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Keeping women in health and medical research

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.

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  • 8 March 2019

Emerging female leader in cancer research

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.

  • InFocus
  • 8 March 2019

Research funding boost for preventative and better health outcomes

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.

  • Media release
  • 8 March 2019

Goal to obliterate kidney disease

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.

  • InFocus
  • 5 February 2019

Supporting women who supports us

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

  • InFocus
  • 22 January 2019

Kidney disease - reporting the right outcomes

An estimated 1 in 10 Australian adults (10%) - about 1.7 million people in 2011 - 12 - had biomedical signs of chronic kidney disease1

  • InFocus
  • 17 January 2019

Support for research to develop kidneys from stem cells

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.

  • Media release
  • 7 January 2019

Support for Parkinson’s disease medical research

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.

  • Media release
  • 7 January 2019

$3 million for tick bite medical research

The Australian Government will provide $3 million for two studies that aims to reduce the debilitating symptoms attributed to tick bites.

  • Media release
  • 5 January 2019

Support for prostate cancer medical research

The Australian Government is investing almost $800,000 into research into how prostate cancer spreads and becomes resistant to normal treatments.

  • Media release
  • 4 January 2019

Additional funding will boost Australia’s top female researchers

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding will again boost Australia’s top female researchers through an initiative first introduced in 2017.

  • 21 December 2018

Research provides further understanding into mosquito-borne viruses

Novel research could lead to drug and vaccine treatment of human diseases caused by mosquito-borne viruses.

  • InFocus
  • 19 December 2018

Case studies highlight Australian research successes

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.

  • Media release
  • 16 December 2018

More than $500 million research boost to improve lives

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.

  • 12 December 2018

What is actually contained in our foods?

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.

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  • 15 October 2018

How can we better prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes?

Most people around the world with high blood pressure still go undiagnosed and untreated.

  • InFocus
  • 28 September 2018

Drug testing for better bowel cancer outcomes

Associate Professor Oliver Sieber is looking to improve outcomes for patients with bowel cancer.

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  • 19 September 2018

Dying cell links to autoimmunity

Professor Benjamin Kile has turned his attention to looking at the link between dying cells, the inflammatory response and autoimmunity. 

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  • 19 September 2018

Findings uncover exciting new intervention opportunities aimed at reducing the risk of dementia

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.

  • InFocus
  • 18 September 2018

How the internet can help prevent 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.

  • InFocus
  • 18 September 2018

Music provides strong connections for people with 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.

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  • 11 September 2018

New program helping older Australians navigate a car-free life

The CarFreeMe program and resources aims to involve families and carers in the intervention process of driving cessation of people with dementia.

  • InFocus
  • 4 September 2018

Psychology in cancer patients

Professor Penny Schofield is a behavioural psychologist who has specialised in helping cancer patients. 

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  • 27 August 2018

It’s a clinicians duty

Respiratory failure due to chronic infection is an important health issue for people with cystic fibrosis.

  • InFocus
  • 23 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.

  • InFocus
  • 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.’ 

  • InFocus
  • 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

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.

  • InFocus
  • 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.  

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  • 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.

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  • 12 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.

  • InFocus
  • 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

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

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.

  • InFocus
  • 8 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. 

  • InFocus
  • 4 June 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

  • InFocus
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • 31 May 2018

Captivated to uncover the secrets of malaria

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

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  • 31 May 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”

  • InFocus
  • 31 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

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  • 25 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. 

  • InFocus
  • 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.

  • InFocus
  • 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."

  • InFocus
  • 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

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.”

  • InFocus
  • 27 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.

  • InFocus
  • 6 April 2018

Uncovering the secrets of Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide. 

  • InFocus
  • 26 March 2018
Dan McAullay

Grand designs make way for career in health research

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.

  • InFocus
  • 30 January 2018