Macquarie hosts workshop for community organisations
On April 29, leaders from community organisations working in the areas of audiology, autism, learning difficulties, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and speech pathology joined together with key researchers at the CCD Stakeholders’ Workshop, to share their vision for future research impacts.
Held in the Australian Hearing Hub, in the Macquarie University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), this was a special opportunity to further develop and enhance collaborative links between CCD researchers and the organisations that benefit from their work.
“It is the mission of every ARC Centre of Excellence to engage with its stakeholders,” says Distinguished Professor Stephen Crain, Director of the CCD. “The workshop provides a rare opportunity for researchers to learn more about the practical needs of children and adults with mental health issues, and for community and industry leaders to discuss the potential impact of evidence-based research findings and treatment protocols for meeting the needs of the people they serve.”
Representatives from the CCD’s key stakeholder organisations outlined how each organisation supports the community and highlighted focus areas for 2014 and beyond.
Speakers included the following:
- Dr Trevor Clark, Autism Spectrum Australia
- Dr Molly de Lemos, Learning Difficulties Australia
- Mr Bill Gye, OAM, Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW
- Professor Greg Leigh, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
- Ms Alison McMurtrie, Learning Difficulties Australia
- Mr Brendan Moore, Alzheimer’s Australia
- Professor Jim Patrick, Cochlear Ltd
- Professor Leanne Togher, Speech Pathology Australia
Presentations were followed by interactive demonstrations by CCD researchers from all three of the CCD’s nodes and tours of CCD and Cochlear facilities. There were also opportunities for informal networking for researchers and stakeholders throughout the day.
Research facilities that were showcased included the KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory, the CCD’s state-of-art Liquid Helium Recovery System, and the research and development laboratories at Cochlear Ltd.
The KIT-Macquarie Brain Research Laboratory, which includes two world-first magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain imaging systems—one for investigating cognitive processing in children, and a custom-designed MEG system that can be used with children and adults with Cochlear Implants—is one of the world’s most advanced laboratories for brain research.
The Australian Hearing Hub
The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.
Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.