News at Medicine - February 2015 - Making research that really makes a difference

Making research that really makes a difference
February 17, 2015
Memorial University’s Office of the Vice-President (Research) has launched Research in Focus, a four-part video series that recognizes the university’s research aspirations for the next five years. The Faculty of Medicine is featured in the first part of this video series.
An initiative undertaken by the Office of the Vice-President (Research), Research in Focus features three to four videos per installment every two weeks.
The videos feature the deans of each of Memorial’s 10 faculties and schools, as well as the heads of  Memorial’s campuses including the Fisheries and Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus, the Labrador Institute and Memorial University Libraries.

Each faculty and campus has outlined strategic goals for growing research and producing new opportunities for students, faculty, and staff members of the university. The goals outlined in the series demonstrate Memorial’s special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the province’s only public university. Increasing Memorial’s research profile will continue to have significant impacts on the economy in terms of job creation, attracting talent and utilizing vital industries and resources.

The first installment features Dr. James Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Glenn Blackwood, vice-president, Fisheries and Marine Institute; and Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education.

“Memorial has considerable goals for growing research, as outlined in the Strategic Research Intensity Plan 2014-20,” said Dr. Ray Gosine, vice-president (research), pro tempore. “Specifically, we plan to double scholarly output by the end of 2020. Research in Focus demonstrates the commitment of each and every faculty and campus at Memorial to achieving this worthy goal and positioning Memorial on the global stage in research excellence.”

Dr. Rourke explained that in recent years, the Faculty of Medicine has doubled in its number of graduate students and the faculty wants to double that number again over the next 10 years. To do that, there are certain needs that must be met.

“A strong aspect of our research is how we work in partnership with communities across the province and with Eastern Health. To address the province’s health research needs, we need strong funding for pilot projects through partnerships and funding,” said Dr. Rourke.

Dr. Rourke explained that once pilot projects are established, they can be the stepping stage to compete for national research dollars which can lead to big discoveries.

“We’re going to continue to do the best research that benefits the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and we want to be inspired by the needs so that they can have a world-wide impact.”

Videos within the series are available at and on Twitter, the hashtag #ResearchInFocus can be used to follow conversations about the series. The next issue of videos will be available Monday, March 2.