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December 2014

New statement and guidance for consumers on direct-to-consumer genetic testing

New publications recommending Australians exercise caution when ordering direct-to-consumer genetic tests were released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The publications include a new NHMRC position statement and an accompanying information resource for consumers. They come in response to the increased availability and falling costs of genetic tests for the public. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the resources offered valuable advice and hoped they...

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November 2014

NHMRC announces support for Alltrials

The National Health and Medical Research Council today released a statement in support of the principles behind the Alltrials campaign. Alltrials calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported, to reduce research duplication and legitimise trial results. In speaking about NHMRC’s support to register and report, CEO Professor Warwick Anderson emphasised the importance of clinical trials in confirming the safety and efficacy of drugs, treatments...

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Public lecture: World Dementia Envoy on the global dementia challenge

World Dementia Envoy Dr Dennis Gillings will give a public lecture in Canberra next week on the international effort to find a cure for dementia by 2025. Dr Gillings was appointed World Dementia Envoy by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the G7 earlier this year and is Chair of the World Dementia Council. The lecture, ‘Cost, Care, Cure: The Global Dementia Challenge’, will be held at the office of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Canberra City....

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October 2014

Establishing the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research

The first step to establish a National Institute for Dementia Research was taken today. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has opened an Expression-of-Interest (EOI) process for organisations interested in providing services to establish the institute. Health Minister Peter Dutton said the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research was a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s $200 million commitment to boosting research into dementia. “We are...

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Cancer research receives $98 million boost

Research to improve our understanding the causes of cancer and to develop new treatments has received a $98.9 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The research will explore a range of factors affecting the development, spread and treatment of a range of cancers including prostate, pancreatic and breast cancers. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was confident that the 156 grants would offer important insights into...

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$82 million for research into cardiovascular diseases

New research is set to deliver better treatments, prevention and care for people with cardiovascular disease, following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The funding totals $82.4 million across 106 grants which span improving care and rehabilitation for people following a stroke, investigations into how to repair heart tissue damage, and better methods for preventing cardiovascular conditions. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said...

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$18 million of new funds to support innovative dementia research

Research to improve our understanding of dementia and how to better treat and prevent it has received an $18 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The grants cover a range of innovative research projects, from genetic studies of twins, to studying the effects of an intergenerational activity program. CEO Professor Warwick Anderson acknowledged the importance of these grants and their potential to make real progress in...

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Researchers, communities, government and Not-for-Profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of healthcare delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project grants announced today. The grants are co-funded by NHMRC and partners, which includes the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, Ngaanyatjarra Health Service, Ernst and...

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$54 million to support diabetes research

Research to improve the treatment and prevention of diabetes has received a $54 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The 60 grants cover a range of innovative research projects, from studies exploring the relationship between artificial sweeteners and diabetes to research that seeks to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.  NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson acknowledged the importance of the grants...

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$12 million of innovative research to combat obesity

Exciting new research projects to better understand obesity and find ways to prevent and manage the condition have received a share of $12 million following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The 18 grants each take a unique approach to tackling obesity, from transforming ‘bad’ fat into ‘good’ fat associated with leanness and weight loss, to exploring the interaction between genetics, dietary habits and weight gain...

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