Leading the development and targeted training programs for future health professionals enabling staff to conduct research that is applicable to real life healthcare leading to positive impacts.

Be cognisant that we collect, produce and re-use data that has longer lifespan past project completion. Individually and collectively invaluable to the cycle of big data research cycle of creating, processing, analysing, preserving, Lining/sharing access to data and re-using of data.

Menzies Health Institute Queensland symposium:

Guest Speakers


Kate LeMay

Kate LeMay, Senior Research Data Specialist ANDS (Australian National Data Services)Senior Research Data Specialist ANDS (Australian National Data Services)

Kate LeMay has worked as a Pharmacist in both community and hospital pharmacies. She also worked for several years as a Project Manager at Sydney University and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, in community pharmacy based programs to assist patients with chronic disease management. Kate now works in Canberra at the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) as a Senior Research Data Specialist, focusing on health and medical data. ANDS works with research institutions to increase their capacity in research data management and sharing. They offer education through webinars, written materials (published as Guides on ands.org.au) and face-to-face educational events.

Professor Charles Lawson

Professor Charles Lawson, Griffith Law SchoolGriffith Law School

Charles Lawson is a Professor in the Griffith Law School, Griffith University. He studied science and law at The Australian National University and holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in biochemistry and genetics and a Bachelor of Laws. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the ANU’s Research School of Biological Sciences in molecular biology and biochemistry and a Master of Laws from Queensland University of Technology for research into gene patenting and competition. Before joining the university sector he worked as a lawyer in both the private and public sectors, including at the Australian Government Solicitor and the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation. His research focus is on patents and public administration law.

Malcolm Wolski

Malcolm Wolski, Director eResearch Griffith UniversityDirector eResearch Griffith University

Malcolm Wolski is the Director, eResearch Services at Griffith University. Malcolm is a part of the senior leadership team providing library, information and IT services at Griffith University. In his role, he is responsible for the development, management and delivery of eResearch services to the University’s research community, which includes the associated information management systems, applications, infrastructure, high performance computing, data management as well as a media production service. These services are delivered through an integrated service delivery team by working closely his colleagues in the library and enterprise IT. More recent projects and other activities have involved working closely national and international organisations, including groups such as NeCTAR, ANDS and he is a member of the Organisational Assembly Board of the Research Data Alliance. Malcolm has a background in IT, library, strategic planning and operations research. 

Linda O’Brien

Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services), Griffith UniversityPro Vice Chancellor (Information Services), Griffith University

As Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services), Griffith University Linda O’Brien is a member of the University executive with responsibility for development and implementation of Griffith’s information strategy and management of the University’s information services including: the e-learning and e-research services, the Library, University records management and University-wide information and communication technology services, systems and infrastructure.

Linda is committed to being a reflective practitioner, publishing and presenting in her field, both nationally and internationally, and contributing to a number of state and national initiatives, including as member of the eResearch Expert Working Group developing the 2011 national Strategic Roadmap for Research Infrastructure and Co-Principal Investigator for the Australian and New Zealand Horizon Report 2012.

Linda is currently a board member of the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), Chair of the QCIF Services and Infrastructure Steering Committee, member of the Council of Australian University Librarians Research Advisory Committee, a member of the Queensland Public Records Review Committee, founding board member and Chair of the Open Data Institute Queensland, a member of the ORCID Board and a member of the Australian ORCID Advisory and Governance groups.

Andrew Bowness

Andrew Bowness, Support Services eResearch Services, Griffith UniversitySupport Services eResearch Services, Griffith University

Andrew Bowness is currently the Support Services Manager in eResearch Services at Griffith University.  He has worked with Researchers and It Projects since 2008 and has worked in IT since 1997.  His research projects have included BCCVL (Biodiversity Virtual Lab), Pacific Iclim (Climate Change adaptation in the Pacific), TerraNova (Climate Adaptation in Australia) and a number of other projects.  His work focus at the moment is on implementing new software development processes at Griffith University ERS utilising automated testing frameworks and continuous delivery to a variety of environments, including cloud based environments such as Nectar and Amazon.  Having easily supportable software delivered as a standard is his primary work goal, now he is responsible for the ongoing support of eResearch Services developers outputs.

Dr Jeff Christiansen

Dr Jeff Christiansen, QCIF Health & Life Sciences Data Program ManagerQCIF Health and Life Sciences Data Program Manager

Jeff has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, and started his career conducting research in the fields of cancer, molecular genetics and embryo development in both Australia and the UK, prior to moving into the management of large biological data assets (gene sequence, images, etc.) through the establishment of a UK-based international database of gene expression and anatomy.

Prior to joining QCIF, Jeff was based at Intersect Australia in Sydney where he was the National Manager of the RDS-funded med.data.edu.au project and also responsible for a number of biology-focused data and IT-related projects across NSW (biobanking, omics, etc.). Prior to this, he was based in Melbourne at the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), where he was involved in commissioning and monitoring a number of biology/medicine-focused national data management projects.


Please RSVP here by Monday, 29 May 2017.

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