Linking Researchers

Global Communication, Networks and Linkage of Paediatric Researchers – Part 2

J. Richard Hamilton of McGillUniversity, Montreal, Canada spoke about the need for workable communication among the international community of researchers studying birth asphyxia. Specifically, he focussed on The Mother-Child Health International Research Network.

Communication between members of the international community of paediatric researchers is key to collaboration and is needed to facilitate the study of global childhood health problems. Communication should help to distribute information to and from investigators in developing and developed countries. This furthers collaborative study, data sharing, etc. Dr. Hamilton pointed out that a major problem for many researchers is scientific isolation.

An example of a network developed to further communication between researchers is The Mother-Child Health International Research Network.

This network was established through discussions organized by the Inter Academy Panel of the World’s Academies of Science, notably those from France, Swedenand Canada.

The network’s core facility is a Web site: http://www.mother-child.org/. The goal of the Web site is to serve as a global catalogue of scientists working in mother and child health and committed to international collaboration.

The objectives of the network are:

  1. Promote and facilitate scientist-to- scientist dialogue
  2. Generate collaborative research and research training through specific partnerships and through a distance learning capacity
  3. Foster a strong, relevant research base in developing regions

The Web site is illustrative of the type of system which will be necessary to sustain communication between paediatric researchers within the Programme for Global Paediatric Research.