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January 2015

NHMRC survey reveals key dementia research priorities

A survey commissioned by the National Health and Medical Research Council has revealed that finding ways to prevent dementia, improving diagnosis and better care are considered top priorities for future dementia research. Released today, the survey sought views from consumers (people with dementia, their family and personal carers), researchers (new and established), medical practitioners and aged care providers around Australia. The results will be used to inform the research agenda of the...

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New draft guidelines on organ transplantation open for public consultation

A new guideline to inform tough decisions around the allocation of organs for transplantation has today been released for public consultation. The draft document, Ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors, was developed with advice from an expert working group and released by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Australia has one of the highest organ transplantation success rates in the world, but around 1,500 Australians are awaiting a transplant at any one...

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Young researchers to take on dementia challenge

THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Education and Training Leader of the House Australia’s best up and coming researchers are being encouraged to turn their minds to tackling one of the world’s biggest health issues. Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP today announced the opening of a new fellowship scheme to support research into dementia. The joint fellowships will be funded by the country’s two peak research bodies – the National...

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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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