About Professor Moira Clay
Professor Moira Clay is one of Australia’s foremost experts in research strategy. She is a transformational leader and a highly experienced facilitator, with an extensive knowledge of the changing research agenda. She has a reputation for professionalism and integrity and is known for her collaborative and inclusive approach. Moira has extensive senior executive experience in research institutes in Victoria, NSW and WA - including 6 months as Acting Director of the Telethon Kids Institute. She was President of two peak bodies – the Australian Society for Medical Research (2003) and Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) (2013), leading significant public, political and scientific advocacy initiatives. In 2018, she was nominated as a Fellow of ARMS, acknowledging her enduring and substantial contributions to research management, and her active philanthropic involvement was profiled in a TEDx Fremantle talk. In 2011, she completed the Eureka Institute International Certificate in Translational Medicine. She is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Menzies Institute.
Moira founded Moira Clay Consulting in 2013, propelled by her drive to help Australian health and medical research leaders achieve transformative health benefits for the community. MCC has built a strong reputation for adding value to health and medical research organisations (including medical research institute’s; hospitals, funding bodies; universities; peak bodies and major initiatives) across Australia.
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[00:00:45] Moira’s beginnings in biochemistry.
[00:01:51] Developing the foundations for the work Moira does now during her PhD.
[00:03:21] Exploring the world through postdoctoral research.
[00:04:17] Moira’s career crisis that led her to think bigger.
[00:05:40] How does one become Prime Minister?
[00:08:32] We ultimately want to make things better.
[00:10:28] Co-design, and how medical research strategy can make an impact.
[00:16:49] A stretched workforce needs greater collaboration.
[00:19:29] The shift to cancer research.
[00:22:25] Starting a consultancy.
[00:23:23] The Pirate Ship Foundation.
[00:24:16] West Australian Comprehensive Cancer Centre: The need for comprehensive cancer care.
[00:30:45] Honeybee Venom Research by Dr Pilar Blancafort and Dr Ciara Duffy.
[00:32:09] West Australian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
[00:33:56] Exercise for reduction of cancer risk and treatment efficacy.
[00:38:18] What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
- Dr Ciara Duffy & Dr Pilar Blancafort’s Honeybee Venom Research
- Duffy, C., Sorolla, A., Wang, E. et al. Honeybee venom and melittin suppress growth factor receptor activation in HER2-enriched and triple-negative breast cancer. npj Precis. Onc. 4, 24 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41698-020-00129-0
- Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University, Director Professor Rob Newton
- WA Comprehensive Cancer Centre
- Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
- Pirate Ship Foundation
Donate to support cancer research at The Perkins.
- Walk for Women’s Cancer
- Moira’s Walk for Women’s Cancer Donation Page
- Walk for Women’s Cancer Donation Page
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