Life-changing health research will speed up under a new agreement between Western Sydney Local Health District and the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.
The transfer of biological materials such as antibodies, cells, proteins, blood and other tissues where a patient has agreed to participate in research projects conducted at WIMR and hospitals across the WSLHD.
Westmead Institute for Medical Research executive director Professor Tony Cunningham said quicker exchange of research specimens would speed up the vital work of the Institute.
“Transferring research specimens is an essential part of scientific progress,” Professor Cunningham said.
“Up until now, researchers have had to submit an individual agreement for each study and it’s been a time-consuming process that can significantly delay research.
“This process will help researchers access the materials they need, so they can get on with their important work of tackling some of the world’s biggest health issues.”
WSLHD Research and Education Network director Professor Leeder said he was optimistic it would encourage further research to take place on the growing Westmead campus.
“This will help to speed up research, which means we can turn scientific discoveries from the Westmead Institute into better medical care for our patients and the people of Western Sydney,” Professor Leeder said.
Researchers wishing to transfer samples to a third party will still need to contact the WIMR Governance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or the WSLHD Research Governance Office at WSLHDemail@example.com