The 2016 Australian roadmap for research infrastructure

Led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, the Australian Government is establishing a National Research Infrastructure Roadmap that will guide future priorities for strategic investments over the next decade in key national research infrastructure capabilities. A recent Issues Paper highlighted important aspects being considered for the national research infrastructure which is described as assets, facilities and services to support research that drives leading-edge innovation in Australia and that is equally accessible to publicly and privately funded users nationally and internationally.

A Preferred Path Forward for Regulating Research Using De-Identified Data and Biospecimens

The tension between private rights and the public good is apparent in many recent public policy debates. With today’s polarized politics, policy discussions are increasingly challenging.  Thankfully, there is a path forward for the use of de-identified data and biospecimens that both protects the individual and achieves the public good.