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NNIDR Australian Dementia Forum 2017 presentation: Opening address by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Opening address by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Address and presentation made at the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Dementia Forum 2017, Melbourne, 16 October 2017.

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Presentation: “Reform of NHMRC’s grant program” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation titled “Reform of NHMRC’s grant program” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Presentation made at the 2017 Australian Research Management Society (ARMS) conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 27 September 2017.

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

Presentation titled “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.

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Presentation: “NHMRC support for clinical and translational research” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation titled “NHMRC support for clinical and translational research” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Presentation made at the ARCS Australia Policy Leaders Forum, Randwick, 22 August 2017.

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Presentation: “The changing landscape of medical research in Australia” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation titled “The changing landscape of medical research in Australia” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Presentation made at the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) Research Week at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, 7 August 2017.

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Mathison Memorial Lecture 2017 presentation: “Medical research for a changing world” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation titled “Medical research for a changing world” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Presentation made as the Mathison Memorial Lecture at the University of Melbourne, 11 May 2017.

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Presentation: “Improving rural health through research” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation titled “Improving rural health through research” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Presentation made at the 14th National Rural Health Conference, Cairns, 27 April 2017.

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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. The decision about whether to introduce a change in the structure of our grant program is incredibly important and the...

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Presentation: Opportunities for funding research on antimicrobial resistance through the National Health and Medical Research Council by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

Presentation titled “Opportunities for funding research on antimicrobial resistance through the National Health and Medical Research Council” by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO. Presentation made at the Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections conference, Brisbane, 4 April 2017.

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Presentation: Women in medical research: designing the future by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO

International Women’s Day Oration, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Parkville, Victoria, 10 March 2017 Professor Kelso’s video presentation is available on the Florey Institute website Women in medical research: designing the future by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC CEO (PDF, 2.5MB)

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Some thoughts on grants announcements

Congratulations to all those who were awarded grants or fellowships in recent NHMRC funding rounds. As every applicant knows, most NHMRC schemes are extremely competitive so winning a grant is a real achievement. For those who were unsuccessful, we hope that the feedback you have received from peer reviewers is helpful and that you have other support to continue your research. We are only too aware that NHMRC receives far more high quality applications than it can fund. The weeks leading up to...

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New AAHMS Fellows inducted

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) inducted 50 new Fellows at their second Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane this week. National Health and Research Medical Council (NHMRC) CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO said, ‘On behalf of NHMRC, I congratulate all of the new Fellows on this well-deserved recognition of their achievements. ‘They represent the great breadth and strength of health and medical science in Australia today and there is no doubt that they will continue...

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“NHMRC support for research translation” - Presentation

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC's Chief Executive Officer on “NHMRC support for research translation” to the First Australian Psychological Society Congress, Session 8G: Research Translation: Implications for Psychological Scientists and Practitioners, 16 September 2016, Melbourne. Full presentation (PDF, 864KB)

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Reconciliation Week 2016

NHMRC has a long history of working to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Reconciliation is an important part of the culture and goals of our agency. National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. This year’s theme Our History, Our Story, Our Future, encourages us to consider the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories...

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Science on the Swan, 3 May 2016

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer at the Science on the Swan Conference titled “The changing landscape of medical research: the funders dilemma”, Perth, 3 May 2016. Full presentation  (PDF, 2MB)

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ASID Annual Scientific Meeting - 22 April 2016

Plenary presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer to the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting titled “Responding to present and future infectious disease threats: a funder’s perspective” Launceston, 22 April 2016. Full presentation (PDF, 2.4MB)

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Department of Health, 30 March 2016: NHMRC - strategic issues, opportunities and collaborations

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer to the staff of the Commonwealth Department of Health titled “NHMRC - Strategic Issues, Opportunities and Collaboration”, Canberra, 30 March 2016. Full presentation (PDF, 3.8MB)

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Research Australia University Roundtable - The NHMRC in 2016

Presentation by Professor Anne Kelso AO, NHMRC Chief Executive Officer to the Research Australia University Roundtable titled “The NHMRC in 2016”, Sydney, 17 March 2016. Full presentation (PDF, 532KB)

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CEO Diary - Funding announcement statistics – 9 November 2015

The Minister for Health has today announced $630 million in NHMRC funding to support 836 new research grants. Below is a list of key statistics and figures regarding Project Grants and the broader funding announcement. A full list of outcomes is available on the NHMRC website. Funded rate for all schemes announced on 9 November 2015: 15.6% Total Project Grant funding: $419,719,973 ($419,982,953 last year) Total number of Project Grant applications – 3758 (3700 last year) Number of...

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The future of the NHMRC

Read an article on the future of the NHMRC written by CEO Professor Anne Kelso and published in the Australian Society of Medical Research newsletter. ASMR Newsletter - October 2015 (PDF, 1.2MB)

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Interview with International Innovation - Stimulating health research

In her first interview with International Innovation magazine, NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, talks about how NHMRC is seizing new opportunities and dealing with the challenges of the health and medical research sector. Interview with International Innovation (PDF 855KB)  

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Interview with International Innovation - Levelling the field

NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, talks about steps NHMRC is taking to improve gender equity in health and medical research in Australia. Interview with International Innovation (PDF, 356KB)

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2015-16 Budget Update

I am pleased to provide you an update on key announcements in the 12 May 2015 Federal Budget related to Health and Medical Research. Developing Northern Australia — positioning the north as a leader in tropical health The Government will provide $15.3 million over four years to invest in research into exotic disease threats to Australia and the region. $6.8 million over four years will be provided to the National Health and Medical Research Council to support research into tropical diseases,...

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CEO Diary – some thoughts on my last day at the desk

As I pack up my desk on my last day as NHMRC’s Chief Executive Officer, I am flooded by thoughts about the last nine years, as well as the future ahead. My first thought is of thanks - thanks to the thousands and thousands of peer reviewers who serve on GRPs and write reviews each year. Without you, NHMRC can’t do its job. It’s mostly thankless work, but a type of mutual obligation (and check out our thanks to all peer reviewers on our website including some special stars...

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Reducing burden and supporting women’s careers

Reducing the reporting burden on researchers In recent years, NHMRC has made considerable efforts to streamline the application process and reduce the burden on researchers applying for NHMRC grants. Next week, we will introduce streamlining initiatives aimed at reducing the burden on researchers once they have received funding from NHMRC.  As of April 1:  Researchers will no longer be required to complete a progress or midterm report using the current forms - instead they will be...

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CEO Diary August 2014 – January 2015

CEO Key External Engagements for August 2014 1 - Meeting with Dr Smith and Professor Kearney, PHRN 7 - Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group Meeting 12 - National Press Club Event (Melbourne) Conversation on Medical Research 14 - CPMC Meeting, Sydney 18 - Cooperative Research Centres Committee meeting 20 - Speaker at Australian Science-Industry Exchange 22 - Queensland Institutes of Health Research – Directors Meeting 24 - Speaker at the Society for Reproductive Biology, Annual...

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Have your say – RGMS performance and early triage

RGMS usability RGMS statistics showed that last year, applicants spent 40% less time on average in RGMS compared to 2013. This follows NHMRCs streamlining efforts which led to the removal of a lot of fields from Project Grant application forms. We hope that the reduction in administrative side of applications has helped but of course, this is just one part of applying to NHMRC and most time is spent developing and honing the Research Proposal. RGMS software has also been upgraded for this year...

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Health and medical researchers for the future - what does Australia need?

Right now, thousands of health and medical researchers across Australia are at their desks, developing applications to the NHMRC. At the same time, new and continuing PhD students are considering their future careers. Australia has never before had a policy discussion on the nation’s  needs for health and medical researchers, but the time has come to think seriously about how best to use Australia’s talent.  This a personal perspective on the role of Australia’s...

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Tribute to Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf AC

It was with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Emeritus Professor Donald Metcalf. Professor Metcalf was a highly respected researcher whose discovery of, and work on, colony stimulating factors (CSFs) have saved millions of lives worldwide. His breakthrough work on CSFs began in the 1960s. Since CSFs were approved for clinical application in the early 1990s, they have been widely used to boost the immune system of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Professor Metcalf was devoted to...

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NHMRC peer review – debunking the myth of mates funding mates

In an article in yesterday’s Australian, David Uren alleged that ‘the distribution of NHMRC funds needs to be reformed before the pot is fattened.’ He continued, saying that ‘The peer-review process used by the National Health and Medical Research Council too easily descends into mates funding mates.’ Although our records show that Mr Uren has no personal experience in the NHMRC grant application or assessment process, it is important for us all to recognise that...

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