At QIMR Berghofer, we are committed to bringing your perspective and that of other members of our community to the research we do.
You may have experience, either personally or in caring for others, in an area of health. Through these experiences, you will have been a ‘consumer’ of health and medical services that exist thanks to medical research.
Our researchers wish to learn from your observations, thoughts and ideas. Through our Better Health Together program, your experience can help our scientists shape their research so it has a greater impact on health outcomes in the real world.
Better Health Together is our consumer and community involvement (CCI) program. It has been developed to support community member involvement in our medical research.
Members of the community will have opportunities to work in partnership with our researchers in various ways, such as:
Dr Mainá Bitar is recruiting six consumers with lived-experience of ovarian cancer (as a patient or carer) to form a research Ovarian Cancer Advisory Panel.
Mainá is a Bioinformatician who analyses biological data to understand how gene alterations can contribute to cancer risk and development.
The panel will initially assist with crafting an Ideas Grant proposal, due in May. Once funds are secured, the panel will be involved over the life of the project.
Applications close 8 March 2024.
Panelists will be offered compensation for their assistance.
We encourage Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander consumers to apply. It’s important we have your voice on the panel.
Dr Behnam (Ben) Rashidieh is a cancer researcher from the Signal Transduction Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer. His research focuses on metastatic cancers and tumour microenvironments, exploring alternative approaches to treat aggressive cancers, hopefully with fewer side-effects for patients.
To better understand the potential impact of his research, Behnam partners with Nardene Lumley, a breast cancer survivor.
We are delighted to introduce the members of our
Community Advisory Group:
The role of the Community Advisory Group is to bring the consumer and community member perspective to QIMR Berghofer. The group consists of 6 members of our community, 4 researcher representatives and the Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Lead.
The group will be an effective forum where staff, students, and others at the Institute can ask for the community viewpoint on proposed initiatives, research and projects.
Contact Dr Nancy Cloake, Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Lead, at email@example.com.