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Tracker - 22 April 2024

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Speaking of Science: Towards a National Indigenous Genomics Agenda

Harnessing the power of research by combining genomics, precision medicine and public heath can help to address the long-term health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Dr Romain Ragonnet

Research Excellence: Designing adaptive strategies to drive tuberculosis towards elimination

Dr Romain Ragonnet is a Senior Research Fellow in the Epidemiological Modelling Unit at Monash University. Dr Ragonnet specialises in the mathematical modelling of tuberculosis (TB) and COVID-19, and his notable contributions include the first-ever quantification of TB mortality and self-recovery rates. Dr Ragonnet has advised various governments of lower-middle-income countries in the Asia-Pacific region to assist the local control of TB and COVID-19. He also initiated and led multiple cross-disciplinary collaborations, creating a strong network of world-leading experts that spans mathematics, medical ethics, biostatistics, economics, and clinical trials.

  • InFocus
  • News
  • 16 April 2024
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Getting adolescents active for health benefits

Less than 10% of adolescents globally, including in Australia, do enough physical activity to align with the amount required for young people to be healthy.

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  • 15th Edition
  • 9 April 2024
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Research Excellence: Unlocking molecular vulnerabilities in childhood brain cancers

Dr Sean Humphrey leads the Functional Phosphoproteomics Laboratory at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Dr Humphrey’s research uses cutting-edge mass spectrometers to create detailed molecular maps that capture how cells communicate and process information by regulating proteins. Dr Humphrey completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales before moving to Germany to undertake post-doctoral training at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. Dr Humphrey’s research pinpoints key molecular signals that are dysregulated in human disease, uncovering a myriad of new targets for future therapies.

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  • 8 April 2024

Tracker - 8 April 2024

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

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  • 8 April 2024
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Addictive brain changes linked to obesity and simple supplement shows promise

When exposed to highly palatable (yummy) foods, some people overeat and have trouble regulating their intake long-term. 

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  • 15th Edition
  • 5 April 2024
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Research Excellence: Epidemiology and equity of kidney failure in Australasia

Dr Johanna Birrell is a general physician and advanced trainee in public health medicine. Dr Birrell has trained in both Australia and New Zealand and has a particular interest in rural health, Indigenous health, and health services research. Dr Birrell is completing her postdoctoral studies at the University of Sydney with concurrent clinical work. Her research explores geographic variation in kidney failure epidemiology and access to care across Australia and New Zealand. Dr Birrell has received awards including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2023 Aotearoa Trainee Research Award for Excellence in the Field of Adult Medicine and the Gerry Murphy Prize in 2022.

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  • 3 April 2024
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Honouring the achievements and dedication of Australian health and medical researchers

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has honoured the outstanding achievements with its annual Research Excellence Awards announced this evening in Canberra.

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  • 27 March 2024
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10 of the Best: Recognising Australia’s top researchers delivering extraordinary outcomes

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the 15th edition of its ‘10 of the Best’ publication, showcasing the calibre of our nation’s health and medical researchers working to prevent disease, improve detection and treatment methods, increase our understanding of common health conditions and deliver extraordinary outcomes.

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  • 15th Edition
  • 27 March 2024
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$5 million towards Australian research to improve climate-related health outcomes

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released Grant Opportunity Guidelines for a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into climate-related health impacts and effective interventions to improve health outcomes 2024.

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  • 26 March 2024

Tracker - 25 March 2024

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

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  • 25 March 2024

Speaking of Science: International Women’s Day 2024 - Inspire Inclusion

International Women’s Day represents a day of collective global activism and celebration that belongs to all of those committed to forging women’s equality.

In this Speaking of Science webinar held for International Women’s Day, we were joined by members of NHMRC’s Research Committee to discuss this year’s theme of ‘Inspire Inclusion’.

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  • 21 March 2024

Tracker - 12 March 2024

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  • 12 March 2024

Speaking of Science: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month- Early detection, risk prediction and improving prognosis

Around 1,786 new cases of ovarian cancer in Australia were estimated to have been diagnosed in 2023, which is the equivalent of a 1 in 87 lifetime risk.

In our first Speaking of Science webinar, held for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we were joined by international expert in ovarian cancer research, Professor Susan Ramus (Professor of Molecular Oncology in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of New South Wales).

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  • 1 March 2024

Tracker - 26 February 2024

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  • 26 February 2024

NHMRC Update on the Australian Dietary Guidelines

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is currently undertaking a review of the Australian Dietary Guidelines. The updated guidelines are scheduled for delivery in 2026.

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  • 26 February 2024
Baby using a ventilator to support their breathing

Growing up and getting stronger: improving the long-term health of premature babies

In the early 1970s, Professor Lex Doyle watched as ventilators were introduced in Australian hospitals to help premature babies breathe.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 21 February 2024
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Accelerating change in driver safety screening

While many older Australians value the independence of driving and continue to do so safely throughout their lives, for others, the changes that occur with aging may take them off the road.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 20 February 2024

Tracker - 12 February 2024

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  • 12 February 2024
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$2.8 million for global alliance for chronic diseases research

Research focused on non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention among vulnerable communities in Australia and Nepal will share in almost $2.8 million in grant funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) scheme.

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  • 9 February 2024

Tracker - 29 January 2024

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  • 29 January 2024
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Harnessing the power of natural immunity to extend vaccine protection

Associate Professor Linda Wakim is focused on using our body’s own immune defence system to improve vaccines by providing longer lasting protection against viruses.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 26 January 2024
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Community-designed and delivered suicide intervention

Warning: Some people may find parts of this content confronting. If this material raises any distress, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Call 13YARN or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

 

A self-described grassroots Aboriginal researcher, Professor Maree Toombs is responsible for developing the first Indigenous-led and designed suicide intervention training program in Australia, creating space for connection to traditional lands and culture as part of life-saving support.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 24 January 2024
Biofilms

Fighting biofilms with a Trojan Horse

Dr Nicky Thomas started his career as a pharmacist. During his PhD, he was investigating how encasing medicine in lipid droplets could improve its efficacy when he was asked: can this lipid technology be used to treat biofilms?

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  • 14th Edition
  • 17 January 2024

NHMRC Investigator Grants sets the standard for gender equity

It is an inspiring time for health and medical research in Australia as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) sets the standard for achieving gender equity through its largest grant scheme, Investigator Grants.

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  • 16 January 2024

Tracker - 15 January 2024

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities

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  • 15 January 2024
Stem cell

Improving fertility treatment through innovation

Professor Robert Gilchrist is a part of a bench-to-bedside research success story, innovating existing infertility treatments to offer a less invasive and cheaper alternative to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

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  • 14th Edition
  • 10 January 2024
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Mentors inspire an Indigenous research career with impact

Professor Cath Chamberlain, a Palawa woman of the Trawlwoolway clan (Tasmania), received an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in 2014 to find culturally safe ways to improve cardiometabolic health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 3 January 2024
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Driving change in aged care pharmacy practices through data

Having practised as a hospital pharmacist by day and a residential aged care pharmacist by night, Dr Lisa Pont naturally began to think about how pharmacists could work differently as part of her research.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 21 December 2023

Tracker - 18 December 2023

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  • 18 December 2023
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Achieving gender equity and diversity through research grant programs

In its first year, the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) new gender equity initiative has led to women receiving more overall funding than men in its Investigator Grant scheme.

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  • 18 December 2023
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$379 million investment into advancing gender equity in health and medical research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is investing $379 million to support 216 emerging and established leaders in health and medical research across Australia to tackle the nation’s greatest health challenges as announced today by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP.

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  • 15 December 2023
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Investigating clinical solutions to improve ADHD treatments

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is investing $5.2 million for research focused on improving clinical treatments to better understand the cognitive mechanisms of decision-making for individuals living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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  • 15 December 2023
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Investigating mental health treatment and prevention in Australia

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is investing $7.8 million for research into developing effective resources, evidence-based treatments and patient-centred models of care to improve mental health in Australia.

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  • 15 December 2023
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Investigating strategies to reduce the use and harms associated with vaping

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is investing $2.2 million for research focused on strategies to reduce the use and harms associated with vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in Australia.

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  • 15 December 2023
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A $268 million investment to support innovative research projects

Two hundred and thirty-two exceptional health and medical research projects will share in $268 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grant scheme announced today by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Mark Butler MP.

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  • 15 December 2023
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$15 million investment to expedite the translation of health and medical research into commercial outcomes

14 projects will share $15 million in grant funding to support the translation of proof-of-concept research into commercial outcomes through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development Grant scheme.

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  • 15 December 2023
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Over $13 million for international research collaborations in human health

15 expert teams will share in over $13 million of funding administered by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to undertake research with international collaborators that addresses urgent global health challenges.

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  • News
  • 15 December 2023
A Cone Snail on sand in the ocean

Enhancing future pain treatments using venoms

Professor Richard Lewis and his team from the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at University of Queensland made a notable discovery early in their research after a lab assistant observed one could milk cone snails for venom much more quickly if you gave them 'a poke or two'.

  • InFocus
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  • 14th Edition
  • 13 December 2023
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Delivering a legacy of culturally safe maternity care

Professor Rhonda Marriott AM, a descendant of Nyikina people of the Kimberley, has devoted five decades to nursing and midwifery in clinical, academic and research roles.

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  • Ten of the Best
  • 14th Edition
  • 6 December 2023

Tracker - 04 December 2023

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities

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  • 4 December 2023
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Over $9 million invested to support NHMRC Postgraduate Scholars

Sixty outstanding health and medical graduates in their chosen fields will share in $9.8 million of grant funding to support their early research careers under the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship scheme.

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  • 1 December 2023
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10 of the Best: Harnessing the power of science to understand and defeat today’s health challenges

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the 14th edition of its “10 of the Best” publication featuring the outcomes of some of the outstanding research that has been funded under NHMRC’s grant program.

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  • 14th Edition
  • 29 November 2023

Dr Alastair Stewart recognised for outstanding achievement in health and medical research

Doctor Alastair Stewart of Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute is a leading researcher for major antimicrobial drug development and subsequently has taken home the 2023 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

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  • 29 November 2023

Breakthrough for childhood brain cancer treatment

The Australian Government has announced over $700,000 in funding to support Dr Fatima Valdes Mora and a team from the University of New South Wales to develop a new treatment that targets diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

  • Media release
  • 28 November 2023

$50 million boost to research for health problems

The Albanese Government is investing $50 million in innovative research teams to address a range of health problems like prostate cancer, high blood pressure, stroke, and chronic pain.

  • Media release
  • 23 November 2023

$5 million to achieve equity in cancer screening for First Nations People

Research into improving First Nations health and wellbeing by achieving equity across cancer screenings is one of ten projects sharing in over $50 million in NHMRC Synergy Grant funding.

  • Media release
  • 22 November 2023

Prostate cancer research to receive $5 million with new CAR T-cell therapy

Research aiming to advance immunotherapy treatments for Australians diagnosed with prostate cancer is one of ten research collaborations sharing in over $50 million in NHMRC Synergy Grant funding.

  • Media release
  • 20 November 2023

Tracker - 20 November 2023

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

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  • 20 November 2023