Bond's Medicine and Health Science research rated above-world standard

December 7, 2012

Bond University’s Medicine and Health Science research has been rated the best on the Gold Coast achieving an Above World-class standard in the 2012 ERA, it was announced yesterday.

Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans launched the results, which recognise the research excellence amongst Australian universities.

Bond achieved an Above World-class standard for medicine and World-class Standard for sports science, law, and business and management research activity, improving its overall position by four places since the inaugural ratings in 2010.

Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said these results were a positive outcome for the University.

“This is an excellent result for Bond. These latest ERA results confirm the pockets of research excellence that exist within the University, in particular in evidence-based medicine; exercise and sports science; law, and business and management,” said Professor Mackenzie.

“The above world-class standard rating for our medicine and health science research activity places us at the top in the region, second in Queensland and in the top 13 nationally, which further endorses that our medicine and health science experts are the leaders in their fields internationally.

“In recent years the growth in research activity has been significant – in terms of both income and in quality, which is reflected in the University’s successes.

“Only last week Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Associate Professor Tammy Hoffmann was one of six scientists to receive the prestigious Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award for her outstanding contribution to innovative developments in the field of occupational therapy, patient education and evidence-based practice.

“This year alone Bond has been awarded more than $10 million in research grants to propel these pockets of research excellence.

“We have received a $5.75 million Collaborative Research Network (CRN) grant to lead a three-year national $14million sports science research project, the largest of its kind; a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant worth $2.5million over five years to establish the ‘Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance for Acute Respiratory Infections’; and a $671,616 Australia Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship research grant to investigate the legal complexity of the Internet.

“These ERA results further confirm Bond is delivering high-quality research activity and has pockets of research excellence that are world-class or above, which is incredibly encouraging considering our size and scale,” she said.