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Elderly couple driving in a car together

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.

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 14th Edition
  • 20 February 2024

Tracker - 12 February 2024

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

  • Tracker
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 9 February 2024

Tracker - 29 January 2024

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

  • Tracker
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 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?

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 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.

  • Communique
  • News
  • 16 January 2024

Tracker - 15 January 2024

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

  • Tracker
  • 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).

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 14th Edition
  • 21 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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).

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 15 December 2023
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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
  • Ten of the Best
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • Ten of the Best
  • 14th Edition
  • 6 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • 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.

  • Media release
  • News
  • 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

Research Excellence: Supporting healing and recovery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Dr Graham Gee is an Aboriginal-Chinese man, also with Celtic heritage, originally from Darwin. His Aboriginal-Chinese grandfather was born near Belyuen on Larrakia Country. Dr Gee is a clinical psychologist and has worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service for 11 years before taking up a research position at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His early career research focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, resilience and complex trauma. In 2022, Dr Gee commenced working in partnership with several Victorian Aboriginal services dedicated to healing child sexual abuse. Read more to find out more about Dr Gee’s research, in his own words.

  • InFocus
  • 18 November 2023
Professor Macefield at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards

Research Excellence: Microelectrode recordings from the vagus nerve in awake humans

Professor Vaughan Macefield is the Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience at Monash University. Professor Macefield specialises in recording from single nerve fibres via microelectrodes inserted into the peripheral nerves of awake human participants. He is best known for developing the methodology for recording the firing properties of single, type-identified, sympathetic neurones supplying muscle and skin, and for developing the methodology for recording muscle sympathetic nerve activity at the same time as performing functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. Read on to find out more about Professor Macefield's research, in his own words.

  • InFocus
  • 23 October 2023
Professor Steve Wesselingh

Tackling health challenges of the present and the future

As an infectious disease physician and researcher in HIV, vaccine development and the impact of the microbiome on human health, Professor Wesselingh brings a wealth of medical experience, clinical leadership as well as national and international success to this role.

  • InFocus
  • 11 October 2023
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Over $5 million for research to improve physical health of people living with mental illness

Three research teams will share in over $5.1 million in targeted funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to investigate ways to improve the physical health of people with mental illness.

  • Media release
  • 28 September 2023

$35 million for new Centres of Research Excellence in health and medical research

NHMRC welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement of outcomes from the 2023 Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme.

  • Media release
  • 26 September 2023

Research Excellence: Understanding membrane protein structures

Dr Alastair Stewart, Head of the Institute’s Structural Biology Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) focuses his research on understanding the mechanisms of how cells transport drug molecules using cyro-electron microscopy technology. Based within VCCRI’s Innovation Centre, Dr Stewart’s research involves generating detailed information on the function of membrane protein structures, providing a template to better understand drug interactions within the body. Read on to find out more about Dr Stewart’s research, in his own words.

  • InFocus
  • 21 September 2023
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$1.5 million for research collaboration to develop a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder screening tool

A project in partnership with community organisations to explore the national expansion of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) screening program is one of eight research collaborations sharing in over $10.5 million in NHMRC partnership funding.

  • Media release
  • 7 September 2023
Professor Davis at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards

Research Excellence: trialling women's testosterone therapy

Professor Susan Davis AO, Head of the Monash University Women’s Health Research Program, focuses her research on understanding the role of sex hormones, particularly testosterone, in women’s health. Her program of research involves a series of innovative, complementary clinical trials to determine if the hormone can serve as a new therapy to protect against leading causes of ill health in postmenopausal women. Read on to find out more about Professor Davis’s research, in her own words.

  • InFocus
  • 30 August 2023
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Over $9 million for collaborative research projects to improve health care access and equity

A project in partnership with community organisations to guide the effective use of medication that reduces the risk of contracting HIV is one of seven research collaborations sharing in over $9 million in NHMRC Partnership Project funding.

  • Media release
  • 21 August 2023

Research Excellence: predicting gastric cancer

Dr Doug Tjandra is an advanced trainee in gastroenterology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with an interest in preventing gastrointestinal cancers and immunotherapy-related complications of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

  • InFocus
  • 11 August 2023
Associate Professor Alice Rumbold standing with two adults who are holding young babies.

Donor milk study one of 28 projects to share in $73 million Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies funding

Research teams from across Australia will share in almost $73 million from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to conduct studies addressing topics such as the benefits of donor milk for pre-term babies, culturally inclusive pregnancy to early childhood services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and preventing e-cigarette use among young people.

  • Media release
  • 31 July 2023

Transcript: RN Breakfast interview with Professor Anne Kelso AO on gender equity in research funding

In the final days of Professor Anne Kelso’s term at NHMRC, we reflect on her contribution to the agency and the sector, including through initiatives to address gender disparities in health and medical research. Professor Kelso explained why such interventions are necessary during an interview with Patricia Karvelas on ABC Radio National Breakfast on November 15 2022.

  • News
  • 28 July 2023

Transcript: MJA Podcast interview with Professor Anne Kelso AO on her term as NHMRC CEO

In the final days of Professor Anne Kelso’s term at NHMRC, we are reflecting on changes that have taken place at the agency and in the wider sector while she has served as CEO. During an interview with Cate Swannell for the MJA Podcast on December 5 2022, Professor Kelso discussed some of the most significant experiences of her tenure, including the introduction of an initiative to address gender disparities in the Investigator Grant scheme.

  • News
  • 28 July 2023
Professor Jose Polo

Research excellence: understanding the first few weeks of pregnancy

Professor Jose Polo’s work in epigenetics spans diverse fields, including cellular reprogramming, embryogenesis, neurobiology, immunology and cancer. His Synergy Grant brings together a multidisciplinary team who will combine the latest advances in models of early development, genetics and molecular biology to determine how the early placenta produced by the embryo burrows into the uterus and keeps developing during the entire pregnancy.

  • InFocus
  • 20 July 2023

NHMRC statement on iBlastoids

Regulation of research involving human embryos and embryo-like structures in Australia.

  • Media release
  • 20 July 2023
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Research Excellence: rapidly detecting emerging viruses

It is challenging to contemplate, but the world can expect to experience pandemics like COVID-19, and perhaps even larger in scale, in the future. Professor Eddie Holmes is developing a pandemic radar to rapidly detect emerging viruses and determine which are most likely to have pandemic potential. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of virus ecology and evolution, as well as how viruses jump species boundaries to emerge and cause disease in new hosts.

  • InFocus
  • 14 July 2023
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$5.5 million in funding for research projects to address the impact of loneliness in chronic disease

Over $5.5 million in targeted funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) will be shared across four research teams to investigate ways to identify and support people with chronic disease who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

  • Media release
  • 13 July 2023
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$3.5 million in targeted research funding to improve dementia care in culturally diverse communities

Three expert teams will share in almost $3.5 million in funding from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to improve clinical pathways for the diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and management of dementia for people from diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

  • Media release
  • 10 July 2023
Reverend McGovern

Excellence in ethics and integrity

Reverend Kevin McGovern, recipient of the 2023 NHMRC Ethics and Integrity Award, is one of Australia’s leading ethicists, active in education, research and policy for over 25 years. Throughout his professional life as a parish priest, academic and community leader, Reverend McGovern has brought to innumerable discussions and debates the highest quality and intensity of consideration. His reputation for the courage of his convictions and his openness and respect for others with a diversity of views is unparalleled.

  • InFocus
  • 29 June 2023

Excellence in consumer engagement: optimising the lives of people with aphasia

The Queensland Aphasia Research Centre (QARC) brings together people with aphasia, their families and friends, clinicians and researchers in the collaborative development of innovative and novel health interventions that transform lives. At NHMRC's Research Excellence Awards in March, QARC received the 2023 NHMRC Consumer Engagement Award, which recognises an individual, a group of individuals or an organisation that has made a long-term contribution to consumer and community involvement in health and medical research.

  • InFocus
  • 1 June 2023
Professor Greg Fox

Research Excellence: A vision for the elimination of tuberculosis

Professor Greg Fox is a respiratory doctor and clinical trialist at the University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Vietnam Institute who is contributing to the momentum towards tuberculosis (TB) elimination. Professor Fox received the 2021 NHMRC David Cooper Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Award, recognising the highest ranked recipient in the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies scheme.

  • InFocus
  • 19 May 2023