26 Jul 2018 8:00am to 6:00pm

Translational Research Symposium 2018

The 6th Annual Translational Research Symposium will be held on Thursday 26 July at the Translational Research Institute, Brisbane. This year the theme is “Beyond Academia” with the aim to promote careers outside of academia, and provide insight into the alternative paths available. The discussion panel and keynote speakers will explain their journey into alternative careers in sales, industry, consultancy, entrepreneurship, business, clinical and policy areas.

The 2018 categories to enter are Discovery, Development and Implementation.  These terms broadly describe the translational research pathway. 

This event promotes networking throughout South-East Queensland amongst post-graduate students and professionals willing to showcase their translational research. Oral and poster sessions will be held throughout the day.  All researchers and students are welcome to attend.

For more information please contact the committee via email [email protected]

Key Dates

Abstract Submissions open

26 March 2018 – 9am

Abstract Submissions close

11 May 2018 – 5pm

Notification of abstract selection for oral/poster presentations

TBC

Registrations open for presenters, and attendees

TBC

Abstract Submission
Symposium Registration 

DISCOVER

Investigate the what, why and how behind biological processes through fundamental research and proof of concept work

DEVELOPMENT

Creating and designing treatments, technology, delivery and detection systems that would enable the fundamental research to be translated into a pre-clinical setting

IMPLEMENTATION

The optimisation and commercialisation of diagnostic treatments or preventative approaches in the clinical setting

Symposium Program

Activity Time
Registration (Outside Auditorium) 8:00am - 8:45am
Welcome 8:45am - 9:00am
Panel Discussion 9:00am - 10:00am
Poster Session 1 (morning tea included) 10:00am - 11:00am
Oral Presentation 1 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lunch 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Poster Presentation 2 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Oral Presentation 2 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Afternoon tea 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Poster Presentation 3 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Keynote Speaker and Awards 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Networking Drinks and Nibbles 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Note: Catering is provided.

Discussion Panel: Careers beyond post graduate studies

Have you been thinking about what your next step is after post-graduate studies? You might be close to finishing Honours, Masters or your PhD? Perhaps you’re an early career researcher and you would like to move on from research? The 2018 Translational Research Symposium theme is “Beyond academia” featuring a discussion panel, and keynote speaker. Our invited panellists and speakers will be discussing their journey into sales, industry, consultancy, start-ups, business, clinical, educational, and policy/grants backgrounds. Please let the committee know if you have any questions you would like put forward to the discussion panel for the day. 

Categories for Orals and Posters

The 2018 Translational Research Symposium will feature three categories. The categories are Discovery, Development and Implementation.

Discovery – investigate the what, why and how behind biological processes through fundamental research and proof of concept work.

Examples:

  • IL-17 is a neuromodulator of Caenorhabditis elegans sensory responses. Reveals a non-immunological role of IL-17 modulating circuit function and behaviour.
  • Force interacts with macromolecular structure in activation of TGF-β. Demonstrates evolutionary specializations of how integrins bind to macromolecular ligands in an orientation biologically relevant for force-dependent release of macromolecules from latency.
  • Adipose-derived circulating miRNAs regulate gene expression in other tissues. Shows that circulating exosomal miRNAs derived from adipose tissue, can regulate gene expression in distant tissues and thereby serve as a previously undescribed form of adipokine.

Development – create/design treatments, technology, delivery and detection systems that would enable the fundamental research to be translated into a pre-clinical setting.

Examples:

  • Metabolic gatekeeper function of B-lymphoid transcription factors. Identifies a novel B-lymphoid program for transcriptional repression of glucose (metabolic gatekeeper), relevant in pre-B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and treats potential therapeutic targets with small-molecules.
  • Stomach growth in a dish. Reports the development of a protocol to grow structures that resemble the main part of the stomach in vitro from human embryonic stem cells.
  • Spot the difference. A molecular analysis of human oesophageal cancers reveals abnormalities that might be targetable by existing drugs and suggests changes in the categories of clinical trials to maximize the benefit to patients and accelerate the approval of effective therapies.

Implementation – the optimisation and commercialisation of diagnostic treatments or preventative approaches in the clinical setting More information and examples can be found here.

Examples:

  • Dermatologist-level classification of skin cancer with deep neural networks. Demonstrates how artificial intelligence is capable of classifying skin cancer with a level of competence comparable to dermatologists.
  • Medicinal cannabinoids trial for symptom relief. Evaluates the efficacy, safety and acceptability of medicinal cannabinoids for symptom relief in advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care.
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) clinical trial for pregnant women. Determines whether an investigational RSV vaccine, given to pregnant women during the third trimester of pregnancy, can protect newborn babies from RSV.

Guidelines of how to submit an abstract for orals and posters

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts may be for any type of research, however must be in a format that highlights the way in which the project is translational.
  • Full name of author/s should be included.  The presenting author must be the submitter of the abstract.
  • Presenting Authors name should be underlined and highlighted in bold
  • Title must not exceed 15 words
  • Translational Impact: Describe how your project is contributing to translational research.  Must not exceed 150 words
  • Abstract: No format required, must not exceed 250 words.  Must include information about the topic introduction and hypothesis, methods, results and conclusion.
  • All abstracts must be complete at the time of submission, including all data results, if any. 
  • Font must be in Arial, size 12. 
  • All abstracts must be submitted online through this form.
  • There is a limit of one abstract to be submitted per presenting author.

Once your abstract has been selected, please refer to the below guidelines for oral and poster presentations.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Oral presentations will be 8 minutes, with 2 minutes allowed for questions.  A bell will ring at 7 minutes and the chair will stand at 8 minutes and the talk will be immediately stopped for question time.  

Poster Presentation Guidelines

The poster must be A0 size (A0 size is 841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation.  It is recommended that font below size 24 is not to be used.  
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the closest bus and train stop to TRI?
I am not submitting an abstract this year.  Can I still attend?
Who can submit an abstract?
Do I need to register as well if I submit an abstract?
What if I’m not sure which category to enter in?
Do I need to be with my poster during the poster session?
What is a translational aspect?

Where is the closest bus and train stop to TRI?

The closest bus station is the PA hospital stop, once you are off the bus, walk up the hill of Diamantina Rd to the large orange building, TRI.  The closest train station is Dutton Park train station, continue walking down Kent St and you can follow the orange path to the atrium of the TRI building.

I am not submitting an abstract this year.  Can I still attend?

Absolutely!  We hope to see you there.

Who can submit an abstract?

We open abstract submissions to all students (honours, masters and PhD), as well as anyone conducting translational research.  This includes research assistants, early career researchers (ECRs), mid-career researchers (MCRs).  We welcome anyone from the South-East Queensland region to submit abstracts and attend the symposium.

Do I need to register as well if I submit an abstract?

Yes.  Submitting an abstract is separate to registration.  Despite being a free event, we require registration to determine the numbers for catering, and food requirements.  Also by registering, you will be able to receive your free beverage from the coffee cart sponsored by the 2018 Platinum Sponsor, Mimotopes.  Registrations will open shortly after abstract submissions close, and a reminder email to register will be sent out to poster and oral presenters.  You must register to present at the TRS.

What if I’m not sure which category to enter in?

If you are unsure as to what category to enter under, please email [email protected] with the subject line ‘TRS-2018 Category’ with your abstract and we will let you know.  You will then need to return to the submissions page and enter your abstract. 

Do I need to be with my poster during the poster session?

To be eligible for poster prizes, you must be at your poster during the poster session.  Judges will make a maximum of two visits to your poster before awarding you ZERO.

What is a translational aspect?

A fundamental or basic science project is the systematic study towards a greater knowledge, or understanding.  A TRANSLATIONAL project is addressing a clinical question with information that may help improve a treatment, or care of patients.

Want to be a Judge?

Thank you for your interest in becoming a judge for the 2018 Translational Research Symposium.  We call upon early and mid-career researchers, senior research assistants, and others to help judge abstracts, posters, and orals. 

Go to the form and fill out your details and availability and we will get back to you.

Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors.

At the symposium, the trade display passport allows attendees to win a prize – make sure you visit our sponsors on the day and check out their websites!

Platinum

Mimotopes
Mimotopes

 

Gold

Labtek
Labtek


Lab Cabs


Lonza


Eppendorf


Miltenyi Biotec


Sarstedt

 

Silver

Promega

Scientifix

Corning

Biotools

Australian Genome Research Facility

Bioline

Andi-Co/Liebherr

TrendBio

 

Bronze

Banksia Scientific

Genesearch