For the last 18 years we have worked collaboratively with many organisations including The Heart Research Institute, the ANZAC Institute, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe), The George Institute and The Centenary Institute. The work of these institutions, members of “Sydney Research” includes the study of obesity, diabetes, cancer, mental health and the neurosciences, infectious diseases and cardiovascular disease. The Baird Institute’s work compliments these approaches and concentrates upon laboratory and clinical research, surgical education and training, and outcomes of care for patient survival and quality of life.
The Baird Institute continues to liaise with The University of Sydney and the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), in addition to the Institute of Academic Surgery (IAS) and the Surgical and Robotic Training Institute at RPAH. These affiliations make our work more global and help to meet the changing needs and focus of healthcare for patients with heart, lung and vascular conditions. To disseminate the work of The Baird Institute, we have held public research events to support the development and training of students and researchers. A stand-out event at conferences has been the use of a wet-lab, where current biological research and surgical techniques can be demonstrated and discussed.
Collaboration is Key
The Baird Institute has worked as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation through the generosity of corporate sponsorship and support from patients, relatives and the community to progress the work of heart and lung surgical research. For many years, The Baird Institute has been a driving force within Australia and globally to exemplify how a small cohort of surgeons, in conjunction with undergraduate and postgraduate Faculties of Medicine can work to improve surgical technique, materials and evidence-based care to enhance the quality of patients’ lives.
As the 21st Century moves forward, surgical research is now becoming an accepted approach for all streams of surgery. The Baird Institute is now working with and alongside a number of organisations to collaborate and further the results of cardiac and lung surgical research. Organisations we work closely with include: