Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute’s (IMERI) goal is to deliver innovation, even disruptive innovation in medical education and medical sciences. The aim of IMERI is not to simply increase the output at FKUI’s current level of impact/quality, not ‘more of the same’, but rather to significantly increase the impact and quality of the research that is done in Indonesia. Quantity will most probably increase as well once quality rises, since high quality research attracts talents to research centers recognized as being excellent.

To produce innovative science, truly new knowledge, talented and intrinsically motivated researchers are needed that are given the opportunity (time, space, tools, collaborators and monies) to systematically pursue their scientific goals. We have now arrived at a time where a wide array of scientist from many disciplines (doctors, mathematicians, engineers, geneticists, behavioral scientist and others) are coming together to form multidisciplinary teams of researchers that can better address the complex medical and health problems of this time.

After cellular and molecular biology (first revolution in biomedical science) and after the introduction of genomics (second revolution) this truly multidisciplinary approach to important medical and health problems in society is considered to be the third revolution in biomedical science, and has been labeled Convergence. Convergence not only entails collaboration between disciplines but, more deeply, the integration of several disciplinary approaches that were original separate and distinct.

Researchers are increasingly ‘crossing borders’ in many area of research. Increasingly research crosses physical borders as well and international, transdisciplinary consortia are formed to address issues under the umbrella of global health. Also, faculty more often interacts with the corporate world because this offers them the opportunity to use state-of-the-art facilities provided there, and because of corporate funds available for joint projects. IMERI would provide ample ‘community-catalyzing spaces’ for scientist and support convergent research collaborations and it should be a flexible platform for convergence in research to be instigated and nurtured.

IMERI prioritize convergent research in biomedical sciences, i.e. have a series thematic, problem-based approaches addressing complex issues in Health and Disease that are highly relevant to Indonesian society and beyond, by the formation of truly multidisciplinary groups of scientists, probably including scientists from outside FKUI, from outside UI and even from outside Indonesia. Such convergent groups are given the space and support of IMERI to address their complex scientific challenges for multiple years, albeit not forever, such that they can become centers of excellence. Talented young scientist will converge in IMERI, and become mature scientist under inspiring leadership.

In the coming years the IMERI clusters would be smoothly, but surely, transformed into convergent groups of scientists, thematically addressing important medical and health issues that fit in IMERI’s overall research strategy and agenda.