AAMRI Networks: connecting medical research institute professional staff

AAMRI Networks: connecting medical research institute professional staff

Goals of the AAMRI Networks

AAMRI Networks connect professional staff working at medical research institutes. They provide a forum for ongoing, open discussion and sharing of ideas among institutes. Professional staff often face common challenges that are specific to medical research institutes. Each network has the opportunity to organise an annual networking event to meet in person.

Given the diverse and dynamic nature of medical research institute activities, several AAMRI networks have overlapping interests and stay connected.

Communication across the networks is facilitated by AAMRI through private email groups. Staff members who are part of the network can post to the group and respond to other posts via email.

 

How to join AAMRI Staff Networks

If you are a staff member at an AAMRI member institute, and would like to join one or more of our networks (summaries of Network’s are below) complete the form, or email communications@aamri.org.au. If you would like to check if your medical research institute is a member of AAMRI, please see our member page.

     

    Current AAMRI Networks

     

    Animal Research Ethics and Governance Network

    Connecting professional and support staff directly responsible for animal ethics and governance policies and processes at AAMRI member medical research institutes. This network is a special interest group of the already established AAMRI Research Governance network.

     

    Finance network

    This network connects finance managers working at MRIs. The network discusses regulatory and policy issues affecting the sector.

     

    Fundraising and Philanthropy Network

    Connecting Fundraisers, Development Managers, Foundation CEO’s, Philanthropy professionals, Marketing specialist and Communications specialist to discuss donor management, benchmarking, experiences and key issues in the medical research institute sector.

     

    Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network

    Connecting staff with an interest in advancing gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the MRI sector to discuss major issues and how institutes and the sector are seeking to address them.

     

    Governance Network

    Connecting professional and support staff directly responsible for research governance policies and processes at AAMRI member medical research institutes.

    The Medical Research Governance Network usually holds a joint networking event with the Medical Research Strategy Network (below) in late May/early June each year.

    Topics discussed at the 2019 networking event included clinical research governance; research data management, and preparing your institute for compliance with the updated research Code of Conduct.

     

    HR Managers Network

    Connecting human resources managers and senior staff working in human resources (people and culture) at AAMRI member medical research institutes. The HR Managers event is usually held in March each year.

     

    Human Research Ethics and Governance Network

    Connecting professional and support staff directly responsible for human research ethics and governance policies and processes at AAMRI member medical research institutes. This network is a special interest group of the AAMRI Research Governance network.

     

    IT Network

    Connecting Chief Information Officers, IT Managers and other senior IT staff at AAMRI member medical research institutes. The IT Network’s annual event is usually held in September each year.

     

    Legal Counsel Network

    Connecting Legal professionals in a confidential setting to discuss key medical research topics and issues. This network is for those working as internal legal counsel for MRIs.

     

    Operation Network

    Connecting Operations Managers on issues such as Animal facilities, Biobank management, Lab and facilities management, WHS & regulatory requirements (OGTR, DAFF, DPI), Built environment – research non-research, Risk mitigation – Insurance and disaster management for research materials.

     

    RAO Network

    Connecting Research Administration Officers (RAOs) and other staff involved in grant administration at AAMRI member medical research institutes.

     

    Research Impact

    AAMRI’s Research Impact Framework was launched on 13 May. This is the first crucial first step of our sector towards better communicating the value of our research to funders and the broader community. Even more importantly, this Framework can improve our own ability to support research to ensure impact is achieved. Join our community of practice to understand how you can implement the Framework at your organisation.

     

    Strategy Network

    Connecting professional and support staff directly responsible for managing and executing institute strategic activities in research management and development at AAMRI member medical research institutes.

    Topics discussed at the 2019 networking event (jointly held with the Medical Research Governance Network, above) included evaluating research impact and translation; the new NHMRC grant program, gender equality at MRIs and the changing funding landscape for medical research.

    The Medical Research Strategy Network’s 2020 virtual workshop was held on 2 September 2020.