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July 2015

Appointments to key health and medical research body

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport   Leading medical researchers, academics, clinicians and administrators have been appointed to the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, today announced 13 members of the Council of the NHMRC – Australia’s premier source of expert advice on health, research ethics and funding for research. “The NHMRC is an independent statutory authority...

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Feedback sought on draft revisions to ethical guidelines for assisted reproductive technology

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today opened public consultation on draft changes to the clinical practice section of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research, 2007.  Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is the application of laboratory or clinical techniques to human eggs, sperm or embryos for the purposes of reproduction. Compliance with these guidelines is a key part of accreditation for all...

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June 2015

Boost for mental health researcher in the development of online tool

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport   Minister for Health Sussan Ley today congratulated Dr Philip Batterham on receiving the 2015 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for his work in the development of a mental health online support tool. Dr Batterham is a National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the National Institute for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University...

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May 2015

Australian-first website to connect more patients with clinical trials

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport THE HON IAN MACFARLANE Minister for Industry and Science In an Australian-first patients will be given access to potentially life-saving clinical trials at their fingertips with the launch of an online one-stop shop today. Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said it will be easier for patients across Australia to take part in innovative medical research as the Abbott Government launched...

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NHMRC releases Statement and Information Paper on impacts of lead on human health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released a Statement and Information Paper summarising the evidence on the effects of lead on human health. People’s exposure to lead has substantially reduced over recent decades due to national initiatives which have restricted the addition of lead to paint and petrol, and restricted the use of lead in consumer goods. The average blood lead level among Australians is now estimated to be less than 5 micrograms per...

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March 2015

New centres foster better health through research translation

Four Australian health centres have been recognised as being amongst the world’s best for using medical research to improve patient care.  The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley today announced all four as the first ever National Health and Medical Research Council Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres, following assessment by an international panel of experts. The Centres include hospitals, universities and medical research institutes collaborating together to foster...

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Public consultation opens on draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today opened public consultation on the draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes. The document provides advice on best practice for the care and use of non-human primates and is intended to be read in conjunction with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th edition, 2013). NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the document plays an important...

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NHMRC CEO releases statement on e-cigarettes

The CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia has today released a statement summarising the evidence on the safety, quality and efficacy of e-cigarettes. It states that, “There is currently insufficient evidence to conclude whether e-cigarettes can benefit smokers in quitting, or about the extent of their potential harms. It is recommended that health authorities act to minimise harm until evidence of safety, quality and efficacy can be produced.  NHMRC is...

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New grants to support research commercialisation

New research grants to help transform medical research ideas into commercial outcomes were announced today. Worth $15.2 million, the 26 NHMRC Development Grants support the commercial development of a range of products, processes and procedures that if successfully developed, will result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings. They include an injectible filler to repair bones, a new sperm sorting device to reduce male infertility and improve IVF outcomes and...

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$98 million to support large scale grants

Eleven grants worth an average of almost $9 million each to support big teams tackle big ideas were announced today. The NHMRC Program Grants support teams of high calibre researchers pursue broad, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research in some of the most complex areas of health and medical research. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the grants are the largest available from NHMRC and went towards long term studies conducted by world-leading researchers. “These grants...

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