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Our Health In Our Hands

ANU Grand Challenge


August 2019, Edition 1



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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to the first edition of Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH) newsletter. This issue provides an overview of progress, program structure and on-going research.

Since its official commencement in July 2018, OHIOH has focused on the ANU Grand Challenge role of breaking traditional research boundaries and research silos. This collaborative project aims to realise a truly multi-disciplinary research program, bridging STEM and HASS domains, to achieve transformative outcomes and real world impact.

Key milestones of the first year include the implementation of an effective governance, creation of a joint research model to advance projects across nine ANU Research Schools, and the recruitment of highly motivated Research Fellows and PhD Students.

Matt Cook, Co-Chair


Antonio Tricoli, Co-Chair


Research is organised under four programs; genomics and bioinformatics, wearables, big data, health experience; and two clinical research teams specialising in type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. OHIOH is steered by an Executive and a Research Committee, with support of a Health Experience Advisory Board, and a Scientific Advisory Board. The Executive Committee consists of the two OHIOH Co-Chairs and the Director. The Research Committee comprises leads from each of the research programs and clinical teams.

First year research outcomes have been the establishment of a series of enabling research platforms, and numerous research and education projects that bring together experts from all corners of the ANU campus to work together on deep personalisation of medicine. An overview of our research projects and recent OHIOH appointments are provided below. Additional information also available on our website. We invite you to reach out and find possibilities to collaborate on any aspect of the program.

In future editions of the newsletter, we will keep you posted on development of patient cohorts, and highlight progress in each of our research programs.

We look forward to broad engagement across this exciting Grand Challenge. Our first OHIOH symposium is planned for early 2020.

Best wishes from the OHIOH Chairs.

Prof Antonio Tricoli & Prof Matthew Cook

Our Health in Our Hands Team - first OHIOH Retreat



Diabetes Research Update

OHIOH is establishing a co-design research approach, in which researchers from all themes of the overall project (genomics and bioinformatics, biomarker discovery and monitoring devices, big data, and health experience and implementation) will work together with patients, families and carers, clinicians and health services, to transform the delivery of diabetes-related health care. Read more»


MS Research Update

The OHIOH MS research team is working together to establish an ACT MS cohort and identify the needs and opportunities in the field. With multiple projects in literature and data analyses, focus groups with people living with MS, as well as continuing studies on novel and predicted biomarkers and detection measures, we are bringing together researchers and clinicians across scientific areas with people living with the condition. Read more»






CHARM 2019 (30 July - 2 Aug)

Prof Matt Cook and Dr Jane Desborough present on Day 1 (view from 1h:39m).

ACT MS Symposium 2019

29 October. Registration via Eventbrite.



  • Dr K Murugappan (Research Fellow)
  • Dr A Damry (Research Fellow)
  • Dr E Daskalaki (Research Fellow)
  • Ms S Sundaramoorthy (PhD Student)
  • Mr A Kiy (PhD Student)
  • Mr S Manjunath (PhD Student)
  • Mr R Vlieger (PhD Student)
  • Mr R Cui (PhD Student)
  • Ms K Brown (Registered Nurse)
  • Ms C Poyser (Research Officer)
  • Ms T Maxwell (Operations Manager)



    Phenomics Translation Initiative

    This $10M MRFF investment will support research into inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. This recognises progress and research achievements at the Centre for Personalised Immunology, and leverages investments in OHIOH and Clear Vision Research.

    Our Health in Our Hands, Centre for Personalised Immunology & Clear Vision Research

    ACT Multiple Sclerosis Symposium – October 2019

    The ACT MS Symposium 2019 will be held on 29 Oct at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. This free public event will focus on personalised and integrated management of MS. We are pleased to announce that we have secured an international keynote speaker on that topic. Click title to register.

    Dr Anne Bruestle & Prof Robyn Lucas, ANU College of Health & Medicine


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