March 10, 2022

Professor John Prins to speak at Research Week 2022

This year too sees Research Week return as a virtual event from 28 to 31 March.

Research Week at Northern Health annually showcases a range of local and innovative research projects and presentations from research leaders around the world.

“We are privileged to have an exciting range of speakers at this year’s Research Week to explore national and global health challenges,” says Faye Zaibak, Director of Research Operations.

“We also have our own home-grown talent, showcasing how Northern Health is meeting our community needs and bringing research into practice,” she adds.

The ‘must see’ events, start with our guest speaker at the Grand Opening of Research Week 2022, Professor John Prins.

Professor John Prins is Head of the Melbourne Medical School and Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

In 2004, Professor Prins was Founder/Director of the UQ Centre for Diabetes and Endocrine Research, one of the most prominent and successful research groups on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus, which merged with the UQ Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research (CICR) in January 2007 to form the UQ Diamantina Institute.

Professor Prins is an active clinician-scientist, a key opinion leader in diabetes and endocrinology in Australia and sits on numerous national and international scientific, clinical and educational committees and boards for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), non-government organisations and industry.

Yet another highlight, is a deep dive into one of our research programs, titled ‘Cancer and Thrombosis, what is new?’ by our Northern Health Diagnostic and Cancer Services division.

New at Research Week 2022, is an  award that “will review all research-related outputs, including publications, and award a prize to the work that had the greatest impact in 2021,”says Faye.

“We will also recognise outstanding researchers (staff and students) in Medical, Nursing and Allied Health fields, as well as the clinical trial support staff that are the backbone to our clinical trials program, with an achievement award,” she says.

In a year where we could not even eat lunch together, we have organised an exciting social event. Professor Hamish Ewing, who hosted the great debate previously, returns for what promises to be a fierce, funny – and factually questionable virtual trivial pursuit game.

Rounding off the program of events are the poster and oral presentations.

To quote Professor Brooks, the presentations “highlight the quality of research activities occurring across the clinical spectrum being driven by an increasing number of staff at Northern Health.”

To ensure we can all participate, these will be displayed digitally on the Northern Health website and will be open for staff to view and vote on which poster they believe to be ‘Best Poster’ for the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Visit the Research page on our website, as we update it with more information on our speakers and programs.