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December 2008

Grants translate research into practice

The National Health and Medical Research Council is pleased to announce more than $22 million in grants under the Career Development Awards scheme. Fifty-eight grants have been funded, with 38 in the area of biomedical research and 11 in population health. The remainder are in the clinical and industry research fields. These awards support early- to mid-career researchers undertaking projects that cover illnesses and diseases that continue to afflict our society such as multiple sclerosis,...

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Translating knowledge into better health

Indigenous and older Australians will be the main winners in the latest round of research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Nine capacity building grants totalling $18.2 million have been awarded to university research teams across Australia. These grants will support work in population health and health services — the implementation of health research and studies into effective and efficient health care services. The grants will also build the skills of teams...

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Grants translate research into practice

The National Health and Medical Research Council is pleased to announce more than $22 million in grants under the Career Development Awards scheme. Fifty-eight grants have been funded, with 38 in the area of biomedical research and 11 in population health. The remainder are in the clinical and industry research fields. These awards support early- to mid-career researchers undertaking projects that cover illnesses and diseases that continue to afflict our society such as multiple...

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NHMRC recognises Australia's best and brightest researchers

The award winners accept their awards From left: NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson, Professor Pankaj Sah (Queensland Brain Institute), Professor Graeme Jackson (Brain Research Institute), Dr Sof Andrikopoulos (University of Melbourne), Professor Joseph Trapani (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), Professor Melissa Wake (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute), Professor Stephen MacMahon (The George Institute for International Health), and Chair of...

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Fluoride and babies

A recent media article suggests that that babies from six months to a year should only have 600ml of fluoridated water. NHMRC has three publications that refer to fluoride intake, none of which make this suggestion: Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2004) Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand (2006) A Systematic Review of the Efficacy and Safety of Fluoridation (2007) In November 2007 our review into the safety of fluoridation said: "Recent...

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NICS wins AGLN-V leadership award

NICS staff members Sue Huckson and Meredith Cameron jointly received the 2008 Leadership Award from the Australian Government Leadership Network- Victoria. Sue Huckson was nominated for her work on the National Organ Donation Collaborative and Meredith Cameron was nominated for the Fight Flu campaign.

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NMHRC Project Grants 2009 application round opens

Applications are now open for NHMRC Project Grants 2009 for funding commencing in 2010. Project Grants support individual researchers and research teams to conduct the highest quality research across all fields of health and medical research on researcher initiated projects. The 2009 round will encourage research in fields such as Indigenous health, complementary and alternative medicines, water quality, global health, obesity intervention, nanotechnology and health, and the health challenges...

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November 2008

Top indigenous entertainer awarded for health work

Aboriginal singer-songwriter Dr Jimmy Little was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council Advocacy Award at Research Australia’s ‘Thank You’ Day Awards in Sydney last night. Dr Little was nominated for the award by Baxter Healthcare for his long-term dedication to raising awareness of health issues affecting Indigenous Australians. » Read more - www.thankyouday.org

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NHMRC Annual Report 2007-08

NHMRC's annual report for 2007-08 has been tabled in parliament. » Go to the NHMRC Annual Report 2007-08

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Clinical practice guidelines for the management of melanoma in Australia and New Zealand

The Australian Cancer Network (ACN) has released NHMRC-endorsed evidence-based clinical guidelines to assist GPs, dermatologists and surgeons to manage patients with melanoma.

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Fellowships

NHMRC received 229 applications for appointment in the NHMRC Fellowship scheme in 2008. NHMRC currently (in 2008) supports 346 researchers on NHMRC Research Fellowships, including 67 Senior Principal Research Fellows, 83 Principal Research Fellows, and 196 Senior Research Fellows. Five years ago, there were 275 NHMRC Research Fellows. Research Committee is currently considering whether some adjustments should be made to the scheme, particular to increase flexibility for Fellows and to ensure...

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All Research Great and Small : Program and EU Collaborative Grants and Fellowships

Many of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers have reason to celebrate today at the announcement of $132 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants and Fellowships, as well as the NHMRC European Union Collaborative Health Research Grants. From teaching hospitals to universities and specialist institutions, essential medical research happens in a variety of environments in Australia.  Today’s grants and fellowships encourage the...

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NHMRC Has Not Warned The Queensland Government On Recycling Water

The National Health and Medical Research Council has never warned the Queensland Government it should not go ahead with its water recycling plan, as was incorrectly reported in today’s Australian, the CEO of the NHMRC, Professor Warwick Anderson, says. “The role of the NHMRC is to produce and endorse national guidelines, in this case the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling – Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies, for agencies to follow to protect public health. “...

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October 2008

NHMRC directs $23M to Western Australian medical research

Western Australian health and medical researchers have received more than $23 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 45 grants which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants.  The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will...

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NHMRC directs $127M to Victorian medical research

Victorian health and medical researchers have received almost $127 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 251 grants which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants. The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will benefit the health of...

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NHMRC directs $50M to Queensland medical research

Queensland health and medical researchers have received more than $50 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 20 grants which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants. The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will benefit the health...

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NHMRC directs $7M to Northern Territory medical research

Northern Territory health and medical researchers have received more than $7 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 10 grants, which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants.  The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will...

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NHMRC directs $106M to New South Wales medical research

NSW health and medical researchers have received more than $106 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 196 grants, which are a substantial part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants. The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will benefit...

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NHMRC directs $6M to ACT medical research

ACT health and medical researchers have received more than $6 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 12 grants which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants. The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will benefit the health of...

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NHMRC funds Australia’s future health

THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP, Minister for Health and Ageing, announces more than $357 million to support health and medical research through 688 NHMRC grants are being awarded to universities and research institutions across Australia. Today, I am pleased to announce more than $357 million to support health and medical research. Six hundred and eighty-eight National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants are being awarded to universities and research institutions across the...

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NHMRC directs $33M to South Australian medical research

South Australian health and medical researchers have received more than $33 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these 63 grants, which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants. The high calibre of medical research in this country means that the successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will...

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NHMRC directs $3M to Tasmanian medical research

Tasmanian health and medical researchers have received more than $3 million in funding from the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants. I am pleased to announce these seven grants, which are part of $357 million funded nationally. I commend the researchers who have been awarded grants. The high calibre of medical research in this country means that successful applicants are of an outstanding level, carrying out research that will benefit the...

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NHMRC welcomes new NICS Fellowship leaders in health care

Six new leaders in Australian health care celebrated the completion of their NICS Fellowships at a ceremony held Tuesday 30 September in Melbourne, benefiting areas as diverse as cancer pain, heart failure, falls and blood clot prevention. NICS Fellowships offer a unique opportunity to health professionals who share a passion for ensuring the best available evidence is practised. Having identified an area within their own discipline where evidence exists but is not being applied in routine care...

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September 2008

Researchers earn grants for palliative care

Sixteen researchers have received grants to conduct research into palliative-care practices. The Rudd Government today announced almost $740,000 in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding. As the Australian population ages the need for palliative care is increasing in our community. About 22,000 Australians each year will at some point require specialist palliative care and a conservative estimate is that with patients, families, carers and friends, terminal illness...

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NHMRC joins leading health care organisations to transfer knowledge into practice

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is inviting early-to-mid career health professionals with a commitment to improve health care in Australia to apply for a 2009 NICS Fellowship. The NHMRC, through its National Institute of Clinical Studies, has partnered with a number of key health organisations to offer ten Fellowships. In past years they have attracted a large number of very strong applications from people eager to develop careers in knowledge transfer. NICS Fellows are...

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August 2008

NHMRC commits to International Cancer Genome Consortium

The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has announced that NHMRC will join ten other organisations across eight countries in contributing to the analysis of genomic changes for eight forms of cancer. See announcement on www.icgic.org See Minister for Health & Ageing The Hon. Nicola Roxon's media release, 22 Aug 08

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Linking research to real life

Organisations and researchers now have access to over $100m for research to improve health programs. The new NHMRC Partnerships scheme aims to build direct relationships between health providers and researchers, to strengthen the evidence base that decision makers work from. The scheme is ongoing, with the initial funding of over $100m available in the first two years.  Health providers and researchers will be able to form partnerships to apply for a grant from the National Health and...

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New guidelines improve animal wellbeing

World first guidelines that focus on the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes have been released by the NHMRC. The groundbreaking Guidelines to Promote the Wellbeing of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes: The Assessment and Alleviation of Pain and Distress in Research Animals focus on all aspects of the care of animals used in research. The Guidelines were developed by animal care experts, researchers and Animal Welfare Committee members on behalf of the National Health and...

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July 2008

The support that helps medical research happen

Twenty two independent health and medical research institutes across Australia are about to receive up to $29million to support their essential work. The grants, made through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Independent Research Institute Infrastructure Support Scheme, support the indirect costs of maintaining internationally competitive research. Funds will be used to provide non–capital support services such as laboratory staff, libraries, computer services and...

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June 2008

Post Coma Caring

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today launched two publications to guide the care of people in post-coma unresponsiveness (PCU) or a minimally responsive state (MRS). Ethical Guidelines for the Care of People in Post-Coma Unresponsiveness (Vegetative State) or a Minimally Responsive State (Ethical Guidelines) and A Guide for Families and Carers of People with Profound Brain Damage (Guide for Families) have been developed by NHMRC to guide health care professionals,...

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