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Use of animals in the testing of cosmetics

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.

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  • 9 March 2018

New grantee variation type for ‘Change in FTE’

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.

  • RAO alert
  • 6 March 2018

Peer review honour roll 2017

An Honour Roll of Peer Review Panel Members, Community Observers and External Assessors who contributed to NHMRC peer review processes completed in 2017.

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  • 28 February 2018

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. 


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  • 12 February 2018

2016 Research Excellence Award

Includes awards for the Rising Star award, biennial awards and fellowships.

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  • 2 February 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.

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  • 30 January 2018

New technology to spot skin cancer sooner

‘Melanoma is the most common cancer for 15-39 year old Australians—with the highest ‘years of life lost’ of any cancer’1

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  • 30 January 2018

Seeking involvement of industry experts in NHMRC peer review

NHMRC invites individuals with industry experience related to health and medical research commercialisation to participate in peer review of the Development Grants scheme. 

  • Communique
  • 30 January 2018
two people in a yoga pose

Reducing trips and slips: healthy exercises to prevent falls as we age

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.

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  • 29 January 2018

Launch of NHMRC Innovation webpage

NHMRC is committed to creating stronger pathways to capture the economic value of research discoveries.

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  • 24 January 2018

Ten of the best, ten years on: Reversing the effects of diabetes

Since 2008 NHMRC has funded over $680 million in diabetes research1

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  • 22 January 2018

Research facilities and biobanks

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. 

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  • 18 January 2018
Stroke victim being treated by doctors

Amendment to the Clinical guidelines for stroke management 2017

The Chief Executive Officer of NHMRC has approved an amendment to the Clinical guidelines for stroke management 2017

  • Media release
  • 9 January 2018

Major $640 million investment in Australia’s world-leading medical research

The Australian Government will invest $640 million to support Australia’s world-leading health and medical researchers as they continue their work in the laboratory, clinic and the community to find the next major medical breakthrough.

  • Media release
  • 16 December 2017

Blending disability and Indigenous research

‘The rate of disability among Indigenous Australians is almost twice as high as that among non-Indigenous people'1

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  • 13 December 2017

Bringing innovative research into clinical practice

Now an ear, nose and throat surgeon, Associate Professor Kelvin Kong was destined for health care. Growing up Kelvin and his sisters were always keen to help his mother, a Registered Nurse, whenever she had a one of their mob come around to remove a suture, tend to a cut or get a vaccination.

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  • 13 December 2017

Gender Equality – A priority for NHMRC

For a number of years, success rates for women in most NHMRC schemes have been below those of men. As I consider possible changes to our grant program following the Structural Review, I look for opportunities to redress this imbalance.

  • Media release
  • 6 December 2017

Funding Australia's top female health and medical researchers

Announcement of new funding for Australia’s most talented female researchers.

  • Media release
  • 6 December 2017

Pinpointing where HIV hides in the body is a big step towards a cure

Professor Sarah Palmer along with researchers at Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the University of Sydney have discovered where the tiny remaining amounts of HIV virus are hiding, leading to new hopes of a cure.

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  • 1 December 2017

Knowledge in closing the gap

‘For nurses, working with an Indigenous health worker can bring great opportunities for professional collaboration and improved community health care’1

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  • 20 November 2017

Neurodegenerative disease and contact sports—Gandy offers better diagnosis

Long-time Alzheimer’s researcher, Sam Gandy (Mt Sinai Hospital, NY) is combining new diagnostic criteria, higher-resolution brain scanning and a new method to determine what’s going on in people’s brains who have had multiple concussions and are experiencing difficulties with cognition.

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  • 9 November 2017

Research Excellence in Epidemic Control

'Travel and globalisation mean that infections spread rapidly around the world, so that global solutions are required for epidemic control'

NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response

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  • 6 November 2017
Professor Wayne Tilley

Unlocking the secrets of sex hormones in breast cancer

One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and seven women die from the disease each day in Australia1

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  • 31 October 2017

Removing budget adjustments for in-progress deferrals and extended leave request variations

RAOs are advised that as of September 2017, NHMRC will no longer amend grant budgets in RGMS after the approval of In-progress Deferrals or Extended Leave variation requests (including requests to vary part time hours). 

  • RAO alert
  • 27 October 2017

Drilling down: discovering the origins of dental anxiety

Associate Professor Jason Armfield set out to explain the origins of dental fear and to understand why fear of the dentist is a serious psychological problem for many Australians. He developed a ‘dental anxiety scale’ that will help to identify and treat the condition across the world, leading to more people visiting the dentist and better population level oral health.

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  • 24 October 2017

Simple stroke care protocols now going international

Stroke, caused by a clot or bleed in the brain, is Australia’s second biggest cause of death and the leading cause of disability.1

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  • 23 October 2017

NHMRC’s new grant program public consultation on peer review

NHMRC is hosting a series of public fora across Australia between 29 September and 24 November 2017 on peer review in the new grant program.

  • RAO alert
  • 20 October 2017

Genetics behind breast cancer for personalised care

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Australian women.1

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  • 19 October 2017

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Health Security

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Stronger Systems for Health Security call for research under the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security opened for applications on 9 October 2017.

The Australian Government, through DFAT, is implementing a call for health systems and/or policy research in relation to health security, entitled Stronger Systems for Health Security.

  • RAO alert
  • 10 October 2017

Public consultation on peer review for the new grant program

This document outlines key themes from NHMRC's peer review consultation process. 

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  • 7 October 2017

Chalmers Oration 2017 presentation: “Crisis or opportunity? A new era for medical research funding in Australia” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation made as the 2017 John Chalmers Oration, Flinders University, 7 September 2017.Presentation title: Crisis or opportunity? A new era for medical research funding in Australia. By: Professor Anne Kelso AO CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council.

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  • 7 October 2017

Helping the minds of Indigenous Australians age well

Indigenous Australians are three to four times more likely to develop dementia. That is higher than any other population in the world.1

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  • 5 October 2017

Targeted Call for Research into Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Elderly Australians

RAOs are advised that the assessor reports for applicant response will be released from Tuesday 5th September 2017

  • RAO alert
  • 1 October 2017

Starving bacteria—beating antibiotic resistance

Motivated by a desire to understand the molecular basis of key biological processes, Professor Abell saw an opportunity to use small molecules that selectively bind to bacterial proteins, as a potential mechanism for limiting bacterial survival.

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  • 29 September 2017
Professor John Pimanda and his team at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre

Precision medicine for blood cancer

‘On average eight people per 100,000 a year develop Myelodysplasia—a disorder affecting the development of blood cells that can lead to leukaemia.1’

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  • 26 September 2017

Uncovering salt’s addictive nature

Dr Craig Smith and a team of scientists at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health’s Addiction Neuroscience Laboratory are investigating one of the receptors in the brain they think are responsible for those seriously rewarding feelings.  Not only does this have the potential to help with obesity but it is closely linked with addictions to opioids such as heroin and could lead to a new group of targeted drugs.

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  • 26 September 2017
Paul Adlard, Dr Victoria Perreau, Dr Feng Chen, Ms Krista Dent, Ms Amelia Sedjahtera, Ms Lydia Gunawan, Ms Lisa Bray and Mrs Kali Perronnes.

Zinc on the brain for healthy aging

‘In Australia, 15 per cent of the population are aged 65+, estimated to grow to 21 per cent (8.4 million) by 20501.’

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  • 20 September 2017
Doctor Judith Katzenellenbogen and her team

Linking the data to close the gap in heart health

“Chronic diseases account for 70 per cent of the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.1”

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  • 18 September 2017
Dr Vanessa Lee

As black women do research

'Still, we rise… as black women do 

Culturally bonded, spiritually empowered, strength and resilience valuable tools,

with integrity and generational humbleness, we are the drivers, backbone, visionaries,

feelers, healers, leaders, prophetic with degrees in silence-ness.

Excerpt from poem As Black Women Do: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s resilience by Vanessa Lee. 

Published in Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

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  • 18 September 2017
Elderly man with a young woman and child

Australia leading the way on Alzheimer’s treatment

By 2036, the total cost of dementia is predicted to increase by 81 per cent to $25.8 billion in Australia1

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  • 15 September 2017
Professor Melissa Wake and her team

Achieving in the classroom

‘More than 90 per cent of children six to seven years of age with reading difficulties have low working memory.1’

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  • 11 September 2017
Mary Jane Black and Associate Professor Gurmeet Singh, Professor Wendy Hoy

Protecting premature babies from kidney disease

‘18 per cent of all Indigenous Australian adults have chronic kidney disease—two times as likely as non-Indigenous Australians.’

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  • 7 September 2017
Professor Jackob Najman and his team

Forty years of mental health research

‘One in every ten mothers experience repeated episodes of major depression over their life course—on average, experiencing depression one in every six days of their lives.'

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  • 6 September 2017
Professor Marshall and her team

Saving lives—one vaccine at a time

‘There has been a 73 per cent reduction in children hospitalised from severe chicken pox infection since the introduction of the (varicella) vaccine to the National Immunisation Program in Australia in 2005.'1

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  • 31 August 2017

Adding immune T cells to the mix—giving bone marrow transplant patients a fighting chance

‘Over 2,000 stem cell transplants are performed in Australia each year. For many patients, infections after transplant result in suffering and poor quality of life even if their original disease is cure1’

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  • 25 August 2017
bionic eye

Vision of the future

It is estimated 384,000 Australians are blind or have low vision1

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  • 18 August 2017

$40 million for dementia research projects

The Australian Government is allocating more than $40 million to medical research projects which will improve the lives of Australians fighting dementia.

  • Media release
  • 1 August 2017

NNIDR National Public Lecture tour 2017

NNIDR held its National Public Lecture Tour Series in March and April 2017. The tour commenced in Sydney on 15 March 2017 during Brain Awareness Week and visited all Australian capitals. The tour was part of the Australian Government’s $200 million Boosting Dementia Research initiative.

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  • 1 August 2017
Minister Hunt

New funding investment in dementia research

A brief summary of a federal government grant announcement, with the health minister pledging over $40 million for medical research into dementia. Forty-five projects will receive funding to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage dementia, including its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease. 

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  • 31 July 2017

Outstanding Australian researchers recognised

Exceptional researchers in the fields of infectious disease, autoimmunity, chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease are among the Australian researchers honoured with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Awards.

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  • 13 July 2017