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May 2015

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bullet Welcome to the TCRN's May Nexus
This month's Nexus looks at the profile of our membership network from this year's reporting data.
We feature TCRN's new biobanking and data linkage project manager Dr Mahnaz Fanaian, who will be covering for HSA Biobank project manager Nicki Meagher while she is on maternity leave.
We also highlight recent publications by TCRN members over the past month.
Please note members will shortly receive a Collaboration survey on their involvement, which is being carried out by Dr Janet Long.
Reminder: Closing date for 2015 Round 2 Conference & Professional Development Grants is fast approaching: 4.00pm 12 May 2015.
Please check below registration details for a number of upcoming events and professional development opportunities.
Social Network Survey - TCRN Members COMING SOON to your mailbox: TCRN Collaboration Survey #3

Over the past 3 years the TCRN membership has been participating in surveys to measure our interactions and networks.
A third survey is about to commence to help us understand how the TCRN has grown in the last year, our current patterns of collaboration, impacts and outcomes of the network so far. It is important to remember that the N in TCRN is for Network!

This survey will be emailed to you in the next few days and will take around 10 minutes. We kindly ask you to please complete it promptly.
We would encourage everyone to do the survey but if you decide not to take part, please still click on the link to the survey and answer the first question as “no.”
That way you will not receive emails reminding you to complete the survey.

This research has received Ethics approval from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District HREC (LNR 11/152).
This survey has been commissioned by the TCRN Leadership Council and is being conducted by Dr Janet Long, Visiting Fellow, Macquarie University.
Any questions? Please email: or phone 02 9926 4794.

TCRN Membership Statistics 2014 2014 TCRN Membership Activities

The TCRN recently concluded its annual membership data collection as part of the reporting requirements for our funder, the Cancer Institute NSW. As part of this process, members were required to complete a short online survey about their 2014 activities.
Thank you to all the members who participated in this annual review process, this allowed us to accurately record the activities of our membership including research area and stage of translational research.
View summary of TCRN’s 2014 reporting responses…

Mahnaz crop  copy TCRN Welcomes New Staff Member Dr Mahnaz Fanaian as HSA Biobank Project Manager

Dr Mahnaz Fanaian, who recently joined the TCRN as the Project Manager for Biobanking and Data Linkage, will continue the work to make systems for HSA Biobank patient consent and collection of biospecimens...
Read more about Dr Mahnaz Fanaian

Conference & PD grant recipient Cindy Shaw TCRN Conference and Professional Development Grant Recipient: Cindy Shaw

For Cindy Shaw, attending the 2014 AGITG Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane was a chance to expand her networks and develop her professional practice...
Learn more about Border Medical Oncology Research Unit member Cindy Shaw

iStock_000019716260Large TCRN Members' Articles in the News this Month

Research conducted by the TCRN members network has been highlighted using on-line tools to identify articles published over the month of April.
More about highlighted publications

Cancer Institute NSW Open Grants Cancer Institute NSW Open Grants

Applications for grants offered by the Cancer Institute NSW are sought from all NSW-based universities, cancer services, hospitals, Local Health Districts and other relevant agencies.

- Early Career Fellowships (ECF); closes 29 May 2015
- Career Development Fellowships (CDF); 29 May 2015
- *Future Research Leader Fellowships (FRL); 29 May 2015, open to Translational Cancer Research Centres members
- *Research Infrastructure Grants (RIG); 22 May 2015, open to Translational Cancer Research Centres members
For more information visit the Cancer Institute NSW - EOIs close 29 May

CINSW Premier's Awards Nominations Cancer Institute NSW’s Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research

Hosted by the Cancer Institute NSW, the Premier’s Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research honour the achievements of the individuals and teams that work across the cancer research sector to lessen the impact of cancer for the people of NSW.
Further information on awards and how to nominate - close 20 May 2015

Prof William Ledger; UNSW, RHW UNSW Medicine Dean’s Lecture Series Event - The Ticking clock: Demographic change and future families

Date: 1 June, 2015
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Lecture starts 6:30pm
Venue: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia building, UNSW Kensington campus (NSW)
Free entry - Registrations essential

AGITG & APC Cancer Research Workshop AGITG & APC Pancreas Cancer Research Workshop 2015

The Australasian Gastro Intestinal Trials Group (AGITG) and the Australasian Pancreatic Club (APC) will be holding a Pancreas Cancer Research Workshop on 27 September 2015 at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
This is a free of charge open meeting for scientists, clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals, industry partners, consumers and anyone with a strong interest in Pancreas Cancer Research.
For more information and to register

NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation Jointly with CIPHER; 27-28 October 2015, Sydney

'Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians'
This year's Annual NHMRC Symposium is being held in collaboration with the Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research (CIPHER) with the goal of creating more effective working relationships between health and medical researchers and policy makers. Knowledge exchange, better engagement and integration of policy makers with researchers, and the provision of systems to allow this to happen are some key areas of the Symposium.
Call for abstracts on Policy and Research - submit by 15 May 2015

bullet Do you have some news you would like to share?
If you have a news article or event you wish to share with TCRN members, send it to us and we can include it in the monthly TCRN Nexus newsletter.
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