$1.3 million for Clinical Trials and Data Centre
Focus on innovation to attract national grants and funding
Student prize winners highlight research potential
A bold new medical initiative is set to attract more clinical trials to Western Australia and build on the State's international reputation for research excellence.
Health Minister John Day said the Liberal National Government had committed $1.3 million over three years to establish WA's first Clinical Trials and Data Centre.
"Clinical trials are a vital component of a strong, safe and sustainable health system. They ensure the quality of existing treatment regimes as well as the safety and efficacy of proposed new treatments," Mr Day said.
The new centre will be established under the auspices of the Western Australian Health Translation Network, an alliance of the State's universities, medical research institutes, private and public hospitals and the Western Australian Department of Health.
The network was started last year to streamline the incorporation of advanced health and medical research into clinical practice.
"One of the new centre's key roles will be to attract national and international trials to WA. It will achieve this by co-ordinating a wide variety of clinical trials and by tapping into the State's already advanced health and biological statistics and data management systems," he said.
The Minister announced the new initiative to delegates attending the annual dinner of the Australian Society for Medical Research.
The new centre is the latest component of the State Government's FutureHealth WA program.
"It will promote innovation across WA's growing health and medical research sector, supporting our many talented researchers while helping attract new expertise," Mr Day said.
The Minister also awarded two $2,000 student prizes, sponsored by the Department of Health, to mark the end of the successful 2016 ASMR WA Medical Research Week. The recipients were Dr Rhonda Taylor from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and Anthony Buzzai of the Telethon Kids Institute.
"These awards recognise outstanding contributions to this week's research symposium by two higher-degree students or early-career academics," he said.
"This prize-winning, early stage work augers well for WA's medical research and development future."
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