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February 2015

CEO statement on water fluoridation

In response to recent media, the CEO Professor Warwick Anderson reaffirms that NHMRC’s position on water fluoridation is: “Fluoridation of drinking water remains the most effective and socially equitable means of achieving community-wide exposure to the caries prevention effects of fluoride. It is recommended that water be fluoridated in the target range of 0.6 to 1.1 mg/L, depending on climate, to balance reduction of dental caries and occurrence of dental fluorosis.” This...

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Clarification of future wind farm research funding

NHMRC today released its statement: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, which mentioned a future call for research in this area. Each year, NHMRC sets aside a small proportion of its total annual expenditure budget of around $850 million to fund Targeted Calls for Research. These are one-off calls for research on specific health issues. The expected annual expenditure for the Targeted Call for Research on Wind Farms and Human Health is up to $0.5 million per annum, and will be dependent on...

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NHMRC’s comprehensive review finds little evidence of adverse health effects from wind farms

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today released a statement concluding that ‘there is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans.’ The NHMRC Statement: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health is based on a rigorous independent assessment of the existing scientific evidence on wind farms and human health. The review was overseen by NHMRC’s Wind Farms and Human Health Reference Group, which was chaired by Emeritus...

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Leading medical researcher to head the NHMRC

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson has praised the announcement of Professor Anne Kelso as the incoming CEO of NHMRC, made today by Minister for Health Sussan Ley. Professor Anderson was delighted with the news and said the appointment reflected Professor Kelso’s dedication to the sector and exceptional career achievements. “Professor Kelso has proved herself to be not only an outstanding researcher, but also a leader in the health and medical research sector,” Professor...

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January 2015

NHMRC survey reveals key dementia research priorities

A survey commissioned by the National Health and Medical Research Council has revealed that finding ways to prevent dementia, improving diagnosis and better care are considered top priorities for future dementia research. Released today, the survey sought views from consumers (people with dementia, their family and personal carers), researchers (new and established), medical practitioners and aged care providers around Australia. The results will be used to inform the research agenda of the...

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New draft guidelines on organ transplantation open for public consultation

A new guideline to inform tough decisions around the allocation of organs for transplantation has today been released for public consultation. The draft document, Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors, was developed with advice from an expert working group and released by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Australia has one of the highest organ transplantation success rates in the world, but around 1,500 Australians are awaiting a transplant at any one...

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Young researchers to take on dementia challenge

THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Education and Training Leader of the House Australia’s best up and coming researchers are being encouraged to turn their minds to tackling one of the world’s biggest health issues. Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced the opening of a new fellowship scheme to support research into dementia. The joint fellowships will be funded by the country’s two peak research bodies – the National...

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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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