We envision that the forum will help you network with potential collaborators; receive useful feedback regarding ongoing work and brainstorm opportunities for further research development at the College and University. So, bring your lunches and join us from 1.00-1.45pm, CMNHS Campuses, Fiji National University.

Interested individuals and groups are encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

Research Bite:  
Team Members:  
Contact Details  

Brief (250) word summary of the Presentation: Typical research Abstracts include: Introduction, Research methods utilized, Study Sample, and Impact of the study (Results, Analyses, and Limitations). This will help us publicize your session to the wider University network.

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A calendar of tentative dates is attached for your information. Presentations will be scheduled on a “First-Response, First-Confirmed” basis. For more information, Contact:

Dean’s Forum: Pacific Health Research Bites

Office of the Dean: Research Unit, Hoodless House, Brown Street, Suva

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Schedule 2016

Time: 1.00 – 1:45 pm (20-25 minute Presentation, 5-10 Minutes Discussions).

Please note that total time for presenter is recommended to be kept between 30-35 minutes. We would like you to keep presentations (bites) concise, precise and succinct as members of the audience may have to return to other campuses for work etc.


Pasifika Auditorium (PA): Pasifika Campus, Extension Street, Suva

Assembly Hall (AH): Tamavua Campus, Princess Road, Suva

DateVenueSpeaker/ InstitutionTopic
3rd Feb TBC    
17th Feb PA AvelinaRokoduru (PacS-RHRC) More than Research
2nd Mar PA Dr. Akinremi (DHS) Prevalence of Undiagnosed Airflow Limitation: Preliminary Report from a Cross Sectional Survey of Cardiac Patients in a Resource-Limited Setting
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Dean’s Forum: Research Bites

The lunch hour forum:  Pacific Health Research Bites was initiated by the Research Unit to bring researchers from the College together to share “bite-sized” gems of research information. We hope that Researchers will take this opportunity to present their ideas for future collaboration or showcase current research activities. Since research in the Pacific poses unique learning experiences, we also encourage presenters who wish to share these experiences as well and not limit themselves to just the presentation of completed research activities.


Something About Us

The Research Unit (RU) was established in 1989 with the appointment of Director Research & Academic Development (DRAD) at the Fiji School of Medicine (FSMed) now College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) under the Fiji National University.  The RU was established under the Office of the Dean (CMNHS) to mainstream research activities into the academic programs and support the academic departments through the implementation of research policies, research governance and administrative mechanisms. 


  • Vision Mission & Values
  • Function and Structure


To be the leading institute for ethical, innovative, sustainable and Pacific centric health Research in the region.


To support a research friendly and research productive environment that fosters sustainable, relevant and quality research in the region.  


Researchers at the College will endeavor to be role models and will strive to abide by the principles of  

  • Respect: Exercise care, diligence, sincerity, confidentiality and being non-judgmental in the course of their research activities.
  • Integrity: Display fairness, honesty, transparency, loyalty, discipline and accountability in their research activities and with their research reports.
  • Passion: Maintain a spirit of inquiry and dedication to improve health through evidence based research and practice.

While it was important to embed research into the learning and teaching activities of CMNHS, it was also important for staff to engage in research activities to build faculty capacity and strengthen research supervision. All research activities were implemented by teaching academics from the Departments of Health Sciences (DHS), Medical Sciences (DMS), Oral Health (DOH), Public Health & Primary Care (DPHPC) and the Research Unit.

As the research activities gained momentum, the number of research staff trained and employed through external grants increased. The Unit set up dedicated Research Centers (RCs) to retain this special cadre and to continue projects in the major areas of Health Systems Research, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Sexual & Reproductive Health.