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Research Collaboration - Advancing Melbourne through research collaboration

This panel session provides a brief summary of various ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration is being facilitated through community engagement, co-location and research data support.


Professor Mark Hargreaves. Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Mark is Professor of Physiology at The University of Melbourne, Australia.  He has BSc (Physiology - 1982) and PhD (Physiology - 1989) degrees from The University of Melbourne and an MA (Exercise Physiology - 1984) from Ball State University (USA).  He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and of Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration & Partnerships), he has oversight of the internal schemes that foster interdisciplinary research and the important research relationships with external organisations.  He is currently Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne.

His research and teaching interests focus on the physiological and metabolic responses to acute and chronic exercise, with an emphasis on carbohydrate metabolism and GLUT4 expression.  He is a Consulting Editor for Journal of Applied Physiology and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology (Endocrinology & Metabolism) and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  He was a Board Director of the Victorian Institute of Sport 2004-2019 and currently serves on the Board of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.


Professor Bernadette McSherry. Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute


Georgia von Guttner. Lead, Melbourne Connect Partnerships

Georgia’s career has been at the intersection of industry, government and the higher education sectors, establishing companies and new university centres & program initiatives in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA. Coalescing new, diverse teams & creating the optimal environment for collaboration & mission delivery is at the heart of her practice. Part of Research, Innovation & Commercialisation (RIC), Georgia is securing industry partners for location in the University’s new innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect, and will lead the delivery of university partner-collaboration services with them.

Dr. Mar Quiroga. Research Data Specialist, Melbourne Data Analytics Platform

Mar is a Research Data Specialist at the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP), The University of Melbourne, where she works with researchers across all domains to bring the benefits of data science to their fields. Previously she optimised the allocation of medical diagnostic equipment for the World Bank using a mathematical model and helped evaluate Melbourne’s Medically Supervised Injecting Room for the Victorian Government using data from interviews, Medicare, and other government sources. 
Mar holds a BSc/MSc in Mathematics from the University of Cordoba, Argentina, and a PhD in computational and experimental neuroscience from Rutgers University, USA.

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