NHMRC Research Tracker—5 May 2017

Report on the Evidence: Promoting social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants in pregnancy and the first year of life

On 3 May 2017, the CEO of NHMRC issued the Report and Plain Language Summary that summarises the findings of 51 systematic literature reviews and analyses the types of interventions aimed at promoting infants’ and children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

It is aimed at governments and other policy makers, researchers and service providers who work with parents of infants.

Update on the Project Grants Peer Review process

  • Assigners’ Day was held virtually on Thursday 27 April 2017 and External Assessors are currently completing their reports
  • Week 1 to 3 panel members have received their spokesperson allocations
  • Week 4 to 6 panel members are currently declaring conflicts of interest
  • The 2017 GRPs will be held at NHMRC’s Canberra office for six consecutive weeks, from Monday 31 July to Friday 8 September 2017.

Invitations for Project Grant external assessments

Researchers are reminded that as recipients of NHMRC funding they have agreed to participate in future peer review processes. NHMRC aims to limit external assessments to no more than six per researcher.

Assigners Academy members are reminded that:

  • they may invite other Academy members, where appropriate, to provide assessments
  • they may also assess applications themselves if not conflicted
  • GRP members are NOT to be invited to provide assessments, and
  • External Assessors do not provide scores.

Targeted Call for Research into Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Among Elderly Australians

  • Minimum data is due 5:00pm AEST on Wednesday 17 May 2017. Further details are available on the NHMRC website.

Extension to Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

The opening period for the TCR into Dementia in Indigenous Australians has been extended.  Please be advised of the revised dates below (applicable for this call only):

  • Minimum data due in RGMS –5:00pm AEST 28 June 2017
  • Closing date for applications – 5:00pm AEST 12 July 2017

Submit an abstract for the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the Symposium (Brisbane, November 2017  is now open. The theme is ‘The Butterfly Effect—Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change’. Co-hosted by NHMRC and The Lowitja Institute, the Symposium’s focus is on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice.

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. Read her fascinating story here