News from the Raine Study: February 2020
Welcome to the February edition of the Raine Study newsletter for researchers.
2020 is promising to be an exciting one for the Raine Study as we continue to celebrate our 30th birthday and showcase the impact of our research.
In this edition, we provide updates to ROSS (the Raine Online Submission System), share news of the changes to our Scientific Management portfolio and more.
As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to hit reply to this email.
|CHANGES IN SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT FOR THE RAINE STUDY|
Due the rapid growth in research activity and as part of ongoing succession planning, there are some changes to the scientific management of the Raine Study in 2020 and beyond.
Prof Leon Straker is stepping down as Scientific Director, after 7 years in the role. During that time he and Director, Prof Peter Eastwood have worked hard to update, revise and modernise the human and technical systems of the Raine Study and bring it into the position it is today. We thank Leon for his dedication to the Raine Study over this time.
For the first 6 months of 2020, Leon will continue to work with the Raine Study half a day per week to continue to progress some elements of our strategic plan and provide a thorough handover to our new Scientific Director, Prof Anne Smith.
It is with great pleasure we welcome Prof Anne Smith to the role of Scientific Director, effective immediately. Anne will be working with the Raine Study one day per week.
Anne brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. She has been with Curtin University in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science since 2005, after working and completing a PhD in orthopaedics and biomechanics at UWA. In addition to a PhD and undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in physiotherapy, she also has a Masters degree in biostatistics.
Anne has continued a long and rich research relationship with the Raine Study since completing an NHMRC postdoctoral fellowship from 2005 to 2009 focusing on spinal pain in Gen2 participants. Her complement of clinical, research and advanced statistical expertise has led to her collaborating locally, nationally and internationally with researchers from different fields to utilise data from the Raine Study.
Anne has also supervised a number of PhD, masters and honours projects that have used data from The Raine Study. 51 of the 175 papers Anne has published in peer-reviewed journals to date have been focused on the Raine Study. In addition to her own area of topic expertise (musculoskeletal health) these have involved collaboration with other Raine Study researchers across 13 different health areas including sleep and activity, psychology, body composition and diet, technology use, work, and hormonal and cardiometabolic health. Anne has been a chief investigator on 4 grants funding the Raine Study with a combined value of $1.1million.
The role of Scientific Officer, currently held by Dr Juliana Zabatiero, has also been re-organised into a Scientific Manager and Scientific Support Officer role. We are pleased to announce that Juliana has been promoted to the role of Scientific Manager, taking on expanded management responsibility for the portfolio.
We will be appointing a new Scientific Support Officer in the coming months, who will be responsible for the administration of research projects and supporting researchers using ROSS (our online management system for all research projects).
It is an exciting time for the Raine Study as we have seen an increase of over 30% in research activity over the last 12 months and expect this number to continue to grow.
Our scientific management team together bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the Raine Study to lead and support researchers working with the valuable Raine Study data to advance knowledge. They will also continuing to ensure the translation of discoveries to help enhance lives and honour the extensive contribution all our Raine Study participants. If you have any questions regarding the changes, please email us at [email protected]
PHOTO (L-R): Prof Leon Straker, Prof Anne Smith, Prof Peter Eastwood and Dr Juliana Zabatiero.
| |ROSS USER PROFILE UPDATE
ROSS (Raine Online Submission System) now has an updated interface for user profiles. Amongst the changes, it allows for researcher with multiple affiliations to include as many as needed and choose their primary affiliation. Also, it allows you to change your email address and password without the need to contact the Raine Study team.
We have sent you an e-mail with a link to update your profile information, but you can do it any time by logging into ROSS
and clicking on Manage Profile on the left hand side menu (see image below).
Please feel free to contact us (simply hit reply to this email) with any feedback related to the updates, we really value your input on how we can improve the system.
| |DON’T FORGET TO ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR APPROVAL OF GRANT AND FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS
For researchers wanting to submit (or re-submit) a grant / fellowship application involving the Raine Study, just a reminder to allow enough time to follow our project review process.
You can access our Grant and Fellowship Application document
to assist with preparing your application. If you have any questions, contact our Scientific Manager, Dr Juliana Zabatiero, by hitting reply to this email.
All new grant/fellowship applications related to projects involving the Raine Study existing data should be formally submitted in ROSS at least 8 weeks prior to the funding application deadline, and proposals for use of existing biosamples or for collection of new data and/or biosamples should be formally submitted in ROSS at least 10 weeks prior to the funding application deadline.
You will need to get provisional approval from the Raine Study prior to submitting your application to a funding agency.
All grant/fellowship applications must include financial support for data access and ongoing curation of the Raine Study resources and should cover the total cost of the research project, including any data or biosample retrieval or collection and biosample analysis, as per the Raine Study Researcher Engagement Policy.
| |LET US KNOW ABOUT ANY 2019 PRESENTATIONS INVOLVING YOUR RAINE STUDY PROJECT
Please let us know of any presentations done in 2019 conferences or events involving your Raine Study project!
We like to keep a record of all presentations mentioning the Raine Study for our annual activity report, so if you can also email us (by the end of February) at [email protected]
with a copy of the cover slide of your presentation (including the name of the conference/event) that would be wonderful.
| |EVENTS FOR RESEARCHERS
Looking for an opportunity to present your Raine Study research?
Why not submit an abstract to Science on the Swan?
Abstracts can be submitted via their website
, with the conference taking place on 17-19th May at the Westin in the Perth CBD.SAVE THE DATE
The Raine Study Annual Scientific Meeting
will be held on Friday 30th October 2020. More details on that soon, but save the date in your calendar now.
| |CONGRATULATIONS JOHN
The Raine Study's Founding Investigator Prof John Newnham was recently awarded Senior Australian of the Year.
It was a wonderful moment to see John recognised for his work and from all of us at the Raine Study we send our congratulations.