NICM researchers’ expertise sought after internationally

Congratulation to NICM Adjunct Associate Professor, Jennifer Hunter and Dr Genevieve Steiner for their recent appointments and expertise sought after by international agencies, boards, research committees, and steering groups.

Associate Professor Hunter consulted to the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific reviewing traditional medicine in the Pacific Island countries. She has also been elected onto the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research’s (ISCMR) Board of Directors (opens in a new window) - the first Australian to be elected. In addition, Associate Professor Hunter has also been appointed as Co-Chair on ISCMR's Scientific Advisory Board. ISCMR is an international multidisciplinary scientific organisation established to foster the development and dissemination of new knowledge regarding whole person healing and whole systems healthcare research, including all traditional, holistic, complementary and integrative forms of medicine. It provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange of research in the field to enhance international communication and collaboration.

Enhancing further international communication and collaboration in the field of dementia research, Dr Genevieve Steiner, an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at NICM, joins the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention’s Early Career Research Committee (opens in a new window). She will advise with fellow members from the UK, Netherlands and Australia on promoting dementia-prevention research opportunities to early and mid-career researchers globally, and also mentor those working on related research.

“I’m passionate about getting early and mid-career researchers involved in dementia-prevention research because there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that by reducing risk factors associated with dementia, we can reduce the incidence of dementia,” says Dr Steiner.

Dr Steiner has also recently been appointed as a steering group member to the UK’s Join Dementia Research (opens in a new window). With her focus set on fostering better international research collaboration, Dr Steiner will help to develop the Australia platform.