The 2nd annual Eisdell Moore Centre Retreat was held last week (12 and 13 July) at the Tamaki Innovation campus with the focus this year being on building collaborations.  We kicked off with some excellent 3 minute presentations from our members that showed the breadth of research that is being undertaken in the Centre and were particularly delighted that spokespeople for our community organisations took the floor to tell us where they would like to see more research being conducted.  Some broad themes came out of these talks, which were addressed by groups the following morning, including developing Maori and Pacific research in the Centre and establishing a national participant/patient database for hearing and balance research.  The retreat closed with a discussion on improving engagement both within and outside of the Centre and to this end we established 3 groups to facilitate this, an Early Career Researcher group, a Clinician Engagment Group and and Webinar group.  We are looking forward to hearing more from these groups as they establish themselves and work on projects that will progress the goals of the Centre.  Overall it was a great couple of days that got members talking to each other and we will be actively working on progressing some key ideas.   

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