Friday 9:00am - 1:00pmIntroduction to Data Management (using REDCap)Event
Sabine Braat has been invited to speak at national event on research quality, “What can researchers do to improve research quality in health and medical research in Australia? ”, hosted by the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI). See this link for more details.The Australian Centre For Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) is a research, consultancy and training organisation.News
MCATS Sabine Braat co-authors an interesting Conversation article this week.News
With the NHMRC Clinical trials and Cohort Studies grant applications closing on 8 May 2019, the Melbourne Clinical and Translational sciences research platform (MCATS) aims to support research through offering Biostatistics and/or Health Economics to optimize research protocols for grant submission. MCATS is comprised of academics embedded within peer groups to support collaborative research submissions.MCATS collaborates on NHMRC, MRFF and many other grants as chief and associate investigators.Biostatistics collaborations include input into protocol development and analysis. Expertise includes individual and cluster, stepped-wedge, factorial randomised trials as well as observational cross-sectional, cohort and case-control studies ranging in size from pilot and feasibility to confirmative research.Health Economics supports cost-effectiveness research with expertise in economic evaluation and modelling, health technology assessment and economic evaluation along side trials and trial design.Health Informatics supports REDCap, Standard language packages for grants and health information technology applications.News
The Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU) specialises in biostatistics, epidemiological methods and data management. The group is supported by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, to provide expertise and support in these areas to all researchers on The Royal Children's Hospital campus.CEBU offers a number of highly regarded short courses in research methods, biostatistics and data management and have designed their core sequence of courses as a natural progression for researchers in clinical or public health areas, beginning with Getting Started in Clinical Research, Introduction to Biostatistics and the Stata courses. The courses are very practically oriented, with much of the work done in small groups working on specific clinical paediatric research topics, and are designed to equip new researchers with the basic tools needed to conduct a study. Although the examples used tend to focus on paediatric topics, the concepts and methods are applicable to all clinical research and we welcome participants from outside the RCH campus.Full details of the 2019 program may be found here.News
Friday 9:00am - 1:00pmIntroduction to Data Management (using REDCap)Event
The annual TEDMED event focuses on cutting-edge biomedical thinking, innovation in healthcare and large scale global public health opportunities across disciplines. Chaos+Clarity was the theme of this year’s conference, 14-16 November in Palm Springs, California. HISA members have special access to the recorded sessions now until 14 December 2018. If you are not a HISA member, remember that University of Melbourne staff and students are entitled to free individual membership under the University’s academic institution membership of HISA; to join, send an email from your unimelb address to firstname.lastname@example.org.News
This new online tool seeks to support researchers when completing checklists such as CONSORT and once filled in, generates the completed checklist which can then be used as part of the submission of a manuscript. It is hoped this tool will reduce the time and complexity of completing an EQUATOR checklist.News
The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health held their annual awards this week with two MCATS academics recognised for their contributions to the school.Congratulations to Sabine Braat (on left) on her Leadership and Service Award. This award is in recognition of Sabine's achievements in improving the methodological rigour of clinical trials and growing the biostatistics capacity through the MCATS platform.Recognition was also given to Anurika De Silva (on right) for her former successes in the field of teaching and learning.News
REDCap training quarterly from February 2019News
See the NHMRC Guidelines & Publications for Australian Academic Clinical Trialists.News
"Clinical research is judged to be valid not by the results but how it is designed and conducted. The cliché of ‘do it right or do it over’ is particularly apt in clinical research." This publication is a great resource to help you organise and plan your research team.News
When Medicare was in early development, the goal was to provide affordable, basic health care to all Australians. But a new study has found Medicare spending is higher for children from high socioeconomic backgrounds than their poorer counterparts.News
The Lancet presents a Series of five papers about research.These papers set out some of the most pressing issues, recommend how to increase value and reduce waste in biomedical research, and propose metrics for stakeholders to monitor the implementation of these recommendations.News
Systematic reviews can be supported by the University of Melbourne Library Expert Search Service.News
From 14th February 2018 MCATS adopts new management framework.News
A policy forum recently re-examined and celebrated the 50th anniversary of a landmark speech by the former Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam.News
MCATS team member Sabine Braat describes randomised control clinical trials in the Conversation.News
New Health Informatics Fellowship Program opens in November 2017.News
MCATS team member and Biostatistics expert Sabine Braat explains clinical trials to us in the ConversationNews
MCATS can provide collaborative support for grant development and submission, and can provide expert advice within departmental panel grant pitch reviews. MCATS subscriptions are also available for data analysis, grant re-submission needs and project ideas development, in addition to EFT support for long term Department research needs (Biostatistics). Contact us through the MCATS project form, and review our collaboration agreement.
Access to researchers embedded within peer academic groups provides high standards of collaborative research support.View
Our program of courses and seminars covers study design, protocol development, REDCap and health economics.View
Research governance and ethics
There are a number of internationally recognised resources developed to support research.View
MCATS Research Journey
The MCATS Research JourneyView
NHMRC applications are now closed for MCATS Biostatistics with all biostatisticians fully engaged. Short term MRFF, MACH and others are available. Health Economics is still open for support.
Please use the MCATS project form as an expression of interest, and to provide us with your research project needs.
- Postal Address
- c/o Melbourne Medical school, The University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Victoria, 3010
The Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences (MCATS) research platform seeks to facilitate and collaborate, with our partners to ensure resources are visible and mechanisms are in place for accessing the core research methods of Biostatistics, Health Economics or Health Informatics. These areas are a necessity for good research design and governance in order to generate research findings that lead to improved health care and informed health service reform.
Biostatistics underpins the sound application of statistical methods in clinical research.View
Economic evaluation is widely used to assess many new health care interventions and technologies.View
Health informatics in the clinical and biomedical realm to aide in the optimal use of information. Includes REDCap.View
Research Quality and Integrity
Mutually beneficial relationships and resources allow the University and partners to work together, sharing resources and knowledge.View
MCATS overview and testimonials
I have a dataset I would like you to review, how do I prepare my data?
MCATS works collaboratively with SCC. A good summary can be found here
- I need to learn how to use REDCap
Do you have a brochure?
The MCATS brochure can be found here
If I pay for a service why would MCATS academics be on a publication?
MCATS is a collaborative research support platform where academics are funded for the work they provide. Aligning with academic collaborative principles, MCATS follows the University of Melbourne Authorship Policy (MPF1181) which states:
"5 Authorship. Introduction: The outcomes of research may be disseminated in a variety of ways but enduring forms, such as journal articles, are particularly important and to be an author for such a form is meritorious. To be named as an author, a researcher must have made a substantial scholarly contribution to the work and be able to take responsibility for at least that part of the work they contributed. Attribution of authorship depends to some extent on the discipline, but in all cases, authorship must be based on substantial contributions in a combination of:
- conception and design of the project
- analysis and interpretation of research data
- drafting significant parts of the work or critically revising it so as to contribute to the interpretation.
The right to authorship is not tied to position or profession and does not depend on whether the contribution was paid for or voluntary. It is not enough to have provided materials or routine technical support, or to have made the measurements on which the publication is based. Substantial intellectual involvement is required. A person who qualifies as an author must not be included or excluded as an author without their permission. This should be in writing, and include a brief description of their contribution to the work."
Do I have a say in who I will work with at MCATS with my successful grant?
Yes. Lead researchers will always have a say in which statisticans / health economists will be involved in a successful grant application, in particular the analysis stage.
The statistician who is the CI or AI on the grant application will act in the role of CI or AI similar to any other CI and AI on the grant after the grant is successful. This means that the statistician on the successful grant will be the primary contact person for the duration of the grant and he/she may supervise another statistician within MCATS who will do the analysis.
I am a researcher from the MMS, how do I access support?
The Melbourne Medical School (MMS) has invested in biostatistics support for two years Two new full-time MCATS staff members have been recruited for two years with the first commencing employment in May 2018, and the second starting in November 2018. Researchers with ideas or proposals that have been through departmental or peer review can enter their research information using the MCATS online portal.
Why do I need to pay for this work?
In an 'ideal world' this platform would be part of University Infrastructure and fully funded to provide services (free) to University researchers.
However at this time, MCATS is partially funded through a University of Melbourne Chancellery fund called the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program. This funding source requires cost recovery with funds reinvested into the platform and the goal to have a fully sustained business unit that does not require University investment.
What is the MCATS collaboration agreement?
The MCATS collaboration agreement is a plain english document that is pivotal to ensure all parties understand the process, needs, costs and expectations of the collaborative work. This in principle agreement is required by RIC and has been reviewed by the University lawyers for integrity.
The MCATS team has been developed to support high quality multidisciplinary research in basic science, cohort and epidemiological studies, clinical trials and health services research. This is enables through the provision of fundamental research components including Biostatistics, Health economics and Health informatics. MCATS also provides managment and networking capacities to coordinate and guide you through your project needs.
- Professor Julie Simpson
Interim Director of MCATS
Professor Simpson has over 20 years experience as a biostatistician contributing to clinical and population health research. Previously she has worked at St Thomas's Hospital, London, Mahidol-Oxford Research Programme in Thailand, University of Aberdeen, and Cancer Council of Victoria. Her main research areas are: the integration of biostatistics and mathematical modelling to improve the control of infectious diseases and statistical methods for handling missing data in observational cohorts. Julie is Head of the Biostatistics Unit, and Deputy Head of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Chief Investigator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Biostatistics.
- Professor David Story
Interim Director of MACH
Professor Story is the Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit. His clinical work involves perioperative care for all surgical specialties including liver transplantation. David is a senior investigator with the Clinical Trials Network of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), sits on the ANZCA Research Committee, and is Deputy Chair of the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee. His research is focused on effective approaches to reduce short term and long term perioperative risk, complications, disability, and mortality. He is committed to integrating research evidence and methodology into safety and quality in health care. David is working as the Interim Director of the MACH for 6 months until 26 May 2018.
- Professor Nancy Devlin
Nancy is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre of Health Policy, University of Melbourne. Her principal areas of research expertise are the measurement and valuation of patient reported health outcomes (PROs); the cost effectiveness thresholds used in making judgments about value for money in health care; priority setting in health care; production, performance and efficiency of hospitals; and the use of multi-criteria decision analysis in health care decision making.
- A/Professor Kathleen Gray
A/Professor Gray is the Acting Director of HABIc Dr Gray’s research interests include Public participation in health through new technologies: Patients’ and consumers’ use of web-based health information and communication, related health behaviours and health outcomes. Kathleen also has a keen interest in professional education for e-health including educational strategy and policy development involving building health informatics knowledge, skills and attributes required to improve e-health competence in the health workforce. She is involved in research impacts arising from new technologies and the integration of emerging high capacity broadband technologies in healthcare and biomedicine, and their potential influence on health literacy, health services and research communication.
- Associate Professor Douglas Iain Ross Boyle
A/Professor Boyle is the Director of the Research Information Technology Unit (R2). Since 2006 Doug has been researching, developing and implementing systems for the ethical acquisition of record-linkable data for audit, research and health surveillance. Consent management, security and privacy-protecting record linkage are key components and research areas. The software systems (GRHANITE™) are now responsible for the largest collections of record-linkable primary care data ever accumulated in Australia. Prior to emigrating from Scotland in 2006, Doug worked in a similar capacity to develop and implement technologies for wide-scale data acquisition. His system SCI-DC Network is internationally recognised and is playing a continuing key role in the support of population-based diabetes health service provision across Scotland.
- Dr Tanara Vieira Sousa
Dr Sousa is an MCATS Health Economist and Research Fellow at the Health Economics Unit from the Centre for Health Policy. She has completed her PhD in Economics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil specialising in Health Economics. Tanara worked as a Researcher at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research/Brazil for ten years, where she gained experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of alcohol and drugs related interventions, design analysis and reporting of observational studies in alcohol, drugs and road safety.
- Ms Sabine Braat
Ms Sabine Braat completed her postgraduate training in Belgium (Master of Science in Biostatistics preceded by Master in Applied Mathematics) following undergraduate study in mathematics. She has over 15 years’ experience working as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry in the Netherlands where she contributed to the design, analysis and reporting of clinical trials ranging from the early clinical phases (Phase II) to post-marketing (Phase IV) in a range of medical areas.
Dr An Duy Tran
Dr Tran is a Senior Research Fellow at the Health Economics Unit of the Centre for Health Policy. Before joining the University of Melbourne in October 2016, he was a Post-doc Researcher and Assistant Professor in Health Technology Assessment at the Maastricht University and Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Dr Tran’s expertise includes design of economic evaluation studies, analyses of costs and health outcomes, and development of computer models to simulate the impact of treatment strategies on progression of chronic diseases and assess the cost-effectiveness of the therapies.
- Dr Anurika de Silva
Dr De Silva has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her PhD in Biostatistics focused on multiple imputation methods for missing longitudinal data from the University of Melbourne. She worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Colombo for 11 months (Sri Lanka) and conducted analyses of clinical trials during her PhD research.
- Dr Audrey Poterie
Dr Poterie has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Mathematics Statistics from the University of Rennes and a Master of Science in Statistics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Statistique et de l’Analyse de l’Information (ENSAI) of Rennes (France). Her PhD in statistics and applied mathematics from the Institute for Research and Mathematics of Rennes (IRMAR), France focused on learning methods and on the elaboration of new machine learning algorithms.
Ms Sandra Henley-Smith
Ms Henley-Smith provides Health Informatics expertise to MCATS. With a Masters in Information Systems, Sandra has experience within the health industry and skills and experience in data collection methodologies, data collection tools and Case Record form design. Sandra conducts the introduction to data management training workshops and works with David Ormiston-Smith to support the REDCap data management system.
Mr David Ormiston-Smith
Mr Ormiston-Smith provides Health Informatics expertise to MCATS. David has experience with Natural Language Technologies (Python, web, data-mining, nlp) and supports REDCap users.
Dr Ronelle Welton
Dr Welton is the MCATS Manager. With a background in nursing, a PhD working with animal venoms' and a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, her work within both research and industry focusing on implementation science (international public health programs), gives Ronelle a strong track record in health program design, monitoring and evaluation, project management and governance.