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PVC message, April 2017

Welcome to the latest issue of the newsletter.

I am often inspired by many of our students, who aim high and persist with their studies in very challenging circumstances. One such person is Isaiah Attkins, who is one of two Indigenous students in the first cohort of students studying a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. Isaiah has worked extremely hard to achieve his childhood dream of studying medicine, and has been supported by some exemplary Curtin staff. You can read all about Isaiah in the newsletter.

We have some fantastic research news in this issue, including a story about Dr Krysten Blackford’s research into metabolic syndrome, Dr Elissa Burton’s research in ageing populations and a profile of Dr Stephen Ball, who does important work in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.

Our faculty’s research continues to be featured in the media including on Radio National and Today Tonight and in The Conversation and The West Australian. If you are interested in media coverage of your research, there is media training available – check the What’s On section of the newsletter for dates.

Our recent medicine information evening was over-subscribed and very successful. The interest in the event meant that attendees had to be seated in three different locations, and the presentation was streamed to groups sitting in the Lance Twomey Lecture Theatre and Wesfarmers Court. The evening was also streamed via a webinar to prospective rural and remote students. It was a technically-complex event, which went off without a hitch. My thanks to the Curtin Medical School staff, the Marketing team and CITS for all their hard work in making the evening such a success.

Michael Berndt 

Pro Vice-Chancellor