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Research Newsletter April 2009

Download CEO's newsletter CEO's newsletter - April 2009 (PDF, 94KB) CEO's newsletter - April 2009 (DOC, 57KB) The Many Benefits of Australian Health and Medical Research By Warwick Anderson Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC Australians look to health and medical researchers with hope. They want us to find better ways to prevent ill health and they want us to find better ways to diagnose and treat the diseases they get. Community interest in health and medical...

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Editorial: Human Research Ethics Committees

This editorial was originally published in the NHMRC report Challenging Ethical Issues in Contemporary Research on Human Beings. Editorial: Human Research Ethics Committees (PDF, 46KB)

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Measuring research impact – a necessary challenge

In Australian health and medical research, NHMRC receives many more great research ideas than we are able to fund. And so, we assess and rank applications based on merit, and largely, the merit of an idea is judged according to its ability to have impact. But measuring impact in any area of research is an inherently difficult task. This challenge formed the foundation of discussions this week at the Research and Impact Assessment Symposium hosted by Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of...

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CEO newsletter October 2008

Project Grants This year NHMRC received 2697 applications, which were considered by 42 Grants Review Panels in Melbourne over a period from the 28 July – 15 August 2008. The awards were announced by the Minister for Health & Ageing, the Honourable Nicola Roxon, on 16th October, 2008. 688 new project grants were supported (26.6% of the submitted grants), including 53 New Investigator project grants (i.e., applicants for their first ever NHMRC Project Grant). 75% of the applications...

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Doing more to improve Indigenous health: the new NHMRC Road Map

New directions and prospects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. The Medical Journal of Australia (17 May, 2010)— Editorial by Warwick Anderson, AM, CEO, NHMRC. Doing more to improve Indigenous health: the new NHMRC Road Map

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Reproduction Research: Why Medical Research Matters - Making babies in the 21st century public forum

Presentation to the Making babies in the 21st century: We need to do it better public forum organised by The Society for Reproductive Biology, 25 August 2013. Presentation Reproduction Research: Why Medical Research Matters (PDF, 252KB) Transcript Thanks for that introduction and I’m absolutely delighted to be invited to this meeting with a combination of people from the community; from dedicated clinicians and from the research community itself. It’s great especially I think at meetings...

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NHMRC Funding Statistics Update

NHMRC CEO presentation delivered at the Philanthropy in Health and Medical Research Conference 2012 – The Funding Formula. NHMRC Funding Statistics Update (PDF, 1.26MB)

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NHMRC response to media criticism about funding of ‘obscure research’ – The effect of acupuncture on live birth rates

An article in the Sunday Telegraph (19 May 2013) questioned the value of an NHMRC grant “The effect of acupuncture on live birth rates“ by a team led by Associate Professor Caroline Smith at the University of Western Sydney. NHMRC aims to support excellence in research by funding the best research ideas each year, as judged by peers and in accordance with NHMRC’s selection criteria for each scheme. This ensures funded research is rigorously assessed for its scientific...

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NHMRC Report October 2010

Presentation to researchers by Warwick Anderson, AM, CEO, NHMRC, delivered as part of the NHMRC information and feedback series being held in research institutions across Australia, September/October 2010. NHMRC Report - Warwick Anderson October 2010 (PDF, 800KB)

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Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia speaks with Research Media Ltd

In this wide-ranging discussion, Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO of the NHMRC, details the Australian medical research agenda, and the strategies the institute is employing to safeguard individual and public health throughout the country. Read the full interview here.

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Introductory speech at the H5N1: Are We Prepared? Forum

Transcript of a speech given at the H5N1: Are We Prepared? Forum, Canberra, 1 November 2012. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngunnawal people and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. I’m honoured to be jointly hosting this forum on H5N1 today with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thank you to Dr Niteen Wairagkar, Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Professor Derek Smith for making a special effort to be here. I’d also like to thank...

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Health and Medical Research – benefiting Australia

On 26 March 2014, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson AM gave an update to the Western Australian health and medical research community at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. View the presentation below. Health and Medical Research – benefiting Australia (PDF, 2.3MB)

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CEO newsletter November 2006

Download CEO's newsletter - november 2006 November CEO's newsletter (PDF, 43KB) November CEO's newsletter (DOC, 63KB) New strategic plan for NHMRC My colleagues and I are currently developing the NHMRC’s Strategic Plan for the new triennium, to be presented to the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Tony Abbott by the end of the year. The Plan is a legislative requirement, but it is also a great opportunity. The new independent status of the NHMRC, the trust...

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CEO's update on the 2008/09 Federal Budget

CEO's update on the 2008/09 Federal Budget and its impact on the National Health and Medical Research Council

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CEO Health Research Translation Newsletter - December 2013

Health and medical research provides new knowledge at an ever growing rate. This knowledge is aimed at improving health; sometimes in the short term, often with a longer time frame. The catch is of course that peoples’ health is improved only when the findings of research are taken up and implemented by decision makers, health professionals, policy makers and consumers. Sometimes the research needs to be developed commercially; to support the development of new products for better diagnoses...

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MJA profile of NHMRC CEO Warwick Anderson AM: Power of One

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, tells the Medical Journal of Australia about what turned him on to science and his motivations for pursuing a career in science research. MJA profile of NHMRC CEO: Power of One (PDF 488KB)

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CEO Newsletter – July 2013

2013 Project Grants Peer Review Overview and Commonly Asked Questions The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) had received over 3900 applications this year, a 4.8% increase on 2012. To ensure that all applications receive a fair and equitable peer review, we will convene 43 Grant Review Panels (GRP) between 29 July and 6 September involving approximately 600 panel members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and many thousands of external reviewers. The Project Grants scheme is...

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NHMRC CEO Newsletter 26 March 2010

Project Grants 2010 round and RGMS NHMRC has received 3344 applications for Project Grants for review in 2010, up from 3110 in 2009 and 2586 in 2008. It is expected that between 640 and 680 grants will be able to be supported this year, depending on the growth in average project grants size. All researchers wishing to lodge an application have been able to do so successfully. This was the first time we used the new Research Grants Management System (RGMS) to accept Project Grants...

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Interview with Focus Reports

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, talks about NHMRC’s key milestones and achievements, the interaction between academia and the private sector, clinical research, international collaborations and the main challenges and opportunities for Australian researchers in the Asian Century. Would you begin by outlining the key milestones and achievements of the NHMRC in the past four years? The first point is the development of our initiatives on an international level: for example, we...

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75 years of working to build a healthy Australia

I am proud and pleased to reflect on the enormous contribution health and medical research has made to the well-being of all Australians on the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Health and Medical Research Council. During the past 75 years, Australia has seen a dramatic improvement in our life expectancy. In the 1930s, when the NHMRC was founded, an Australian male might live to about 63 years and an Australian woman for just over 67 years. Today, life expectancy has...

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Research newsletter December 2008

Download CEO's newsletter CEO's newsletter - December 2008 (PDF, 25KB) CEO's newsletter - December 2008 (DOC, 40KB) Outcomes of the 2008 Funding Round and Comments on 2009 Round. NHMRC takes this opportunity to thank sincerely the thousands of Australian and international researchers who have helped us with peer review this year. We thank too, the members of the Australian Community who have been independent observers on our peer review panels in 2008...

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Working to build a healthy Australia: a new era for the NHMRC

An article published in the MJA, Volume 185 Number 11/12 December 2006 by Warwick P Anderson, BSc, PhD, CEO NHMRC, Canberra, ACT. Working to build a healthy Australia: a new era for the NHMRC

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2013 research funding – the year in review

Today at the University of Adelaide, the Minister for Health Peter Dutton announced $133 million in NHMRC grants spanning 153 grants across five NHMRC funding schemes. These included Program Grants, Development Grants, Partnership Projects, Postgraduate Scholarships and a Targeted Call for Research to reduce the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Indigenous communities. Australian research resulting from our Program Grants for leading teams of researchers (today $101.6 million) has...

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CEO newsletter April 2008

Introduction: April 2008 I am delighted that the Chair of NHMRC’s Council, Prof. Michael Good, has been appointed by the Government to co-chair, with the Minister for Health and Ageing the Honourable Nicola Roxon, the health session of the National 2020 Summit in April 2008. This is a wonderful recognition of Michael and his achievements and by reflection of the important role the NHMRC has in improving health. NHMRC’s Council is currently discussing prevention, obesity,...

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NHMRC phases out the use of impact factors in peer review

A revised NHMRC statement on the removal of journal impact factors from peer review of individual research grant and fellowship applications. NHMRC phases out the use of impact factors in peer review (PDF, 252KB)

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Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters - Innovation Series keynote address

Presentation to the Innovation Series event 'Improving Lives through Innovation - developing a healthy future for Australia', 21 August 2013. Presentation Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters. Professor Warwick Anderson AM 21 August 2013 (PDF, 788KB) Video Video of this presentation is available on the Innovation Series website.

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Interview with International Innovation magazine

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, talks about the current and future challenges for Australia’s health system and the role NHMRC is playing to address these. Interview with International Innovation magazine (PDF, 353KB)

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Allegations concerning Dr Sarah Laurie

Recent media and web based commentary has concerned allegations, originally published in the blog Croakey, about Dr Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation conducting human research without ethical approval. Australians expect that those conducting research adhere to the highest ethical standards.  These ethical standards are set out in NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (National Statement).  Given the significance of these ethical standards,...

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NHMRC Report June 2011

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson recently visited the University of Newcastle to hold an information and feedback session. This was the last of this series of presentations. It is expected that the 2011-2012 series of talks will begin late November. NHMRC Report - Warwick Anderson June 2011 (PDF, 1.8MB)

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