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December 2013

NHMRC warns of the risks associated with unproven stem cell therapies in Australia and overseas

The National Health and Medical Research Council has warned that unproven stem cell treatments available in Australia and overseas could pose risks to the health and well-being of patients.  Today, NHMRC released ‘Stem Cell Treatments – a Quick Guide for Medical Practitioners’ and the patient-targeted document ‘Stem Cell Treatments – Frequently Asked Questions’. These documents inform medical practitioners and their patients about the stem cell...

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Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013

New and improved vaccines to counter devastating infectious diseases, ways to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and the ability to manipulate the body’s immune system to fight off disease – these are the aims and results of ground-breaking research undertaken in Australia. They continue Australia’s long and enviable record in medical research which has significantly contributed to some of the world’s most important medical discoveries. They feature in the...

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October 2013

Top researchers recognised with NHMRC Excellence Awards

Top ranked researchers investigating cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, sexually transmitted infection and hospital-acquired pathogens have been recognised for their outstanding contribution by Australia’s peak body for health and medical research. The National Health and Medical Research Council has presented 20 Excellence Awards to the highest ranking applicants in their funding schemes. “The Excellence Awards recognise and reward achievement in the highly competitive health and medical...

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Neural spider web researchers receive NHMRC Science to Art Award 2013

A University of Sydney research team investigating how low level laser used clinically induces analgesia in patients with chronic pain has been awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Science to Art Award 2013. The winning image was created by dye labelling cell membranes and depicts a ‘neural spider web’ of cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons (DRGs), Schwann and satellite cells from rats. The research team worked together at the Brain and Mind Research...

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Human molecular geneticist recognised with NHMRC Outstanding Contribution Award

A national leader in the field of human molecular genetics has been awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s 2012 Outstanding Contribution Award. NHMRC established the Outstanding Contribution Award to acknowledge long-term contribution, individual commitment and support to NHMRC, and health and medical research. This year NHMRC has recognised University of Sydney Professor Ron Trent for his extensive involvement in NHMRC peer review since the mid-1980s. Professor Trent...

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Novel approach to pain recognised with NHMRC Marshall and Warren Award

A researcher whose work challenges our understanding of pain has been awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s 2012 Marshall and Warren Award. NHMRC has recognised University of South Australia Professor Lorimer Moseley for research that could help uncover more effective solutions for treating acute pain and prevent it from developing into chronic pain. “The Marshall and Warren Award acknowledges innovative research that may otherwise have difficulty attracting...

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Leading fertility researcher receives NHMRC Ethics Award

A leader in the field of fertility has been awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s 2012 Ethics Award. NHMRC has recognised Prince Henry's Institute Professor Jock Findlay for his significant contribution to high ethical standards health and medical research at a national level. His work with the NHMRC led the development of the ethical guidance of the use of human embryos in medical research. “Professor Findlay has been a leader in the development of...

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$559.1 million for health and medical research

Today, the Prime Minister the Hon Tony Abbott MP announced $559.1 million to Australian health and medical researchers to generate new health discoveries across Australia. The new funding will support 963 grants across three National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research support schemes and five fellowship schemes. For these schemes NHMRC received over 5,000 applications with 19% of these being funded. The importance of tackling national health priorities to researchers is...

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July 2013

Members of Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases to fund landmark research initiative to reduce impact of diabetes

Diabetes is now one of the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) globally. With the burden of this chronic non-communicable disease ever increasing, members of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) will issue a call for research proposals that address the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The focus will be on implementation and intervention research in low- and middle income countries, vulnerable populations in high-income countries and indigenous populations in...

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New edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes

All researchers and teachers in Australia considering the use of animals for scientific purposes are required to adhere to the new 8th edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. If animals need to be used, the new edition outlines how they must be cared for and treated. The new edition of the Code provides clearer, stronger and up-to-date information on the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals for scientific purposes. It outlines...

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NHMRC welcomes feedback on prostate cancer resource for health practitioners

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian men with almost 20,000 new cases diagnosed in 2009. Annually, over 3,000 men die of the disease. To improve health outcomes for men, NHMRC has drafted a resource that will help health practitioners discuss the potential benefits and harms of a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test with their patients. NHMRC is now inviting public comments on the draft, particularly from health practitioners who care for men who are concerned about...

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June 2013

New funding partnership to support breast cancer research

The Australian Government, through the National Health & Medical Research Council, has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support top young clinical researchers in the pursuit of new knowledge in the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Successful recipients will receive $6,000 per annum from NBCF in addition to their NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship, for up to three years. “Research into breast cancer is critical to saving lives. This partnership is...

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Human Frontier Science Program on track for 2014-2016

The ties that bind guarantee future support for international scientific collaborations funded by the Human Frontier Science Program. The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports international and interdisciplinary collaborations in basic research, focusing on complex mechanisms of living organisms. A new agreement on a three year budgetary framework will extend the avenues for interactions within the global scientific community. At an Intergovernmental Conference hosted by the European...

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New dementia research funding to unlock secrets of the brain

Medical research into the impact of low Vitamin B12 levels is among six new dementia research grants announced today by Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler.  Vitamin B12, commonly found in seafood like oysters, has a key role in normal brain functioning and University of Wollongong Professor Brett Garner will receive $429,011 to investigate how a lack of Vitamin B12 contributes to age-related memory loss, reasoning and decision...

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Distinguished infectious diseases researcher awarded Health Minister’s Medal

A Monash University researcher investigating hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistance has been awarded the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research. This prestigious award and medal was presented to Associate Professor Anton Peleg at the Australian Society for Medical Research annual dinner held in Melbourne. “This award recognises outstanding individual achievement by a young Australian researcher. Associate Professor Peleg was...

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May 2013

New clinical practice guidelines for managing overweight and obesity

Health and diet are big topics in Australia, with about 60% of adult Australians overweight or obese. To help provide the evidence needed to fight obesity, NHMRC has increased its funding for obesity research and issued updated Australian Dietary Guidelines to help Australians make better decisions about the food they eat. To improve health outcomes for overweight and obese adults, adolescents and children, newly released clinical practice guidelines will assist clinicians to start those...

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NHMRC / RACP collaborate to support young researchers

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has worked to build a healthy Australia through fostering health and medical research since its inception in 1936. NHMRC funded discoveries and advancements in health and medicine have helped make our population healthier and reduce disease and suffering. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is also committed to developing vital research in health and social policies which deliver improvements to the wellbeing of patients...

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April 2013

Australia and Singapore Join Forces to Tackle Emerging Infectious Diseases

Five research teams in Australia and Singapore awarded A*STAR-NHMRC joint grants to design ways to combat disease-causing bugs The fight against a number of significant infectious diseases in the Asia-Pacific region has been given a boost through a new research collaboration between the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia (NHMRC) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. Joint funding of $3.5 million (S$4.5 million) will support five...

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$7.9 million for partnership projects to improve the health of Australians

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP Minister for Health 10 April 2013 Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek today announced $7.9 million for 11 Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects including research into medication regimes for kidney transplants, chlamydia testing, work-related asthma and cancer, suicide prevention, and mental health disorders in rural children. Ms Plibersek made the announcement today at the University of Adelaide where she met with grant recipient Professor John...

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Australian first: $25 million national centre for cognitive decline opened

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Housing and Homelessness Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform 9 April 2013 Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler will today launch Australia’s first Partnership Centre that will address the complex problems faced by older people with cognitive decline, including dementia. Mr Butler said by 2050 it was estimated that 3.5 million Australians will need aged care...

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March 2013

New Guide on Borderline Personality Disorder

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Housing and Homelessness Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform 15 March 2013 Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today launched a new guide to assist health professionals to recognise and treat Borderline Personality Disorder. The Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder was developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (...

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February 2013

Translating the science behind eating well and staying healthy

Australia is facing an obesity epidemic. The scientific evidence suggests that one of the contributing issues is the replacement of healthy, nutritious food with energy dense food with minimal nutritional value in Australian dietary patterns. Health professionals working with people trying to achieve a healthy diet now have access to updated scientific evidence about the best dietary patterns for Australians of all ages. “To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, Australians need to...

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Helping childcare workers and parents to keep kids healthy

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP Minister for Health The Hon Kate Ellis MP Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care 5 February 2013 A new guide aimed at keeping children safe and healthy in child care centres was today launched by Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, and Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, Kate Ellis. Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the new Staying Healthy - Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services gives practical advice to...

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January 2013

$5 million for mental health research

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health THE HON MARK BUTLER MP The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform Suicide prevention, substance abuse and better mental health planning will be the focus of research efforts at two new Centres of Research Excellence based at the University of NSW. Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today opened the two new Centres...

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