Ten of the Best Research Projects 2011

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Ten of the Best Research Projects 2011 describes ten Australian health and medical research projects chosen from among the thousands of NHMRC funded medical research projects underway in Australia today.

This year’s Ten of the Best features ten research projects that may produce some of our next 75 years of medical breakthroughs and help to address Australia’s greatest health challenges. The researchers profiled here have developed a prototype of a simple test for HIV for use in poorer countries and promoted the introduction of folate in flour to reduce birth defects. Another project has shown the benefits of people with depression participating in work, potentially relieving some of the annual $3 billion cost to the community of depression-related sick leave. — Warwick Anderson AM.