The Western Australia Health Translation Network: Gary Geelhoed and CCRM Australia

The Western Australian Health Translation Network joins the high calibre list of Partners at CCRM Australia, bringing with it its network of Western Australia’s major universities, medical research institutes and hospitals, with 21 state-wide contributing members.

Professor Gary Geelhoed
Western Australian Health Translation Network Executive Director Professor Gary Geelhoed.

We are pleased to welcome the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) to CCRM Australia as one of our newest Partners. The network, which is making waves in Australia’s regenerative medicine sector is led by Executive Director Professor Gary Geelhoed. Advancing the translation of evidence based health and medical research into changes in policy, practice, training and innovation with the goal to benefit the health and well-being of all Western Australians is the core focus of the WAHTN. Speaking of the new collaboration, CCRM Australia CEO Silvio Tiziani hopes that both CCRM Australia and WAHTN will contribute to furthering the commercialisation of Australian research.

“When it comes to science in this country, [Australia] punches well above its weight.”

The WAHTN brings together Western Australia’s major universities, medical research institutes and hospitals, with 21 state-wide contributing members (for the full list, click here). By collaborating together, the WAHTN’s mission is to strengthen health translation enterprise in Western Australia through integrated programs amongst partner institutions.

“When it comes to science in this country, [Australia] punches well above its weight” commented Gary. With our network, we hope to break down the barriers preventing our notable research commercialising – and by entering into this partnership with CCRM Australia, we hope that job will become even easier.”

CCRM Australia and the WAHTN share the common goal to fill gaps in expertise, connect institutions and offer  training opportunities. Working together, both CCRM Australia and WAHTN can look forward to reaching their goals faster. Silvio explains that “CCRM Australia is a national initiative to support the development of Australia’s regenerative medicine sector. Our work with WAHTN will ensure we have the opportunity to highlight and provide support to the excellent ecosystem that has been developed in and around Perth and its world leading regenerative medicine sector.”

Brought together by shared connections between institutions, CCRM Australia and the WAHTN share the common goal to fill gaps in expertise, connect institutions and offer  training opportunities.

Gary’s devotion to the commercialisation of science stems from his passion for research. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the WAHTN, Gary worked as Western Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Research for the West Australian Department of Health. With a previous background in pediatric emergency and working as a respiratory fellow, Gary’s career took a natural turn towards research, where he contributed to groundbreaking studies in childhood croup and asthma. It was here that Gary realised his passion for the promotion of research. And with his participation on the Western Australia board, Gary was one of the founding members of the WAHTN and was subsequently offered the job of executive director.

Plenty of exciting scientific research is being carried out in Western Australia and with the obvious benefits of collaboration between institutions, the WATHN wants to extend the benefits such as training programs to its partners. At the same time, the WAHTN also leads a number of international initiatives, an example being the Australian National Phenome Centre. The centre, only made possible with international (and national) support and funding, is set to transform the health of millions of Australians and billions more around the world. With leading researchers working in the labs, Western Australia now leads the cutting edge of phonemic research, advancing the field faster than it ever would had alone.

Looking ahead, the collaboration between the WAHTN and CCRM Australia couldn’t look anymore perfect. With CCRM Australia’s mission similar to the WAHTN – being to break down bottlenecks in the sector – we hope for an exciting year ahead.

Collaborative activities are already well underway, with CCRM Australia sponsoring “Science on the Swan”,  the pre-eminent West Australian Science Health Translation event of the year, with the theme “Neuroscience & The Senses – Healthy Ageing across the Life Course”. 2019 will also see the inaugural CCRM Australia – WAHTN Technology Evaluation Workshop, being held in May this year.

“I look forward to another productive year of research and industry development” commented Gary. “And I look forward to furthering this success with CCRM Australia – in whatever shape that may take.”

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About Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) – wahtn.org

The Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN), is a state-wide collaborative network of WA’s universities, medical research institutes, health care service providers and the Health Department. It’s purpose is to advance the translation of evidence based health and medical research into changes in policy, practice, training and innovation, to benefit the health and well-being of all Western Australians.

About CCRM Australia – ccrmaustralia.com.au

CCRM Australia is an Australian not-for-profit organisation supporting the development of foundational technologies to accelerate the commercialisation of regenerative medicine products and therapies. CCRM Australia’s focus is to bridge the commercialisation gap through a network of scientists, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and industry partners and address bottlenecks in the industry. CCRM Australia is modelled on the highly successful CCRM in Canada and is legally separate to CCRM. As a member of the Global CCRM network, CCRM Australia is a partner to a leading edge industry consortium. CCRM Australia is supported by MTPConnect and the Victorian State Government.

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