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Redefining resilience research for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents

It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ conceptions of health and wellbeing and life experiences differ vastly from mainstream populations. 

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Tracker - 20 May 2024

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

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Research Excellence: Novel interventions to treat and cure acute and chronic viral infections

Professor Sharon Lewin is the Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne. Her research has focused on strategies to achieve an HIV cure, enhancing clinical outcomes for people living with HIV and hepatitis B and the identification of novel treatments for COVID-19. She is internationally known for her development of laboratory models to study HIV latency and for leading innovative early phase clinical trials aimed at reversing HIV latency. Professor Lewin has received Melburnian of the Year (2014), the Peter Wills Medal from Research Australia (2015), Officer of the Order of Australia (2019), and Medal for Outstanding Female Researcher by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2022).

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  • 18 May 2024
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Research Excellence: Pioneering Early Cancer Detection through Nanotechnology

Dr Jiayan Liao is a dedicated researcher specialising in the field of nanotechnology, nanomedicine, biomedical engineering, and their applications in medical diagnostics. Dr Liao’s research focuses on developing innovative diagnostic tools for early cancer detection, leveraging photonics, fluorescent nanoprobes, and artificial intelligence for precise detection of single-molecule biomarkers in diseases and cancers. Dr Liao is contributing to the advancement of diagnostic methodologies and technologies, aiming for non-invasive, early detection methods to improve patient outcomes.

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  • 16 May 2024

Budget 2024–25

The Budget 2024–25, delivered on 14 May 2024, confirms the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting health and medical research and its translation into new health treatments and technologies to improve the health of the Australian community.

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  • 15 May 2024
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Research Excellence: Solving Australia's Hypertension Treatment Problem

Professor Alta Schutte, SHARP Professor and Principal Theme Lead of Cardiac, Vascular and Metabolic Medicine at the University of New South Wales and The George Institute for Global Health, focuses on implementing effective scalable interventions for global blood pressure control. Appointed Co-Chair of the National Hypertension Taskforce in 2022, she was recognised in 2023 as the Leading Researcher in Vascular Medicine by The Australian. Notably, she received the 2022 Harriet Dustan Award from the American Heart Association and the 2023 Peter Sleight Excellence award from the World Hypertension League. Her impactful work extends to improving cardiovascular health in Australia and beyond.

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  • 12 May 2024
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Over $77 million in funding to be shared in national clinical trials and cohort studies

High-quality national clinical trials and cohort studies aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians will receive over $77 million in funding under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies grant scheme.

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  • 10 May 2024

Tracker - 6 May 2024

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  • 6 May 2024
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Life-giving oils: low omega-3 fatty acid linked to early preterm birth and lower brain development

Preterm birth occurs in approximately 1 in 10 infants globally. It causes about three-quarters of near-birth deaths and more than half of newborn deaths.

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  • 6 May 2024
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A $411 million commitment for researchers to bring their discoveries to life

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) continues to invest in our nation’s health and medical research sector, with over $411 million awarded to 229 outstanding researchers to investigate Australia’s greatest health challenges.

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  • 2 May 2024
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Uncovering the deep, dark secrets of pathogen genomes to save lives

Professor Ben Howden, from the University of Melbourne at the Doherty Institute, is a renowned clinician researcher whose dedicated focus on public health microbiology, genomics and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has impacted thousands of lives. 

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  • 30 April 2024
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Over $15 million for research collaborations to tackle healthcare policies and practice

With the announcement of 12 collaborative health and medical research projects today, Australian researchers are set to improve the translation and delivery of collaborative research outcomes into healthcare policy and practice.

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  • 29 April 2024
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A $5 million boost into furthering the quality and safety of telehealth

Six expert teams will share in over $5 million in funding to stimulate research into ensuring the quality and safety of telehealth, and its potential to achieve positive health outcomes under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Targeted Call for Research (TCR): Ensuring the quality and safety of telehealth 2023.

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  • 23 April 2024

Tracker - 22 April 2024

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

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  • 22 April 2024

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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  • 18 April 2024
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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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

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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

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

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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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