Magelang, BRIN Public Relations. Researchers from the Ministry of Health have officially joined the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). This includes researchers from the Magelang Health Research and Development Center and the Center for Disease Vector and Reservoir Research and Development in Salatiga. BRIN took advantage of this opportunity as a bridge for collaboration with the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes). “We must be able to become an independent family and strongly support this sizeable system at the Ministry of Health and BRIN,” explained Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, during his visit to the Magelang Health Research and Development Center on Thursday (24/3).

According to him, BRIN will expand research collaboration centers. “The scheme for a research collaboration center must have a host, either from the hospital or industry,” he explained. Handoko is optimistic that under the collaboration center scheme there is no need to make BRIN big and fat, but it should have high flexibility and is able to adopt the latest research.

“We need to take advantage of existing resources without having to create new resources again,” he added. He hopes that this scheme can respond to specific research challenges that are currently emerging.

In addition, Handoko allows researchers to collaborate with various parties, including in the field of health research. “The affiliation can be double, either from the campus or the hospital which will be one of BRIN’s priorities, because this can actually strengthen service-based health research,” he said.

During her visit to the Center for Disease Vector and Reservoir Research and Development in Salatiga last Friday (25/3), Head of BRIN’s Health Research Organization Indi Dharmayanti also emphasized the importance of research collaboration. “There are nine existing researchers here, but there are also other researchers who have interests in the same field. There are about 30 people who will work together,” she explained.

Nevertheless, Indi still provides researchers in the health sector with new understanding that research cannot be done alone from upstream to downstream. “BRIN has built facilities to support research activities that can be used jointly by researchers,” she added.

On the same occasion, the Head of BRIN challenged researchers to be able to show their outputs in publications and performance. On this occasion, Doni, one of researchers who has joined the Center for Public Health and Nutrition Research, presented his research plans with the Rural and Marginal Health Research Group. “Government limitations are not something that makes people live behind, we want to bring health technology closer to underdeveloped areas. Therefore, we want to narrow down the gap in health quality,” said Doni.

For information, starting April 2022, researchers can take advantage of BRIN’s facilities in Magelang and Salatiga as a co-working space. (mn, smr/ ed: drs)