University led global health collaboration drives innovation

Health collaboration drives innovation

06 March 2014

The University of Newcastle will today unveil a new Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster to drive the development of innovative solutions and research breakthroughs for the benefit of patients, clinicians, educators, industry and the community on a global scale.

Facilitating collaborative, multidisciplinary research in the fields of health and technology, the cluster will bring together innovators within the fields of health and medical sciences, engineering, design, communication, information technology, education, mathematics, business, humanities, physical, environmental and social sciences.

A key aim of the cluster is to facilitate the commercialisation of new health technologies within five years. The cluster will build on the University's existing health and technology collaborations, which have yielded significant innovations including virtual reality clinical training, web-based weight loss programs and gaming technology brain training.

"The launch of the Global eHealth Research and Innovation Cluster reflects our aspiration to be a global leader in research and drive world-class innovation," said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen.

"Building on our strong record of engagement with industry, business and other partners, our new multi-disciplinary research and innovation clusters streamline access to our researchers, who bring world class talent and expert knowledge to the table."

Speakers at the launch include:

  • University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen
  • Professor Clare Collins, international nutrition expert, University of Newcastle
  • Professor Thomas Baranowski - Professor of Pediatrics, Childrens' Nutrition Center, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Mr Michael Walsh - Chief Executive, Health Support Services (HealthShare NSW)

The cluster launch will be held at the HMRI Building (John Hunter Hospital)

Lot 1 Kookaburra Circuit, New Lambton Heights from 4pm-6pm on Thursday 6 March 2014.

Contact: Sheena Martin
Contact Phone: +61 2 4921 8714
Contact Email: media@newcastle.edu.au