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Note to staff

10 November 2015


Success in NHMRC grants

I am pleased to advise that Curtin has received over $6 million funding in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, including seven NHMRC Project grants and one Centre of Research Excellence grant.

I warmly congratulate the successful candidates and everyone involved in achieving such a wonderful outcome.

The researchers and projects are listed below, and the full results are listed on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Project Grants (for funding commencing in 2016)

  • Dr Gavin Pereira and Dr Stephen Ball, Faculty of Health Sciences: Evidence-based recommendations for interpregnancy intervals in high-income countries
  • Dr Connie Jackaman, Dr Hannah Crabb and Dr Danielle Dye, Faculty of Health Sciences: Reprogramming macrophage function in the elderly to rescue impaired inflammatory responses to muscle injury
  • Associate Professor Peter McEvoy and Dr Delia Hendrie, Faculty of Health Sciences: Imagery as an enhancer of cognitive behaviour therapy outcomes for social anxiety disorder: a randomised controlled trial
  • Professor Graham Hall, Faculty of Health Sciences: Developing lung function reference ranges in Aboriginal Australians
  • Associate Professor Giuseppe Verdile and Professor Philip Newsholme, Faculty of Health Sciences: Investigating underlying mechanisms linking Type 2 diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease pathology
  • Dr Ryu Takechi, Professor John Mamo and Professor Jonathan Foster, Faculty of Health Sciences: Restoration of cognitive deficits induced by diabetes through the modulation of cerebrovascular integrity
  • Professor Rachel Huxley, Faculty of Health Sciences:  Obesity, Pre-diabetes and Future Risk of Diabetes: Maximising the evidence, minimising the cost

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Grant (for funding commencing in 2016)

  • Professor Christopher Reid, Faculty of Health Sciences: Centre of Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Curtin researchers involved in successful NHMRC grants in collaboration with lead researchers from other institutions.

International award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Linley Lord, co-author of Women in STEM Careers, which has won the Publication of the Year award from the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network.  The Network is an accredited organisation focused on women’s economic empowerment.

The award citation reads in part “this solutions-based book is the standout text on a standout topic. It also highlights the value of comparative international policy-relevant research on women’s economic empowerment across several Commonwealth countries and contexts”.

Congratulations to Linley and her co-author, Professor Diana Bilimoria of the Weatherhead School of Management.

Professor Fairall honoured

I would also like to commend Professor Paul Fairall of the Curtin Law School on his election as a Director of the Academy of Law.

This is a very significant appointment and a testament to Paul’s standing and eminence in the profession.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016

Endeavour Scholarships are highly sought after and provide funding for students and scholars to undertake study and research in Australia, and for Australians to undertake study overseas.

Next year, six post-doctoral researchers, three masters by coursework and two professional development recipients will come to Curtin. In addition, three researchers from Curtin will travel overseas on the scheme: Dr Rachel Sheffield of the School of Education (Endeavour Executive Fellowship); Dr Sonia Ranelli of the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science (Endeavour Research Fellowship); and Science and Engineering student Mr Omer Omer (Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship).

Congratulations to Rachel, Sonia and Omer.

Opportunities with edX

Curtin’s partnership with edX extends our global reach through collaboration with one of the world’s leading education platforms.

We are currently offering two very successful Curtin MOOCs via the edX platform – The Business of Mining and Digital Branding and Engagement – and Faculties are now invited to submit expressions of interest in developing new Curtin courses via edX.  I encourage all areas of the University to consider taking advantage of this opportunity.

More information is available online.

IT security

You may have seen media reports about security concerns arising from a recent information systems audit by the Office of the Auditor General.

Curtin IT Services has responded to the issues identified and is in the process of implementing the required responses.  We are confident that these responses will satisfactorily address the concerns raised in the audit.

Curtin Pride 2015

On Friday the University celebrated Pride 2015 with the raising of the rainbow flag at the Forum and the first ever Ally Pride Parade around the campus.

Despite the rain, a group of staff and students participated in the loud and colourful parade, clearly signalling to all that Curtin’s culture is inclusive of sexual and gender diversity, and that we support the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

The parade was also a way to publicly thank Curtin Allys and to acknowledge the important support they offer to LGBTIQ staff and students.

Pride parade

Local personality ‘Famous Sharron’ with Curtin staff and students at the parade

Remembrance Day, 11 November

Remembrance Day has special significance for all Australians as we commemorate the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

To mark Remembrance Day the ONE MINUTE poppy installation has been placed at the main flagpoles to provide staff and students the opportunity to stop, reflect and pay their respects.

The poppies included in the installation were made by visitors to the Together, 100 Years Apart mural in the John Curtin Gallery and in Anzac Day poppy making workshops.  Almost 2000 poppies are included in the installation and the mural.

Curtin’s flags will be lowered to half-mast at 10.30am tomorrow as a mark of respect to the fallen and raised again 30 minutes later.

Diwali, Festival of Lights

The eleventh of November is also Diwali or Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, celebrated by Australians of Hindu, Sikh and Jain faiths.  This is a very popular festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

Curtin will be celebrating Diwali in Henderson Court between 11.00am and 2.00pm. Visitors can enjoy a chill-out zone, performances by dancers, free Indian treats and henna tattoos.


  1. Lorna Rosenwax November 10, 2015 9:26am

    Congratulations to all successful Curtin recipients of NH&MRC grants. A wonderful outcome.

  2. Kliti Grice November 10, 2015 9:31am

    Congratulations to all on great successes.
    Linley and colleagues wow… a fantastic achievement in a field that you have made a truly international impact and a significant difference on a very challenging topic. I look forward to reading your book.

  3. Phillipa Rundle November 10, 2015 10:45am

    Congratulations to all on such a wonderful range of achievements. I look forward to reading your book too, Linley.

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