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Crossing the bridge – working to translate research into health policy and practice

NHMRC recently held a meeting with Chairs of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Steering groups. The text below is an edited version of my introductory comments. The NHMRC Research Translation Faculty is unique in the world. I wouldn’t want you to think that we are making it up as we go along, but we really are in unchartered waters. I thank the Steering group Chairs and the couple of thousands of colleagues who are members of our Faculty and are contributing to this. We’re...

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Measuring the Impact of Research — Not Just a Simple List of Publications

This article originally appeared in the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) March 2014 newsletter. Ever improving citation performance. NHMRC has been conducting rigorous analyses of the citation performance of Australian health and medical research publications since the early 1990s. We released the latest version of this regular bibliometric analysis in mid-February (Measuring up 2013). The latest report covers publications from 2005 to 2009. Understanding bibliometric analyses is...

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Health and Medical Research – benefiting Australia

On 26 March 2014, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson AM gave an update to the Western Australian health and medical research community at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. View the presentation below. Health and Medical Research – benefiting Australia (PDF, 2.3MB)

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NHMRC - a member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

The first face-to-face partner meeting of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is taking place this week. There are now 148 organisations in the Alliance, including NHMRC. I have asked Professor Kathryn North, Chair of the NHMRC Research Committee to represent NHMRC on GA4GH, and GA4GH has appointed Kathryn to be the Vice Chair of the GA4GH Transitional Steering Committee. The Alliance aims to accelerate the responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data, with the goal of...

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2013 research funding – the year in review

Today at the University of Adelaide, the Minister for Health Peter Dutton announced $133 million in NHMRC grants spanning 153 grants across five NHMRC funding schemes. These included Program Grants, Development Grants, Partnership Projects, Postgraduate Scholarships and a Targeted Call for Research to reduce the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Indigenous communities. Australian research resulting from our Program Grants for leading teams of researchers (today $101.6 million) has...

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Measuring research impact – a necessary challenge

In Australian health and medical research, NHMRC receives many more great research ideas than we are able to fund. And so, we assess and rank applications based on merit, and largely, the merit of an idea is judged according to its ability to have impact. But measuring impact in any area of research is an inherently difficult task. This challenge formed the foundation of discussions this week at the Research and Impact Assessment Symposium hosted by Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of...

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Genomic medicine – much promise, many challenges

Genomics will transform many aspects of medicine in the coming decade though exactly how is still not fully clear. In the first week of January, I attended a meeting on genomic medicine (Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine) convened by NIH and attended by research funding bodies and policy makers from around 20 nations. A number of countries are making substantial progress in introducing genomics approaches into their health care systems. These are mostly the smaller countries, but also some...

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CEO Diary - November 2013 to January 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for November 2013 5: Meeting with Prof Harding, DVC-R ANU 5: Welcome Reception for the Third EU-AU Workshop on Research Infrastructure 6: Meeting with Dr Octavi Quintana Trias, Director for the European Research Area, European Commission 7: Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges meeting, Melbourne 11: Department of Industry CRC Interviews 13: Research Australia Awards 14: Department of Industry CRC Meeting 18: Speaker at the Kolling Institute, New Horizons...

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CEO Health Research Translation Newsletter - December 2013

Health and medical research provides new knowledge at an ever growing rate. This knowledge is aimed at improving health; sometimes in the short term, often with a longer time frame.  The catch is of course that peoples’ health is improved only when the findings of research are taken up and implemented by decision makers, health professionals, policy makers and consumers. Sometimes the research needs to be developed commercially; to support the development of new products for better...

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2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community

On 4 December 2013, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson delivered his 2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community via a webcast. Key issues that will be discussed: 2013 funding announcements - trends and strategies 2014 funding round – what’s new? Early career researchers, and women in science Evaluating outcomes of research Declaration on Research Assessment (DoRA) Research misconduct and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research....

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