Innovation for Better Health

A PNGIMR virtual symposium in collaboration with the Buttressing Coalition

Held on 11 August 2022

Featuring senior and early career scientists from PNGIMR and international research partners on past, present and future research innovations that are improving the health of Papua New Guineans.

Innovation for Better Health was held on 11 August 2022. At least 155 people logged in, primarily from Papua New Guinea and Australia, and many more watched the event in groups.

The program included words of welcome from PNGIMR leaders, the Co-chair of the Buttressing Coalition and the Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, an update on PNGIMR activities, four scientific sessions, two spotlights on innovators, and a lively documentary on the insectary in Yagaum, Madang.

Scientific sessions
  • Innovation for implementation
  • New social science perspectives on public health
  • Innovations in pneumonia research
  • Responding to the pandemic: research on COVID-19
Spotlight on innovators

MMedSci graduate Dr Alice Mengi presented on using foot lengthen as an indicator of vulnerable newborns and PhD candidate Dr Barne Willie reported on developing new methods for monitoring antimicrobial resistance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

IMR’s insectary: a success story

Current and past staff reflect on the challenges and successes of 40 years of raising mosquitoes for scientific studies.