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CEO Diary – February to March 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for February 20143 – Panel on science communication with Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council at the Australian Science Communicators national conference, Brisbane6 – Population Health Research Network Review Panel meeting, Sydney7 – Meeting with Department of Education on EU 2020 and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy10 – Population Health Research Network Review Panel meeting, Melbourne11...

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Additional commentary on the outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

I am pleased to provide an update on key announcements in the 13 May Federal Budget related to the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Government is providing additional funding for two budget measures: Boosting dementia research ($200.0 million) The Australia Government will provide an additional $200 million over five years to boost Australia’s dementia research capacity. NHMRC ($174M), working in close collaboration with the Australian Research Council ($26M), will fund a...

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Outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

I am pleased to provide an update on key announcements in the 13 May 2014-15 Federal Budget related to the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC will receive additional funding for two budget measures: Boosting dementia research ($174.0 million) as part of the Australian government’s commitment to provide $200M for dementia research Simplified and consistent health and medical research ($9.9 million) that includes improving our research grants management systems and further...

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Q+A: 2014 Project Grants Peer Review

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) received 3810 Project Grant applications for funding this year – a 2.7% decrease on last year. This is the first decrease in application numbers since 2006. We will convene 37 Grant Review Panels (GRP) between 28 July and 5 September involving approximately 500 panel members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and many thousands of external reviewers. The Project Grants scheme is NHMRC’s largest funding scheme, and in 2014 we have improved and...

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Partnership Projects for funding commencing in 2014

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson discusses the outcomes of the latest Partnership Projects funding round (Third Call for 2013 for funding commencing in 2014). View the Media Release: $11.4 Million for Health and Medical Research

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Australia’s response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

Presentation by Professor Warwick Anderson AM at 'Towards a Global Research Agenda for AMR', the launch of the JPIAMR Strategic Research Agenda. Australia’s response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance - powerpoint slides (PDF, 392KB) Professor Warwick Anderson AM Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC

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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 diagnoses...

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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. View...

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CEO Diary - September and October 2013

The CEO will provide a regular update to keep you informed. This is the first update. NHMRC Strategic Plan 2013-15 Our priority actions: Create new knowledge through support of discovery research Accelerate research translation Build Australia’s future capability for research and translation Set high standards in ethics in health care and research Work with partners – States and Territories, health bodies, health industries and community and consumers groups CEO’s Message The months...

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Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters - Innovation Series keynote address

Presentation to the Innovation Series event 'Improving Lives through Innovation - developing a healthy future for Australia', 21 August 2013. Presentation Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters. Professor Warwick Anderson AM 21 August 2013 (PDF, 788KB) Video Video of this presentation is available on the Innovation Series website.

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Reproduction Research: Why Medical Research Matters - Making babies in the 21st century public forum

Presentation to the Making babies in the 21st century: We need to do it better public forum organised by The Society for Reproductive Biology, 25 August 2013. Presentation Reproduction Research: Why Medical Research Matters (PDF, 252KB) Transcript Thanks for that introduction and I’m absolutely delighted to be invited to this meeting with a combination of people from the community; from dedicated clinicians and from the research community itself. It’s great especially I think at meetings...

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How we deal with alleged research misconduct: NHMRC - The Conversation

Article by Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, as published online via The Conversation, 16 August 2013. How we deal with alleged research misconduct: NHMRC

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CEO Newsletter – July 2013

2013 Project Grants Peer Review Overview and Commonly Asked Questions The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) had received over 3900 applications this year, a 4.8% increase on 2012. To ensure that all applications receive a fair and equitable peer review, we will convene 43 Grant Review Panels (GRP) between 29 July and 6 September involving approximately 600 panel members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and many thousands of external reviewers. The Project Grants scheme is...

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Interview with The Lancet regarding the Declaration of Helsinki

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was interviewed by The Lancet on the seventh revision of the Declaration of Helsinki. Since the Declaration of Helsinki was originally published in 1964 by the World Medical Association (WMA), its primary purpose has been to set international ethical principles for research involving human participants. See full article

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Who benefits? A question about the future of health and medical research

A talk given to the ICT for Life Sciences Forum Melbourne 23 May 2013 (edited) Professor Warwick Anderson AM Who benefits? A question about the future of health and medical research (PDF, 1.9MB)

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Allegations concerning Dr Sarah Laurie

Recent media and web based commentary has concerned allegations, originally published in the blog Croakey, about Dr Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation conducting human research without ethical approval. Australians expect that those conducting research adhere to the highest ethical standards.  These ethical standards are set out in NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (National Statement).  Given the significance of these ethical standards,...

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NHMRC response to media criticism about funding of ‘obscure research’ – The effect of acupuncture on live birth rates

An article in the Sunday Telegraph (19 May 2013) questioned the value of an NHMRC grant “The effect of acupuncture on live birth rates“ by a team led by Associate Professor Caroline Smith at the University of Western Sydney. NHMRC aims to support excellence in research by funding the best research ideas each year, as judged by peers and in accordance with NHMRC’s selection criteria for each scheme. This ensures funded research is rigorously assessed for its scientific...

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Interview with MJA Insight

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was interviewed for an article by MJA Insight on the topic of research enrolments and clinical trials. See full article

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Innovation and health; maybe not what you think - TEDMED forum (Sydney, 20 April 2013)

About TEDMED TEDMED is about bringing together leaders to solve the greatest health and medical challenges facing the world today. Speakers and presentations Australian speakers at TEDMED Sydney 2013 Video of presentations, including Professor Warwick Anderson AM, NHMRC CEO

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CEO Research Newsletter - April 2013

In this edition: Facts and figures from the 2012 funding round NHMRC’s Strategic Plan – what it means for researchers Big Ideas for Action for big health challenges Accelerating the benefits of research Maintaining trust in research Quality and efficiency in granting Leadership and partnership in research Women in research Deciding priorities NHMRC and health advice CEO Research Newsletter - April 2013 (PDF, 823KB)

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Launch of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Infant Feeding Guidelines

Address by Professor Warwick Anderson AM Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council Monday 18 February 2013 Office of the NHMRC, Canberra ACT Listen to an audio recording of the launch address Check against delivery Today, NHMRC launches its Australian Dietary Guidelines.  These guidelines provide the scientific advice for healthier Australian diets. Preparation The guidelines are an update of the 2003 guidelines and have been long in the revision. NHMRC has...

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Interview with Focus Reports

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, talks about NHMRC’s key milestones and achievements, the interaction between academia and the private sector, clinical research, international collaborations and the main challenges and opportunities for Australian researchers in the Asian Century. Would you begin by outlining the key milestones and achievements of the NHMRC in the past four years? The first point is the development of our initiatives on an international level: for example, we...

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