Ten of the Best research projects 2013 showcases ten Australian health and medical research projects chosen from among the thousands of NHMRC funded medical research projects underway in Australia.

These projects illustrate the extraordinary quality and diversity of work being undertaken with NHMRC support.

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NHMRC proudly serves Australia by supporting our talented researchers in their endeavours to uncover new discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure ill health that continues to wreak such a personal toll on so many lives.

Each year, the work of our researchers adds new evidence to our growing knowledge and understanding of health, improving our ability to treat disease and to tackle conditions once considered untreatable.

History reflects well on the contribution of Australians to the great leap in health due to medical science in the last century. From the discovery of penicillin to the invention of spray-on skin, there seems to be no stopping Australian innovation.

Does the world’s next big discovery lie within the pages of this book?

This year’s Ten of the Best highlights outstanding dedication in the pursuit of an idea, innovation in seeking to expand the boundaries of knowledge and discovery, and novel ways for tackling ill health.

The research outcomes highlighted here represent just a small sample of the many outstanding lines of inquiry Australia’s world class researchers are now focusing on.

This truly is an exciting time for health and medical research.

On behalf of the NHMRC, I thank all those researchers who have contributed to improving health both here in Australia, and around the world. NHMRC is proud to be able to continue to support our researchers as they make pivotal contributions to the huge advances now being made by the scientific community around the world.

Together, we will work to improve the health of our future generations.

Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC

December 2013


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