2015 Lifespan Research Day

2015 Lifespan Research Day presentations Dr Alison Hey-Cunningham and Dr Helen Cheng

Dr Alison Hey-Cunningham and Dr Helen Cheng

2015 Lifespan Research Day, Prof Gustavo Duque

Prof Gustavo Duque

The 2015 Lifespan Research Day was held on Thursday 16 July with a full and stimulating program of research presented in the fields of reproduction and maternal health, child health, adolescent health and healthy aging.

The event was opened by Professor Kate Steinbeck the co-leader of Lifespan Research Network. Our four plenary speakers A/Prof Margot Day, Prof Cheryl Jones, A/Prof Rachel Skinner and Prof Gustavo Duque were entertaining and inspiring, and reminded us of the importance of a ‘lifespan view’.

This was a wonderful event – both in the quality of the presentations and the enthusiastic networking throughout the day. All our speakers gave us an opportunity to gain an insight into the quality and breadth of research which is part of the Network.

Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success.

The full 2015 Lifespan Research Day program including abstracts is available here.

Lifespan Advisory Board - multidisciplinary endeavour

The Lifespan Advisory Board held its first meeting in April 2015. Representatives from different faculties and Strategic Priority AReas for Collaboration (SPARCs) have gathered to discuss a multidisciplinary approach to lifespan research.

The Board agreed that an important component of the new medical research strategy should be the focus on people and families, not just diseases. Many researchers and practitioners prefer to frame their work in terms of “wellness” rather than illness. Lifespan researchers emphasize the importance of the holistic approach for people at important life stages e.g. early life, adolescence, motherhood, frailty and when dying.

The Board's sees it's role in drawing public's attention to a significant disproportionality in research - paediatrics, adolescent health and geriatrics are the most care-intensive areas receiving the least amount of funds (especially geriatrics). It aims at attracting new researchers to these areas by promoting the ‘whole person’ approach - something only paediatrics and geriatrics can offer. New initiatives and collaborative research projects have been discusses, providing some exciting perspectives for the network's future.

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