Griffith plays host to international health and science early career researchers

Oncology, neuroscience and infectious disease are among the research topics to be presented by 52 early career researchers from five countries who are staying at the Gold Coast for the International Student Research Forum (ISRF) this week.

Delegates from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and University of Santa Maria (USM) will join Griffith PhD students from the health and sciences disciplines for the four-day forum.

Now in its 13th year, the Forum is hosted by a different university every year. Griffith last hosted in 2013.

“In hosting the ISRF, Griffith as a university is able to showcase its research profile and facilities, as well as facilitating a key professional development experience for all involved,” Dr Sharon Saunders, Director of the Griffith Graduate Research School said.

“We look forward to hearing about research being undertaken by visiting international early career researchers, as well as Griffith’s own.”

Forum delegates will tour the Gold Coast campus research facilities and present their research in areas including molecular medicine and biology, epidemiology and public health, infectious disease and immunology, neuroscience, biomedical imaging, natural science, oncology and carcinogenesis.

The mission of ISRF is to provide an international stage for PhD students to collaborate beyond the boundaries of disciplines and nationalities.

The Forum aims to attract the world’s brightest, upcoming scientists and provides an opportunity to showcase world-class education and research.

By building relationships with international colleagues at forums such as the ISRF, students are forging relationships that can yield scientific advances, which could impact countless people around the world.