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Translation, translation, translation

Plenty of low hanging fruit – NHMRC’s Research Translation Symposium I have written often about the potential for research to reduce the costs of health care especially a great deal of health services and clinical research funded by NHMRC. This was demonstrated in abundance at NHMRC’s Research Translation Faculty Symposium in Melbourne last week. This is an arm in the Virtuous Cycle that must be strengthened. While some research may indeed make health care more expensive (but...

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NHMRC’s leadership role in ethics of research involving humans

In Finland this week, a ceremony was held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Helsinki. The Declaration is one of the most important documents in the history of human research ethics and is widely considered the landmark document governing the conduct of clinical research.  Most of the practices that were of grave concern in 1964 are happily rare today. However, researchers and participants now face new ethical dilemmas with the development of new technologies and...

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October grant announcements

Here are some statistics about the grants announced on 17 October 2014 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health in Sydney. Project grants Total project grant funding: $419,982,953 ($423.5 million last year) Number of grants funded – 553 (646 last year) Total funded rate – 14.95% (553 out of 3,700) Total number of CIs on funded grants – 1998Of all CI applicants, 1378 were women, 2321 men Category scores for funded grantsCategory 7 - 1 Category 6 - 315 Category 5 -...

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CEO Diary – April to July 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for April 2014 1 – CEO Roundtable: New Insights into the Biology of Obesity 3 – Meeting with Professor Hugh McDermott and Linda Peterson, Bionics Institute 4 – Meeting with John Tuckwell, Senior Adviser Trade, Economics and Agriculture Research and Innovation Delegation of the European Union to Australia 5 – Presentation – The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation Dinner 8 – NHMRC Indigenous Capacity Building Forum 9...

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Building a healthier nation

An interview with Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, published in the October 2014 issue of International Innovation magazine. Building a healthier nation (PDF, 708KB) In the same edition of International Innovation is an interview with Dr Saraid Billiards, Director of Project Grants at NHMRC, about women in science. Exacting change (PDF, 5.9MB)

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Thoughts on peer review at the end of 2014 GRPs

This week marks the end of this year’s Grant Review Panels (GRP) here in Canberra, an epic month-and-a-bit that draws on the time and expertise of hundreds of researchers to peer review thousands of applications. Next, NHMRC’s Research Committee and Council will consider the year’s peer review processes and begin to finalise policies for the year ahead. Peer review is about spending public money responsibly. The people of Australia provide the funding through their taxes, via...

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Webcast: Grant Review Panel Briefing (Monday 11 August)

NHMRC's presentation to Grant Review Panel members was streamed live on Monday 11 August from 9:00AM. A copy of the presentation is available via the following link. Watch the presentation on-demand here Please note the Player Requirements information below if you have trouble viewing the presentation. For more information on how NHMRC Grant Review Panels work, I encourage you to watch the following short video and to read the summary of the GRP processes. Watch the NHMRC Grant Review...

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Building scale, scope and excellence in research and translation

Collaboration between researchers, heath care professionals and the private sector is essential if Australia is to get the most out of its public investment in health and medical research.  Increasingly, collaboration between institutions has become ever more essential to, it we are to maximise resources in pursuit of health benefits from research. We can learn much about how to foster this collaboration in Australia by looking at those who already do it well. The international powerhouses...

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New data set for comment: Project Grant outcomes by institution

Each year NHMRC publishes extensive data of our grant outcomes, including by gender, institution, national health priority area and many more (see also our annual Funding Facts Book). However, we recently received requests from Universities to provide more comprehensive feedback to help them understand their performance relative to others. In response we have prepared the following data set to complement the already publically available data.  NHMRC 2013 Project Grant Outcomes (PDF, 228KB...

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Celebrating Indigenous health research during NAIDOC Week

To celebrate NAIDOC Week (6-13 July), NHMRC staff met yesterday to recognise the contribution of Indigenous Australians to our country, and to health and medical research in particular. As well as hearing from the fantastic Indigenous artist Greg Joseph, we were lucky enough to be joined by Indigenous health researcher Sean Taylor. Sean is a descendent from the Dowareb tribe from Mer Island in the Eastern Torres Straits and is currently completing his Doctorate of Public Health at James Cook...

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