Family Medicine is about the holistic approach to health the focuses on the individual, the family and the community. It is about treating ill health but also about staying healthy by living a good life while also keeping the context of the family and the community. Research in this area is very important because it addresses the individual, the family and the community and the interface between the three. Research should be relevant to the needs of the community. Those needs change from time to time so they should be current needs but also look at the likely needs in the near and mid-term future. So infectious diseases, their management and prevention may be the current needs but non-communicable diseases are likely to be a big burden on the resources in the mid-term future. Therefore our research projects involve generation of new ideas and finding answers to un-answered or half-answered questions rather than more of the 'me-too' culture of repeating themes which have been very adequately researched already.