THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES RESEARCH COMMITTEE Minutes of the Meeting held on Friday 8 February 2008 Present: Professor A Somogyi (Chair), Professor M Bartold, Professor C Crowther, Professor M Horowitz, Professor R Ivell, Professor H Morris, Professor T Nettelbeck, Assoc Professor S Robertson, Professor N Stocks In attendance: Christiane Niess, Stella Richards (FHS Research Secretariat) 1. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING The Committee approved the minutes of the meeting held on 7 December 2007. 2. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES 2.1 Actions Following are the points that were raised on the actions from the previous minutes, which were not specifically covered in the agenda items for the meeting:- Professor Somogyi advised of his intention to meet with FHS Centre Leaders on a regular basis. A meeting with the Leader, CORAL occurred prior to Christmas. The Secretariat was asked to schedule meetings with the remaining Centre Leaders. Action: Professor Somogyi/Research Secretariat Professor Somogyi to discuss with the Executive Dean initiating strategies to secure regular Program Grant funding in the Faculty. Professor Somogyi to discuss with Dr Pitcher the FHS Research Career Development Committee initiatives. Professor Somogyi to raise at URC the process for the University to nominate a Thinker in Residence. Action: Professor Somogyi Now that the budget for Endowment Fund income for 2008 is available, the levels of funding allocated to the internal Seeding and Small Grant schemes need to be determined. A decision on the 2008 Faculty Fellowships, including the Senior Visiting Research Fellowship is also required. Action: Research Executive Professor Nettelbeck confirmed that to date there has been no request for further comment to the Faculty Internationalisation Committee on the FHS International Operational Plan for 2008. The guidelines for new policies aimed at improving the numbers of timely completions will be available at the March meeting. Action: Professor Nettelbeck 2.2 Contract Research Funding Professor Somogyi advised that the planned meeting with the Faculty Finance Manager and senior management from ARI Pty Ltd was again postponed. An alternate meeting date will be arranged to discuss issues relating to contract research funding. Action: Research Secretariat 2.3 Florey Lecturer 2009 The field of nominations for the Florey Lectureship in 2009 was reduced to two national candidates, Professors Tony McMichael and Ian Frazer, both of whom have high reputations and work in areas that will attract wide interest. The Committee recommends to the Executive Dean and the Florey Medical Research Foundation that Professor McMichael be invited for 2009 since his area of climate change is hugely topical and Professor Frazer for 2010 or, potentially, for 2009 should Professor McMichael be unavailable. Action: Professor Somogyi/Research Secretariat 3. REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATE DEAN (RESEARCH) 3.1 Post RQF Professor Somogyi reported that just prior to Christmas Senator Kim Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) announced that the Rudd Government ceased implementation of the RQF. However, it was indicated that a "... new streamlined, internationally-recognised, research quality assurance process using metric or other agreed quality measures appropriate to each research discipline" will proceed. For the University, the RQF process undertaken last year has enabled identification of areas of research strength, concentrations and developing areas in order to provide those groups with continuing enhanced support, some of which has already been allocated via the Faculty Research Centres. It appears that the long term intention is for University strategic funding to be available regularly on a competitive basis for research Centres, Institutes or concentrations. 3.2 URC Update Professor Somogyi reported that URC will hold its first meeting for 2008 on 11 February. 3.2.1 APD Fellowships Summary Table—Discovery Projects commencing in 2009 At the meeting held on 5 November, URC members raised concern that the University has the lowest success rate of ARC APD Fellowships across the Go8 and agreed that this was an area which required a focussed approach to increase success rates. An Australian Postdoctoral (APD) Fellowships Summary table, indicating the Fellowship types, major requirements and potential preferences in the selection process was subsequently forwarded to the Assoc Deans (Research) for promulgation to Heads of Schools and pre- circulated to the Research Committee for information. 3.3 NHMRC 3.3.1 2008 Postgraduate Scholarships, Training Fellowships & CDA—Outcomes The outcomes of the 2007 round of NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships, Training Fellowships & Career Development Awards for funding in 2008 were pre-circulated to the Committee for information. Following is the complete list of the Health Sciences recipients of these awards: Type of Award Investigator's Name Funding Total Location Career CATH Development Dr Maria Fuller $362,000 School of Paediatrics & Award Level 1 Reproductive Health Career CATH Development Dr Sandra J Hodge $362,000 School of Medicine Award Level 1 Career CATH Development Dr Sandra J Hodge $362,000 School of Medicine Award Level 1 Training Postgraduate Dr Tanya J Little $358,924 School of Medicine Fellowship Training School of Paediatrics & Postgraduate Dr Amanda N Sferruzzi-Perri $321,684 Reproductive Health Fellowship Training School of Medical Postgraduate Ms Renee J Turner $265,734 Sciences Fellowship Training Postgraduate Dr Darryl P Leong $94,266 School of Medicine Scholarship Training Postgraduate Dr Ni-Hung Lin $94,266 School of Dentistry Scholarship Training Postgraduate Dr Hany Dimitri $62,844 School of Medicine Scholarship Training Postgraduate Dr Benjamin K Dundon $62,844 School of Medicine Scholarship Training Postgraduate Dr Rowena E Newcombe $94,266 School of Medicine Scholarship It was noted that the University returned a solid performance from a Go8 perspective ($3,546,250) and that the University has clearly outperformed other tertiary institutions in SA. Professor Somogyi asked that a comparison of the 2008 outcomes with those of the preceding years (2004 onwards) be prepared for presentation at the March meeting and that discussion of strategies for improving the success rates of these awards be included on the March agenda. Action: Research Secretariat 3.3.2 Equipment Grant Outcomes Following are the 2007 NHMRC Equipment Grant Outcomes, indicating the Faculty portion from a total NHMRC allocation of $455,803 and the additional FHS contribution: Faculty/School/ Applicant Team School Equipment Requested Institutional Funding JG Semmler, MA Molecular and Human Motor Performance $20,000 Nordstrom, JB Pitcher, Biomedical Science, Testing and Rehabilitation G Todd, MC Ridding, Paediatrics & Isokinetic Dynamometer PD Thompson Reproductive Health, COST: $80,901.89 and Medicine FUNDED NHMRC: $38,000 FHS $5,000 JA Owens, WD Tilley, Paediatrics & SlidePath Digital SlideServer FHS $17,000, RJ Norman, D Findlay, Reproductive Health Software, TMA Application Paediatrics & EJ Rodgers, C Roberts, and Medicine Software, Image Analysis Reproductive Health GA Wittert, C Software Package, SlidePath $5,000, Medicine Ricciardelli, SA Server Hardware, including $5,000, Hanson Robertson, DF Callen, Acer Altos R250 Server and Institute $5,000; DM Keefe, AJ Sakko Hitachi TagmaStore TOTAL $32,000 Universal Storage Platform COST: $116,369.08 FUNDED NHMRC: $52,510 FHS $30,000 C Roberts, S Robertson, Paediatrics & Precellys 24 lysis and C Roberts, S Robertson DJ Kennaway, JA Reproductive Health homogenization unit and and JA Owens $7,100 Owens, K Kind, D and Agriculture Food Accessories beads and tubes Russell, C Ricciardelli, and Wine COST: $17,776 P Grant, KL Gatford, T Hickey NOT NHMRC - FHS $10,000 * FUNDED *dependent on Bonnie Babes outcome L Mackenzie, P Medicine and MEA 1060-Inv-Bc-standard, SMBS $10,000, FHS Sanders, M James, D Molecular and STG1004 stimulator and $5,000-$10,000, O'Carroll, S Koblar, G Biomedical Sciences MEA 200/30iR-Ti-gr Investigator Wittert, DA Saint COST: $98,797.60 Contributions $10,000; TOTAL: $25,000 - $30,000 FUNDED NHMRC: $48,000 FHS $10,000 DJ Kennaway, JA Paediatrics & Genomelab GeXP Genetic FHS $8,625, PRH, Owens, GA Wittert, S Reproductive Health, Analysis System, Medicine, Dentistry, Hiendleder, M Bartold, Medicine, Genomelab start kit, buffers Medical Sciences RJ Norman, A Agriculture Food & standards etc $4,000, Investigator Somogyi, SA Wine, Dentistry and COST: $126,500 contributions $7,000; Robertson, JG Medical Sciences TOTAL: $19,625 Thompson, CT Roberts, R Gilchrist, R Robker, D Russell FUNDED NHMRC: $65,000 FHS $20,000 R Morona, M Beard, J Molecular & Eppendorf $47,725 Paton, M Whitelaw, D Biomedical Sciences MastercyclerEPRealplex 4, Peet, A Evdokiou, A and Medicine Dell computer, and Kodak Zannettino 4000mm Pro Image Station plus network software COST: $158,375 FUNDED NHMRC: $55,000 FHS $5,000 C Rayner, R Fraser, M Medicine MMS Solar GI Stationary Investigator Horowitz, G Wittert, C Motility System contributions $28,000 Feinle-Bisset, K Jones, COST: $102,669.60 P Clifton FUNDED NHMRC: $42,000 FHS $10,000 NHMRC Total Allocation $455,803 FHS Portion $300,510 FHS Contribution $90,000 Professor Somogyi confirmed that a series of seminars will be held in the first half of the year when leaders of successfully funded groups in the 2006 and 2007 rounds will talk briefly about the functionality and availability of the equipment purchased with NHMRC and Faculty funding. Action: Research Secretariat 3.3.3 Australia Fellows The Committee was encouraged to support Heads of School and Centre Leaders with the identification of potential candidates in their areas for the prestigious Australia Fellows (both from Australia and around the world). [Secretary’s note: A Summary of Changes to Australia Fellowship Round 3 Policy Documentation is available at: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/fellows/apply/granttype/career/changes.htm. The internal closing date for Expressions of Interest in this round of Australia Fellowships is 20 March 2008.] Action: All members 3.4 ARC 3.4.1 Federation Fellows The Committee was asked to promote the ARC Federation Fellowship scheme in the respective FHS Schools. The School of Psychology is considering the submission of a Federation Fellowship application in the near future. The Assoc Dean (Research) would appreciate advice on any further potential applicants who are identified in the Faculty. Action: All members 3.5 Meetings with Heads of Schools Professor Somogyi reported that during December and the New Year separate meetings have been held with four Heads of Schools to discuss the School’s research performance in publications, supervision and completions. Meetings with the two remaining Heads of School will be arranged after the 2008 major national grant round closing dates. Action: Research Secretariat 3.6 Other Meetings attended for information:- December January 10: RQF; NHMRC Fellows Review 21: Alumni 13: NHMRC Equipment Assessment 22:Executive Dean 14: RAH Research Committee 23: RQF Board 15: Rick Russell; Florey Board & Management 25: Faculty Board & Executive 19: CORAL February 6: BHI Planning 3.7 Major Items for Discussion in 2008 Professor Somogyi invited members to nominate major items for discussion and visitors to speak at Committee meetings in 2008. In discussion members made the following suggestions:- Items Visitors Faculty perspective & direction Prof Justin Beilby Optimising relationships between the Prof Howard Morris University & the Hanson Institute NHMRC Career Development, *A FHS staff member involved in the Fellowship & Scholarship insight assessment process (Prof Somogyi to discuss with Prof Owens) Research Strategy (including the Prof Mike Brooks development of strategies relating to the retention of high quality researchers) Research Operations & Higher Degree Prof Rick Russell matters (including fee waivers) Research Branch Update (including the Mr Simon Brennan restructure) International recruitment of HDRs & Prof Viv Burgess Postdocs (including information from Prof Fred McDougall (or nominee) the China desks and other desks) Sandy McConachy ARI Pty Ltd Update on activities Mr Robert Chalmers (In second half of year) Articulation with School of Veterinary Prof Gail Anderson (Commencing in May - Science on opportunities for growing arrange meeting in second half of year) research potential 2009 & beyond Action: Professor Somogyi/Research Secretariat 4. REPORT FROM THE HIGHER DEGREES COMMITTEE (HDC) 4.1 HDR Completions 2007 The official completion figures for 2007 have not yet been released. However the Faculty came close to achieving its predicted completions target in 2007 with some 74+ submissions by the end of the year that bettered all previous levels for completions in the Faculty. Professor Somogyi undertook to acknowledge in the next edition of the Health-E News the endeavours of Postgraduate Coordinators, Supervisors, the Higher Degrees Committee and the Secretariat in supporting HDR students to a timely completion. Action: Professor Somogyi 4.2 HDR Strategies for 2008 4.2.1 Visiting Scholars Scheme & Research Expo 2008 The Committee was advised that a budget of $50K has been allocated to the Faculty HDR Recruitment Plan in 2008. The School of Molecular & Biomedical Sciences and the Health Sciences are currently in discussion regarding the proposal to share the costs of targeted advertising interstate and in New Zealand. Selected applicants will be invited to visit Adelaide, potentially in July (SMBS) and in August (FHS). In the Faculty it is planned that the prospective students’ visits to meet potential supervisors will coincide with the FHS Postgraduate Research Expo. The aim of the scheme is for the visiting scholars to apply for an APA Scholarship through the University of Adelaide for enrolment in 2009. 4.2.2 Guideline—Supervisor Correction to Thesis The FHS guideline for HDR supervisors regarding corrections to the thesis following examination was pre-circulated to members for consideration. The Committee endorsed the FHS guideline and asked that it be presented at Faculty Executive. Action: Professor Somogyi 4.3 2008 HDR Scholarships—Update An update of 2008 FHS HDR Scholarships was pre-circulated for members’ information. It was noted that of the 21 APAs offered in the Faculty 18 have been accepted. In addition, as at 7 February 2008, a total of 28 students have accepted a divisional scholarship arrangement in the Faculty. In terms of the variances in the honours marking scheme, the Committee welcomed the prospect of a review of Honours assessment across the University. 5. REPORT FROM THE GRANTS & PERSONNEL COMMITTEE (GPC) 5.1 Qantas Researcher Travel Support Scheme—Round 1 Seven applications were submitted in this round of Qantas Researcher Travel Support for review by the Assoc Dean (Research) and the Chair, FHS Research Career Development Committee. The rankings were forwarded to the University RCD Committee for consideration. The University is expected to announce the outcomes by mid February. [Secretary’s note: In outcomes released on 8 February 2008, two applicants from Health Sciences have been recommended for Qantas Travel Awards, namely Dr Lisa Jamieson (ARCPOH) & Dr Damien Riggs (Psychology).] Professor Somogyi undertook to raise at URC the simplification of the QRTSS application form for future rounds. Action: Professor Somogyi 5.2 Postgraduate Travelling Fellowships—Round 1 (for travel 1/3/2008-30/9/2008) The closing date for applications in the first round of PGTFs is 26 February 2008 for HDR students in their third year of candidature to present at an international conference and visit an academic institution. The Research Secretariat will arrange for the review and ranking of the PGTF applications in addition to those applying for the Mutual Community Awards for which the Health Sciences is guaranteed a minimum of one award. Action: Research Secretariat 6. REPORTS FROM SCHOOL RESEARCH COMMITTEES The School of Medicine Research Committee minutes of 5 December 2007 were pre-circulated to the Committee for information. The concerns expressed by biomedical entrants in the inaugural Postgraduate Expo (relating to a perceived clinical/public health bias) were noted. There have been no School Research Committee meeting minutes received to date in 2008. 7. ANY OTHER BUSINESS 7.1 Research Committee Web site In March the Assoc Dean (Information Technology) who chairs the FHS Web Committee will present a written report to the FHS Executive Dean on a) the Research and b) the Learning & Teaching pages of the FHS web site. From a research perspective Professor Somogyi highlighted as a priority ease of access for potential students together with the ability to locate specific areas of research interests that link to potential supervisors. Committee members are encouraged to forward comments on the navigation and content of the research pages at: <http://www.adelaide.edu.au/health/research/> to Stella Richards in the first instance. Action: All members Staff are encouraged to enter details on the Staff Directory, which is a centralised application that allows information to be stored and accessed centrally. Each University of Adelaide staff member is able to maintain his/her own information, which as a minimum includes contact numbers, email address, locale, and job role. However, some staff may wish to include additional information about their background, and research interests. For instructions refer: <http://www.adelaide.edu.au/webguide/directory/training/>. There is also the facility to nominate as an expert in a field (Refer to the above link Promote Your Expertise). Action: All members 7.2 DFG Delegation to Australia Prof Kleiner, President of DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) will be visiting Australia in March/April for the information of researchers interested in Australian-German collaboration and potential for new funding opportunities. 7.3 New Developments in Open Access Policy in the US & Europe The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit, or have submitted for them, to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Professor Somogyi agreed to write a summary of the new developments in Open Access Policy in the US and Europe in the next Health-E Newsletter. Action: Professor Somogyi 7.4 SA Science Excellence Awards It was expected as the major research university in South Australia that the University of Adelaide would perform strongly in the State Government run SA Science Excellence Awards. Despite having put forward high quality candidates and representation in most categories, no University staff succeeded in winning any category. Professor Somogyi asked that the Committee and Centre Leaders be asked to review the 2007 Guidelines for the SA Science Excellence Awards at <http://www.scienceawards.sa.gov.au/nominate.html> with a view to suggesting potential nominations to Professor Somogyi in the first instance for forwarding subsequently to the Office of the DVC & VP (R) by the end of February 2008 to ensure potential applicants are advised when the 2008 nomination details are available. Action: All members/Research Secretariat 8. NEXT MEETING DATE The next Committee meeting is scheduled for 7 March 2008 from 8.00 am to 9.00 am in the Felix Bochner Meeting Room (Rm 519, Level 5, Medical School North). Thereafter meetings have been scheduled on the first Friday of each month for the remainder of the year. 7 March 4 April 2 May 6 June 4 July 2008 1 August 5 September 3 October 7 November 5 December PROFESSOR A SOMOGYI Chair, Faculty Research Committee Actions: Research Committee Meeting 8 February 2008 Responsibility To report at a future meeting on the outcomes of discussion Andrew Somogyi with the Faculty Finance Manager & Director, ARI Pty Ltd re: issues relating to contract research funding; To meet with FHS Centre Leaders (excepting CORAL); To discuss with the Executive Dean initiating strategies to secure regular Program Grant funding in the Faculty; To recommend to the Exec Dean & the Florey the recommendation for the 2009 Florey Lecturership; To present guideline on Supervisor Correction to Thesis at Faculty Exec for endorsement; To discuss the FHS Research Career Development Committee initiatives with Dr Pitcher; To raise at URC the process for the University to nominate a Thinker in Residence; To raise at URC the simplification of the QRTSS application form; To acknowledge in the Health-E News the efforts of staff involved in 2007 HDR completions & to write a summary of the new developments in Open Access Policy in the US and Europe; To finalise visitors/items for discussion at RC in 2008. To present at March meeting guidelines for new policies Ted Nettelbeck aimed at improving the numbers of timely completions. To discuss future levels of funding allocated to the Research Exec Establishment and Small Grant schemes in line with the levels in previous years & the future of the Senior Visiting Fellowship scheme. To comment on FHS research web site & to add All members individual information to the Staff Directory; To review 2007 guidelines & nominate potential applicants for 2008 SA Science Excellence Awards; To advise the Chairs, School RCs to contact the FHS Assoc Dean (Research) if additional assistance with internal School grant review is required (ongoing); To identify in their areas potential candidates for nomination in the NHMRC Australia Fellowship & ARC Federation Fellowship rounds (ongoing). To oversee the initiatives in the Research Career Julia Pitcher Development Committee in relation to the email follow- (ongoing) up survey; web development and the document to the DVC & VP(R) re: career and career development issues. To inform FHS researchers post launch by the UoA of the Research Secretariat Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; To arrange meetings between remaining Centre Leaders & the Assoc Dean (Research); To follow up re: 2009 Florey Lectureship; To prepare comparison of 2008 NHMRC CDA, Fellows & Scholarship outcomes with those from 2004 onwards and include on March agenda discussion of strategies for improving the success rates of these awards; To contact Centre Leaders to request potential nominations for 2008 SA Science Excellence Awards; To arrange series of Equipment Grant seminars; To arrange the review & ranking of PGTF applications; To assist with arranging visitors to attend RC in 2008; To assist in the production of a brochure re: the FHS Research Centres to be used as a marketing tool (ongoing).