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Buffeted by Global Headwinds: Challenges Facing Biomedical Research

Australia’s biomedical research community is the envy of many countries. But we cannot be complacent. Biomedical research in Australia faces a number of challenges. Real funding for research has been falling over time. And a cascade of issues confront the community today.

When: Monday, August 14 2017. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Clarendon Auditorium
Level 2, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf, VIC, 3006
Topic: Health and medical
Cost: Free
Bookings: l.ismahil@convergencesciencenetwork.org.au
http://www.convergencesciencenetwork.org.au/convergence-science-forum-events.html#event2
Other: Wheelchair access
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Biomedical research in Australia has a distinguished history with our universities, medical research institutes and hospitals ensuring we enjoy high standards of health and care. Our contribution to health and well-being is recognized internationally: half of Australia’s sixteen Nobel Prize recipients received the award for either Physiology or Medicine.

Australia’s biomedical research community is the envy of many countries. But we cannot be complacent. Biomedical research in Australia faces a number of challenges. Real funding for research has been falling over time. And a cascade of issues confront the community today. These include, but are not limited to, problems with gender equity, career uncertainty for younger researchers, research translation and reproducibility.

Some of our best and brightest see no option but to leave the sector the incentives for those at school to take up the challenge are diminishing, and public trust in the process of translating research into clinical practice is at risk.

A number of the structural and political challenges facing Australian biomedical researchers are local in nature, but many are also shared with our colleagues around the world. Failure to confront these challenges will slow the rate of progress on advances in diagnostics, treatments and therapeutics.

Neglected diseases will probably be starved further of research funding. For millions, the possibility of relief from pain and suffering will recede.

As part of National Science Week, the Convergence Science Network is pleased to bring together a distinguished panel for a public conversation about the state of biomedical research in Australia. This is an opportunity to understand the headwinds biomedical research faces and to have a say about how we might respond, to ensure we remain a nation that not only enjoys the benefits of cutting edge health care but contributes to a world where good health is not only the preserve of wealthy nations.

Contact details:

Luan Ismahil
Convergence Science Network
Email: l.ismahil@convergenceScienceNetwork.org.au
Phone: 03 8344 8405

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