30 SEPTEMBER
NEWSLETTER OF THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AT WESTMEAD CLINICAL SCHOOL, AND THE DISCIPLINE OF CHILD & ADOLESCENT HEALTH
OCTOBER 2016 ISSUE
MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE DEAN

Dear colleagues

It’s such an exciting time to be working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and also the University’s Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health. As Head of both the School and of the Discipline, I am constantly being reminded of, and inspired by, the quality and achievements of our students, staff and affiliates.


MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE DEAN

Dear colleagues

It’s such an exciting time to be working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and also the University’s Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health. As Head of both the School and of the Discipline, I am constantly being reminded of, and inspired by, the quality and achievements of our students, staff and affiliates. In this newsletter you will read about two special staff members: Dr Meg Phelps, Senior Lecturer, and also Dr Shekeeb Mohammad, Lecturer. It is especially great to have Meg working with us at the time of the Westmead Precinct development – she is even doing her PhD studies linked to the impact of building design on medical student learning. Shekeeb, a very talented academic paediatric neurologist, took up a permanent part-time position in our School mid-way through the year and has a broad portfolio of work, including his neurological research and responsibility for the Masters of Medicine-Paediatrics. Shekeeb also happens to be one of seven people currently based at CHW who have been recipients of a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship – you can read further about the Fellows elsewhere in the newsletter.

In other parts of the newsletter you will read about the University’s new Chief Operating Officer for the Westmead Program, Ms Kate O’Sullivan; Science in Australia and Gender Equity (SAGE) issues and initiatives; academic promotions for 2017; the appointment of Dr Andrew Biggin as Senior Lecturer (commencing 10th October); the pre-intern students; two separate Sydney Ideas Forums; and much more.

I want to highlight in particular the newly advertised Financial Markets Foundation for Children Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine. Do you know an academic paediatrician who can provide inspiring national and international leadership in areas relating to child population health and well-being? The Charles Perkins Centre, our School and SCHN have a combined vision for the Chair. Please read the information and let your networks know about the position.

We welcome contributions to the newsletter. Please send them to SCHN-USydPaeds-Executive@health.nsw.gov.au.

Professor Louise Baur
Associate Dean
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STAFF PROFILE
Meg Phelps
Watching the career paths of those you first met as students, local or international, and knowing you have made a small contribution to their path is gratifying. Being unexpectedly individually named and thanked by a former student who is now a consultant during a presentation last year was a very proud moment for me.

  • My background
As a member of the Western Sydney community since 1962 I am excited to be part of the current Westmead precinct development.

After attending Cumberland High School, Carlingford, I was in the first group of University of Sydney medical students who completed all their clinical years through Westmead clinical school. This was followed by two years as a junior doctor at Westmead, then paediatric physician training at Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (RAHC) at Camperdown. I undertook advanced training at Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades in Paris, France, taking advantage of my mother-in-law’s French origin, my high school French and the friendship of Prof Peter Procopis with the late Dr Jean Aicardi, renowned paediatric neurologist.

Returning to Camperdown in 1991, I worked as a fellow in the Child Development Unit, then as Diploma in Child Health coordinator, with a part-time registrar year at Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital in 1993.

I was Chief Resident Medical Officer in 1996/7, just after the move to Westmead, as everyone settled in to their new place and roles. Prof Kim Oates realised the need for additional teaching staff as the graduate entry medical program rolled out, and I started with the Clinical School in 1998. I continued part-time clinical practice with multidisciplinary developmental teams, concluding with Parramatta Early Childhood Assessment Team (PECAT) in 2012.
  • My current role
Returning from a sabbatical year in Paris in September 2014, I continued as a Senior Lecturer with the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health. This includes CHW research coordinator for MD projects, Associate Dean (student support) for Sydney Medical Program, and responsibility for aspects of curriculum, assessment and evaluation.

I have been involved with various committees and activities of the RACP since 2000. I am a facilitator for Supervisor Professional Development Program (SPDP) workshops.

I am involved with a number of groups working on the Westmead Precinct development around education and training spaces.
  • Past teaching and research highlights
My Master of Medical Education (2007) led to research with colleagues at CHW, in Australian and overseas, resulting in publications and changes in practice around, amongst others, the use of mobile devices.

Watching the career paths of those you first met as students, local or international, and knowing you have made a small contribution to their path is gratifying. Being unexpectedly individually named and thanked by a former student who is now a consultant during a presentation last year was a very proud moment for me.

Current Research

Learning and building in health: evidence-based design and the enhancement of medical student learning’ is the current official title of my PhD project, started in 2016 through the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. I hope to take advantage of the Precinct changes as part of this. The support of colleagues in the new Learning Spaces Interest Group and the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation is inspiring:

http://sydney.edu.au/research/centres/centre-for-research-on-learning-and-innovation.html

http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/crli/2016/08/special_interest_groups_at_crl.html
  • Future plans
When I complete my PhD, I will continue to work with students, colleagues and patients, contributing to health professional education and learning-centred facility design, helping make better spaces for learning and health into the future. It is exciting to work with the newly formed CHW Heritage Committee as we look at conserving and sharing the history of the hospital. I will remain connected with my Western Sydney community but hopefully also visit my other community in France.



Shekeeb Mohammad
Dr Shekeeb Mohammad is a paediatric neurologist who has recently joined the Clinical School at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) as a Lecturer, after previously holding conjoint appointments with UNSW, UQ and USyd and the position of academic fellow in 2014.

Dr Shekeeb Mohammad is a paediatric neurologist who has recently joined the Clinical School at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) as a Lecturer, after previously holding conjoint appointments with UNSW, UQ and USyd and the position of academic fellow in 2014.

Shekeeb undertook basic training in paediatrics at PGIMER, in Chandigarh, India and then at SCHN before undertaking paediatric neurology training in Queensland and at CHW.

Shekeeb is now the course co-ordinator for the Master of Medicine – Paediatrics, which is a 48 credit point course offered by the University of Sydney and contains course content delivered mostly online with the help of numerous staff members mainly based at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. In addition, he is a research fellow with the Brain Autoimmunity Group at INMR and the movement disorders clinic. Shekeeb is finishing a PhD on early diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis and associated movement disorders in children, with seven first author publications related to his PhD research already published in peer-reviewed journals.

His area of research continues to be in the fields of movement disorders and their relationship to immune and inflammatory mechanisms. In addition, he has put together a gene panel to investigate genetic movement disorders via collaborative work with Professor Russell Dale and the Molecular Genetics lab led by Associate Professor Bruce Bennetts. Shekeeb is also working collaboratively with Kids Rehab, neurosurgery and the movement disorders service at Westmead hospital to develop a pathway for Deep Brain Stimulation in selected children with dystonia. In addition, he is also interested in delivery of blended learning to students and medical trainees and use of technology for assessments and preventing plagiarism.

Shekeeb was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to travel to the United Kingdom and USA to advance understanding of basal ganglia disorders in children. His fellowship has facilitated important collaborations with Great Ormond Street and Evelina London Children’s Hospitals in London in the areas of genetic diagnosis and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders. His fellowship report can be viewed here http://bit.ly/2d2kSDp.








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NEWS
Kate O’Sullivan, CEO for Westmead Precinct
Kate O’Sullivan recently joined the University of Sydney as the Chief Operating Officer for the Westmead Precinct. Kate heads up the Westmead Program Team and has overall operational management for delivery of the Vice Chancellor’s commitments to the University's Westmead Precinct. Kate will work closely with Professor Chris Peck and Professor David Cook.


Kate O’Sullivan recently joined the University of Sydney as the Chief Operating Officer for the Westmead Precinct. Kate heads up the Westmead Program Team and has overall operational management for delivery of the Vice Chancellor’s commitments to the University's Westmead Precinct. Kate will work closely with Professor Chris Peck and Professor David Cook.

Kate is a lawyer and chartered company secretary by background and has worked across multiple disciplines and complex multi-brand environments including mining, property development, medico-legal indemnity, insurance, products and services, aviation and transport, exports, and has worked for listed and unlisted Australian and international organizations, the Federal Government of Australia and private legal practice.

She comes to the University following 5 years as the Head of Operations for the legal division of Avant Mutual, Australia's largest medical defence organisation.  She has a reputation for driving innovation, integrating technology and implementing best practice, and we look forward to the valuable contributions her expertise and experience will bring to the University of Sydney’s activities at Westmead.

Kate can be contacted by at Kate.OSullivan@sydney.edu.au, mobile 0428 828 901 or through the Westmead.Program@sydney.edu.au.

A few changes to the eligibility for academic promotions for 2017
For salaried academic staff or conjoint title holders:
  • Applicants must have at least 12 months service at their current level at this University by the closing date to which they are applying for promotion.
  • All intending applicants must flag their intent to apply for promotion in 2017 with their Head of School by 31 October 2016. They must also email dvc.apu@sydney.edu.au and confirm this has been done by 30 November 2016.
  • Applicants may only apply for promotion once every two years. Applicants who applied in 2016 (irrespective of the outcome) will not be able to apply again until 2018.
For salaried academic staff or conjoint title holders:

A few changes to the eligibility for academic promotions for 2017:
  • Applicants must have at least 12 months service at their current level at this University by the closing date to which they are applying for promotion.
  • All intending applicants must flag their intent to apply for promotion in 2017 with their Head of School by 31 October 2016. They must also email dvc.apu@sydney.edu.au and confirm this has been done by 30 November 2016.
  • Applicants may only apply for promotion once every two years. Applicants who applied in 2016 (irrespective of the outcome) will not be able to apply again until 2018.
Change to the minimum standards required for promotion in ‘Governance, Leadership and Engagement’ (formerly known as ‘Service’):
  • Level E in the teaching and research stream: minimum standard raised to ‘outstanding’.
  • All levels in the Education/Research-focused streams: minimum standards raised to ‘superior’.
Further information can be found on the Academic Promotions webpage. An info session will be held on Wednesday 12 October 2016. The session will be recorded and posted on the webpage.

Title holders, e.g. clinical academic, adjunct, research, honorary, are not eligible to apply through this process.




A Tale of Two Women and Their Careers in Science
This Youtube video is the true story of two women (who wish to remain anonymous) and highlights the impact of caring duties and short-term contracts on career progression. It also emphasises the difficulty in assessing an individual’s potential solely using track record ‘relative to opportunity’ – especially when data are the main determinant. It's a short video. Take the time to look at it, and then reflect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8FfeA0F6Y0


Science in Australia and Gender Equity (SAGE)
Also, please see details and registration info for Dr Wafa El-Adhami’s visit to USyd on Oct 27th below. All STEMM staff are welcome to attend.

Transforming the face of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in Australia: On Thursday 27 October, the CEO of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Dr Wafa El-Adhami, will present an overview of the SAGE pilot and application process for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award. All STEMM staff and affiliates are encouraged to attend.

Paediatric Research Cup
The Paediatric Research Cup was a combined event with UNSW, Notre Dame and Sydney University Paediatric Society and was held on the evening of 5th September 2016.

The Paediatric Research Cup was a combined event with UNSW, Notre Dame and Sydney University Paediatric Society and was held on the evening of 5th September 2016.

The evening involved 10 medical students each speaking for 3 minutes with the support of one slide, presenting in the style of a 3 minute thesis. There was a diverse range of entertaining and educational presentations highlighting the range of excellent research being undertaken across all the medical schools. Congratulations to the winners, Evangaline Woodford (UNSW) and Stella Graham (UNSW).

Many thanks to our judges Professor Louise Baur, from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, and Dr Sean Kennedy, from Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and UNSW, for their time and their inspiring outlook on paediatric research. Thanks to RPA for hosting the event.

Micayla Kaufman
Sydney University Paediatric Society




Winston Walk at CHW
Seven Churchill fellows from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead got together to organise a Winston walk for visitors from the Churchill trust on the 18th of August, 2016.


The Winston Churchill Fellowships are independent fellowships that are awarded to more than a 100 Australians each year, to enable a short period of overseas travel to one or more destinations for completing a project related to the person’s expertise or interest. Over 4000 fellowships have been awarded since 1965.

Seven Churchill fellows from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead got together to organise a Winston walk for visitors from the Churchill trust on the 18th of August, 2016. Recent postgraduate students Dr.Manoj Menezes and Dr.Shekeeb Mohammad joined five other fellows – Professor Dominic Fitzgerald from Respiratory Medicine, Lynn McCartney from Kids Rehab, Jude Frost from Palliative Care, Anna Cronin from the Cleft Palate Clinic and Dr.Emily Oates from INMR to showcase the work done by fellows and the hospital in general in delivering care to the children of NSW and beyond. A Grand Round presentation was followed by an information session for staff members interested in applying for future fellowships. Dr.Michael Brydon, CEO of SCHN, hosted the visitors for lunch and presented a token of recognition to the trust for supporting children’s health in NSW. A documentary on the event can be viewed here https://youtu.be/Acbhr0-Qfoc

More information about the fellowships can be found at https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/about/the-trust/

Please feel free to contact any of the Churchill Fellows from SCHN if you are interested in applying for the fellowship, which can be undertaken in any field and is not limited to science or medicine.


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EDUCATION
Welcome to the Pre-Interns
We are very pleased to welcome 8 Pre-Internship students (PRINTs) on Tuesday 4 October. The PRINTs will be attached to General Medicine, General Surgical and Emergency for four weeks, ending on Friday 28 October.

We are very pleased to welcome 8 Pre-Internship students (PRINTs) on Tuesday 4 October. The PRINTs will be attached to General Medicine, General Surgical and Emergency for four weeks, ending on Friday 28 October.

The aim of the PRINT term is to prepare them for their upcoming role as junior medical officers. Our PRINT program includes multidisciplinary simulation sessions with nursing and other students, as well as prescribing workshops, Resus4Kids and specific skills (venepuncture and intubation).   

The Clinical School has coordinated a Paediatric Pre-Internship since October 2001. Oover the 15 years we have had a total of 166 Pre-Intern students. Feedback from previous students is positive: they feel welcomed into their respective teams, they feel they are able to contribute and do the jobs JMOs would do, they value the hands on experience they gain and value the exposure to an area they are interested in pursuing as a career or an area they want to consolidate their learning prior to their intern year.  Thank you to all the teams that have supervised PRINTS over the last 15 years. You have provided them with a very valuable experience.  Over the next year we will be embarking on a study to contact past PRINTs and gauge their views on our program and how it can be improved.


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RESEARCH
Call for TSP projects for Semester 1 2017
You are invited to submit project proposals and register your interest to be a supervisor in the 2017 School of Medical Sciences Westmead TSP program for Semester 1.


Dear researchers and supervisors

You are invited to submit project proposals and register your interest to be a supervisor in the 2017 School of Medical Sciences Westmead Talented Student Project (TSP) program for Semester 1.

We will be holding tours for 2017 prospective TSP students on Monday 17, Tuesday 19 and Friday 21 October 2016. If you would like your project to be advertised to the students participating in these tours, please send your proposal to Wendy Gold (wendy.gold@health.nsw.gov.au) by Wednesday 12 October. This is a great opportunity as the students will be on our campus and eager to learn about all the projects on offer. However, projects will still be accepted after this date and will just be emailed out to the students.

If you have any questions about the program or would like to submit a project proposal (form attached), please contact:

Dr Wendy Gold
TSP co-ordinator Westmead Campus



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POSTGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH
Thanks to staff for contribution to 2016 Higher Degree Research (HDR) students’ progress reviews
The Postgraduate Team (Nick Wood, Fabienne Brilot-Turville, Ben Marais & Rachel Skinner) would like to sincerely thank the Discipline’s affiliates and staff who are chairing/interviewing in this year’s Higher Degree Research (HDR) students’ progress reviews:

The Postgraduate Team (Nick Wood, Fabienne Brilot-Turville, Ben Marais & Rachel Skinner) would like to sincerely thank the Discipline’s affiliates and staff who are chairing/interviewing in this year’s Higher Degree Research (HDR) students’ progress reviews: 

Aaron Schindeler
Belinda Barton
Carolyn Ellaway
Christa Nath
Craig Munns
Daniel Catchpoole
David Winlaw
Dianne Campbell
Dominic Fitzgerald
Elizabeth Elliott
Elizabeth Peadon
Frances Evesson
Frances Lemckert
Geoff Ambler
Gillian Scott
Gulam Khandaker
Helen Quinn
Jacqueline Dalby-Payne
Jennifer Byrne
Jonathan Karpelowsky
Karen  Walker
Kate Steinbeck
Kevin Carpenter
Kevin Yin
Laurence Cantrill
Lisa Riley
Louise Baur
Maria Craig
Marian Fernandez
Marino Festa
Patrina Caldwell
Paul Robinson
Peter Shaw
Robert Booy
Robyn Jamieson
Russell Dale
Sandra Cooper
Sarah McIntyre
Wendy Gold
Yuan Min Wang
Yuyan Chen
Yvonne Zurynski

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EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATIVE
Senior Lecturer Andrew Biggin
Welcome on board Dr Andrew Biggin, who has been appointed Senior Lecturer and will be starting with our School from Monday 10th October 2016.
FMFC Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine, University of Sydney
The University of Sydney, the Charles Perkins Centre and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School have just advertised a new Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine, funded by the Financial Markets Foundation for Children.

Link FMFC Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine

Closing date: 16th November 2016.

Please forward to those who may be interested.

The University of Sydney, the Charles Perkins Centre and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School have just advertised a new Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine, funded by the Financial Markets Foundation for Children.

We are seeking a Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine who will be charged with the task of demonstrably improving the health and wellbeing of current and future generations of Australian children. The new Chair will lead the way in prevention by directing population-level studies into the determinants of childhood illness and disease.

The Chair is for a paediatrician.

The Chair will provide internationally-recognised academic leadership, as well as clinical leadership, in areas pertaining to child population health and wellbeing with a focus on the Western Sydney community. International applicants are very welcome to apply.

Link FMFC Chair in Translational Childhood Medicine

Closing date: 16th November 2016.

Please forward to those who may be interested.

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STAFF AND AFFLIATES
New member of the Founders' Circle
On August 5th, Professor Nadia Badawi AM, Professor Cheryl Jones, Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy and Mr Rob White (CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance) were invited to the Great Hall at the University to celebrate the Founders' Circle. Named in honour of The University of Sydney’s founders, the Founders’ Circle recognises supporters who have had an indelible effect on the University and how far it has come today. The society celebrates the contribution of philanthropy to the University, and recognises donors who change the lives of others through substantial giving.


On August 5th, Professor Nadia Badawi AM, Professor Cheryl Jones, Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy and Mr Rob White (CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance) were invited to the Great Hall at the University to celebrate the Founders' Circle. Named in honour of The University of Sydney’s founders, the Founders’ Circle recognises supporters who have had an indelible effect on the University and how far it has come today. The society celebrates the contribution of philanthropy to the University, and recognises donors who change the lives of others through substantial giving.

It was a great night and Sophie Scott (BA ’89), National Medical Reporter for the ABC, welcomed the guests to the Great Hall and served as the Master of Ceremonies.

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation was recognised on the night for its support to establish the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy at Sydney Medical School, the Ainsworth Chair of Technology and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, and for the Professor Henry J Cowan Memorial Scholarships in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  Professor Jones who collaborates with researchers at CP Alliance Research Institute and Dr Smithers-Sheedy were also there to recognize Mr Robert Salteri who was being recognised for his support of their work into prevention of cerebral palsy as well as his support of research into nutrition for healthy ageing and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

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A/Prof Yvonne Zurynski
Congratulations to Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski for The Danielle Grenier Award Recognizing Excellence in the Study of Rare Paediatric Diseases Using Surveillance Research from the International Network of Paediatric Surveillance Units (INoPSU).

It was awarded at the INoPSU Meeting in Vancouver, August 2016.

Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski is Director of Research, Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, The University of Sydney and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Westmead).




Dr Meenakshi Rattan
Congratulations to Dr Meena Rattan for her recent publications in Journal of Mental Health for Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities(MHCAIDD): An Educational Resource
  • Treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders: book review by Dr Meenakshi Rattan
  • Reflections of a paediatric fellow on child neurodevelopmental psychiatry by Dr Meenakshi Rattan
Improving the peer review of narrative literature reviews by Jennifer Byrne

Literature reviews play an important role in helping readers make sense of the ever-expanding body of scientific literature. Whereas there are many published and on-line resources to support peer-reviewers of original scientific articles, there are few similar resources available that describe how to peer review literature review manuscripts.

The need for such an article was highlighted to Jenny Byrne by a former student who had been asked to review a literature review for the first time. Jenny has now published an open-access guide “Improving the peer review of narrative literature reviews” that attempts to fill this gap. This short article is well worth the read.

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IN THE MEDIA
Doctors on PAM alert after death of baby
With summer approaching, it's vitally important that doctors and communities be aware of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) and respond immediately, says the President of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, Professor Cheryl Jones.

"Any acutely unwell child with a history of bore water exposure and signs of meningitis or encephalitis should be considered for PAM as a potentially life-threatening diagnosis," said Prof Jones.

"Families should avoid swimming or diving into warm fresh water or to hold their nose if this can't be avoided," she said.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Sydney Ideas, Westmead: Ending Childhood Obesity
When: 6pm-7:30pm, Tuesday 11 October 2016
Where: Conference Room, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, 176 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead NSW 2145 Venue information 

RSVP:
Free event with online registration requested. Please click here for the registration page.


Ending Childhood Obesity
Co-presented with Charles Perkins Centre, Westmead

Obesity and other related chronic illnesses are now the leading cause of death in Australia. Ready access to unhealthy fast foods, lack of proper exercise and poor understanding of the causes and implications of obesity are all contributing to a crisis for our community. Obesity is becoming increasingly prevalent amongst children and young adults, which greatly raises their risk of additional complicating factors that will shorten their lifespan and impede their opportunity to live a healthy, happy life.

What is obesity, and why should we care about its impact on our young people? Can obesity be prevented? Can changes to what we eat help reduce the risks? What is the best diet for growing bodies? How can the places we live, play and work effect our health? Is physical activity the responsibility of the individual? Should we be doing more as a community to make sure people are able to be healthy?

For World Obesity Day 2016 join our panel of clinicians, scientists and health promotion experts for a lively discussion of these important questions.

Panellists
  • Professor Louise Baur (panel chair), Associate Dean and Head of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, and head of Discipline, Child & Adolescent Health, Sydney Medical School
  • Christine Newman, Manager of Health Promotion and Deputy Director of the Centre for Population Health, Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Associate Professor Sarah Garnett, Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a conjoint Associate Professor, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
  • Dr Natalie Lister, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School and Children’s Hospital at Westmead Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes.
  • Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, Exercise, Health and Physical Activity Sport Sciences in the School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre
Sydney Ideas, Westmead is a new initiative intended to contribute to the inspiring intellectual and cultural atmosphere of the Westmead health services, research and education precinct.  For more information please see this page.

When: Tuesday 11 October
6 to 7.30pm
(doors open at 5.30 for a 6pm start)

Where: Conference Room
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
176 Hawkesbury Rd
Westmead NSW 2145
Venue information 

RSVP
Free event with online registration requested. Please click here for the registration page.

Sydney Ideas Heaalth Forum - Childhood Infectious Diseases by Prof Cheryl Jones
When: 6.00pm - 8.00pm,
Where: Lecture Theatre 4002 (Messel), Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Rd, The University of Sydney University maps

Speaker
: Professor Cheryl Jones, Paediatrics and Child Health expert, University of Sydney, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Head, Sydney Childrens Hospital Network

Cost:
Free with online registrations required
RSVP: Register online now by entering your details at the bottom of the page. Click ‘register’ once and wait for the screen to refresh. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox shortly after.

Contact:
Sydney Ideas
E| sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
P| (02) 9351 2943
More info: See Sydney Ideas website

Childhood infectious diseases: protecting kids from the cradle to the mosh pit

Which infectious diseases pose the greatest danger to a child during pregnancy, in infancy and adolescence?

Most of us are aware of the dangers of whooping cough and influenza, but what about little-known and disabling micro-organisms such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and old-nasties that re-emerge periodically like measles?

What does every parent need to know about these infectious diseases? What role do family members play in passing on infections to children?  How can vaccines offer protection against childhood and adolescent infections?  

SpeakerProfessor Cheryl Jones, Paediatrics and Child Health expert, University of Sydney, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Head, Sydney Childrens Hospital Network

We invite you to join us for this informative and important talk, which will be followed by an extended opportunity for questions and answers. Bring your questions and join our discussion.

When: 6.00pm - 8.00pm,
Where: Lecture Theatre 4002 (Messel), Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Rd, The University of Sydney University maps
Cost:Free with online registrations required
RSVP:Register online now by entering your details at the bottom of the page. Click ‘register’ once and wait for the screen to refresh. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox shortly after.
Contact: Sydney Ideas
E| sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
P| (02) 9351 2943
More info: See Sydney Ideas website

Information session on academic promotions
When: 12–2pm, Wednesday 12 October
Where: Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building

To register your interest, please email the Academic Promotions unit.

Are you thinking about applying for academic promotion in the next few years? Would you like to know how to plan a strong application?

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton will chair a career development information session for all academic staff interested in applying for promotion on Wednesday 12 October.

The session will include presentations from
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Pip Pattison
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison
  • Chair of the Academic Board Associate Professor Tony Masters
  • Deputy Director Equity and Diversity Strategy Dr Maree Murray
  • Talent and Organisation Development Consultant Andrea Brooks.
The session will provide information about changes to the Academic Promotion Policy, and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Event details
  • When: 12–2pm, Wednesday 12 October
  • Where: Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building
To register your interest, please email the Academic Promotions unit.

Westmead Research Hub Grants Pitch Presentation Sessions
When: 2pm-5pm, 12 Oct, 13 Oct & 27 Oct
Where: Level 2 seminar room, WIMR

To indicate your expression of interest to participate please email the following people:
The Westmead Research Hub Grants Review Scheme will take place again this year, with grant pitch presentation sessions scheduled for 12th, 13th and 27th October (2 -5 pm) in the WIMR level 2 seminar room. This is an opportunity to “pitch” ideas and gain feedback for development of potential NHMRC project grants (or similar) for 2017.

To indicate your expression of interest to participate please email the following people:
Instructions for submitting an Expression of Interest: For new grants, please submit a 1 –page summary (more if you have it) and include CIs and AIs 2 by the 10th October to the relevant persons  indicated above. The summary should be similar to what is normally displayed on the front page of a completed grant proposal: It should state what the problem is/key issues the grant addresses, hypothesis, aims with brief methods, preliminary data and significance in relation to a human health outcome.  For unsuccessful grants, please submit the grant and reviewer’s comments along with any plan of action. This 1 page summary is not compulsory, but will assist with providing adequate feedback at the pitch session.

Instructions for pitch presentation:

The presentation should be no more than 15 min long with a maximum of 5 slides. Similar to your one page submission, your presentation should state what the problem is/key issues to be addressed, hypothesis, aims with brief methods, any preliminary data, your team and the significance in relation to a human health outcome. We encourage you to ask members of your centre, particularly the more senior investigators and especially those who intend to be a chief investigator, to attend your session to ensure you receive appropriate feedback. In this first round of grant reviews your pitch session will be the main forum for receiving feedback.

Please also note that the University of Sydney Research Portfolio will again be asking investigators to complete Notification of Intent (NOI) forms in 2016. They have reviewed feedback from last year, and this year introduced some modifications to the process based on this feedback. Details of these changes and plans for the next round of NHMRC submissions can be found at https://surveys.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=Vhq8MzI2BS

Academic Medicine journal: Call for Letters to the Editor
Are you a resident or medical student with thoughts you’d like to share on the following topics?
  • Admissions decisions/selection of applicants to medical school and residency
  • Wellness/resilience
  • Learning environment
  • Curricular changes
  • Competency-based assessment
Academic Medicine is seeking original submissions for our Letters to the Editor feature from residents and medical students on the topics listed above. If you have thoughts on one of these topics you’d like to share, please see our requirements for Letters to the Editor and submit your letter by November 1, 2016.

One of the top Medical Education journals is inviting Letters to the Editor:

Are you a resident or medical student with thoughts you’d like to share on the following topics?
  • Admissions decisions/selection of applicants to medical school and residency
  • Wellness/resilience
  • Learning environment
  • Curricular changes
  • Competency-based assessment
Academic Medicine is seeking original submissions for our Letters to the Editor feature from residents and medical students on the topics listed above. If you have thoughts on one of these topics you’d like to share, please see our requirements for Letters to the Editor and submit your letter by November 1, 2016.

When you submit, please add a note stating that you are submitting your letter in response to our call for submissions from residents and medical students.

Accepted letters will be published together as a special collection in an upcoming issue of Academic Medicine.

If you have questions, please contact us at acadmed_online@aamc.org.

MD Student presentations Tuesday 8 November 2016
When: 9am, Tuesday 8 Nov 2016
Where: The Doreen Dew Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Level 4, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Registration: RSVP by Friday 4 November to the Clinical School Executive Assistant

When: 9am, Tuesday 8 Nov 2016
Where: The Doreen Dew Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Level 4, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Registration: RSVP by Friday 4 November to the Clinical School Executive Assistant

You are invited to attend a showcase of presentations from the first MD cohort of Sydney Medical Program who complete their research project at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. 

Since August 2014, these 14 students have worked with a Research Tutor and an expert advisor in one of three assigned areas:
  • Population health in paediatrics & obesity, diabetes and nutrition
  • Paediatric sleep disorders and respiratory conditions
  • General Paediatrics
The presentations will be of the completed research project that the students have worked on for the past 2 years. Each student has devised a research plan and proposal, attended regular milestone meetings, ensured or applied for ethics approval, carried out their research and are now preparing their final 3000 word report for submission.  

Please join us in the Doreen Dew Lecture Theatre from 9am Tuesday 8 November 2016. The morning will commence with introductions, followed by student presentations and will conclude with light refreshments. A detailed timetable will follow. We hope you can come along and join us, please RSVP by Friday 4 November to the Clinical School Executive Assistant.

AussieMit 2016
When: 26-28 Nov 2016
Where: Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St Leonards, NSW

Register now by clicking the link.
AussieMit 2016 is the 5th biennial Australian conference for mitochondrial research. This year’s conference will include a Young Investigator Symposium, Patient Forum and a diverse clinical and scientific program. Broad areas of research will be presented, including clinical and basic mitochondrial disease research, mitochondria in Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, mitochondrial metabolism and aging, mitochondrial stress an quality control, basic mitochondrial biology and model systems for mitochondrial research.

When: 26-28 NOV 2016
Where: Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, Pacific Highway, St Leonards, NSW

Register now by clicking the link.

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