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Biomedical Sciences – Message from the Head of School, September 2016

Colleagues, this is the fourth in a series of school newsletters, which started in November 2015 and will be published online four times a year.

I am very happy that we have many interesting outcomes related to the first half of 2016 to report. With respect to my own Head of School duties and research commitments, I have been participating on a weekly basis in the Faculty Leaders Group meetings, on a monthly basis with the Faculty Health and Safety committee and attending meetings with Financial Reporting (Curtin Financial and Commercial Services) to discuss the full year school budget income and expenditure projections. I have also been engaging with staff from the new School of Medicine with respect to our contribution to the first and second year medical curriculum starting in 2017.

As you will all know, I travelled to Brazil, the UK and Ireland in June and July, where I was engaged in research collaboration (Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre, Brazil, funded by the Brazilian agencies CNPq and FAPESP), promoting Curtin University as a place of destination for exchange students. I talked to audiences of postgraduate students and academic staff at UNICSUL, Sao Paulo and Federal University Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. I delivered 3 lectures on ‘Metabolism and its Regulation’ to postgraduate students of Exercise Science in Porto Alegre. I also presented at an international scientific meeting on ‘Regulation in Metabolism’ in Sao Paulo. While in Dublin, I attended an international Physiology conference ‘Physiology 2016’, a joint meeting between the American Physiology Society and The Physiology Society (UK and Ireland).

On my return to Perth, I attended the Curtin University Senior Leaders conference in King’s Park on 11 and 12 August. The options for the new University mission statement and strategic plan were discussed at the conference, in addition to future strategies concerning learning and teaching and research priorities.

Philip Newsholme

Head of School.