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Further to my message to the health and medical research sector on 19 March, NHMRC has been working hard and consulting with Research Committee and a number of peak stakeholder groups to develop a way forward in these very uncertain and challenging times.
Today is International Women’s Day. NHMRC’s Women in Health Science Committee member, Professor Caroline Homer, discusses the importance of having more women involved in leadership, research, and education.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, NHMRC would like to acknowledge leading female researchers who are working to make a real difference to the health of all Australians.
The Australian Government is providing more than $8 million for research initiatives that lead to improved health outcomes and preventative measures for conditions such as cancer, eye disease and stillbirth.
Compared to other Australians, Indigenous Australians are more likely to require dialysis support for severe end stage kidney failure, including at a younger age, and disproportionately affecting women.
In 2011-2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were nearly ten times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous children. Many placements are with grandparents.1
An estimated 1 in 10 Australian adults (10%) - about 1.7 million people in 2011 - 12 - had biomedical signs of chronic kidney disease1
The Australian Government is providing nearly $1 million in funding to a medical research project that will use human stem cells to develop kidneys as an alternative for renal replacement.
The Australian Government is supporting research that will help us understand the role of cognitive networks in Parkinson’s disease with the hope of leading to better treatment and self-management of the disease.
The Australian Government will provide $3 million for two studies that aims to reduce the debilitating symptoms attributed to tick bites.
The Australian Government is investing almost $800,000 into research into how prostate cancer spreads and becomes resistant to normal treatments.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding will again boost Australia’s top female researchers through an initiative first introduced in 2017.
Novel research could lead to drug and vaccine treatment of human diseases caused by mosquito-borne viruses.
Professor Anne Kelso AO, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), is pleased to announce the launch of two case studies which demonstrate the impact of Australian research funding on small to medium enterprises and health outcomes for Australians.
The Australian Government will invest more than half a billion dollars in world-leading health and medical research that aims to improve the lives of all Australians.
Dietary change is a significant lifestyle factor in managing the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Uncovering the details of effective dietary change requires accurate user friendly dietary assessment and advice tools.
Most people around the world with high blood pressure still go undiagnosed and untreated.
Associate Professor Oliver Sieber is looking to improve outcomes for patients with bowel cancer.
Professor Benjamin Kile has turned his attention to looking at the link between dying cells, the inflammatory response and autoimmunity.
By simply moving your body, your brain has the ability to change and re-organise its connections and potentially produce protective properties against many incurable diseases and conditions, including dementia.
Maintain Your Brain is a randomised controlled trial of multiple online interventions designed to target modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Doctor Tamplim is using therapeutic singing groups to support people living with dementia. Music is the glue that brings people together and it’s cementing and supporting existing relationships.
The CarFreeMe program and resources aims to involve families and carers in the intervention process of driving cessation of people with dementia.
Professor Penny Schofield is a behavioural psychologist who has specialised in helping cancer patients.
Respiratory failure due to chronic infection is an important health issue for people with cystic fibrosis.
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.
‘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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new code of conduct will help safeguard the quality and integrity of Australian research.
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.
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.
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
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.
Since 2008 NHMRC has spent over $183 million on research into malaria 1
“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”
Less than ten per cent of Indigenous children have normal healthy ears 1 2 3
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.
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.
"In Australia, life expectancy is returned by using life-long drugs but there is still no cure."
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.
“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.”
NHMRC has opened two Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) to address important aspects of mental health in older Australians.
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.
Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide.
Nursing and research wasn’t what Associate Professor Dan McAullay had in mind when he first began university but it was exactly where he was meant to end up.