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School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Diabetes Reference Group

Do you live with diabetes and have an interest in lab based research? The Curtin School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is forming a Diabetes Reference Group. This group will help to inform their research using peoples lived experience to ensure the work is relevant and able to deliver on the needs of people living with diabetes.

About the project/vacancy

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is committed to research excellence and innovation, through collaborative links with other research institutions, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, healthcare providers and government. Our staff have research expertise and experience in key areas of the pharmaceutical, biological and clinical sciences, as well as the professional practice of pharmacy.

The current diabetes research projects are diverse. From improving our understanding of the causes of common forms of diabetes, to studies aimed at better understanding the influence of therapeutic drugs used for blood glucose regulation. A common feature of these projects is an exploration of the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. By nature, the research involves the use of advanced technology and is conducted in our state-of-the-art research facilities within the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) and Schools within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Our reference group will help to inform and guide our research projects, working side by side with our researchers involved in the following:

  • Specifically to receive information about the research we are doing (at meetings and in written formats, including lay descriptions in research proposals and project)
  • To give feedback and comments about our research, including whether it’s well communicated
  • To discuss research priorities in diabetes
  • To help disseminate information about our research in diabetes.

About the position

We need 8 people with varying forms of diabetes to form a new Reference Group

What am I expected to do?

Offer advice about current and potential research projects. This could include feedback on projects being considered or underway, and developing what areas of biomedical research should be targeted as a matter of priority. Specific tasks could include document review including grant applications.

What skills or experience do I need?

A lived experience with any form of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2 or Gesitational

How long am I expected to be involved?

The meetings will be held every 3 months starting in May and you will be invited to be involved for 2 years with the option for an extension at that time

Where will meetings be held?

Curtin University Bentley Campus

What support is offered?

$30 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network

Applications close: 26 April 2019

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