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This year's Symposium will be held in Melbourne at the Pullman Albert Park on 19-20 November 2019. The theme is "Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies." Keynote and plenary speaker information is now available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new code of conduct will help safeguard the quality and integrity of Australian research.
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.
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.
'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. '
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.
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.
“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”
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
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.
Less than ten per cent of Indigenous children have normal healthy ears 1 2 3
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.
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.
In Australia, influenza on average causes 3,500 deaths, about 18,000 hospitalisations and 300,000 GP consultations each year1
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide.
The Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) enables all Australian research involving human participants to be efficiently and effectively reviewed.
The Australian government is committed to banning the use of animals for cosmetic testing. The Commonwealth Department of Health is managing the implementation of this ban with the assistance of NHMRC.
RGMS now has a specific variation type for ‘Change in FTE’. This will allow Administering Institutions and NHMRC to have a clear record of the variations requested. The intent of the Variations Policy remains unchanged.
An Honour Roll of Peer Review Panel Members, Community Observers and External Assessors who contributed to NHMRC peer review processes completed in 2017.
NHMRC approves guideline that will assist in reducing unnecessary medications in older Australians with dementia
NHMRC has approved the recommendations made in the Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for deprescribing cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine developed by the University of Sydney in partnership with the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and the Bruyère Research Institute in Canada.
Includes awards for the Rising Star award, biennial awards and fellowships.
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.
‘Melanoma is the most common cancer for 15-39 year old Australians—with the highest ‘years of life lost’ of any cancer’1
Professor Anne Tiedemann’s research aims to develop and evaluate exercise-based programs for preventing falls to promote healthy ageing in older people. Her research aims to determine the barriers, enablers and preferences of older people, so that exercise programs can be implemented more effectively.
NHMRC is committed to creating stronger pathways to capture the economic value of research discoveries.
Since 2008 NHMRC has funded over $680 million in diabetes research1
NHMRC recognises that national research facilities, networks and biobanks are valuable for the conduct of health and medical research. In 2012, NHMRC held a biobanking roundtable to consider how national research infrastructure might be prioritised and co-ordinated.
The Chief Executive Officer of NHMRC has approved an amendment to the Clinical guidelines for stroke management 2017