Friday, 1 July 2011

Discovering DORA

Have you ever been curious about just what medical research is going on?

The Office of Health and Medical Research (OHMR) has a new publicly-searchable database called DORA (Database of Medical Research).

DORA takes information submitted to the Medical Ethics Committee (which oversees all medical research in Queensland Health). At the moment, the database is quite new, which explains why there's nothing about any research into lupus or other autoimmune diseases on it yet (I'm refusing to believe no-one in the state is researching autoimmune disorders).  Over time, it will come to reflect all of the research going on in Queensland Health.

The idea is to give information to researchers - so they can see who else is working in the same area and collaborate more effectively - and also to patients.

DORA gives information on what research is happening, who is conducting it, and when it's due to start and finish.

If you want to take a look, you can find DORA at http://access.health.qld.gov.au/DORA/view/search.aspx.

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