The Australian 7 October 2015
Universities are the only institutions that can facilitate the transition to a new agile, innovative and creative economy, but are hamstrung by underfunding of research and ad hoc policy arrangements and political opportunism, peak group Universities Australia says.
In a robust and vibrant pitch, UA pushes the political, strategic and economic potency of universities during a period of economic upheaval.
“In an era of sweeping change, other nations are seizing the future with investments in higher education, research, innovation and skills,” the major policy statement, Keep It Clever, says.
“Australia now faces a stark choice: we either make our own investment — or we fall behind those nations that do.”
Emboldened by Malcolm Turnbull’s comments about being prepared for a volatile future, UA says research and innovation must be at the heart of this vision.
These include firm backing for Chief Scientist Ian Chubb’s call for a national research and science strategy that would “provide long-term, predictable and secure funding for university research, research training and national and landmark research infrastructure”. It would also provide a five-year timetable to “increase the resources available to fully fund the indirect costs of research”. Other suggestions include the creation of a major technology and innovation program similar to Britain’s Catapult initiative, the creation of an innovation board to provide leadership on an integrated national research effort and the establishment of a student innovation fund to promote student entrepreneurship.
The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital hosts a week long Symposium which showcases the hospitals strengths in research and education and attracts world renowned presenters, fosters partnerships and reinforces our commitment to providing development opportunities for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.
The Symposium offers an opportunity to join colleagues from across south east Queensland.
The theme for this week long event “integrity and integration in healthcare delivery”.
We welcome all healthcare professionals, researchers and medical educators to join us, registration is free of charge.
- Surgery and surgery research
- The MOOT: Medicine and Media, friend or foe
- Major advances made through military deployment over the past 100 years
- The inaugural Professor Philip Walker Memorial lecture to be given by International guest Professor Gretchen Brodnicki, Dean for faculty and Research Integrity, Harvard Medical School
- The much awaited annual Clinico pathological conference
- The integration of new technologies in healthcare
See the full program for session details.
Croakey 29 September 2015
One of Australia’s foremost researchers in immunisation behaviour Julie Leask was recently presented with a Research Action Award by the Sax Institute for work ‘that has changed the way we design and deliver health care’.
It was a rare recognition of the quiet achievements of public health, she writes:
Last week, I was among four researchers given an inaugural Research Action Award from the Sax Institute. The award recognises research that’s had an impact on health policy, programs or service delivery.
Read more http://croakey.org/celebrating-the-quiet-achievements-of-public-health/
Brisbane Times 25 September 2015
Queensland’s government has appointed three new magistrates to join the state’s judiciary.
Lawyers Melanie Ho, Nerida Wilson and Peter Delibaltas will be sworn in as magistrates next week.
“The trio bring with them broad experience of the law and will be an excellent addition to the magistracy,” a government spokesman said.
Queensland Government 22 September 2015
A $25 million boost to genomics research at Queensland research institutions will help experts in their efforts to improve healthcare.
The Palaszczuk Government announced new funding for genomics research today at the University of Queensland.
Genomics is the study of genomes – the sequence of a person’s DNA. It can be used to create personalised healthcare treatments and to measure the risk of developing many diseases.
EurekAlert 15 September 2015
A new computational model developed by scientists from the University of Chicago could help improve the allocation of U.S. biomedical research resources. The tool, called the Research Opportunity Index (ROI), measures disparities between resources dedicated to a disease and its relative burden on society. ROI identifies diseases that receive a disproportionate share of biomedical resources, which represent opportunities for high-impact investment or for the realignment of existing resources. It is designed to provide an unbiased, data-driven framework to help scientific and political communities assess resource investment and identify unmet medical needs. ROI is described in the August issue of Nature Biotechnology.
Read more http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-09/uocm-dac091515.php
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