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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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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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