The Research Skills Seminar Series have a range of guest presenters that volunteer their time and expertise towards enriching the series. All presenters bring their experiences with research in health to ensure our series covers topics that are important and useful to our audience.
Seminar: Introduction to Good Clinical Practice
Natalie Barber is the Head of Research Governance & Platforms at the Telethon Kids Institute.
After 10 years in this sector she moved into the NHS in the UK undertaking various roles within the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Networks. Starting out as Industry Manager, moving into a senior position within the core team as Research Management and Governance Manager to finally as manager of one of the Cancer Research Networks.
Seminar: Research Supervision for Students and Supervisors
Professor Jonathan Carapetis is Director of the Telethon Kids Institute, a Professor at UWA, and a paediatrician at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Professor Carapetis holds a clinical position with the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and is a Professor at the University of Western Australia, Head of the Telethon Kids Institute Group A Streptococcal and Rheumatic Heart Disease Team, and Co-director of RhEACH (Rheumatic heart disease. Evidence. Advocacy. Communication. Hope)
His research interests include rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, other group A streptococcal diseases, vaccine preventable disease, Indigenous child health, youth health and education, and skin sores and scabies. He has supervised over 20 PhD, Masters, Honours, Clinical Trainees and others in research.
Seminar: Media and Communication in Research
Elizabeth is Director of Communications & Development at Telethon Kids Institute.
The team plays a vital role in supporting the researchers in translating the outcomes of their work to broader audiences, including families and policy makers. It also supports the researchers in developing and stewarding relationships with corporates and philanthropist committed to making a difference to child health and wellbeing.
Elizabeth has extensive experience as a broadcast journalist and producer, and has worked with both Channels 7 and 9, and in the State Government's Media Office. She also ran her own consultancy before formally joining the Institute.
In her role, Elizabeth has worked closely with the Institute's Founding Director Professor Fiona Stanley in her advocacy for Australia's children and families.
Elizabeth is a member of the Institute Leadership Team and provides counsel to the Director and senior staff on strategic communication and advocacy issues.
Seminar: Knowledge Translation
Dr Fenella Gill is a Nurse Researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital and Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University.
Seminar: Conducting Systematic Reviews
Sonya Girdler is a Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Curtin Autism Research Group (CARG).
Sonya has published over 60 papers and seven interventions in the field of disability, and supervised 8 PhD students to completion. She collaborates with the Autism Association of Western Australia, Autism West and other researchers nationally and internationally.
Seminar: Knowledge Translation
Associate Professor Anthony Kicic is currently Head of Airway Epithelial Cell Research at the Telethon Kids Institute researching chronic airway diseases in children.
A/Prof Kicic completed his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at the University of Western Australia, specializing in Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. His research interests lie in tissue engineering and reparative cell biology, particularly focusing on the ability of the cells in the body to repair, including stem cells. Qualified in these areas, he has previously been responsible founding a Stem Cell Unit (Lions Eye Institute, Perth), establishing dedicated laboratories for stem cell research and establishing stem cell isolation and differentiation techniques for both embryonic and adult-derived stem cells.
Seminars: Introductory Biostatistics, Sample Size Calculations, and Statistical Tips for Interpreting Scientific Claims
Julie is an experienced statistical consultant who has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for many years before returning to academia. She teaches statistics at UWA and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute.
Seminar: Consumer and Community Involvement in Research
Anne McKenzie AM is the Head of the Consumer and Community Health Research Network which is an enabling platform of the WA Health Translation Network.
Seminars: Critical Appraisal, Data Collection, Ethics Processes, Grant Applications, Oral Presentation, Research Fundamentals, Research with the Indigenous Community, Scientific Writing, and Survey Design
Associate Professor Sue Skull is based at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, where she is Deputy Director of the Department of Child Health Research, Head of the Research Education Program, and holds positions as a Consultant Paediatrician and Associate Professor, University of WA Division of Paediatrics and Child Health.
She remains actively involved in teaching clinical research methods and expanding access to research education for a broad audience. She enjoys helping others improve and enjoy their research experience.
Seminar: Research with the Indigenous Community
Dr Wright is a Yuat Nyoongar man from the Moora and New Norcia area of Western Australia, north of Perth. He is currently an Early Career Research Fellow with Curtin University and is based at the National Drug Research Institute.
Seminar: Ethics in Research
Professor Zeps is the Group Director of Research for Epworth HealthCare in Melbourne, Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Monash University Eastern Clinical School.
He is the Australian representative on the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and is the Co-Chair of the Communication Committee of the ICGC-Precision Medicine initiative.
Prof Nip Zeps received the 2017 biennial Ethics award from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia in recognition of his of his leadership in the development of ethics policies and standards, both within Australia and internationally.