Health and medical research strategy with Professor Moira Clay (#59)


Ever thought about asking a member of Parliament how to become Prime Minister? Moira Clay, a leading research strategist, asked that very question, and she's now cultivated a career helping leaders in health and medical research make an impact in both research and the community. Join us as we speak with Moira about her journey in medical research, and developing a holistic and comprehensive approach to cancer treatment.

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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Show Notes

[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?

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