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NHMRC seeks to close research translation gap

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has launched an initiative aimed at closing the gap between discovery and realisation of knowledge from research.

The NHMRC Research Translation Faculty will bring together scientists funded by the council to “address the challenge of research translation in Australia”, according to a 17 August announcement.

Invitations to join the forum have been extended to around 7,000 NHMRC-supported principal investigators or fellows who have received grants since 1 January 2006, the NHMRC said.

The main priority for the advisory forum will be to identify gaps between research evidence and health policy and practice in areas to be identified in NHMRC’s Strategic Plan 2013-15, and to recommend actions which will address the gaps.

An inaugural forum symposium will take place in Melbourne in October.