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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.

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  • 11 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

Clinician researcher key to cure for HIV

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

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  • 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

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 3 April 2018

Uncovering the secrets of Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide. 

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  • 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

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 Awards

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
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

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

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

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