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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

University of Melbourne joins Epilepsy Centre Without Walls in $28m global research push

People with epilepsy acquired following brain trauma are the focus of a new $28 million global push for a long-awaited research breakthrough to develop treatments that for the first time could prevent or mitigate this disabling and potentially life-threatening condition. The University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, is the only Australian institution to take part in the project, funded by one of the largest grants to date awarded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research into the elusive condition.

Melbourne joins Epilepsy Centre Without Walls in $28m global research push

People with epilepsy acquired following brain trauma are the focus of a new $28 million global push (Photo: University of Melbourne)

Some 250,000 Australians suffer from epilepsy, the causes of which range from tumours to infections, genetics, hemorrhages or stroke, in addition to brain trauma.

Principal Investigator neurologist Terry O’Brien said epilepsy caused by traumatic brain injury, the major cause of epilepsy in people aged 15–24, is harder to predict and control than many other forms of epilepsy.

“Up to 20 per cent of people who’ve had a traumatic brain injury will develop epilepsy, yet researchers know very little about why, and have no way to prevent or mitigate it,” Professor O’Brien said.

“It’s the nasty sting in the tail for people who’ve got through a difficult rehabilitation, only to be hit by their first seizure just when they think they’re on the mend—anywhere from six months to two years after they were first injured.

“More than a third of these patients’ seizures can’t be controlled by drugs.”

Professor O’Brien—who is the James Stewart Chair of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital) at The University of Melbourne—said the key to Melbourne’s appeal to be invited to be part of this international research collaboration was its location in the Parkville Precinct.

“Being in the Parkville Precinct will enable clinicians and researchers from disciplines such as neuroscience, electrophysiology, imaging, bioinformatics and molecular biology to work very closely together, at the Melbourne Brain Centre and the Royal Melbourne Trauma Centre and ICU.”

The project, one of three NIH Epilepsy Centres without Walls, will be led by researchers at five institutions—the University of Melbourne, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and the University of Eastern Finland.

About Melbourne Medical School

The Melbourne Medical School is part of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. It is the oldest medical school in Australia and internationally renowned for global leadership in teaching and training, health research, policy and practice. The school encompasses all major fields of medicine and rural health.

Renowned for global leadership in health research, policy and practice, the University of Melbourne educates more health professionals than any other university in Australia.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, the deadline was June 23, 2016.

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

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Friday, November 18th, 2016

Melbourne’s booming Airbnb market

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have conducted the first in-depth analysis of the Airbnb property market in Melbourne, showing the number of monthly bookings has rocketed by 600 percent in the last two years.

Melbourne's booming Airbnb market

Melbourne Airbnb property market has boomed in the last 2 years

At the same time, the total number of Airbnb houses, apartments, bed-and-breakfast units and private rooms has grown steadily from fewer than 5,000 in October 2014, to approximately 17,500 listings in metropolitan Melbourne today.

The research, conducted by Dr Gideon Aschwanden and Dr Andy Krause from the Melbourne School of Design in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, also found that the market grew most quickly over the summer months from December 2015 to February 2016.

“Over the summer period, around $12 to $14 million a month, or $500,000 a night, was spent on Airbnb in Melbourne,” they said. “This compares to $A2 million a month, or $65,000 every night in October 2014.”

While market growth predictably slowed over winter (occupancy rates are lower), monthly revenues in 2016 are still more than double what they were in the same month last year and they look set to rise again over spring.

“It will be interesting to see if a similar seasonal market increase occurs again this coming summer of if we witness ‘peak’ Airbnb.”

The research report includes detailed information on each property—such as location, number of rooms, and advertisement dates. It also includes information about the daily booking status and price of each property for each day since October 2014.

Dr Aschwanden and Dr Krause also identified the hotspots for Airbnb accommodation in Melbourne.

The greatest concentration of Airbnb properties is in the CBD near Southern Cross Station. Other clusters are on the northern end of Chapel Street in South Yarra, St Kilda, the Carlton/Fitzroy/Collingwood area and the southern end of Bay Street in Port Melbourne.

Overall, nearly all Airbnb units in Melbourne as located within 5 to 7 km of the CBD. Entire homes and apartments have the highest occupancy rates compared with private rooms.

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

University of Melbourne ahead again in world rankings

The University of Melbourne has recorded a significant achievement by moving up one place to 31 in the 2016 Performance of Scientific Papers for World Universities released Oct. 11 by National Taiwan University (NTU).

University of Melbourne ahead again in world rankings

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Once again, the University of Melbourne is also the highest-placed Australian university in the rankings of nearly 500 universities worldwide.

Formerly known as the HEEACT Ranking, the program provides annual performance rankings of universities around the world based on their production and impact of scientific papers.

The rankings reflect three major research performance criteria: productivity, impact and excellence.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis welcomed the NTU rankings as “pleasing” especially since they came after a number of positive rankings for the University internationally in 2016.

“That the result also show a noticeable improvement in ten of our disciplines that are captured in these rankings is also good news, and a testament to the breadth and depth of our research and teaching commitments at Melbourne.”

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Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Melbourne diabetes researchers warn Paleo diet may increase weight gain

A new study has revealed following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks can lead to rapid weight gain and health complications.

The surprise finding, detailed in a paper in Nature journal Nutrition and Diabetes, has prompted University of Melbourne researchers to issue a warning about putting faith in so-called fad diets with little or no scientific evidence.

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Lead author Associate Prof Sof Andrikopoulos says this type of diet, exemplified in many forms of the popular Paleo diet, is not recommended, particularly for people who are already overweight and lead sedentary lifestyles.

He says mass media hype around these diets, particularly driven by celebrity chefs, celebrity weight-loss stories in the tabloid media and reality TV shows, are leading to more people trying fad diets backed by little evidence. In people with pre-diabetes or diabetes, the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet could be particularly risky, he said.

“Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets are becoming more popular, but there is no scientific evidence that these diets work. In fact, if you put an inactive individual on this type of diet, the chances are that person will gain weight,” Assoc Prof Andrikopoulos, who is a researcher at the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine, based at the Austin Hospital.

“There is a very important public health message here. You need to be very careful with fad diets, always seek professional advice for weight management and aim for diets backed by evidence.”

Researchers at the University of Melbourne originally sought to test whether high-fat and low-carbohydrate foods would benefit the health of people with pre-diabetes.

They took two groups of overweight mice with pre-diabetes symptoms and put one group on the LCHF diet. The other group ate their normal diet. The mice were switched from a three per cent fat diet to a 60 per cent fat diet. Their carbs were reduced to only 20 per cent.

The researchers used mice for the study, because their genetic, biological and behavioural characteristics closely resemble those of humans.

After eight weeks, the group on the LCHF gained more weight, their glucose intolerance worsened, and their insulin levels rose. The paleo diet group gained 15 per cent of their body weight. Their fat mass doubled from 2 per cent to almost 4 per cent.

“To put that in perspective, for a 100 kilogram person, that’s the equivalent of 15 kilograms in two months. That’s extreme weight gain,” Assoc Prof Andrikopoulos said.

“This level of weight gain will increase blood pressure and increase your risk of anxiety and depression and may cause bone issues and arthritis.

“For someone who is already overweight, this diet would only further increase blood sugar and insulin levels and could actually pre-dispose them to diabetes.

“We are told to eat zero carbs and lots of fat on the Paleo diet. Our model tried to mimic that, but we didn’t see any improvements in weight or symptoms. In fact, they got worse. The bottom line is it’s not good to eat too much fat.”

Prof Andrikopoulos says the Mediterranean diet is the best for people with pre-diabetes or diabetes.

“It’s backed by evidence and is a low-refined sugar diet with healthy oils and fats from fish and extra virgin olive oil, legumes and protein.”

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Twenty new freshwater fish species uncovered in the Kimberley

Researchers have discovered a record 20 new fish species while conducting fieldwork in the remote Kimberley, unveiling it as Australia’s most biodiverse region for freshwater fish.

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University of Melbourne researchers conducting fieldwork in the Kimberley (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

It is the single greatest addition to the country’s freshwater fish inventory since records began and boosts the total number of known species in Australia by almost 10 per cent.

The research team included Associate Professor Tim Dempster, Professor Stephen Swearer, James Shelley, Matthew Le Feuvre (University of Melbourne), Dr Martin Gomon (Museum Victoria) and Dr Michael Hammer (NT Museum).

Team leader Dr Tim Dempster, from the University of Melbourne School of Biosciences, says the discovery highlights the hidden wealth of biodiversity within the Kimberley.

“The freshwater ecosystems of the Kimberley are among the poorest known and least researched areas of Australia,” Dr Dempster said.

“If we can double the number of known fish species unique to the Kimberley in just three years, it can only mean the entire biodiversity of life in Kimberley rivers is underestimated.

“Certainly, it is a treasure trove for freshwater fish, and the amazing thing is that we weren’t even looking for it.”

Dr Dempster’s researchers were in the Kimberley to study the extinction risks for the region’s existing freshwater fish, results of which have just been published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Lead author of the paper, Matthew Le Feuvre, said, “Many of the 18 known and 20 newly discovered species unique to the Kimberley share similar characteristics with fish species elsewhere in Australia that are conservation listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered.

“However, currently no fish species in the Kimberley are conservation-listed, despite their potential vulnerability.”

The new species were discovered during nine months of fieldwork across 17 Kimberley rivers between 2012 and 2014.

Twelve of the 20 species were discovered within a three-week period in 2013 by James Shelley and Matthew Le Feuvre when they accessed some of the most remote rivers in Australia by helicopter.

Sampling was challenging, with Mr Shelley attacked by a freshwater crocodile while snorkeling in the Glenelg river on the Kimberley plateau.

The new species fall within three categories:

  1. Terapontidae (grunters) 16 new species
  2. Eleotridae (gudgeons) three new species
  3. Atherinidae (hardy heads) one new species

One of the new species—a 25cm-long grunter found in the remote and spectacular Prince Regent River—is set to be named after writer and novelist Tim Winton.

“It’s in recognition of his contribution to Australia’s cultural life, his love of fish which shines through in many of his novels, and his staunch advocacy for conservation in the Kimberley,” Mr Shelley said.

Mr Winton said it was “surprisingly gratifying” to have his name attached to a new species of fish.

“The Kimberley is a treasure that clearly requires more study and greater protection and groundbreaking discoveries like these underline just how much there is still to learn about this special region,” Mr Winton said.

All the remaining new species will receive a common name reflecting the aboriginal name for the area it was collected from or words describing its features, as well as a Latin scientific name.

The research team hopes the discovery strengthens conservation efforts in the Kimberley.

“Fish are just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “This discovery has major implications for conservation, particularly in light of the Federal Government’s moves to modify water resources in northern Australia.

“A lot of these new fish species are unique to just one catchment, so they’re particularly vulnerable if there is a change to their limited habitat.”

The University of Melbourne and Dr Dempster are in the process of creating a conservation fund that would aim to protect Australia’s 220-plus freshwater fish and other marine fauna.

It is hoped the fund will be formally established later this month.

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

University of Melbourne scientists recognised with awards

A scientist working to develop a one-shot-for-life flu vaccine and a renowned environmental scientist have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science medals.

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Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska and Dr Jane Elith will receive the prestigious Academy of Science medals for 2016 (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

University of Melbourne immunologist Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, won the 2016 Jacques Miller Medal for experimental biomedicine.

Associate Professor Kedzierska researches immune responses to virus outbreaks, including influenza, with a particular focus on how best to protect vulnerable and high-risk groups.

Her cutting-edge work could lead to the development of a one-shot flu jab for life.

Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute, said Associate Professor Kedzierska’s outstanding translational research was integral to the work of the organisation.

“Katherine is such a deserving recipient of the Jacques Miller Medal and I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement. Earlier this year she made headlines for her research identifying ‘killer’ CD8+ T cells as the best way to protect against a new strain of avian influenza virus emerging from China, a major breakthrough in the search for universal flu vaccine.

“I am also very excited to see these two medals being awarded to two outstanding female scientists.” Professor Fabienne Mackay, Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, said this is only the second time the Jacques Miller Medal for Experimental Biomedicine has been awarded.

“We are very proud of Katherine for such an incredible achievement. The honour is a testament to the capability within the university’s biomedical department and the Doherty Institute for producing ground-breaking research with the potential to make a real global impact.”

Dr Jane Elith, who recently won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, was awarded the Fenner Medal. Dr Elith from the Melbourne Faculty of Science, has become one of the world’s most influential researchers in applied ecology.

She uses new tools to understand species distribution in the wild, helping to better inform environmental managers and governments on invasive species, land-use and improving biodiversity.

Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne Professor Karen Day said Dr Elith was blazing a trail for women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

“She is an outstanding conservation biologist and a wonderful role model for women in STEM,” Prof Day said.

“Her work exemplifies the power of combining mathematics and biology to provide innovative solutions to environmental problems.” The Academy President, Professor Andrew Holmes called the women ‘inspirational.’

“These scientists are simply inspirational. They are working at the leading edges of their fields and of human knowledge, and they are developing innovations that will change and improve our society, our economy and our health,” Professor Holmes said.

The awards will be formally presented at the Academy’s annual three-day celebration of Australian science, Science at the Shine Dome, in Canberra in May 2016.

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Friday, November 6th, 2015

University of Melbourne environmental scientist receives award

Dr Jane Elith has been awarded the 2015 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the six awards in the annual Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

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Dr Elith (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Dr Elith is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Biosciences and a member of the Centre of Excellence for Bioscecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA).

The award recognises her contributions to environmental management worldwide including the development and assessment of methods for tracking and predicting invasive species that attack Australian crops and natural environments.

These species distribution models have been used by governments, land and catchment managers and conservationists around the world to help map the spread of cane toads, and compare the implications of development options in the Tiwi Islands for threatened plants and animals that have largely disappeared from the mainland.

Dr Elith says the field is is a niche that fits her well.

“I’ve ended up in an area which links my interest in nature and my liking for data and models,” she added.

“The Atlas of Living Australia database has 50 million species records. But we know that there are issues with that data. It wasn’t collected for modelling. Most of the records are close to roads and towns, for instance, or clustered in the favourite national parks of field biologists. The models need to deal with those sorts of biases.”

Dr Elith collaborates with the world’s foremost statisticians, computer scientists and ecologists to puzzle out how to extract useful information from data and combine and relate it to measurements and estimates of characteristics of the environment.

She then passes on what she has learned to environmental managers and decision makers in the form of guides and tools to using different techniques of modelling species distribution, and the suitability and drawbacks of each one.

Dr Elith explains she uses statistical models to describe the patterns of species we see, where and how frequently they occur in the environments they encounter.

Her guides are some of the most highly referenced environmental publications in the world. In nearly two-thirds of papers that cite her work, at least one of the scientists is from a government land management agency or private environmental consulting company.

Recognized as one of the most influential environmental scientists in the world, in the field of environment and ecology she is the 11th most cited author worldwide over the past 10 years, and is the only Australian woman on the highly cited list, according to the information company Thomson Reuters.

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

University of Melbourne medical researchers receive funding

Six of University of Melbourne’s leading medical researchers will take their work to the global stage, sharing in $3 million NHMRC funding announced recently.

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University of Melbourne medical researchers receive funding

The projects are part of $5.8 million awarded to Australian researchers by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The grants encourage international collaboration to solve global health problems.

The University of Melbourne researchers will collaborate with leading European and Californian scientists on prolific health problems including heart disease, stroke and breast cancer and to learning more about lung health, child health, ageing and stem cells.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim McCluskey said that participating in so many of these grants reflected the world-class medical expertise within the university.

“Congratulations to the recipients on this achievement. The NHMRC grants are among the most prestigious and sought-after in Australian medical research,” Professor McCluskey said.

“These grants reflect the hard work, dedication and international reach of the university’s researcher community. They are testament to our scientific rigour, infrastructure and cross-disciplinary collaborations.”

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said health and medical research is a global venture.

“In participating in international collaborations like these, Australian researchers share their knowledge and skills,” she said.

“In turn, they gain access to technology that is potentially not available in Australia, and they get to work with some of the brightest scientific minds overseas.”

University of Melbourne and partner NHMRC grant recipients

  • Prof Richard Sinnott, Department of Computing and Information Systems in the Melbourne School of Engineering,
     of genomics-based strategies for improved diagnosis and treatment of endocrine hypertension – $461,322
  • Prof Melissa Southey, Department of Pathology, Breast Cancer Risk after Diagnostic Gene Sequencing – $471,281
  • Prof Shyamali Dharmage, Melbourne School of Population and Global HealthAging Lungs in European Cohorts – $470,342
  • A/Prof Sharon Goldfeld, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Models of Child Health Appraised $321,054
  • Prof Graham Giles – Honorary, based at the Cancer Council Victoria, LIFEPATH: life-course biological pathways underlying social differences in healthy ageing $470,466
  • Prof Andrew Elefanty – Honorary, based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, A suite of engineered human pluripotent stem cell lines to facilitate the generation of hematopoietic stem cells $881,221

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Melbourne researchers plotting the elimination of dengue

Researchers at the University of Melbourne along with international collaborators are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using the insect bacterium Wolbachia and have for the first time provided projections of its public health benefit.

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Melbourne researchers study how to block dengue fever with Wolbachia

Dengue is a viral infection spread between humans by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Dengue causes flu-like symptoms, including intense headaches and joint pains.

Published in the Journal of Science Translational Medicine, Professor Cameron Simmons, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, said that the discovery could lead to improved strategies to reduce the incidence of dengue.

“We did a ‘real world’ experiment and allowed mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia and uninfected mosquitoes to feed on the blood of Vietnamese dengue patients. Our team then measured how efficiently Wolbachia blocked dengue virus infection of the mosquito body and saliva, which in turn steps stops them spreading the virus between humans,” Professor Simmons said.

Researchers developed a mathematical model of dengue virus transmission and used the experimental results as a basis to predict how well Wolbachia would reduce the intensity of dengue transmission under a variety of scenarios.

“We found that Wolbachia could eliminate dengue transmission in locations where the intensity of transmission is low or moderate. In high transmission settings, Wolbachia would also cause a significant reduction in transmission.

“Our findings are important because they provide realistic measures of the ability of Wolbachia to block transmission of the dengue virus and provide precise projections of its impact on dengue infections,” Professor Simmons said.

Wolbachia has been recently introduced into Cairns and Townsville and the results of this study suggest future dengue outbreaks in these cities should be much less severe than in the past.

“Our results will enable policy makers in dengue-affected countries to make informed decisions on Wolbachia when allocating scarce resources to dengue control,” Professor Simmons said.

Dengue continues to be a major public health problem in Asia and Latin America. Estimates suggest more than 100 million cases occur globally each year.

Public Health at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health aims to strengthen the understanding, capacity and services of society to meet population health needs and to improve the quality and equity of health care. The population health approach recognizes that health is a capacity or resource rather than a state, a definition which corresponds more to the notion of being able to pursue one’s goals, to acquire skills and education, and to grow. This broader notion of health recognizes the range of social, economic and physical environmental factors that contribute to health (Public Health Agency of Canada).

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February/March
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years (depending on background of candidate)
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this program, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Melbourne researcher named L’Oréal Women in Science Rising Talent

In a ceremony held in Paris on March 19, University of Melbourne biochemist and molecular biologist, Dr Kathryn Holt was named one of 15 Rising Talents for L’Oréal Women in Science for 2015.

Dr Holt was recognised for her innovative methods in detecting the presence and impact of drug resistant bacteria in hospitals. Her work in this field began when researching typhoid in Nepal.

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Study science at the University of Melbourne

She found that the tropical disease didn’t always arise from the same source even within a small community, indicating that community members could be carrying the disease from multiple sources.

In hospital settings, Dr Holt is studying whether patients in intensive care are carrying drug resistant strains of bacteria when they arrive in hospital.

Screening incoming patients for existing infections could change the way the patient is treated and reduce the number of instances of untreatable infections in hospitals.

This research was funded by a L’Oréal Women in Science Fellowship grant which she received in 2013.

Dr Holt and her colleagues have based their computational lab at The Bio21 Institute, working closely with other researchers in Australia and internationally.

Professor Leann Tilley, Deputy Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne Bio21 Institute said Dr Holt is an inspiration to graduate research students and aspiring future research leaders.

“Dr Holt is emerging as one of Australia’s research stars,” she said.

“She is leading the development of computational biology and bioinformatics in Australia—the science of the future,” Professor Tilley said.

Professor Stephen Smith, Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences pointed to Dr Holt as an example of the exceptional scientific talent present in the biomedical precinct.

“She is collaborating with multiple affiliates towards a common goal of better health outcomes for patients,” he said.

“Dr Holt is working towards real and practical improvement for the care of patients and hospital staff.”

University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Glyn Davis said engaging more women in science and technology is a priority for the University of Melbourne.

“We are excited by the work of individuals who challenge assumptions and chart new directions in public health and epidemiology. Dr Holt will inspire more young women to participate in science,” he said.

University of Melbourne Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute

The University of Melbourne‘s $140m Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) is a multidisciplinary research centre, specialising in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology.

Opened in 2005, the Bio21 Institute improves human health and the environment through innovation in biotechnology and related areas, driven by multidisciplinary research and dynamic interactions with industry.

The Institute embraces commercialisation as a facilitator of innovation, skills development and economic outcomes. A key driver of innovation is the Institute’s commitment to intellectual property protection, technology transfer and business incubation.

Accommodating more than 500 research scientists, students and industry participants, the Bio21 Institute is one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.

The Bio21 Institute is the flagship of the Bio21 Cluster project, which includes 21 member institutions recognised for research excellence and translational outcomes in medical and biomedical science and biotechnology.

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