MS Research Australia recently published the second of two reports which take stock of how far the MS research field has come in the past 10 years.
Launched at the recent Progress in MS Research Conference, the Resource Landscape Report is a tool for MS researchers to promote wider awareness of the excellent research resources that are available in Australia. This document follows on from the Research Audit 2004 – 2014 published in late 2014, which took a detailed look at all research outcomes arising from MS Research Australia funding over the last 10 years.
The Resource Landscape Report provides an overview of research resources and infrastructure from around Australia. It includes details of professional networks and societies, funding opportunities, specialised equipment and facilities, and general research infrastructure that is available to MS researchers. The report aims to improve resource utilisation while also encouraging collaboration and non-duplication of major resources.
Supported by a grant from the Macquarie Group Foundation, this document is a key tool for the MS community to identify Australia’s key research strengths and reveals opportunities and gaps where further development is needed. In conjunction with the Research Audit and with ongoing public consultation on research priorities, the Resource Landscape Report will help to inform MS Research Australia’s research strategies from 2016 onwards.
‘Capitalising on Australia’s research strengths is vital for progress to be made in our understanding of MS,’ said Dr Lisa Melton, Head of Research. ‘We hope that the Resource Landscape Report will assist Australian MS researchers to access the full range of resources available, and support them in their important work. This Report will continue to evolve as new resources become available, and we welcome feedback or new submissions from researchers to ensure this tool is kept current.’
The Resource Landscape Report is available to view online here