18 Mar, 2022
Following the $13 million grant awarded to the University of Sydney to establish the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre, InsideOut hosted an information webinar on Tuesday 15 March 2022 to outline the plans for the Centre over the next four years.
InsideOut Institute (University of Sydney) will lead the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Centre, as supported by a consortium of national partners including Orygen, La Trobe University, Shannon Calvert, Turner Institute, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Australian National University, Deakin University, Black Dog Institute, The University of Western Australia, The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.
The research and translation ecosystem will also include University of Sydney partners such as the Charles Perkins Centre, Brain and Mind Centre, The Matilda Centre, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, Sydney Policy Lab and the School of Psychology.
The Centre will be funded by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health from 2022 to 2025 as part of the National Leadership in Mental Health Program.
Robyn Kruk AO, independent Chair of the Governing Council, will oversee the Centre to ensure robust processes are established with monitored reporting during the life of grant.
Drawing on an international knowledge base, the committee of experts from around the world will ensure the Centre is informed by the latest research and will be driven by innovation. The Advisory includes Professor Janet Treasure (King's College London), Professor Daniel Le Grange (University of California, Los Angeles), Professor Cindy Bulik (University of North Carolina), Associate Professor Cheri Levinson (University of Louisville), Associate Professor Kamryn Eddy (Harvard University) and Professor Rebecca Murphy (University of Oxford).
Providing expert technical advice on the Centre's key activities, the Advisory will ensure integration with relevant national efforts, avoidance of duplication and maximise the utilisation of existing national resources across mental health. The Advisory includes Professor Michael Berk (Deakin University), Professor Jennie Hudson (Black Dog Institute), Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin (University of Newcastle) and Associate Professor Michelle Banfield (Australian National University).
Through research and translation activities and outcomes, the Centre seeks to:
All activities at the Centre will be underpinned by principles of the Australian Eating Disorders Research and Translation Strategy 2021–31 of co-design, diversity, impact, collaboration and research support.
The Lived Experience Co-Production and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy will be integrated across governance and all four work streams at the Centre. Centre staff will also establish a Digital Hub, project management and reporting.
The Centre's Operations will include:
Co-led by Lived Experience Advisor Shannon Calvert and Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin (Deakin University), all lived experience organisations across Australia will be included in consultation and collaboration. This will also include broader representation groups, such as LGBTQI+, Mental Health Australia and other under-represented groups in the country.
Advisory groups will include leading eating disorder organisations across Australia to support and inform activities of the Lived Experience Program.
Led by Lelani Darwin and Stacy Vervoort, the Centre will collaborate with Black Dog Institute’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy to:
Led by Associate Professor Elizabeth Rieger (Australian National University) and Professor Stephen Touyz (InsideOut Institute, University of Sydney), the Network will drive collaboration within and across relevant sectors, including among researchers, clinicians, consumers, carers, policy makers, funders and other key stakeholder groups.
Co-led by Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Turner Institute, Monash University) and Professor Rosemary Purcell (Orygen), the stream will develop and progress a Translation Blueprint.
Associate Professor Leah Brenann (La Trobe University) and Dr Claire Foldi (Monash University) will co-lead the stream to support competitive funding track record development and maintenance strategies to keep the best and brightest engaged.
Informed by the 'Top 10' priority areas for eating disorder research co-designed with an aligned James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership process, the Centre research areas will focus on:
Research funding will be determined by a Scientific Committee with approval by the Governing Council. The Scientific Committee will include representatives from InsideOut Institute, consortium partners at Orygen and the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre, the National Technical and International Advisory members, and external researchers.
Consortium members will be invited to submit proposals across the research focus areas identified in the grant. A criteria will be established, including co-design with lived experience and network partnerships. It will prioritise the creation of new teams. The Committee will recommend successful research projects to the Governing Council for their approval.
IgnitED is the first research funding initiative of the Centre which will be announced late March 2022. Ten $25,000 grants will support bright new ideas, and provide successful applicants with funding and engage with lived experience expertise.
The Centre will also: