CERI expands to eight Centres of Research Excellence



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CRE WaND (Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Diseases: Prevention and Detection) is the latest CRE to join the collaboration, which brings organisations together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of their work.

CERI’s members already offer some of Australia’s leading research expertise in women’s health, including in preconception and pregnancy (CRE HiPP) and in the reproductive years (CRE WHiRL).

CRE WaND looks to move women’s health beyond reproductive and sexual health to encompass and prioritise the prevention and detection of non-communicable disease across the life course.

Led by Professor Gita Mishra of the University of Queensland, the CRE brings together a multidisciplinary team of national and international collaborators including clinicians and researchers who have outstanding expertise in women’s health, epidemiology, advanced biostatistical methods, and health economics and econometrics.

CRE WaND focuses on risk factors, health service use, health economics and translation – including the development of a range of video resources for women with differing levels of health literacy.

Joining CERI represents an invaluable opportunity for us widen our knowledge translation activities and for our EMCRs to learn and share ideas with CERI’s members.

Professor Gita Mishra

CERI was formed in 2020 to enhance the impact, profile and value-add of prevention research in Australia through expanded multi-centre collaboration and networking.

It has developed a series of joint narratives and stories about prevention, a User Guide on knowledge translation and science communication for CREs working in prevention, and a number of submissions to Government.

A major focus of CERI is on shared capacity building for Australia’s future prevention workforce.

Early- to mid-career researchers from the participating centres have the opportunity to attend regular seminars and networking events, receive communications support, and work together to synthesise knowledge across the centres for policy.

A national Emerging Leaders symposium is planned for July, offering a full day of facilitated networking and interactive online sessions around perspectives on systems impact on chronic disease prevention.

Prevention Centre Co-Director Professor Lucie Rychetnik said CERI was evolving into a force for prevention that could present a united voice on issues such as equity, implementation, research capacity and making the case for prevention.

“The fact that we are working together collaboratively through CERI is a real strength for prevention research in Australia,” Professor Rychetnik said.

About CERI

The Collaboration for Enhanced Research Impact (CERI) is a joint initiative between the Prevention Centre and several NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, established in June 2020 to enhance the profile and impact of chronic disease prevention in Australia. We are working together to find alignment in the policy and practice implications of our work and to develop shared communications across our various projects and participating centres.

CERI develop shared communication across research projects and participating centres.