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Tracker - 17 January 2022

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

  • Tracker
  • 1 hour ago

Tracker - Changes to publication assessment

NHMRC has made changes to publication assessment in its track record-based schemes.

  • Tracker
  • 11 January 2022

Changes to Publication Assessment

From 2022, researchers applying for National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) funding through its track record based schemes will be asked to list up to 10 of their top publications in the past 10 years (accounting for career disruptions).

  • Communique
  • 11 January 2022

$2.5 million for international research collaborations in human health

NHMRC welcomes the announcement of more than $2.5 million to support international collaborations in health and medical research. 

  • Media release
  • 11 January 2022

$2.8 million for human health research collaborations in East Asia

NHMRC welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, of more than $2.8 million to support international collaborations in health and medical research through NHMRC’s participation in the e-ASIA Joint Research Program. 

  • Media release
  • 11 January 2022

65 new NHMRC postgraduate scholars

Sixty-five outstanding health and medical graduates will be supported to begin their research careers through National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships.

  • Media release
  • 11 January 2022

$15 million investment in health and medical research to drive commercial outcomes

NHMRC welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, of more than $15 million in 19 innovative research projects that will drive commercial outcomes to deliver better health care. 

  • Media release
  • 27 December 2021

NHMRC statement on iBlastoids

Nature paper: Modelling human blastocysts by reprogramming fibroblasts into iBlastoids

  • Media release
  • 20 December 2021

Tracker - 17 December 2021

RGMS shutdown and extended Sapphire outage in January 2022

  • Tracker
  • 17 December 2021

New Principal Committees to advise NHMRC Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the membership of the Principal Committees of NHMRC for 2021–2024. 

  • Media release
  • 16 December 2021

Tracker - 14 December 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 14 December 2021

To improve child health, focus on conception

Professor Sarah Robertson from The University of Adelaide is recipient of an NHMRC Investigator Award and was awarded the Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award at the 2020 NHMRC Research Excellence Awards.

  • InFocus
  • 9 December 2021

Tracker - 29 November 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 29 November 2021

How Anne McKenzie went from ‘just a mum from Morley’ to consumer engagement champion

Pioneering health consumer advocate Anne McKenzie AM has been awarded NHMRC’s Consumer Engagement Award in recognition of an almost 30-year career during which she has helped thousands of Australian clinicians and researchers understand the value of listening to consumers.

  • InFocus
  • 26 November 2021

$10 million national network to build resilience to the human health impacts of environmental change

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the $10 million Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change.

  • Media release
  • 16 November 2021

Tracker - 15 November 2021

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

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  • 15 November 2021
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Research partnerships deliver better health outcomes in the Northern Territory

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $5.5 million to fund five research projects through the NHMRC Partnership Project scheme.

An additional $8.2 million has been committed by funding partners.

  • Media release
  • 12 November 2021

Developing innovative interventions to eliminate parasitic worm infestations

Professor Don McManus is senior scientist at QIMR Berghofer and an internationally acclaimed parasitologist. This year, he was awarded the 2020 NHMRC Peter Doherty Investigator Grant Award (Leadership).

  • InFocus
  • 8 November 2021

$239 million investment in Australian health and medical research

NHMRC welcomes today’s announcement of funding for the Ideas Grants scheme.

  • Media release
  • 4 November 2021

Tracker - 1 November 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 1 November 2021

Patient collaborators in groundbreaking brain cancer research

Patients are collaborators along with structural biologists, immunologists and neurosurgeons in the groundbreaking brain cancer research being conducted by the tight, multidisciplinary team being led by WEHI’s Associate Professor Misty Jenkins.

  • InFocus
  • 22 October 2021

$85 million investment in multidisciplinary teams for health and medical research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement of funding for the Synergy Grant scheme.

  • Media release
  • 22 October 2021

Tracker - 18 October 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 18 October 2021
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Science to art: Research behind the science behind the image

Professor Frédéric (Fred) Hollande is Deputy Head at the Department of Clinical Pathology, University of Melbourne, and a group leader at the University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research. He’s also behind the image recognised in the Science to Art NHMRC Biennial Award.

  • InFocus
  • 13 October 2021

Game-changer for cancer research and therapeutic development

2021 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology

  • InFocus
  • 11 October 2021

Research on a potential biomarker for fatal influenza

Developing an early warning system to predict fatal respiratory viral infection outcomes.

  • InFocus
  • 7 October 2021

Tracker - 5 October 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 5 October 2021

Tracker - 20 September 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 20 September 2021

Expertise and transparency underpin review of Australian Dietary Guidelines

Experts to review the Australian Dietary Guidelines 

  • Media release
  • 15 September 2021

$472 million investment in Australia’s health and medical research future

Almost half a billion dollars in funding for health and medical research.

  • Media release
  • 14 September 2021

Tracker - 6 September 2021

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

  • Tracker
  • 6 September 2021

Crossing disciplines to answer complex research questions

University of Adelaide's Professor Ian Olver received the 2021 NHMRC Ethics Award in recognition of his significant contribution to Australian health and medical research ethics over the last decade. As chair of NHMRC’s Australian Health Ethics Committee, and as a valued member of NHMRC Council from 2012 to 2018, his balanced and considered leadership style and willingness to engage sensitively on tough issues supported a wider understanding of the ethical impact of emerging health and medical research innovations and technologies.

  • InFocus
  • 6 September 2021

New research on boosting killer immune response to cancer

Drugs already approved and available could be the answer to boost the production of killer T cells and improve the success rate of immunotherapies for cancer. 

  • InFocus
  • 23 August 2021

Working beyond our own borders for a better world

Associate Professor Joshua Vogel is a Principal Research Fellow at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, where he co-heads the Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health Group. His research focuses on addressing maternal and perinatal health issues affecting women and families in limited-resource settings. Associate Professor Vogel was the winner of the 2020 Peter Doherty Investigator Grant Award, and the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.  

  • InFocus
  • 18 August 2021

Australian research delivers rapid Hep B test for earlier treatment

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that causes the liver to become inflamed and contributes to increasing rates of liver cancer in Australia and globally.

  • InFocus
  • 26 July 2021

Gain of Function Research Review

Terms of Reference

  • News
  • 21 July 2021

Getting to the cause of type 2 diabetes

The daily burden of living with diabetes can be significant. It’s estimated that people with diabetes face up to 180 diabetes-related decisions every day. That’s more than 65,000 extra decisions a year. These decisions can range from managing daily blood sugar levels, food intake and exercise to the management of serious diabetes complications.

  • InFocus
  • 8 July 2021

Driven to improve mental health and intergenerational trauma through research

Having experienced two Indigenous internships with NHMRC, Vernon Armstrong has now started his journey in mental health research.

  • InFocus
  • 2 July 2021
Image of optically barcoded colorectal cancer cells by Prof Fred Hollande

NHMRC Research Excellence Awards and Biennial Awards

The 2020 NHMRC Research Excellence Awards and 2021 NHMRC Biennial Awards were announced on 16 June 2021. Below is an extract of CEO Professor Anne Kelso's opening remarks before announcing the awards.

  • Communique
  • 25 June 2021

$74 million investment in Australian-led clinical trials

A study involving 15,000 Australians which aims to develop a next-generation, standardised diagnosis for melanoma is one of 30 clinical trials and cohort studies to be funded through the Government’s $74 million investment to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat disease.

  • Media release
  • 21 June 2021
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$5.9 million for Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

The Australian Government will invest $5.9 million on cancer prevention among women in vulnerable communities across the world through the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD).

  • Media release
  • 18 June 2021

Diamond-enriched silk dressings the answer to next-generation smart wound treatment

A diamond-enriched smart dressing made of silk that enables doctors to read the chemistry of an infected or healing wound could be the answer to more effective therapies, particularly for burns.

  • InFocus
  • 17 June 2021
Image of optically barcoded colorectal cancer cells by Prof Fred Hollande

NHMRC awards recognise Australia’s outstanding health and medical research

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has celebrated outstanding research and researchers with its annual Research Excellence Awards and its Biennial Awards, announced in Canberra last night.

  • Media release
  • 17 June 2021

Addressing Australia’s national transfusion research priorities

Professor Erica Wood is head of the Transfusion Unit at Monash University. Her research describes how blood is used in Australia, and how its use can be improved and made safer and more cost-effective. Through registry data and clinical trials, and studies of novel blood products, Professor Wood and her team aim to improve access and transfusion outcomes for patients.

  • InFocus
  • 15 June 2021

Indigenous female researcher inspires next generation

As one of NHMRC’s first Indigenous Interns, Nada Powell is about to embark on her next journey which is likely to now include research.

  • InFocus
  • 27 May 2021
Professor John Bekkers

Unlocking the secrets of the brain

Professor John Bekkers from the John Curtin School of Medical Research and his team are currently working on the neurons and circuits in the brain that underlie the sense of smell. His team focus on the olfactory cortex, a brain region that is responsible for our ability to recognise and remember odours. 

  • Video
  • 24 May 2021

Mapping the trajectory of depression in primary care to improve treatment

The Diamond cohort study — Better management of those at risk of persistent and disabling depression.

  • Ten of the Best
  • 20 May 2021
Professor Katherine Conigrave

Partnership with Aboriginal communities for a meaningful contribution

Professor Kate Conigrave from The University of Sydney is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Public Health Physician based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Her work combines treating individuals with alcohol, drug and tobacco problems; promoting the health of communities and research and teaching. She is currently the chair of the NHMRC's Alcohol Working Group, which is charged with reviewing the guidelines to reduce the health risks from drinking alcohol.

  • Video
  • 17 May 2021

NHMRC national network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers

A National Health and Medical Research Council-funded national network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers has been established that will bring together unique skills across culture, knowledge and health research to address the health priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • Media release
  • 12 May 2021

$1.8 million to support Australia-UK health and medical research

More than $1.8 million has been awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support collaborative health and medical research between Australia and the United Kingdom.

  • Media release
  • 12 May 2021