QBI Neuroscience Seminar: 'Connecting health economics and brain research'
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- Professor Brenda Gannon
The Centre for Business and Economics of Health, University of Queensland
Title: Connecting health economics and brain research
Abstract: The purpose of this seminar is to identify opportunities for collaboration between my research in health economics, and brain research at QBI or similar research facilities at The University of Queensland. Health economics is the study of efficient and equitable allocation of resources, with the aim to improve population health. Evaluation of complex data and interventions, translation and implementation are therefore key to the success of all phases of scientific research. To that end, health economics offers a range of methodologies to complement laboratory research, to ensure potential cost-effectiveness, financial viability and sustainability of new products. Resource allocation is the mechanism through which end products will be funded – methods to ensure public understanding of their health benefits are therefore crucial. This seminar will focus on a description of these methods for early phases of research, including public preferences, willingness-to-pay, feasibility of data collection and analyses, opportunity costs of new technologies and evaluation of their related resource use. Drawing on a number of my recent health economics publications, I will provide examples from dementia, mental health and brain disorder research.
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