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Since my PhD studies at The University of Sydney (1990), I have been an active researcher in the insulin-like growth factor fielwd, in particular in the role of the insulin-like growth factor binding proteins in growth and metabolism, in health and disease. Postdoctoral work was supported by a career development award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (International) and an RD Wright Research Fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

I worked in clinical practice as a Consultant Physician, and Head of Diagnostic Endocrinology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and then moved to Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm in 1999, first as a Visiting Professor (Wennergren Foundation) and then as a Senior Researcher and docent (Associate Professor) in Endocrinology. During that time my interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching, research-teaching linkages and interprofessional learning emerged. These interests deepened within the context of a Masters in Medical Education (University of Dundee, 2008) and prompted me to move to an environment in which I could develop and champion an integrated approach to academic practice.

At the University of the West of Scotland my research interests in Higher Education have continued to develop, with a particular focus on interprofessional learning for practice.

Current research activities

Research into higher education: professional identity and learning for interprofessional practice.

Role of the insulin-like growth factor system in health and disease.

Healthcare ethics.

Desired research direction

Development of current research activities, outlined above, with an emphasis on reseearch into higher education.

Target collaborative companies

Educational, healthcare and bioscience, particularly those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice.

Target collaborative organisations

Educational, healthcare and bioscience, particularly those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches to research and practice.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Endocrinology.

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

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