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December 2014

New statement and guidance for consumers on direct-to-consumer genetic testing

New publications recommending Australians exercise caution when ordering direct-to-consumer genetic tests were released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The publications include a new NHMRC position statement and an accompanying information resource for consumers. They come in response to the increased availability and falling costs of genetic tests for the public. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the resources offered valuable advice and hoped they...

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November 2014

NHMRC announces support for Alltrials

The National Health and Medical Research Council today released a statement in support of the principles behind the Alltrials campaign. Alltrials calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported, to reduce research duplication and legitimise trial results. In speaking about NHMRC’s support to register and report, CEO Professor Warwick Anderson emphasised the importance of clinical trials in confirming the safety and efficacy of drugs, treatments...

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Public lecture: World Dementia Envoy on the global dementia challenge

World Dementia Envoy Dr Dennis Gillings will give a public lecture in Canberra next week on the international effort to find a cure for dementia by 2025. Dr Gillings was appointed World Dementia Envoy by UK Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the G7 earlier this year and is Chair of the World Dementia Council. The lecture, ‘Cost, Care, Cure: The Global Dementia Challenge’, will be held at the office of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Canberra City....

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October 2014

Establishing the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research

The first step to establish a National Institute for Dementia Research was taken today. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has opened an Expression-of-Interest (EOI) process for organisations interested in providing services to establish the institute. Health Minister Peter Dutton said the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research was a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s $200 million commitment to boosting research into dementia. “We are...

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Cancer research receives $98 million boost

Research to improve our understanding the causes of cancer and to develop new treatments has received a $98.9 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The research will explore a range of factors affecting the development, spread and treatment of a range of cancers including prostate, pancreatic and breast cancers. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was confident that the 156 grants would offer important insights into...

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$82 million for research into cardiovascular diseases

New research is set to deliver better treatments, prevention and care for people with cardiovascular disease, following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The funding totals $82.4 million across 106 grants which span improving care and rehabilitation for people following a stroke, investigations into how to repair heart tissue damage, and better methods for preventing cardiovascular conditions. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said...

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$18 million of new funds to support innovative dementia research

Research to improve our understanding of dementia and how to better treat and prevent it has received an $18 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The grants cover a range of innovative research projects, from genetic studies of twins, to studying the effects of an intergenerational activity program. CEO Professor Warwick Anderson acknowledged the importance of these grants and their potential to make real progress in...

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Researchers, communities, government and Not-for-Profit sector band together to improve Indigenous health outcomes

Health and medical researchers have teamed up with Indigenous community organisations, policymakers, businesses and others on the frontlines of healthcare delivery to help improve the health of Indigenous communities, as part of five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project grants announced today. The grants are co-funded by NHMRC and partners, which includes the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, Ngaanyatjarra Health Service, Ernst and...

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$54 million to support diabetes research

Research to improve the treatment and prevention of diabetes has received a $54 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The 60 grants cover a range of innovative research projects, from studies exploring the relationship between artificial sweeteners and diabetes to research that seeks to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.  NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson acknowledged the importance of the grants...

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$12 million of innovative research to combat obesity

Exciting new research projects to better understand obesity and find ways to prevent and manage the condition have received a share of $12 million following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The 18 grants each take a unique approach to tackling obesity, from transforming ‘bad’ fat into ‘good’ fat associated with leanness and weight loss, to exploring the interaction between genetics, dietary habits and weight gain...

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Research brings new hope for asthma sufferers

New research is set to deliver better treatments and better care for people with asthma, following the announcement of $12.5 million in funding for 18 new National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) grants today. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson spoke of the importance of these grants to help improve asthma management and prevention. “The prevalence of asthma in Australia is high by international standards, with 1 in 10 of us having asthma,” Professor Anderson said. “...

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$26 million to support innovative injury research

Research aimed at preventing injuries and improving treatments has received a $26.1 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The funding is distributed over 27 grants to find ways to prevent falls amongst older Australians, better techniques for recovering from traumatic brain injury and ways to deliver better care for children following injury to reduce death and disability, amongst others. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick...

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$38.5 million of research to find mental health solutions

Research to prevent, treat and manage mental illnesses has received a $38.5 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The grants cover a range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia and schizophrenia. While some of the grants are focused on developing new treatments, others focus on preventing the onset of mental illness or better understanding the role of genetics and/or the social environment. A...

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$12 million of research to bring relief to people with arthritis

Research to better treat arthritis and improve pain management has received a nearly $12 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants today. The grants each take a unique research approach to the challenge of improving outcomes for people with arthritis, from developing a better understanding of impaired functioning of the immune system that leads to arthritis, to targeting pain perception. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson...

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Promoting best practice: care and use of Australian native mammals in research and teaching

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released A guide to the care and use of Australian native mammals in research and teaching.  The Guide supports best practice in the care and use of Australian native mammals and is designed for use by researchers, state and territory regulators, members of animal ethics committees and carers of these animals. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson described the guide as clear and comprehensive in its advice on how to treat...

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September 2014

NHMRC the principal funder of Australian cancer research, report finds

NHMRC provided more than half a billion dollars towards Australian cancer research between 2006-11, making it the ‘principal funder of cancer research’, according to a report released by Cancer Australia today. The report presents findings from an audit of cancer research investment and covers the amount of funding by organisation, the amount directed to each tumour type, and a description of investment versus burden of disease, amongst other analyses.  NHMRC is described as...

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August 2014

NHMRC supports stars of Australian clinical research

Seventeen of Australia’s best clinical researchers have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowships to conduct research that is strongly informed by their careers in health care. Practitioner Fellows are awarded to active clinicians and public health or health services professionals to undertake research that is linked to their work. The Fellows will continue to work with their patients and communities throughout their research, as...

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Supporting Australia’s outstanding health and medical researchers

Seventy four researchers at the peak of their careers have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowships. The Fellowships support researchers with incredibly strong career track records, many with a proven ability to translate research into commercial, health practice or policy outcomes. To be successful, the Fellows had to be in the top 10% of their fields and submit highly innovative research proposals with the potential to have a transformative impact...

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New research to prevent Indigenous youth suicide

Minister for Health, Peter Dutton today announced four new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants which aim to put a stop to escalating rates of Indigenous youth suicide. The grants are the result of an NHMRC Targeted Call for Research, a scheme which enables the Council to fund research into urgent health priorities. “NHMRC’s targeted calls for research allow us to ‘commission’ research in areas of high need, and Indigenous youth suicide certainly...

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NHMRC unveils plan for $200m dementia boost

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today announced the first steps in its delivery of the Australian Government’s $200 million ‘Boosting Dementia Research’ budget measure. It includes the announcement of a new Dementia Research Team Grants scheme which opened today to support research into the causes of dementia, improved methods of prevention, new treatment options and improved patient care. The scheme is modelled on NHMRC’s Centres of Research...

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Public consultation opens on draft Statement on Consumer Involvement in Health and Medical Research

A new statement emphasising the value of consumer involvement in health and medical research has been released for public consultation. The draft Statement on Consumer Involvement in Health and Medical Research was jointly written by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, and is an update of a version released in 2002, Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research and its companion Summary...

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New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges

Many of Australia's leading animal and human infectious disease experts are joining forces this week to identify challenges that might benefit from greater collaboration across Australia's research institutions. The Forum will be held at the Geelong high-containment facility and is a joint initiative between CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO of the NHMRC said the Forum...

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July 2014

Call for evidence on the health effects of water fluoridation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has called for submissions from the Australian public on evidence regarding the health effects of water fluoridation. Water fluoridation is a public health initiative used by governments to help reduce tooth decay. Current NHMRC advice recommends that water be fluoridated at the level of 0.6 to 1.1 mg/L, which balances the benefits of reduced tooth decay with the occurrence of dental mottling (fluorosis). This call for published...

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Public consultation on new principles for the application of ‘omics’-based tests

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released Principles for the translation of ‘omics’-based tests from discovery to health care for public consultation. The document offers a new framework to guide the development and application of ‘omics’-based tests, focusing on genomic testing. ‘Omics’ is a general term that covers transcriptomics, metabolomics, epigenomics and proteomics.  NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson commented on...

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NHMRC launches Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre initiative

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today announced a new initiative to help turn research discoveries into improved medical practice and commercial opportunities. Submissions are now open for leading centres of health and medical research to apply for recognition as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. Centres will usually include hospitals and universities and medical research institutes. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said, ‘It is...

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Draft paper on the health effects of lead released for consultation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released a draft Information Paper ‘Evidence on the effects of lead on human health’ for public consultation. The draft paper was prepared by an expert working committee and is based on the findings of an independent systematic review of recent evidence, also published today. Key findings and recommendations of the draft Information Paper include: National policy should continue to minimise the amount of artificially...

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June 2014

Low-fat milk recommendations for children aged 2+

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) wishes to dispel any confusion arising from recent media articles regarding milk recommendations for children over the age of two years. NHMRC aims to help people make informed choices about their diet, but does not make recommendations about low fat diets or the consumption of specific low fat products. NHMRC’s Australian Dietary Guidelines suggest that everyone should try to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five...

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Implementing the Federal Government’s dementia research boost

Sixty of Australia’s leading dementia experts made a commitment today to ensure that the government’s $200 million dementia research boost would make a lasting difference in the prevention, treatment and management of dementia for all Australians. In a meeting hosted by the National Health and Medical Research Council, research leaders, community advocates and federal and state government representatives presented ideas on how Australia could best direct its research efforts in...

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National Health and Medical Research Council celebrates 200th session

The 77 year old National Health and Medical Research Council will today hold its 200th meeting, following a special Awards dinner attended by the Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton yesterday. In his address last night, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said that NHMRC Council has provided the leadership and the vision necessary for the achievement of a range of important and historic initiatives to improve the overall health and wellbeing of all Australians. ‘Over the decades,...

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Top researchers recognised with NHMRC Excellence Awards

The National Health and Medical Research Council’s top prizes for excellence in health and medical research will be announced tonight at NHMRC’s 200th Council Dinner. Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton will be in attendance to present awards. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson praised the quality of the research being undertaken by the awardees. ‘Among this year’s twenty recipients are researchers whose work aims to deliver breakthroughs in areas such as Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer...

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