Medical research has transformed massively in the 40 years that I have been in the field. We are now working in bigger groups, across continents and across disciplines. To address the big health-related problems facing humanity, from the ground up, it’s vital to engage in transdisciplinary research. More than ever, medical researchers need to collaborate with scientists and professionals from other sectors and industries; we need to work together to address our national research priority areas.
One of the key objectives of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is to bring different disciplines together at events like their annual National Scientific Conference. This gives the molecular biologists the opportunity to find common ground with the biochemists; it allows the virologists to meet the epidemiologists; and the geneticists can network with biomedical engineers.
This year, the ASMR will be holding their National Scientific Conference within the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress, 16 – 19 November at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Participation will broaden your perspective on what medical research really means in today’s research environment. I unreservedly recommend this conference to you, and encourage you to attend and support your ASMR.
Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS