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When a doctor delivers a troubling diagnosis to you or a loved one, for whatever illness or condition, we all want to hear the ensuing words: “But there’s something we can do…”
That “something” is usually the fruit of translational medical research.
For me – as a researcher, doctor and institute director – the most rewarding aspect of my vocation is to see results translate to a clinical setting and save or improve another person’s life.
To reach that point takes great dedication, teamwork and support because it is a complex business with few, if any, shortcuts. No matter how ambitious, expensive or time-consuming, we can never lose sight of the key goals and the big picture.
Researchers need a highly stimulating environment in which to work, a surrounding network of expertise, and the most advanced “tools” of their trade. The Hunter Medical Research Institute offers all this … and more.
Supported by its pillar partners, the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Local Health District and the Hunter community, HMRI is taking a leading role internationally in patient-focused research.
For me, translational research is like a wheel that spins continually between the basic scientist, the clinician and the patient … and the wheel of progress can spin faster when there is close proximity between hospital, university and population base.
Central to translation, of course, is collaboration. At HMRI there is a willingness, and ability, to foster cooperation and connectivity – bywords for collaboration – which further accelerates medical advancement.
From this remarkable regional institute we have a unique ability to act locally but think globally. Parallel, high-level international collaborations are being supported across all seven research programs of HMRI, and world-leading innovation remains at the forefront of each and every researcher’s mind.
With brilliant people working here, and supporting us, the future is bright.
Professor Michael Nilsson, MD PhD
Burges Professor of Medical Science