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April 2014

NHMRC releases complementary medicine resource and opens public consultation on draft Information Paper on homeopathy

Many Australians report that they use complementary medicines (CM) – a recent industry report showed annual revenue from the sale of CM products and therapies totalled $3.55 billion. To inform discussions on the use of CM products, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released Talking with your Patients about Complementary Medicine – A Resource for Clinicians.  A NHMRC Draft Information Paper on the Evidence on Homeopathy has also been released for...

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March 2014

Public comment sought: NHMRC ethical guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today opened public consultation on the clinical practice section (Part B) of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research, 2007 (ART guidelines). Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is the application of laboratory or clinical techniques to human eggs, sperm or embryos for the purposes of reproduction. Part B of the ART guidelines provides ethical guidance on topics such as: Use...

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Resource for Health Practitioners: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in asymptomatic men

In Australia, around 20,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. The early detection and management of prostate cancer, however, remains a complex issue. To help inform discussions between health practitioners and their patients about the early detection of prostate cancer, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released a resource outlining the risks and benefits of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing.  “It is important that health...

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February 2014

NHMRC Draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health released for public comment

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released a draft Information Paper regarding evidence on the potential effects of wind farms on human health. In releasing the draft Information Paper, NHMRC’s CEO Professor Warwick Anderson invited the community to provide comments on the document and submit any additional evidence for consideration. The draft Information Paper provides a summary of the available scientific evidence. Based on the evidence, the paper concludes...

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$133 million boost for medical research

The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures. Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the new funding will support 153 grants across five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) schemes. The grants will address broad areas of research, from infections in cancer patients to building immunity to childhood eczema and allergies. They include postgraduate scholarships and a Targeted Call for Research...

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NHMRC - funded research among Australia’s best

Research funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) significantly outperformed other Australian health and medical research between 2005 and 2009, a new report has found. Measuring Up 2013 is the latest analysis of the publication output of NHMRC funding and the first to directly compare NHMRC-linked research with other Australian health and medical research. Performance was measured by the number of journal publications generated by research and the number of times...

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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...

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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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