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ICT for Life Sciences Forum: Who benefits? A question about the future of health & medical research

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The community and governments here and around the world have increasing expectation that publicly funded research will reap benefits more quickly and fully.

Expectation are particularly high for health and medical research because if offers solutions for better health care, restraining costs of providing care, and building national prosperity through innovative industry growth.

This talk will discuss who benefits from health and medical research, including individuals, health consumers, policy makers, practicioners, business, governments and researchers themselves; and how.

It will outline the challenges that health and medical research faces in providing the benefits in 2013 and beyond, including the rapidly changing nature of health and medical research itself, international and local financial pressures, barriers to uptake of research findings, wider participation of the community in research, the role of the industry and private investors, ethical challenges, maintaining trust, and empowering researchers in health practice and policy development.

To improve the flow of the benefits from research, funding bodies such as the NHMRC need to address how the barriers to achieving benefits can be better oversome and ensure that its support evolves to meet these challenges.
Professor Warwick Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NHMRC, Australia’s major governmental funding body for health and medical research. Previously, he was Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Baker Medical Research Institute, following research fellowships at the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School.

Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 5-6pm Refreshments
           6-7pm Lecture
Venue: Charles Pearson Theatre, Eastern Resource Centre, The University of Melbourne

Please click here for more information and to register.