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 publication - Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013 - released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the publication highlighted the innovative work being undertaken by Australian researchers.
“Australia has long punched above its weight in research on the world’s greatest health challenges,” Mr Dutton said.
“What we see in Ten of the Best is that we are doing just that and these projects are just some of the important and wonderful research work that is being carried out across our country.
“Imagine the massive benefits of a new vaccine to halt the impacts of malaria that is now at the human-trial stage of development or of the improvement to another vaccine which will see fewer indigenous children hospitalised with life-threatening diarrohea caused by rotavirus.
“Cancer impacts so many lives and our researchers are working on many different aspects of the disease and its treatments to help those fighting this terrible disease. Ten of Best shows us just some of this incredible research.
“It reveals the pursuit of new drug treatments to prevent brain cells dying after injury or stroke and of a study of how we could eventually manipulate the human immune system.
Mr Dutton said all of the projects featured in Ten of the Best held the potential to help millions of people around the world.
“And they are just some of the many funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council through which the Australian Government is committed to ensuring we maintain our world-class health and medical research reputation.”
NHMRC Chief Executive Officer Professor Warwick Anderson said: “The Ten of the Best research projects had been selected on the significance of research outcomes and the strength of the science.”