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Meet our Round 12 Scholarship Awardees

At Sydney Vital, we run top-up scholarship awards for researchers who propose innovative and outstanding research projects. Our scholarship candidates look to improve examinations for early diagnoses, treatments and quality of life.

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CSIRO ON Program – Applications Open

CSIRO ON Program – Applications Open

CSIRO invites applications for its ON prime program. This helps research teams to develop a deeper understanding of the people who could benefit the most from their research, to test their ideas and to sharpen their skills to communicate with them. It is a national deep-tech innovation program designed to fast-track great research and technology into real world outcomes. If you’ve got an interesting project but need help taking it to the next level, the ON Program can help.

The ON Program is focused on improving Australia’s innovation performance by helping research teams build their entrepreneurial competencies and collaborate more with industry and the broader innovation system to understand and address global challenges. We provide research teams with access to incredible facilitators, mentors, experts and tools to help develop these skills.

For further information please visit About the ON Program

Applications close Monday 10 August.

For assistance with applications please contact Dr Anna Renfrew at [email protected]

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Expression of Interest: Research Trials Coordinator/ Data Manager – RNS Nuclear Medicine

Research Trials Coordinator/ Data Manager – RNS Nuclear Medicine

The Nuclear Medicine Department of Royal North Shore (RNS) Hospital is looking for a part-time research trial coordinator/data manager to support the department’s active research program.

Please find linked position description here

Employment type: Temporary Part-Time until 1 July 2023
Position classification: Health Manager level I
Remuneration: $37.53-$50.48 per hour
Hours per week: 15

The role will be based at the RNS campus, contracted initially for a three-year period with the possibility of an extension based on ongoing funding.

For further information please contact Prof Dale Bailey at [email protected].

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Congratulations Harry Marquis for winning the 2020 Arthur M. Weis, PhD, Award in Radiation Dosimetry and Safety

Harry Marquis Winner of the 2020 Arthur M. Weis, PhD, Award in Radiation Dosimetry and Safety

Sydney Vital is delighted to announce that the PhD scholar from Sydney Vital’s Translational Centre of Excellence (TCE) in Neuroendocrine Tumours, Harry Marquis, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Arthur M. Weis, PhD, Award in Radiation Dosimetry and Safety from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) for his work titled, “SPECT/CT-based Dosimetry in PRRT: Using Theranostics to Minimise the Impact of the Partial Volume Effect”.

The Arthur M. Weis, PhD, Award in Radiation Dosimetry and Safety recognises outstanding original work in radiation safety and dosimetry at the largest international meeting for nuclear medicine held annually.

Harry Marquis was awarded the Sydney Vital Neuroendocrine Tumour Postgraduate Scholarship for 3 yrs in October of 2018 and continues to work closely under the supervision of Professors Nick Pavlakis and Dale Bailey in the field of Neuroendocrine Tumour imaging and therapy, one of Sydney Vital’s seven Translational Centres of Excellence.

Congratulations to Harry on this wonderful achievement.

For more information on Sydney Vital scholarships please visit sydneyvital.org.au or contact the Sydney Vital Translational Cancer Research Centre Manager, Suzie Nguyen, at [email protected].

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Sydney Vital Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Sydney Vital would like to welcome Alan Rawcliffe as their new Digital Marketing and Communications Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Major in International Communications, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Macquarie University.

Alan has worked closely with medical professionals, academics and small businesses, focusing on process optimisation and digital marketing modelling inclusive of: writing copy for products and services, SEO optimisation, graphic and logo design, developing strategic business continuity plans as well as digital marketing and website development.

Alan is available to directly support the members of Sydney Vital and is responsible for the following:

Social Media, Marketing and Virtual Support

  • Website content updates including funding and grant opportunities for associated organisations
  • Social media content creation inclusive of the preparation of copy and graphic design
  • Membership management and portal enquires

Events, Webinars and Podcasts

Sydney Vital membership encompasses researchers, clinicians and a variety of business professionals who are crucial in the continuation of translation cancer research.  While the attendance at physical events is currently inhibited, our podcast and webinar series’ are a core structure of presenting our members and their work to the wider community.  If you are a member of Sydney Vital and would like to participate, please ensure you reach out to Alan.

Alan can be contacted via email at [email protected], and is available to chat via Zoom Tuesday – Friday.  Whether it be for advice, to collaborate, or just for a chat he is always happy to help!

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Sydney Vital Research Development Manager

Sydney Vital Research Development Manager

Sydney Vital is delighted to welcome Anna Renfrew to the team as the new Research Development Manager.  Anna has over 12 years experience in developing small molecules for therapy, imaging and drug delivery in cancer research.

Originally from Scotland, Anna worked at the EPFL Switzerland and Insitut Laue Langevin, France before moving to the University of Sydney as an ARC DECRA Fellow at the School of Chemistry.  In 2018 she became the Executive Officer of the Drug Discovery Initiative, a University of Sydney centre for enabling early stage drug development research.

Anna is available to provide assistance and guidance across all stages of our member’s research programs including:

Funding proposals

  • Identifying funding opportunities from cancer research funders, industry and government schemes, and philanthropic bodies
  • Providing early advice and strategic planning on funding proposals
  • Offering advice on regulations, policies and procedures in relation to the proposed research program
  • Providing feedback on draft proposals, reviews and unsuccessful proposals


  • Identifying areas for collaboration both internally and with other research centres and institutes
  • Coordinating major cross-disciplinary research funding proposals involving multiple teams of researchers
  • Facilitating engagement with industry partners

Anna will be working at the Sydney Vital office on Wednesdays and Fridays and is always happy to connect via Zoom or email at [email protected].

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Research Fellowship in the area of Nano Oncology

Research Fellowship in the area of Nano Oncology

Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers for a Research Fellowship under Sydney Vital Flagship Program 3: Nano-Oncology. The fellowship will be primarily suited to a postdoctoral researcher with experience in translational cancer research.

The position will be based in the laboratory of a researcher who is a member of Sydney Vital. It is expected that the scope of the proposed research project would align with the flagship’s current program which focuses on the improved diagnosis and management of lymph node metastases in particular, but not exclusive, to colorectal cancer in solid tumours.

The appointee will be offered an academic Level A step 7 for 11 months.

Applications must be submitted by email in pdf form to Sydney Vital Administration at: [email protected], by Monday 13th July 2020.

Applications received after Monday 13th July 2020 will not be accepted.

For more information including selection criteria and conditions of the award please see the complete application guidelines below:

For more information please contact Sydney Vital at: [email protected]
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Supporting NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia Research

Help support Neuroendocrine Cancer research

Neuroendocrine cancers impact men, women and children of all ages.

More commonly located in the pancreas, lungs, abdomen, reproductive organs and bowel, NET cancer symptoms can include, weight loss, hot flushes, shortness of breath and diarrhoea.  Neuroendocrine Cancers (NETs) are frequently misdiagnosed with conditions such as: anxiety, menopause, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or diabetes.  60% of NETs are advanced by the time patients are correctly diagnosed and many patients have secondary growths at the time of diagnosis (stage 4 cancer).

Despite the increase in Australians being diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumours (NETs), the Neuroendocrine Cancer community of dedicated researchers and clinicians receives limited assistance from the government to fund much needed clinical trials and research.
With the recent stimulus packages that were announced to combat COVID-19, all government funding for medical research and not-for-profit charities will dramatically reduce and in some areas cease to exist.

For more information please visit NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia.

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The University Of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health Funding Opportunities Update


Find opportunities and deadlines from NHMRC, ARC and other major funding bodies can be found on the Sydney Vital Grants Page by visiting USYD FMH GRANTS.

Please be sure to review the COVID-19 research funding opportunities and resources available.

Research Support at FMH
To initiate research support, please submit a Request for Assistance
For general enquiries, please contact your local precinct FMH research support team:

Sydney Precinct: [email protected] North Precinct: [email protected] West Precinct: [email protected]

For more information please contact [email protected] or visit www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/

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Cancer Institute NSW Research Fellowships Round – Opening 10 June 2020

Sydney Vital, on behalf of The Cancer Institute NSW, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Research Fellowships will open 10 June 2020.

CINSW Grant information can be found on the Sydney Vital Website: CINSW Grants.

Application information

For more information please visit the CINSW Grants Page.

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