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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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