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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Scorpion King: Lighting the way to defeating brain cancer

In their NHMRC-funded research, Professor David Craik and his team aimed to stabilise peptides and thus unleash their potential as drugs and imaging agents. Using the venom of a scorpion, the team created synthetic versions of a naturally occurring peptide called chlorotoxin. In turn, these peptides were used to optimise a revolutionary tumour imaging agent for brain surgery operations.

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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

Breathing Easy: Supporting Lung Development of Premature Babies

Associate Professor Jane Pillow and her team sought to understand the respiratory problems of premature babies to help the sickest and smallest babies develop their lungs. This research has contributed a great deal to improving both the quality of healthcare available to premature babies at birth as well as their long-term health prospects.

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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

Indigenous Health: Understanding the health Gap

Across many health indicators, Indigenous Australians remain disadvantaged compared with non-Indigenous Australians. Professor Louisa Jorm linked and scrutinised the vast data held by modern healthcare systems to understand the factors influencing disadvantage for Indigenous Australians. This important research will translate it into better disease prevention and patient care for Indigenous Australians, as well as more effective health care spending.

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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

Funding Rounds Now Open in RGMS

The following funding rounds are now open in RGMS:

  • 2017 Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) Request for Applications (RFA): prevention and management of mental disorders for funding commencing in 2017.  Applications close 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 1 March 2017.
  • 2017 Career Development Fellowships for funding commencing in 2018.  Applications close 5pm AEDT Wednesday 8 March 2017.
  • 2017 Early Career Fellowships for funding commencing in 2018.  Applications close 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 1 March 2017.
  • 2017 Partnership Projects - Peer Review Cycle (PRC) #1.  Applications close 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 12 April 2017.
  • RAO alert
  • 18 January 2017

Amendments to RGMS

Amendments to RGMS

  • RAO alert
  • 13 January 2017

Proposed Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019

The NHMRC has decided to take the proposed National Health and Medical Research Council Enterprise Agreement 2016 - 2019 (the proposed Agreement) to a ballot of employees.  The proposed Agreement covers all NHMRC employees, other than Senior Executive Service employees.

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  • 18 November 2016

Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research 2015

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today congratulated Dr Philip Batterham on receiving the 2015 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for his work in the development of a mental health online support tool.

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  • 24 January 2016

Research Excellence Awards 2014

Research Excellence Awards presented in 2014

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  • 24 January 2015

2015 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The 4th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation was held on 27-28 October, 2015. The theme for this year was “Policy and Research: Working together to improve the health of Australians”.

2017 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, co-hosted by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Lowitja Institute, was held on 14-15 November, 2017.

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.

2016 NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The 5th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation was held on 23 November, 2016. The theme for this year was "Embedding research into health care: building a culture of quality".