NHMRC Updates 2009

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December 2009

NHMRC statement on xenotransplantation

In 2004, NHMRC recommended that there should be no animal to human transplantation (xenotransplantation) clinical trials in Australia for five years, subject to review in December 2009. NHMRC Council noted the developments in science and technology since 2004, in particular evidence relating to the risks of transmission of animal viruses, and considers that the risks, if appropriately regulated, are minimal and acceptable given the potential benefits. NHMRC Council also notes international...

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Fri, 11/12/2009 - 13:11

Minor update to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th Edition

An update of minor significance to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 9th Edition has been recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and approved by the NHMRC CEO under Section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act (1992). This update alters pages 110 and 119 of Chapter 3.1 Australian Bat Lyssavirus Infection and Rabies and reflects new information about the incidence of rabies in Bali. As this update is of minor significance, NHMRC is...

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Fri, 11/12/2009 - 13:09

Noticeboard message 2003

Harkness Fellowships Information Session Centre for Health economics Research and Evaluation Harkness Fellowships Information Session (PDF, 21KB) Tuesday, 15 July 2003

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Wed, 02/12/2009 - 12:03

November 2009

Palliative Care Research Fellowships and Scholarships

Advance Notification The Palliative Care Research Program is a joint initiative between the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Department of Health and Ageing. The program is part of the Australian Government’s Palliative Care in the Community initiative. As part of this initiative advance notice is being provided that proposals for palliative care research training awards will be sought in October 2006. Total funding up to $1.27 million will be available for the...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 11:19

Centre of Clinical Research Excellence Workshop - 4 October 2005

This page porvides information on the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence workshop on 4 October 2005. Presentation slides from workshop CCRE workshop on 4 October 2005 Presentation slides (PDF, 787KB) Background Currently the NHMRC funds 17 Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCREs), including two designated CCRE in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, at up to $400,000 each per annum for five years. The next CCRE Peer Review Process will commence at the end of this...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 10:40

Professor James Whisstock

Young, groundbreaking and inspiring 6 June 2008 When is being wrong a good thing? What role do enzymes play in human disease? What do genes and computers have in common? Professor James Whisstock is the multi-award-winning research head of Monash University’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Engineering, and an inspiration to countless PhD students who have gone on to win awards in their own right. Here he talks about his own...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 09:28

Call for expressions of interest — Australia's participation in the International Cancer Genome Consortium

Due date: Friday 29 August 2008 Introduction The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) is one of most ambitious biomedical and clinical research efforts since the Human Genome Project. The ICGC will coordinate international-scale research effort to understand the genomic, transcriptomic and epigenetic changes involved in the major forms of cancer. This information will lead to better ways of diagnosing, treating and preventing cancer. Australia is a member of the ICGC through...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 08:23

Climate change and human health

Professor Tony McMichael, a NHMRC Fellow at ANU's National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, gave a presentation to NHMRC Council on 4 September on the challenge of climate change and the likely impacts on human health. He discussed exposure to environmental hazards such as extreme weather events, and heat waves, higher levels of air pollutants and allergens, and exposure to a loss of environmental 'capital'. Such losses would be reduced...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 08:11

Further information on the SCNT licences

Q: What is Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer? A: Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is a technique in which DNA from the nucleus of an unfertilised egg is removed and replaced with the nucleus of an adult cell such as a skin cell.  The technique can be used to create cloned embryos in order to derive embryonic stem cells. Q: How is the research that has been approved by the NHMRC Licensing Committee different from reproductive cloning? A: The Prohibition of Human Cloning for...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 08:07

First licences granted for the derivation of human embryonic stem cells from cloned embryos

16 September 2008 Australia's first licences allowing the creation of cloned embryos for the derivation of human embryonic stem cell lines were issued today by the Embryo Research Licensing Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council. Sydney IVF Limited has been granted three licences to derive human embryonic stem cell lines from embryos created using Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) techniques and clinically unusable human eggs. Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 08:02

NHMRC and Cancer Australia – partners in cancer research

19 September 2008 NHMRC and Cancer Australia support cancer research in Australia through a variety of schemes. The newest of these is the collaborative venture – the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme (PdCCRS). The PdCCRS focuses on reducing the impact of cancer on the community and improving outcomes for people affected by cancer, including those with poorer outcomes. This scheme is managed by Cancer Australia, together with the...

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Thu, 05/11/2009 - 07:56

Preventative Health Taskforce calls for submissions on 'Australia: the healthiest country by 2020'

  On 10 October 2008 the Preventative Health Taskforce released a discussion paper, Australia: the healthiest country by 2020, that is the first step in developing the National Preventative Health Strategy and key issues. The Taskforce is calling for submissions on this discussion paper. The closing date for submission is Friday 2 January 2009. To make a submission please go to the online submission page on the Preventative Health Taskforce website, and complete and...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:53

Font size for all attachments to Project Grant Applications

The NHMRC has increased the font size for all Project Grant attachments from 10 point to 12 point Times New Roman, in addition the margin limits have also been changed from left margin at least 2.5cm and all other margins at least 1.0cm to all margins must be at least 2.0cm. These changes have primarily been introduced to assist in the readability of Project Grant applications by External Assessors and Grant Review Panel members. RAOs and researchers should refer to Section 10 of the...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:45

Urgent Research into Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to announce research funding to produce and evaluate tests to reliably distinguish between SARS and other viral diseases with 'flu-like symptoms' for national use in Australia. The NHMRC is calling for researchers to develop a research consortium to address the following issues within a three month timeframe: Agreed national protocols forculturing the SARS coronavirus Validated national protocolsfor detection of virus...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:37

Web Update - Key Dates for Project Grants for funding in 2004

Dear RAOs, Currently the NHMRC website states on the 'Key Dates for Peer Review Process' page that the NHMRC will forward Assessments and Grant Review Panel questions to applicants from June 2 - 6. There have been a few delays in the process this year and while the NHMRC will attempt to meet the current timeline of 2 - 6 June for distribution of this information, we anticipate all assessments and Grant Review Panel questions will be sent to applicants by no later that 27...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:35

Enabling Grants Funding Scheme

The Enabling Grants funding scheme aims to provide support for specific facilities and/or activities that will underpin and enhance the national health and medical research effort in Australia. For funding to commence in 2004, the NHMRC is inviting Expressions of Interest for special facilities providing or supplying access to DNA, cell, tissue, organ banks, computer networks, specialised registers and databases. The proposed facilities should provide scope for significantly improved health...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:33

Research Grants Schemes Final Report

Further to the Research Help Centre email on 25 June 3003 advising of the new arrangements for submitting Final Reports for NHMRC Research Awards, please be aware that new arrangements also apply to the submission of Final Reports for grants awarded by the Strategic Research Development Committee (SRDC Untied or Tied Grants). Research Grants Schemes Final Report

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:32

The updated Policy for Accreditation of Health and Medical Research Institutes

The updated Policy for Accreditation of Health and Medical Research Institutes is now available. The document includes the accreditation criteria and details of how to apply for accreditation. NHMRC invites Institutes with independent status to apply for accreditation. Institutes whose accreditation expires in December this year will be contacted and invited to apply for a further 3-years accreditation.

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:31

Capacity Building in Population Health Research (Round 3)

Applications are called for round 3 Capacity Building Grants in Population Health Research. NHMRC established the Population Health Program in 2001 in response to a recognised need to build capacity and expertise within the population health research workforce. The Program aims to address this need by encouraging established research teams to bring new expertise to their groups, thereby strengthening and growing their teams and helping less experienced researchers become 'independent'....

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:30

NHMRC 2009–10 budget update

NHMRC, on behalf of the Australian Government, is the leading national investor in research to address national health priorities. During 2009-10, NHMRC will continue to build Australia’s research capacity and international standing by investing in both people and facilities to promote innovative research. NHMRC and the 2009–10 budget There are no changes in the forward estimates or in the Medical Research Endowment Fund (MREA). This year NHMRC received $703....

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:24

Welcome to the new NHMRC Council

Joint statement by Professor Michael Good AO Professor Warwick Anderson AM We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new National Health and Medical Research Council, announced by the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon on 2nd September 2009. The Council plays a vital role in advising the Government through the CEO on major health and medical issues and priorities. We congratulate...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:14

Call for nominations to host the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) Secretariat

The GACD is a new global health initiative that includes research funding agencies from Australia, Canada, China, United Kingdom and the United States of America. The purpose of the GACD is to coordinate research activities addressing the prevention and treatment of chronic disease on a global scale. The GACD Board is currently calling world-wide for nominations from any public, academic or not-for-profit institution interested in hosting the GACD Secretariat. This institution will be...

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Wed, 04/11/2009 - 15:11

October 2009

Ten of the Best: top Aussie researchers inspire students

Smart bombing cancer, fighting malaria at the frontline, and making type 1 diabetes history are just some of the exciting Australian research projects highlighted in NHMRC’s 10 of the Best Research Projects 2009 launched on 17 August by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, the Hon Mark Butler MP, as part of CSIRO’s National Science Week activities. The book and accompanying series of podcasts aim to encourage the next generation of health and medical...

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Fri, 23/10/2009 - 11:29