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May 2015

Australian-first website to connect more patients with clinical trials

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport THE HON IAN MACFARLANE Minister for Industry and Science In an Australian-first patients will be given access to potentially life-saving clinical trials at their fingertips with the launch of an online one-stop shop today. Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said it will be easier for patients across Australia to take part in innovative medical research as the Abbott Government launched...

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NHMRC releases Statement and Information Paper on impacts of lead on human health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released a Statement and Information Paper summarising the evidence on the effects of lead on human health. People’s exposure to lead has substantially reduced over recent decades due to national initiatives which have restricted the addition of lead to paint and petrol, and restricted the use of lead in consumer goods. The average blood lead level among Australians is now estimated to be less than 5 micrograms per...

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March 2015

New centres foster better health through research translation

Four Australian health centres have been recognised as being amongst the world’s best for using medical research to improve patient care.  The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley today announced all four as the first ever National Health and Medical Research Council Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres, following assessment by an international panel of experts. The Centres include hospitals, universities and medical research institutes collaborating together to foster...

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Public consultation opens on draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today opened public consultation on the draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes. The document provides advice on best practice for the care and use of non-human primates and is intended to be read in conjunction with the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (8th edition, 2013). NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the document plays an important...

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NHMRC CEO releases statement on e-cigarettes

The CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia has today released a statement summarising the evidence on the safety, quality and efficacy of e-cigarettes. It states that, “There is currently insufficient evidence to conclude whether e-cigarettes can benefit smokers in quitting, or about the extent of their potential harms. It is recommended that health authorities act to minimise harm until evidence of safety, quality and efficacy can be produced.  NHMRC is...

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New grants to support research commercialisation

New research grants to help transform medical research ideas into commercial outcomes were announced today. Worth $15.2 million, the 26 NHMRC Development Grants support the commercial development of a range of products, processes and procedures that if successfully developed, will result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings. They include an injectible filler to repair bones, a new sperm sorting device to reduce male infertility and improve IVF outcomes and...

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$98 million to support large scale grants

Eleven grants worth an average of almost $9 million each to support big teams tackle big ideas were announced today. The NHMRC Program Grants support teams of high calibre researchers pursue broad, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research in some of the most complex areas of health and medical research. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the grants are the largest available from NHMRC and went towards long term studies conducted by world-leading researchers. “These grants...

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$6.4 million to support next generation of researchers

New grants to support and develop health and medical researchers at the beginning of their careers were announced today. The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships were awarded to 69 outstanding health and medical graduates to support them to complete a PhD or Masters Degree. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said Postgraduate Scholarships were crucial to ensuring Australia had the capacity to conduct high quality health and medical research in the future. “The recipients of these grants have...

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Collaborative research promises to deliver better outcomes for patients

Collaboration is key in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Minister for Health Sussan Ley. Two new grants supporting partnerships between researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom, and five grants that will see top Australian researchers partnering with health-based organisations and governments are set to get underway. Worth a total of $3.7 million, these projects will seek to improve outcomes for patients and people with...

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Targeted Call for Research into Wind Farms and Human Health now open

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today opened a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Wind Farms and Human Health. The TCR will support research that addresses one or both of the following issues: The relationship between wind farm noise and health effects. The broader social and environmental circumstances that influence annoyance, sleep disturbance, quality of life and health effects that are reported by residents living in proximity to wind farms. The call for research...

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