RMCH RESEARCH NETWORK NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2014

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NEWS

RMCH Emerging Researchers Committee nominated

We are pleased to announce nomination of 14 distinguished members of the RMCH Theme ER Committee chaired by Associate Professor Kirsten Black - Joint Head Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Sydney University. Members represent a broad variety of geographical locations as well as research areas within the theme. 

We are pleased to announce nomination of 14 distinguished ER Committee members representing a broad variety of geographical locations as well as research areas within the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health theme.

Members of the RMCH ER Committee:

Associate Professor Kirsten Black – Chair, Joint Head Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, University of Sydney
Dr Yuyan Chen – Senior Lecturer, Children’s Cancer Research Unit, CHW
Dr Maria Chow – Research Officer, National Centre for Immunisation and Surveillance, CHW
Dr Spring Cooper - Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Dr Donna Hartz – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
Dr Loretta Lau – Senior Lecturer, Children’s Cancer Research Unit, CHW
Dr Laura Lindsay – Lecturer, Anatomy and Histology, School of Medical Sciences
Dr Ainsley Newson – Senior Lecturer, Centre of Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, School of Public Health
Dr Katie Powell – Research Officer, Perinatal Research, Kolling Institute of Medical Research
Dr Ann Quinton - Senior Research Sonographer, Nepean Centre for Perinatal Care
Dr Margaret Rolfe - Biostatician, Centre for Rural Health, School of Public Health
Dr Gabrielle Williams - Program Leader, Centre for Genetics Education, School of Public Heath
Dr Kevin Yin – Research Officer, National Centre for Immunisation and Surveillance, CHW
Dr Nicole Yu - Lecturer, Postdoctoral Research Engineer, Orthopaedic Research & Biotechnology Unit CHW
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RMCH research network website now live

Please visit the newly launched Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health research network website for information on latest news and events, theme structure and governance, RMCH researchers' achievements, subscription link, RMCH contacts and lots more!

National Board publishes research report on professional indemnity insurance for midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (National Board) has released a research report on professional indemnity (PII) insurance for midwives. Currently, professional indemnity insurance (PII) products are not available in Australia for intrapartum care provided by midwives in private practice who attend homebirths. 
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NHMRC recognises RMCH researchers

Congratulations to CHW Clinical School academics Professor Elizabeth Elliott, Professor Robert Booy, Professor Peter McIntyre, Dr Nick Wood, Dr Gulam Khandaker and Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski, for their research project entitled It’s not child’s play: Taking influenza seriously which was named as one of the 10 best NH&MRC Research Projects for 2013.
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Hearing Ear Health and Language Services for Aboriginal children

Dr Hasantha Gunasekera, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, managed an exciting new initiative from NSW Health called HEALS (Hearing Ear Health and Language Services for Aboriginal children). The funding originated from the research project SEARCH (Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health).
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BreastScreen NSW

BreastScreen NSW is offering free mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer. 
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GRANTS AND AWARDS

 NHMRC  | 2014 NHMRC GRANT SUCCESS

This year was a successful round for members of the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health theme with research funding awarded in NHMRC project and fellowship schemes. 
RMCH affiliates won several NHMRC project grants and fellowships.
This year was a successful round for members of the Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health theme with research funding awarded in NHMRC project and fellowship schemes. 
RMCH affiliates won several NHMRC project grants and fellowships. 

Congratulations to: 

  • Professor Ian Alexander (Children's Hospital Westmead) HMRC project Chief Investigator
    Development of a novel gene delivery system for treatment of metabolic liver disease in infants and children
    $489,169
  • Associate Professor Michael Dibley (School of Public Health) HMRC project Chief Investigator
    Does the impact of peer counselling for appropriate infant feeding last till the child is five years of age? Extended follow up of children from a community-based trial in urban Bangladesh
    $815,691
  • Professor Rebecca Ivers (The George Institute for Global Health) HMRC project Chief Investigator 
    Burn injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
    $872,801
  • Professor Jonathan Morris (Kolling Institute of Medical Research) HMRC project Chief Investigator 
    Working towards a new therapy for IUGR
    $687,941
  • Professor Christopher O'Neill (Northern Clinical School) HMRC project Chief Investigator
    How embryo cells have the capacity to form all the cells in the body
    $641,226
  • Professor William Tarnow-Mordi (Westmead Clinical School) NHMRC project Chief Investigator
    Should we treat iron deficiency anaemia of pregnancy with lactoferrin? A randomised controlled trial
    $2,636,507
  • Dr Megan Passey (School of Public Health)
    Reducing Tobacco Harm Among Vulnerable Population Groups
    $334,596
  • Dr Natasha Nassar (Northern Clinical School)
    Role of maternal and obstetric factors on long-term child health & educational outcomes
    $447,840
  • Dr Nicholas Wood (Children's Hospital Westmead)
    Immunisation safety and adverse events
    $283,419
  • Associate Professor Russell Dale (Children's Hospital Westmead)
    Identification and early treatment of autoimmune brain disease in children
    $387,432

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EVENTS, LECTURES AND CONFERENCES

 28 FEB  | Seminar on translating evidence into practice in health care

By Professor Jeremy Grimshaw from the Centre for Practice-Changing Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada
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 8 MAR  | Forum event: Displaced Women, Double Challenge

The event will address the health needs of women refugees from their country of birth or origin through to their arrival and settlement in Australia. 2pm, Camperdown Campus. 
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 26-29 MAR  | Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI) conference in Florence, Italy

Early bird registration closes on Feb 17th.
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 17 MAY  | OZWAC Disco Fever Charity Ball

Fundraiser for the Australian Women and Children’s Research Foundation. OZWAC was established to provide for medical research into the health of women and children and raise community awareness of important health issues. Penrith. 
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