Research Society

Research Society

Research Association, University of Notre Dame Australia (RANDA)

A brief history

The Research Association at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney campus) is a society which falls under MANDUS.

Our goal: to foster research within our university and establish a networking potential between students and clinicians/researchers within the medical field.


Aims of RANDA

The society aims to provide a platform for students who have an interest in pursuing an avenue in the field of medical research.

We aim to run talks from leading clinician researchers, research fairs and journal clubs to foster research skills development within the Notre Dame community. We are also aiming to provide avenues for students to get involved within research projects through a MANDUS database of current research projects, as well as a database for various conferences and scholarships.

MD information coming soon……

Medical Research Conferences



  • 2015 ASAM conference, themed “From rocket science to brain surgery-aerospace medicine and neurosciences”, Adelaide, Asutralia, 10th-13th September 2015. Registration by 30th July 2015 $1250 or 1 day only registration $350/day (flights and accommodation not included)


  • 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne convention and exhibition centre, 13th-16th August 2015. Registration open until 16th August 2015 $330 (flights and accommodation not included)


  • International Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics Conference 2016, Brisbane convention and exhibition centre, 25th-27th May 2016. Registration TBA closer to date



  • 3rd International Conference on Skin Cancer and UV Prevention, Melbourne, 9th-11th December 2015. Registration TBA closer to date


  • ANZCNS (Aust & NZ child neurology society) 4th annual Scientific Meeting, 26th-28th August 2015. University of Melbourne, Melbourne. Registration $100 open until 10th August 2015


  • Systems and Computational Neuroscience Down Under, 15-17th December 2015, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland. Registration $125 until 16th October 2015 (flights and accommodation not included)


  • 5th International conference on Neurology and Epidemiology, 2015. 18th-20th November 2015. Griffith University, Gold Coast. Registration 310 euros until 10th November 2015 (flights and accommodation not included)

Medical Research Scholarships Available for 2015


Lung Institute of WA Summer Vacation Cadetships

Full-time medical and science undergraduate students are invited to apply for the LIWA Vacation Cadetship Program. This program is aimed at students interested in learning about medical and scientific research and undertaking a supervised research project. A tax-free scholarship of $400 per week for 8 to 10 weeks full-time work is offered to successful candidates. Upon completion of the Summer Cadetship, the potential exists for part-time employment.

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Study Subject: In a number of areas of respiratory research

Provided by: Lung Institute of Western Australia

Level: Post-Graduate (Research)

Cancer Council Australia’s International Summer School Essay Competition

Each year the Cancer Council of Australia hosts an essay competition for medical students with the winner being awarded a trip to Europe to attend the International Summer School for Medical Students. The competition provides a trip to Europe to attend the International Summer School for Medical Students (to a total of $8,000 AUD).

Next round TBA 23 April 2016

Selection Criteria:

An essay topic is set by the Cancer Council each year. The winner will be the applicant who submits the best essay (of 2500 words) on the topic, according the following criteria:

  • Concise and logical presentation of the argument
  • Relevance to cancer care in Australia
  • Relevance to medical students

Cancer Council Western Australia – Edward and Patricia Usher Student Vacation Research Scholarships

Each year the Cancer Council of Western Australia offers scholarships for students to undertake research projects broadly related to cancer during the summer holidays.

Scholarships are awarded for a period of 4 to 10 weeks. Multiple scholarships are offered each year.

Additional criteria:

  • You must have completed at least two years of your course (or three years if you are a medical student)
  • You must arrange your own project and supervisor, and obtain the permission of the department/institute where you plan to carry out your research
  • You must be studying full-time
  • You must not be employed in the cancer research area

Selection criteria:

  • Merit of your proposed project
  • The relevance of your proposed project to cancer control
  • The extent to which the project is likely to advance your career and personal knowledge

The scholarship is worth a once-off payment of $3,000 AUD


 Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia Summer Vacation Scholarships

These scholarships provide an opportunity for final year undergraduate science or medical students to get involved in real-life cancer research alongside post-graduate students and senior researchers in.

These scholarships are:

  • Available to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • Only available to science students and medical students
  • Open to students from any university in Australia. However You must undertake this scholarship at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick

Additional criteria:

  • You must be in the final year of a science or medical degree

The scholarship is worth an allowance of $200 for the duration of your project, up to a maximum of eight weeks.

Dr Amanda Philp, Careers and Strategy Officer, Ph: (02) 97777032, Email:

MS Research Australia: Summer Vacation Scholarships

These scholarships enable students studying medicine or science and completed at least three years of their course to spend their summer holidays undertaking research into Multiple Sclerosis (MS), usually at one of the research laboratories or rehabilitation institutes across Australia that have a presence in MS research.

These scholarships are:

  • Available to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • Only available to science students and medical students
  • These scholarships are available to university students’ at all Australian universities. Where you undertake your project is up to you but scholarships are usually awarded to projects conducted at research laboratories or rehabilitation institutes in major cities

Additional criteria:

  • You should have completed at least three years of your course and be re-enrolling (in an honours program or the rest of your course) the following year
  • You will need to arrange your own project and supervisor, and get permission from the department/institute where you plan to conduct your research

Your project does not need to be in biomedical research. It can be in social or applied research with relevance to MS

The scholarship is worth an allowance of $275 per week for up to 8 weeks

Selection criteria is based on:

  • Academic merit (based on your GPA)
  • The merit of your proposed project
  • A letter of support from your immediate supervisor
  • The comments of two academic referees

Sue Barham, Research Co-ordinator Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, Department of Neurology Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital WA, Ph: (08) 9346 2471, Email:


Research Opportunities


Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Online application process:

Projects available:

Kids research institute – Part of the Children’s Hospital in Westmead

Online application process:

Projects available: Summer Research Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for students to obtain experience in medical-related research and provide a fantastic insight into the research process.

The scholarships offer students the experience of working with well-established researchers in high quality medical research facilities.

What do they offer?

  • The opportunity to undertake a research project over a period of eight weeks supervision by well-established researchers excellent research facilities $300 per week stipend


The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Summer research scholarships available:


Garvan Institute

Honours projects:

Contact: Dr Alessandra Bray, Students Program Manager at or +61 2 9355 5776



Journal club powerpoint presentation for article “Gudmundsson, L. S., Scher, A. I., Aspelund, T., Eliasson, J. H., Johannsson, M., Thorgeirsson, G., … & Gudnason, V. (2010). Migraine with aura and risk of cardiovascular and all cause mortality in men and women: prospective cohort study. BMJ, 341” by MED3000 Samantha Warhurst

How to review and present a journal article by Samantha Warhurst

Our top picks for research databases:




Cell Press



We would like to welcome our 2016 Committee representatives:


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MED1000 Reps:

Audrey Grech & Tyler Hunt



MED3000 Rep:

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MED4000 Reps:

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