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August 2012

Researchers of deadly esophagus cancer to share $42 million in grants

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Researchers studying the cause of deadly esophagus cancer are among 17 recipients sharing $42.3 million in medical research funding from the Gillard Government. Queensland Institute of Medical Research will receive $2.4 million of the funding as they search for a treatment for the cancer, which kills some 70% of the people who contract the disease within five years of diagnosis. “Esophagus cancer is detected in around 1,000 Australians every...

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July 2012

Maintaining Public Trust: Managing Conflicts of Interest in the NHMRC

Australia’s high standard of health care relies on the integrity of clinical practice guidelines used by practitioners in clinics, surgeries and hospitals to apply knowledge that has come from health and medical research.  The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has strengthened its policies to ensure clinical advice is not tainted by undeclared or unmanaged interests. “Guideline development relies on experts, who inherently bring experience, ideas and...

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June 2012

Australia’s synchrotron to continue conducting world leading research

Australian researchers will continue to undertake vital research—in areas such as health, manufacturing and food security—in Australia thanks to a new program to manage researcher access to the Australian Synchrotron. The program will be managed by Monash University with the support of the Gillard Government’s investment of $30 million. Australian universities will also invest around $25 million. Announcing the funding, Science and Research Minister Senator Chris Evans said...

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Australian Smart Phone Research to Combat Chronic Disease in Lower and Middle Income Countries

A worldwide initiative to prevent and treat chronic diseases that affect millions of people has been given a boost of $5 million by the Australian Government. The research projects include evaluating whether an Australian-developed smartphone system will assist Indian rural healthcare workers detect and manage hypertension and cardiovascular risk. NHMRC Chief Executive Officer Professor Warwick Anderson today announced funding for five leading Australian research teams which will be part of an...

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Funding to tackle the human health effects of Hendra Virus

New funding of $3 million for eight projects will enable leading scientists to conduct critical research into the Hendra virus, following a fresh outbreak in Queensland. Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said the research aimed to bring about a better understanding of the virus, the development of management procedures and improved patient treatments. “The Government is committed to strengthening Australia’s biosecurity defences by funding quality scientific research that helps...

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May 2012

Government funds world-first research into multiple sclerosis

Australian scientists searching for a better way to treat for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) using a world-first adult stem cell technique will benefit from a Gillard Government grant. On the eve of World MS Day, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek announced $1.75 million would be directed to Professor Claude Bernard and his renowned team of researchers at Monash University in Melbourne.  “MS is a severely debilitating disease, affecting about 21,000 Australians, that attacks the central...

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April 2012

Borderline Personality Disorder: Helping Patients and Clinicians Find the Right Treatment

Help is at hand for clinicians who collectively treat more than 200,000 Australians with borderline personality disorder, which can be difficult to diagnose and potentially lead to significant harm for the patient. Borderline personality disorder is challenging for the people with the condition, their carers and the health professionals involved in the treatment and management of the condition. The disorder is associated with a range of risks including suicide, self-inflicted harmful...

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March 2012

Helping Healthcare Providers Work with People to Manage Excess Weight

The relationship between primary care clinicians and the community in managing overweight and obesity has been emphasised by a new draft clinical practice guideline issued for consultation by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).  The new draft Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Children and Adolescents is being funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. The new draft guideline suggests a staged approach to managing...

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$2.9 million to help boost access to clinical trials

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research   Patients suffering chronic diseases will benefit from $2.9 million in funding to increase access to clinical trials of new drugs, treatments and medical procedures. The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today said that the funding will support the administration of the National Health and Medical Research...

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ICGC launches new project and releases more genomic data on cancer

Toronto – March 15, 2012. The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) today announced a new project from South Korea to identify the genomic drivers in breast cancer, which will improve understanding and clinical management of this disease. ICGC today also announced its eighth major data release. The Consortium is ahead of schedule in its decade-long goal to generate high-quality genomic data on more than 25,000 tumors for up to 50 types of cancer that are of clinical and societal...

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