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$18 million for medical research to improve women’s health

An $18 million investment by The Australian Government in a range of medical research projects will aim to improve the health of Australian women, marking the first step towards a new National Women’s Health Strategy.

  • Media release
  • 8 August 2018

Amended closing date for GACD hypertension and diabetes scale-up grant opportunity

Due to a public holiday in the Brisbane area of Queensland (Ekka People’s Day) on Wednesday 15 August 2018, the closing time and date for research organisations has been extended by 24 hours. The new closing time is 5:00pm (AEST) Thursday 16 August 2018.

  • RAO alert
  • 7 August 2018

NHMRC Targeted Call for Research – Re-open to accept applications

The NHMRC has decided to re-open the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Debilitating Complexes Attributed to Ticks. The extended call for applications will close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 29 August 2018. There will be no further extensions and late applications will not be accepted.

  • RAO alert
  • 6 August 2018

Supporting women to breastfeed

Breastfeeding infants exclusively to around six months, and continuing up to 12 months and beyond as solids foods are introduced, provides clear benefits for both the infant and the mother. Supporting women to continue to breastfeed is key to improving rates of breastfeeding.

  • News
  • 3 August 2018

NHMRC's new website

NHMRC is excited to deliver the release of a new BETA website for our users. By releasing this BETA version we are capturing how our users interact with the website’s new features and configurations.

  • RAO alert
  • 3 August 2018

How our genes work in different cells

‘There are three billion base pairs of DNA in each cell. If you were to pull it out end to end, it would equal two metres of DNA, which has to fit inside the 3D nucleus of every cell in our body.’ 

  • News
  • 3 August 2018

New Focus on First People’s Renal, Emotional Health, Cancer

The Australian Government has committed $23.2 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to 28 new projects, and has launched a NHMRC Road Map 3 to help chart the direction for Indigenous health and medical research investment over the next ten years.

  • Media release
  • 2 August 2018

NHMRC Tracker—30 July 2018

Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 30 July 2018

$5 million for research to improve mental health in elderly Australians

The Australian Government and beyondblue will provide a total of $5 million for research to help improve mental illness among our older Australians.

  • Media release
  • 27 July 2018

Grant guidelines for NHMRC’s new grant schemes are available

NHMRC is pleased to advise that the grant guidelines for the new Investigator, Synergy, Ideas and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grant schemes are available on GrantConnect under forecast opportunities and can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website.

  • RAO alert
  • 26 July 2018

National collaboration to improve health in Australia

Nine NHMRC-accredited centres have come together in a national alliance to improve the health of Australians through collaboration for faster, outcome-driven research. The Australian Health Research Alliance (the Alliance) is there to ensure health service led, priority driven and co-designed collaborative research to improve healthcare.

  • News
  • 23 July 2018

Strengthening skills in the Torres Strait

Dr Felecia Watkin Lui is a Torres Strait Islander researcher working to strengthen skills in and understanding of knowledge translation. This will ensure that research is more accessible, relevant and has greater benefit to communities.

  • News
  • 16 July 2018

Bridging the divide in research

Dr Misty Jenkins can be found in the lab, looking down a microscope at immune T cells. As a young Indigenous woman she was inspired by her role models to pursue a career in research.

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  • 16 July 2018

Health care to health research to inspire

As a nurse and midwife, Heather didn’t know much about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Australia until she transitioned from working in health services to working in research 15 years ago.  

  • News
  • 16 July 2018

Hints to reduce rates of diabetes

With increasing rates of diabetes in Australia, Professor Chris Nolan is trying to understand why the cells that secrete insulin malfunction and how they are affected by environmental stresses. Hints so far are these cells are hyper responsive to the stresses of poor lifestyle.

  • News
  • 12 July 2018

Research into lifestyle related chronic conditions given funding injection

The Australian Government has today announced funding of $7.7 million for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to further research into how Australians’ lifestyles contribute to chronic conditions and how to prevent them.

  • Media release
  • 10 July 2018

Bringing cultural security into focus

Always trying to find innovative ways of doing things, Professor Juli Coffin was able to test her model around cultural security for an effective and sustainable healthcare through an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) grant.

  • News
  • 6 July 2018

Thanks to Australian families who participate in research

Professor Anne-Louise Ponsonby has dedicated her life to understanding how the environment can influence the risk of developing a range of disorders at the population level. 

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  • 2 July 2018

Guiding Australia in bowel cancer prevention, treatment and management

Bowel (colorectal) cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in Australia . The update of the national bowel cancer guidelines will ensure the most up-to-date prevention, treatment and management of bowel cancer.

  • News
  • 2 July 2018

2018 NHMRC RAO Information Session

NHMRC is convening a Research Administration Officer (RAO) information session on 31 October 2018, at the Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra.

  • RAO alert
  • 26 June 2018

Translator of knowledge to drive change in community

Yvette is a Nijkena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberly region of Western Australia and grew up in Darwin. The eighth child of 11, she was the first person in her family to go to university—majoring in politics and sociology.

  • News
  • 19 June 2018

Revision of the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol 2009

A review is underway to revise the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009. The review will follow established processes and a draft for public consultation will be released during the second half of 2019. 

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  • 18 June 2018

$125 million to help our scientists make the next great medical discovery

The Australian Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough.

  • Media release
  • 14 June 2018

Research sector strengthens commitment to research integrity

A new code of conduct will help safeguard the quality and integrity of Australian research. 

  • Media release
  • 14 June 2018

Medical research into flesh-eating ulcer

The Australian Government is providing $1.5 million in medical research funding to help better understand the flesh eating Buruli ulcer and reduce its spread in Australia.

  • Media release
  • 14 June 2018

Bold new research to reduce dementia impact on first peoples

The high rate of dementia in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is being targeted through five ground-breaking research projects that aim to boost dementia prevention, slow its onset and improve the lives of First Peoples living with the condition.

  • Media release
  • 14 June 2018

International collaboration to improve the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples through research

Improving the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples in Australia, New Zealand and Canada is the goal driving a partnership between three medical research funding agencies.

  • Media release
  • 14 June 2018

Outstanding researcher recognised with Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

Tonight I had the privilege to present Dr Julian Elliott from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine with the annual Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2017.

  • News
  • 8 June 2018

Understanding the immune system leads to award

Dr Daniel Pellicci’s ultimate goal is to prevent human diseases. Using his research into how immune T cells recognise certain molecules, Dr Pellicci will provide new insight into how to harness therapeutic properties and produce desired immune responses. He has just been recognised for this work through the 2018 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

  • News
  • 8 June 2018

Guideline to help expectant and new mums cope

'Up to one in five women will experience anxiety during pregnancy and after birth. Up to one in 10 women will experience depression during pregnancy, increasing to one in seven after birth. '

  • News
  • 4 June 2018

Improving care in the Torres Strait

Seeing the diabetes epidemic go through the Torres Strait led Dr Sean Taylor into public health research. Seeing how diabetes can destroy a population meant Sean wanted to focus on clinical research that added value to improve practice.

  • News
  • 4 June 2018

Leader in research

Working with communities is how Dr Mick Adams became a leader in his research to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. 

  • News
  • 4 June 2018

Excellence in improving cancer outcomes

“Over the last 18 years cancer mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has increased by 21 per cent. This figure is especially stark when the rest of the population has actually seen a 13 per cent fall in cancer mortality rates”

  • News
  • 31 May 2018

Parkinson's disease - putting the pieces together

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common degenerative brain disease, primarily caused by the death of certain brain cells. The majority of degeneration happens in a small region of the brain responsible for reward pathways and motor control. 1

  • News
  • 31 May 2018

Paving a clearer path for the future

Dr Kalinda Griffiths’ children are her inspiration and what motivated her to go back to university. She was first exposed to research after being dragged into a traineeship in the Menzies School of Health Research labs.

  • News
  • 31 May 2018

Captivated to uncover the secrets of malaria

Since 2008 NHMRC has spent over $183 million on research into malaria 1

  • News
  • 31 May 2018

Closing the gap for STIs

Disproportionate rates of STI diagnosis (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, infectious syphilis and hepatitis B) occur among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in remote and very remote communities. 

  • News
  • 25 May 2018

Excellence in ear and hearing health for Indigenous children

Less than ten per cent of Indigenous children have normal healthy ears 1 2 3

  • News
  • 25 May 2018

Leading the way for female researchers

Professor Sharon Lewin is a clinician researcher working to find a cure for HIV. Having women in leadership roles is really important—it brings diversity to leadership teams for better outcomes, and encourages young women through aspiring role models.

  • News
  • 11 May 2018
Professor-Sharon-Lewin

Clinician researcher key to cure for HIV

"In Australia, life expectancy is returned by using life-long drugs but there is still no cure."

  • News
  • 8 May 2018

Communique - 6th Annual Symposium on Research Translation

The partnership between the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Lowitja Institute was founded on a strong commitment by both institutions to deliver a measurable, positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples. That commitment informed all aspects of the event.

  • Communique
  • 8 May 2018

Emails from RGMs

It has come to NHMRC's attention that some assigner emails from RGMs are not being received by some researchers, and this is including the difficulty of finding assessors for applications. 

  • RAO alert
  • 3 May 2018

Continuing to watch over our children

In Australia, influenza on average causes 3,500 deaths, about 18,000 hospitalisations and 300,000 GP consultations each year1

  • News
  • 30 April 2018

Life's work lead to new vaccine

“Pneumococcus is the biggest bacterial killer on the planet. It’s the most common cause of pneumonia, which is responsible for about 20 per cent of deaths from all causes in children under 5 years. Globally, pneumococcus accounts for about 2 million deaths a year.”

  • News
  • 27 April 2018

Grant Announcement – NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the outcomes of the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians at the University of Western Australia on Monday 23 April.

  • RAO alert
  • 24 April 2018

Targeted Calls for Research into mental health of older Australians

NHMRC has opened two Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) to address important aspects of mental health in older Australians. 

 

  • 20 April 2018

Understanding the complexity of cancer

Each year, more than 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with the blood cancer acute myeloid leukaemia and more than 70 per cent will die within five years.

  • News
  • 6 April 2018

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of more than 37,000 dedicated contributors from over 130 countries, working together to prepare, update, and promote Cochrane Reviews. Cochrane Reviews provide evidence based advice to help health care practitioners and patients make well informed decisions about health care.

  • News
  • 3 April 2018

Uncovering the secrets of Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide. 

  • News
  • 26 March 2018

The Human Research Ethics Application (HREA)

The Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) enables all Australian research involving human participants to be efficiently and effectively reviewed.

  • RAO alert
  • 20 March 2018