation
is now accepting proposals for Established Investigator, First Award, Fellowship Training and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to wildlife/exotics health and welfare. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 16, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST.
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October/November highlights
Conferences
Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA) from the 20th till 22nd October 2016. Check out the program here:  

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MBI Zoonoses Node Workshop Wednesday 2 November 2016, Registration is free, but all attendees must register online by 10 October 2016.

HDR Student Barbara Padalino has been invited to present her findings of her PhD at Equitana. Melbourne November 17 - 20, 2016, Well Done Barbara!




Postgraduate Conference
Faculty of Veterinary Science Postgraduate Conference held on the 9th & 10th November 2016 in the Veterinary Science Conference Centre.  Your invited to attend the Faculty conference  with:-
  • 23 Early stage presentations
  • 28 Mid Stage Posters
  • 33 Early stage/final stage presentations
  • 16 Final stage poster presentations.
Registration is free, but all attendees must rsvp to vetsci.pgconference@sydney.edu.au


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Research Report
Faculty of Veterinary Science Research Report 2014-2015
Thankyou to all who had contributed to the Research report. Download a copy of the report
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