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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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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...

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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 & 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...

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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 NHMRC...

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