21 December 2022

Welcome to National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) 10 of the Best – Thirteenth Edition, a tribute to the researchers and their teams around Australia who are tackling the health challenges that we face from birth to later life. 

The projects featured in 10 of the Best – Thirteenth Edition exemplify hundreds of successful high-quality projects funded each year by NHMRC. A short list of final reports from more than 900 completed grants was reviewed by a panel for scientific merit to select the 10 of the best.

The projects showcased in this edition are just a small sample of the many outstanding projects funded each year by NHMRC.

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said a common theme throughout this edition of 10 of the Best is the motivation of the researchers to help people live healthy lives by harnessing the power of science to understand and overcome today's health challenges.

"The disruptive events over the last few years have ignited an appreciation of science and shown us the importance of long-term national investment in health and medical research." said Professor Kelso.

As we move on from the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can be reassured that Australia has highly skilled and dedicated researchers working to improve health and wellbeing today and for future generations.

The Thirteenth Edition presents stories of researchers helping children with ADHD and autism to manage sleep, solving life-threatening childhood autoimmune diseases through genomics, and improving lung health of preterm babies.

The future is bright for health and medical research and the generations who will benefit from their work.
Professor Kelso.

The projects showcased in this edition are:

Table showing 10 projects featured in 10 of the best - Thirteenth Edition
Title Administering Institution Broad Research Area State/ Territory
Improving child health outcomes in common, high burden conditions. Murdoch Children's Research Institute Public Health VIC
Aboriginal Health Worker led prevention of early childhood caries in Aboriginal children. University of Sydney Public Health NSW
Identifying chest factors with the potential to improve the long-term health outcomes of babies born preterm University of Western Australia Clinical Medicine and Science WA
Immunity to melanoma University of Western Australia Basic Science WA
Metal complexes for the treatment of age-related diseases of the brain University of Melbourne Basic Science VIC
Improving outcomes for patients with critical bleeding requiring massive transfusion Monash University Health Services Research VIC
Immunological diseases: understanding their cause and improving their treatment by human genome sequencing Garvan Institute of Medical Research Clinical Medicine and Science NSW
"Gotta be sit down and worked out together" – a program for carers of older people in Aboriginal communities University of Western Australia Public Health WA
Quality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: lessons from the best to better the rest James Cook University Health Services Research QLD
Translating rheumatic fever prevention strategies into practice in Australia's high burden settings Menzies School of Health Research Health Services Research NT