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August 2014

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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