Welcome to the December edition of our quarterly e-newsletter for researchers who are involved in, or are interested in being involved in, the Raine Study.
December / January Hours The Raine Study office will be closed over the Christmas and New Year Holiday Break from Saturday 21st December 2019 and will re-open on Monday 6th January 2020. We wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday break and start to the New Year.
As always, if you have any questions please email [email protected] and we will direct your enquiry to the most appropriate team member.
The Raine Study 12th Annual Scientific Meeting a success
Over 150 guests attended our 12th Annual Scientific Meeting - an opportunity to recognise 30 years of impact amongst our research community.
Congratulations go to Ms Laura Wijs and Dr Jason Charng for winning the prizes for top Early Career Researcher Presentations. Special thanks to the Raine Medical Research Foundation for donating these prizes.
IF THERE ARE ANY MAJOR CONFERENCE CLASHES WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF, PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.
Over the year, our team has been working on updates to the Raine Online Submission System (ROSS) based on your feedback. Those using the system would have noticed several changes on the look, functionality, and supporting information on how to use the system are already in place.
Over the next few months we expect to make more exciting updates to assist with the management of projects and will have a final new version of the system early in 2020.
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.
GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS
For researchers wanting to submit a grant / fellowship application involving the Raine Study, just a reminder to allow enough time to follow our project review process.
The first step is to have a conversation with our Scientific Management Committee about your idea. You can contact the Scientific Officer.
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.
You can find out more about our process on our website here.
DATA ACCESS REQUESTS
For both experienced and new Raine Study researchers, finding the relevant data for your approved project within the enormous amount of data available can be challenging. Researchers often get excited about the breadth of the data available and end up requesting more data than what is needed to complete their project.
We encourage researchers to communicate with the Raine Study team if they need clarification about any variables within our dataset before submitting their data access request in ROSS. We also encourage researchers to keep the number of variables requested to a minimum, and select only the variables required for the analysis plan described in their project. Requesting for more data than necessary not only creates extra work for the data management team but can also be overwhelming for the data handlers and hinder the progress of the project.
Finally, we would like to remind you to keep the number of data handlers to a minimum, as only those co-investigators listed in your approved project who will work with the raw data should be listed as data handlers.
GEN3 DATA COLLECTION UPDATE
Thanks to all of you who replied to a call out for the type of information you would like us to collect on Gen3. As a result we are currently working on a standard data collection for all Gen2 participants giving birth.
We love hearing news of key achievements of our researchers.
Congratulations to Koya Ayonrinde who was recently awarded by the UWA Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences a prize to acknowledge his recent paper published in the Journal of Hepatology in 2017 as the most cited paper by an early to mid career researcher.
Congratulations to Will McIntosh who was also recently awarded the student research prize (best oral presentation) at the Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine national conference for his research utilising Raine Study ultrasound data to examine prenatal brain growth trajectory in relation to expressive and receptive language outcomes in middle childhood.The research findings are also being featured in the AADDM newsletter which will be disseminated to medical practitioners across Australia.
Will is pictured above with the President of AADDM, Jacqueline Small.
The Raine Study in the Media
Our Operations Manager, Aggie Bouckley and our Scientific Officer, Juliana Zabatiero featured on the podcast Meaning of Health in October. You can listen to their interview about the Raine Study here.
Leon Straker, our Scientific Director along with our Keynote Speaker at our Annual Scientific Meeting, Melissa Wake, were interviewed on Norman Swan's Health Report on ABC Radio National In October as well. You can listen to a replay of that interview here.
Congratulations to Eleanor Winpenny on obtaining a UK Medical Research Council Career Development Award. Eleanor will be working on her project: "Understanding changes in diet from adolescence into adulthood: The influence of key life course transitions and associations with cardiovascular health."
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