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December 2004

$42 Million to Progress Medical Research and Support Young AUstralian Scientists

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, today announced $42 million in funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Development Grants Scheme and Researcher Support Awards. These grants and awards will strengthen Australia’s research into the cause and treatment of diseases such as cancer, obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease. “The Development Grants Scheme helps researchers translate their results into new products or treatments,”...

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Communique from the NHMRC's 155th Session, Canberra

At the 154th session in September, the National Health and Medical Research Council decided that there should be no clinical trials in animal to human whole organ transplants for a period of five years. At the 155th session on 9th December, the Council considered further the issues of animal cellular therapies and animal external therapies. The Council determined that there should be no clinical trials in Australia using animal cellular therapies or animal external therapies for five years...

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November 2004

Multi-million Dollar Boost for Research into Australia's Major Health Problems

Australian researchers will receive a $222 million funding boost over the next five years for research into the nation's major health problems, including cancer and heart disease. The new funding includes $188 million for Australian researchers currently working in hospitals, universities and medical research institutes across Australia. More than $12 million will also be spent on Capacity Building Grants in Population Health Research and $11 million spent under the NHMRC's Health...

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Australian Researchers to Benefit from Federal Funding

The Federal Government will spend almost $63 million in new grants supporting Australia's health and medical researchers. The Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, said it was essential to support the best and brightest researchers to investigate our major health problems. "The programs operated by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provide young scientists with support to work in teams with more experienced researchers," he said. One...

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National Health and Medical Research Council Hosts Major International Ethics Meeting

More than 30 delegates from 18 countries have begun arriving in Canberra to attend the 5th International Meeting of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), through one of its Principal Committees - the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) - was selected in 2002 to host the meeting. According to the NHMRC's CEO, Professor Alan Pettigrew, who will officially open the event, all those attending will benefit greatly from the...

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October 2004

Communicating with Patients-An Essential Skill

Poor communication between some doctors and their patients is a major factor in most complaints to health complaints bodies and Medical Boards, and contributes to medical negligence actions. A new resource kit for doctors, released last night by Australia's peak health advisory body, the National Health and Medical Research Council, illustrates best practice in doctor-patient communication. The new booklet, Communicating with Patients: Advice for Medical Practitioners, has been...

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September 2004

Communique from the NHMRC's 154th Session, Perth

Animal-to-Human Transplantation (Xenotransplantation) Australia’s leading health advisory body, the National Health and Medical Research Council, says there should be a five-year moratorium on any clinical research into animal-to-human whole organ transplants in Australia. Council has also ruled that non-human primates (eg baboons) should never be considered as source animals for any future clinical trials of animal-to-human transplantation. The NHMRC reached these decisions after...

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August 2004

$42 Million for New Research Networks

The Australian Government has committed $42 million to fund cutting edge research through a new plan to bring leading researchers together to share their knowledge. The Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, and the Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, today announced the Government would establish 24 new research networks to help coordinate leading-edge research across Australia. The Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical...

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July 2004

Scientists to Denefit from National Research Facilities

The Australian Government will provide more than $14.2 million to establish or extend eight national research facilities, including tissue and cell banks, in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Announcing the funding today, the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, said the facilities would be established under the National Health and Medical Research Council's new Enabling Grants Scheme. "The Scheme is...

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$115 Million Boost to Health and Medical Research Programs

Health-related research programs across the nation will receive more than $115 million over five years from the Australian Government. The Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, said that 20 research teams would receive funding under the NHMRC's Program Grants Scheme. "For example, in the Northern Territory, $7 million will be available to investigate why diabetes, heart and kidney disease occur in epidemic proportions amongst Indigenous Australians and how these diseases...

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