FIJI will soon engage in more world class research and improve diagnosis and care for people with cancer, HIV, leptospirosis and other diseases.
This follows the relaunch of the redesigned medical research laboratory of the Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Tamavua this week.
Speaking at the launch, Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said there was a great need for laboratory-based clinical and biomedical research in Fiji.
Dr Sharma said the lab would serve as a shared resource facility for teaching, research and service for medically-trained students and biomedical researchers.
"This lab will serve as a platform to conduct research address in the current health care issues in Fiji beginning with genetics, immunology and pathology and later be extended to the other disciplines in and out of medicine," he said.
Dr Sharma said the lab had the potential to conduct research including consultation and the provision of advanced and clinical laboratory services to patients.