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December 2006

Juvenile Diabetes Vaccine Trial Commences

Children at risk of contracting juvenile diabetes may soon be vaccinated against the disease by administering insulin through a nasal spray device if a Melbourne based clinical trial proves successful. The Commonwealth Government, through the National Health and Medical Research Council has committed $5 million to the Intranasal Insulin Clinical Trial. The vaccine has been developed by the Diabetes Vaccine Development Centre at the University of Melbourne in partnership with the New York based...

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November 2006

$4.4 Million in Dementia Research Grants

Studies on the effect of vitamin D supplementation on dementia and new models of care for Indigenous Australians with dementia are among National Health and Medical Research Council grants worth a total of $4.4 million announced today by the Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro. Speaking in Sydney today at the Australian Association of Gerontologists Conference, Senator Santoro said the research, funded by the Howard Government, would help future generations to “defend against dementia...

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$5 Million for Research into Complementary Medicine

The Commonwealth Government will provide $5 million in funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to investigate the use and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicines. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics show that Australians spend around $1 billion annually on complementary and alternative medicines including vitamin supplements, homeopathic medicines and traditional Asian and indigenous medicines. This new funding is in addition...

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October 2006

Research Grants Target Social and Economic Factors on Health

The Commonwealth Government has announced $9.7 million in funding for eight innovative projects focusing on social, economic and environmental factors impacting on the health and wellbeing of Australians. The National Health and Medical Research Council grants meet the National Research Priority goals of Preventive Healthcare and Strengthening Australia’s Social and Economic Fabric. Areas covered by the research will include wellbeing in early childhood, breaking cycles of poor health and...

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New Research Grants Target Obesity

The Commonwealth Government has awarded $3.4 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for three innovative projects focusing on preventing obesity in Australians. These grants are among eight grants, totalling $9.7 million, for research into the social and economic factors impacts on health. The grants are: Deakin University will receive $1.9 million to investigate the causes of increased obesity risk among socioeconomically disadvantaged women and children. The...

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$529 Million in Health and Medical Research Grants

The Government will provide $529 million in health and medical research funding, awarded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), for new projects beginning in 2007. More than 850 grants will be made to support research in Australian universities, hospitals and medical research institutes. It is the first time that annual funding for health and medical research grants has exceeded the $500 million mark. All grants have been awarded after an open competitive...

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September 2006

$6.2 Million for research on Asbestos-Related Diseases

The Commonwealth Government has committed $6.2 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to establish a new national research centre, the National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases, and to provide funding for three years for 11 research projects The National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases will be based at the University of Western Australia. Research projects will also be funded in Victoria and Queensland. Research projects include...

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Give community a say in health messages, says NHMRC

Information on health may be generally better received if consumers contributed to the planning and delivery of health information for their community, according to a new publication released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The resource, Guide to effective participation of consumers and communities in developing and disseminating health information, shows how successful promotion of health information is generated from partnerships with health professionals, consumers...

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'10 of the best' medical research projects

Research into diabetes, Parkinson's disease, mental health and cancer has been showcased in a booklet released today. The '10 of the best' booklet highlights ten successful research projects funded by the Commonwealth Government through the National Health and Medical Research Council. The research outcomes highlighted in the booklet have been internationally recognised and in some cases are leading the development of international practice. The booklet has been written for...

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August 2006

National Institute of Clinical Studies to join NHMRC

The National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) will be incorporated into the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) next year. The NHMRC provides advice to Government on the funding and development of health and medical research, public health issues and ethical conduct in research. NICS focuses on potential improvements in health care by ensuring the best available medical evidence informs clinical practice. The move should strengthen the translation of research findings into...

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Ethics of Indigenous health research explored in new guide

The rights, responsibilities and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participating in or conducting human research are highlighted in a new guide released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne. Keeping research on track: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics shows how Indigenous communities can get the most out of health research....

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NHMRC seeks the community’s views on organ and tissue donation

Many Australians choose to donate organs or tissues during their lifetime, often to help a family member and sometimes also as a generous gift for other members of the community. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released draft guidelines on organ and tissue donation in such situations, for public consultation. These guidelines focus on donation during the donors’ lifetime and are not addressing consent to organ donation after death.  They are being...

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Health care communication under NHMRC microscope

Good communication about the benefits and risks of medical tests and treatments leads to better decisions through better understanding, according to a new publication released by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The new training tool, Making Decisions about Tests & Treatments: principles for better communication, is a one-stop educational resource designed to improve interaction and decision making between health consumers and professionals. CEO of the National Health...

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July 2006

$10 million to develop 'thinking' robots

New cross-disciplinary research that brings together neuroscience, artificial intelligence, robotics and computer science will receive $10 million over the next five years under the Australian Government's Thinking Systems initiative. The projects, to be funded jointly by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), were announced today by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Ms Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Health and...

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Government Injects $10 Million into Ageing Research

Crucial research to improve healthy and independent living for Australia's rapidly expanding older population has received a $10 million boost from the Australian Government. The funding was jointly announced today by the Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro, and the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Ms Julie Bishop, under the government's National Research Priority Area Promoting and Maintaining Good Health and the priority goal Ageing Well, Ageing Productively. The...

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June 2006

Embryo Research Licensing Committee Announced

The Commonwealth Government has today announced the appointment of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Embryo Research Licensing Committee, following consultation with state and territory ministers. The committee is appointed from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009, and will be led by Professor John (Jock) Findlay, AM, who has been appointed as chair for a second three-year term. Professor Findlay is a world-renowned reproductive biologist, with more than 30 years' experience in...

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NHMRC Research Committee Announced

The Commonwealth Government today announced the new membership of the National Health and Medical Research Council's Research Committee. The committee will serve a three-year term from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009, and will be chaired by Professor James Best. Professor Best is currently Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has nearly 30 years experience in biomedical research, particularly in the areas of glucose metabolism...

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Australian Health Ethics Committee Members Appointed

The Commonwealth Government today announced the appointment of members to the prestigious Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) - a Principal Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The appointments are from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009. The chairman of the new committee is Professor Colin Thomson. Professor Thomson is a solicitor and barrister in the Supreme Courts of NSW and the ACT, and has been a member of AHEC in two previous three-year terms, including as...

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Cultural Awareness - Key to a Healthier Australia

Governments and health services may be better equipped to tackle Australia's future health issues, including overweight and obesity, if they integrate cultural issues into the planning and delivery of health care and services, according to national guidelines released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Cultural competency in health: a guide for policy, partnerships and participation advocates that successful health promotion campaigns are those that are...

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New National Health Committee announced

The Commonwealth Government today announced appointments to the National Health Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council for the next three years, from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009. The newly-appointed committee will be chaired by Professor Colin Masters from the University of Melbourne. Professor Masters is an expert on Alzheimer's disease, mental health, neuroscience and pathology. The National Health Committee provides independent evidence-based health advice,...

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New Human Genetics Advisory Committee Appointed

The Commonwealth Government has today announced the reappointment for three years of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) at the National Health and Medical Research Council, to provide national leadership in responding to developments in human genetics. HGAC, a Principal Committee of the NHMRC, has been formed as part of the Government's response to the Australian Law Reform Commission and Australian Health Ethics Committee's report Essentially Yours - The Protection of Human...

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NHMRC Members Appointed

The Commonwealth Government today announced the appointment of the 19 members of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for the next three years, from 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2009. The NHMRC will be chaired by Professor Michael Good, director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Professor Good has extensive experience and expertise in health and medical research practice and administration and a strong understanding of the issues facing medical research institutes...

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Eye scan for heart disease wins Minister's award for excellence

Predicting the risk of heart disease through a non-invasive eye scan has won a young Melbourne researcher the Minister's Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2006. Associate Professor Tien Wong, 38, from the Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne, led a team that has developed a novel method of predicting cardiovascular disease by scanning the eyes for blood vessel damage. The team's research has shown that subtle but measurable changes to these...

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May 2006

Australian of the Year Wins Grant to Further Develop Cancer Vaccine

Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer and his research team are among 21 leading medical research teams who will receive grants totalling more than $5 million from the Commonwealth Government. The grants have been awarded under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Industry and Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Development and Project Grant Schemes. The grants cover a range of diseases and conditions, including treating or fighting the onset of age-related...

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$1.4 Million in International Grants set Aussie Scientists on Nobel Prize Winners’ Path

Five Australian scientists will receive approximately $1.4 million in grants awarded under the prestigious international Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). The program supports cutting-edge research focused on the life sciences, and involves more than 30 countries worldwide. Since HFSP began in 1989, 11 of its scientists have been awarded Nobel Prizes. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) gives Australian researchers the opportunity to access more than $70 million...

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Sing Happy Birthday Twice While Washing and Rinsing Hands, Says Child Care Health Guide

Thorough hand washing, immunisation and excluding sick children and staff are the three most important ways of preventing illness among children in child care centres, according to national guidelines released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Staying Healthy in Child Care: Preventing infectious diseases in child care—4th edition advocates that if these three things aren’t done properly, then many other processes that support infection control, such as...

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New National Nutrition Standards Target Chronic Diseases

Increase your intake of some key nutrients but cut back on salt and saturated fats to reduce the risk of nutritional deficiency and chronic illness—this is just some of the latest dietary advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne. The NHMRC’s Nutrient reference values for Australia and New Zealand is a technical report to help nutritionists and other...

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April 2006

New CEO for the National Health and Medical Research Council

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Warwick Anderson AM as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The appointment will commence on 7 June 2006, and is for a five-year term until 2011. Professor Anderson will be leading the agency into a new era with a greater focus on improving investment in both the social and commercial application of health and medical research. From 1 July, the NHMRC will be a fully independent...

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March 2006

$10 million injection of funding for priority driven research

The Commonwealth Government has announced a boost of $9.8 million for health research into chronic diseases, Indigenous health and the recovery process of older Australians who have been hospitalised. Four substantial projects have been funded, with grants ranging from $600,000 to $3.5 million. The grants have been awarded under the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) Health Services Research Program. The aim of the program is to support research projects which will...

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Quality drinking water for rural areas-a button away

People in small, rural and remote communities can now learn how to manage the quality of their local drinking water-at the touch of a button. For more than 30 years the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has provided vital information for those managing Australia's drinking water supplies, through its Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Today the NHMRC released the Community Water Planner CD-ROM and User Manual-to help individual farmers and small communities...

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