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No-needle flu vaccine on the way

19 separate influenza strains have emerged in humans during the past century, including seven in the past five years alone1

  • InFocus
  • 18 May 2017
female speech therapist with a girl

Guiding children through traumatic brain injuries

Professor Morgan is Lead of the Neuroscience of Speech research group at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and Head of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne. She is also one of the guideline developers for MCRI’s first Clinical practice guideline for the management of communication and swallowing disorders following paediatric traumatic brain injury for children 0 to 18 years of age (communication and swallowing guideline).

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  • 27 April 2017

Two leading dementia experts headline NNIDR Public lecture tour

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research commences its Public Lecture Tour 2017 during Brain Awareness Week with stops around the country throughout March and April 2017.

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  • 18 April 2017

Update: Structural Review

As expected, and not surprisingly, the sector is keen to hear the outcome of the review that has been undertaken on the structure of our grant program. While a final decision has not yet been reached, I can advise that the review is in its final stages. I thank all of you who have contributed to our consultations, for your interest, constructive advice and patience throughout.

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  • 7 April 2017
Yvonne Cadet-James, Professor Sandra Eades, Ali Drummond, Professor Kelvin Kong, and Dr Yvette Roe

Chance leads an Indigenous woman into a health and medical research career

I always wanted to become a nurse, so I used to practice on dolls and teddy bears, and sometimes younger siblings, who drew the line at some procedures-like operations’

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  • 31 March 2017

Extraordinary life of an Indigenous medical researcher

‘I have just felt really privileged for most of my life, I love my work, I love what I do, and I really enjoy the people I work with, and it comes from spending part of my career in medical research. It just gives you a lot of flexibility and opportunities that you don’t get with standard clinical hospital jobs or general practice.’

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  • 16 March 2017
Dr Wyatt

Getting to the molecular level of science to inspire other women

Dr Wyatt, from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute at the University of Wollongong, is investigating how the body functions at the molecular level. Her current Project Grant explores the relationship between proteins that become toxic when they are damaged (referred to as ‘misfolded’ by researchers), and chemicals such as hypochlorite that are produced by the body during inflammation.

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  • 8 March 2017

Taking a leap into the research world

‘It is important to me to be a role model, an example of a strong resilient Aboriginal woman who can achieve anything she sets her mind to.’

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  • 17 February 2017
fibre-optic ‘smart needle’ camera

Seeing ahead for safer brain surgery

Professor McLaughlin, now working with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, developed this world-first tiny imaging tool to fit inside a surgical needle probe used in brain biopsies.

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  • 25 January 2017

Combatting tropical disease

Mark is a microbiologist, whose love of science and fascination with how the world works led to a life-long passion in medical research.

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  • 24 January 2017

Excellence in mental health research for men

Suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44 years old—accounting for 35% of deaths in 15-24 year olds and 28.6% of deaths in 25-44 year olds (ABS, 2016)

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  • 24 January 2017

Associate Professor Julian Elliott recognised for outstanding achievement

Associate Professor Julian Elliott is taking research beyond the clinic with ‘citizen science’ and subsequently scoops this year’s Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

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  • 24 January 2017

Delivering Australia from neurodegeneration

Associate Professor Helen Cooper’s research aims is to understand the molecular mechanisms controlling the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. In the long-term, it is hoped that these insights will help to design therapeutic approaches to treat neurodegenative diseases.

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  • 24 January 2017

Improving respiratory outcomes for preterm babies

Professor Pillow and her team discovered that the preterm diaphragm is weaker than the diaphragm of babies born after a normal and complete gestation.  This may be due to increased breakdown of the muscle protein and increased susceptibility to damage from oxygen free radicals.

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  • 24 January 2017

Research Excellence Awards

The outstanding achievements of 17 of Australia’s most talented health and medical researchers were celebrated at our annual Research Excellence Awards in Canberra.

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  • 24 January 2017

Diet matters for mental and brain health

Diets around the world have significantly shifted for the worse since the 20th century and this has had a highly negative impact on the health of the global population. At the same time, the burden of mental disorders, particularly depression, has increased significantly. Associate Professor Felice Jacka and her team have established new approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders by looking at what we eat.

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  • 24 January 2017

Ectopic Pregnancy Treatment: A Safer Way

Professor Stephen Tong and the team of investigators are revolutionising the treatment of ectopic pregnancy, meaning most women presenting with the condition could be treated medically, rather than surgically. Not only will this make treating ectopic pregnancies safer, easier and more effective, but it may save many lives across the developing world where surgery is not possible.

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  • 24 January 2017

Gluten for punishment: challenging non-coeliac gluten sensitivity

Professor Peter Gibson and his team set out to determine whether gluten causes problems in people who do not suffer from coeliac disease. The team found that short-chain carbohydrates called FODMAPs, not gluten, might be triggering symptoms such as bloating and stomach pain. The results have put some scientifically valid findings in this controversial area.

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  • 24 January 2017

The role of genetic variation in common diseases

Dr Joseph Powell and his team are investigating how differences in your DNA sequence impact on how disease starts and develops in the body. This NHMRC-funded research is important because it could lead to new approaches to prevent or to treat disease.

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  • 24 January 2017

Mending a broken heart: repairing injured heart cells

Professor Graham and his team embarked on their research to understand how the heart develops after birth and why heart muscle cells lose their ability to divide and make new cells. Their research markedly shifted the goal posts and showed that heart muscle cells actually retain an ability to divide until adolescence. This discovery holds great promise for new approaches to managing a range of heart conditions.

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  • 24 January 2017

Sanguine advances In detecting colorectal cancer

Associate Professor Leah Cosgrove and her team have developed a simple blood test to diagnose colorectal cancer. A reliable, non-invasive blood test could augment the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, either as an adjunct primary screen for those unable to do the stool test, or in triaging positive subjects to colonoscopy. This could help drive a significant reduction in colorectal cancer deaths in Australia.

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  • 24 January 2017
Adult holding a baby hand

Revolutionary breakthrough to ease discomfort and cost of fertility treatment

Led by UNSW’s School of Women’s and Children’s Health Associate Professor Robert Gilchrist, an international team of researchers have improved an existing treatment known as in-vitro maturation (IVM).

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  • 24 January 2017

Cancer research breakthrough reduces pancreatic tumour growth

Lead researcher Dr Phoebe Phillips, from UNSW’s Lowy Cancer Research Centre, said it was distressing for her colleagues when they had to inform patients that the best chemotherapy drug available could only extend their life for four months.

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  • 21 January 2017

Mitochondrial Donation Community Consultation: Public Forum - Melbourne

Public forums in Sydney and Melbourne will allow interested people to engage in person with the consultation process. These forums will be informative and will provide opportunities for people to discuss the scientific, social and ethical issues of mitochondrial donation with experts.

2019 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

Research Translation in the digital age: harnessing the power of data and analytical technologies.

RAO Seminar 2019

The 2019 Research Administrators’ Seminar was held at the Rex Hotel Canberra, on 29-30 October 2019.

Mitochondrial Donation Community Consultation: Public Forum - Sydney

Public forums in Sydney and Melbourne will allow interested people to engage in person with the consultation process. These forums will be informative and will provide opportunities for people to discuss the scientific, social and ethical issues of mitochondrial donation with experts.

2018 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The 7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, co-hosted by the National Health and Medical Research Council and The REWARD Alliance, was held on 27-28 November, 2018.