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Scientists and medical community to work together

Call for scientists and medical community to work together

QIMR’s recently appointed Director, Professor Frank Gannon, called for the scientific and medical community to work closely together in order to achieve better health for all.

Speaking yesterday at the Bridging the Gap Health Research Fellowship Program Award Ceremony, Professor Gannon explained that scientists and the medical community come from different cultures and traditions.

“The scientists are primarily driven by the need to understand biological processes. The clinicians have care of patients as their primary purpose. However, I believe patients are best served by clinicians who are engaged in and well informed by research. I also believe scientists should strive for scientific outcomes which go beyond knowledge generation and aim for results that can easily be transferred into a clinical setting,” said Professor Gannon.

“Medical research institutes such as QIMR are well placed to bridge the gap between scientists and clinicians. QIMR, as it expands, will place a particular emphasis on increasing the frequency of these interactions and in incorporating researchers with a clinical background into our laboratories.”

Yesterday’s event hosted, by the Office of Health and Medical Research (OHMR), announced successful recipients of Round Two of the Health Research and Clinical Academic Fellowships. The awards were presented by the Minister for Health, Mr Geoff Wilson.