Out and About in May

May was a busy month for the Bellberry team who attended several key events in Adelaide and interstate.

Several of the Bellberry team attended the ARCS 2016 conference in Sydney including one of Bellberry’s science/medical committee members who particularly enjoyed the sessions on 3D printing, nano-photonic technology, social media and cloud solutions for trial data management.

Another committee member attended the Monash Intensive Research Ethics course in Bowral, NSW. This four day program is a full immersion into Ethics. The Monash University course is offered twice a year by The Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society (CEMS) and the Centre for Values, Ethics and law in Medicine (VELiM) and is, as reported by our committee member, ‘a smooth and well-polished program that has lost none of its rigour, vigour or enthusiasm’. The 36 participants were invited to dialogue and converse throughout the program which led to considerable networking and interaction. Our committee member stated that the course was ‘a fantastic educational opportunity…..and I would encourage all (new) HREC members to attend one of these if a suitable opportunity arises’.

One of Bellberry’s Community Representatives attended the Indigenous Research Epistemology and Ethics Seminar presented by Professor Lester Irabinna-Rigney at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. The seminar introduced methodological and epistemological considerations related to Indigenous knowledge’s and their choices of scientific research method preferences. Of particular focus were the ethical processes and responsibilities in Indigenous Research when working in Indigenous communities.

Lastly on 19 May the Bellberry office team were invited to visit the new CMAX facility in Adelaide. The CMAX facility opened in early May and is hoped to become Australia’s most contemporary, dedicated early-phase clinical trial facility, providing a foundation for leading medical science organisations to deliver world-leading research.