Communicating health research (47) Q3. Role of researchers (4)

19 September, 2022

Dear Neil,

In response to the Q3: What is the role of researchers in research communication, beyond publication of their paper? What is the role of other stakeholders (eg communication professionals, editors, media, public health professionals and critical thinkers)

Researchers will have to expand their role beyond ‘academic goals’ by involving themselves in communicating their research to community level.

Raising awareness on the burden of disease and solutions at the grassroot level is a catalyst for socio-behavioural change and policies.

Very often, important research are published and cited in high impact factor journals, however there is a delay in communication to the public particularly in layperson’s language.

Therefore, collaborations between health information forums and media, schools, public/community centres would not only enhance updated scientific information but would also generate evidence-based decision-making for proposing policy agenda in a timely manner.

Best wishes


Dr Meena Nathan Cherian, MBBS, MD (Anaesthesia)

Former WHO Lead Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Program, Geneva, Switzerland.

Director, Global Health New Challenges:online courses, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education & Research (GFMER), Switzerland.

Senior Advisor, Global Action, International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), Switzerland. SIOG Secretariat - SIOG

Adjunct Prof. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzen,HK China.

WHO-HIFA Working Group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19; mHEALTH-INNOVATE.

Geneva, Switzerland. +41 763837253(m);

HIFA profile: Meena Cherian is Director, Emergency & Surgical Care program, Geneva Foundation of Medical Education and Research, Geneva, Switzerland. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Essential Health Services and COVID-19. cherianm15 AT