NHMRC Updates 2011

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December 2011

More evidence is needed about the use of naltrexone implants in the treatment of addiction

Claims that NHMRC has an ideological set against naltrexone implants are incorrect and are not helping practitioners or patients understand the treatment options that are currently available for opioid addiction. NHMRC has been clear that some early studies on the efficacy and safety of naltrexone implants are promising. We have already funded over $18 million in research into addiction and substance abuse, including a clinical trial on the use of naltrexone implants.  We fully recognise...

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Thu, 01/12/2011 - 15:01

November 2011

Use of Cultured Cell Lines for Research

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has received high-level representations regarding problems associated with the use of contaminated and incorrectly identified cultured cell lines in research. These representations highlighted the extent of cell line contamination with either mycoplasma or other cell lines and the problems that can arise in interpreting data from their use. As a result, some scientific journals (eg. Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics) now require verification...

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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 14:18

July 2011

CEO Communiqué - 20 July 2011

It has become necessary today to re-issue assessors’ reports to approximately 1,500 Project Grant applicants. This was needed because RGMS did not compile the assessors’ reports properly for around half of those applications. In some cases, no information from the assessors’ reports was extracted, in others information was only partially extracted or duplicated. The problem was caused by coding errors during the bulk transfer of data from assessors’ reports into the...

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Wed, 20/07/2011 - 18:29

Problems with Applicant Responses

Some assessors’ reports have been incorrectly compiled in RGMS when invitations for Applicant Responses were issued.  This problem has now been fixed. For everyone who has received a letter inviting them to submit an Applicant Response to assessors’ reports, before midday Wednesday 20 July 2011, the following changed processes will apply: Over the next 24 hours, we will reissue all previously issued assessors’ reports and invitations to submit Applicant Responses...

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Wed, 20/07/2011 - 13:56

Release of the Report of the Independent Review of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler has released the Report of the Independent Review of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002. The Report of the Independent Review of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 and the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 can be found at www.legislationreview.nhmrc.gov.au.

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Fri, 15/07/2011 - 11:05

Welcome to an improved NHMRC website

The NHMRC is pleased to launch an improved website in 2011. The NHMRC is committed to providing the best possible information resources for researchers and all people who are interested in Australia's health and medical research. Over the coming months, we will continue to improve the site and respond to your needs, consistent with the Australian Government's Declaration of Open Government (July 2010). We welcome feedback on the site - please email nhmrc.webmaster@nhmrc.gov.au with your...

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Thu, 07/07/2011 - 06:00

Joint communiqué: NHMRC-Alzheimer’s Australia workshop on improving dementia care through research translation

We would like to extend our thanks to the presenters and participants at today’s workshop on priorities and strategies for translating research evidence into improved dementia care nationwide. As we heard from the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler MP, dementia represents one of the greatest challenges for Australia, as our population ages and the need for effective and high quality dementia care grows. There is no question that a great deal of research still needs...

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Tue, 05/07/2011 - 00:00

June 2011

Final deadline for Project Grant external assessments - 11 July 2011

We need all assessors’ reports for Project Grants by 11 July 2011, at the latest. We are very grateful for whatever support you have provided already. However, to ensure that all applicants have a fair go during peer review, we need all assessments to be completed by 11 July. Why do we need this deadline? These assessments are the key to our peer review. Once we have received your assessment(s): we will need to link 10,500 assessments in total to 3,508 applications we will...

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Thu, 30/06/2011 - 00:00

Register for the improving dementia care through research translation workshop – 5 July 2011

Alzheimer’s Australia and the NHMRC will hold a joint workshop on Translating Dementia Care Research into Better Practice in Canberra from 9.30am – 4.00pm on Tuesday 5 July. The workshop will focus on strategies and priorities for translating existing research evidence into improved dementia care practice across Australia.  Recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Reports show that dementia is the highest disease burden on Australians over 75. The workshop ...

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Mon, 27/06/2011 - 00:00

Research and Practitioner Fellowship Panel Members and interviewees - Volcanic Ash issues

Current travel advisories suggest that there will not be travel disruption into Melbourne in the next week as ash from the Puyehue volcano has cleared Australian airspace.   We will keep our website up to date with the latest information from our travel provider - this will be in our 'News' area. In the event that a panel member or interviewee has disruption to travel next week, please  contact our Melbourne liaison officer on 0434 078 495. We will provide as much...

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Fri, 17/06/2011 - 12:41

ATSIHAC member recognised in 2011 Queen’s Birthday List

NHMRC congratulates Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver who was honoured in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday List. Professor Jackson-Pulver was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and was honoured for her service to medical education focussing on Indigenous health and supporting educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NHMRC also thanks Professor Jackson-Pulver for her extensive contribution to the NHMRC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

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Thu, 16/06/2011 - 09:51

Malaria Researcher awarded Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award

NHMRC congratulates Doctor Tania de Koning-Ward who was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for her work in malarial research. Dr de Koning-Ward was selected as the most highly ranked applicant of NHMRC’s Career Development Fellowship Scheme. She is an outstanding Australian researcher who has made extensive contributions to malaria research. The $50,000 grant will help Doctor de Koning-Ward and her team at...

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Thu, 16/06/2011 - 09:51

Professor Paddy Phillips wins Public Service Medal

The outstanding contribution of NHMRC Council Member and SA Chief Health Officer, Professor Paddy Phillips has been recognised with a Public Service Medal for health services, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Professor Phillips has had a distinguished career as Head of Medicine at Flinders University and  academic at the University of Melbourne and Oxford University. He continues to work as a clinician in acute general medicine, reflecting his interest in building a better health...

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Thu, 16/06/2011 - 08:51

CEO Communiqué: Wind Farms and Human Health Scientific Forum 7 June 2011

I am pleased to provide a preliminary communiqué on today’s Wind Farms and Human Health Scientific Forum. The constructive approach taken by all participants will assist the National Health and Medical Research Council in its review of its Public Statement on Wind Turbines and Health. In developing the Forum, we were committed to achieving a balance of representatives.  The forum was attended by consumers, leading international researchers, Australian researchers and...

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Tue, 07/06/2011 - 00:00

May 2011

Invitation to nominate researchers to a new postdoctoral reference group

I am writing to all institutions administering NHMRC grants to invite them to nominate representatives to participate in a new reference group that the NHMRC is establishing for early- to mid-career researchers. I anticipate that this new Post-Doctoral Reference Group will provide a valuable forum for early- to mid-career researchers to interact with and advise NHMRC. The aim of this group will be to provide feedback on issues of relevance to those crucial post Ph. D years in researchers...

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Mon, 30/05/2011 - 00:00

Naltrexone implant treatment for opioid dependence - Literature Review

NHMRC has reviewed current literature for the effectiveness of naltrexone implants for the treatment of opioid dependence. The review concluded that evidence is currently at an early stage and as such, naltrexone implants remain an experimental product and should only be used within a research setting. View Naltrexone implant treatment for opioid dependence - Literature Review (2011)

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Mon, 30/05/2011 - 00:00

Genomics was great but it’s time for a new medical revolution

Warwick Anderson, CEO NHMRC, discusses genomic research in biomedical and life sciences, and research translation in The Conversation. Read article

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Fri, 20/05/2011 - 00:00

NHMRC websites down for maintenance this weekend

All National Health and Medical Research Council websites, including RGMS, will be offline from 9:00pm Friday, 20 May to 4:00am Sunday, 22 May 2011 due to a scheduled network outage. Notification will be sent to all Research Administration Officer’s (RAOs) with regards to RGMS. Contact Us Phone Media enquiries – 0422 008 512 RGMS – 1800 500 983 Email NHMRC - nhmrc@nhmrc.gov.au National Clinical Guidelines Portal - clinicalguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au RGMS - help@nhmrc.gov.au...

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Wed, 18/05/2011 - 00:00

Update on Australian Dietary Guidelines

NHMRC is revising its 2003 Dietary Guidelines for Australians with advice from the experts on the Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. NHMRC Council will consider the draft guidelines at its June 2011 meeting. ---- NHMRC plans to conduct public consultation on the draft guidelines in the second half of 2011.  This will provide an opportunity for the public to have its say on the revised Dietary Guidelines. NHMRC will...

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Tue, 17/05/2011 - 10:53

CEO Communiqué: Peer Review Update

17 May 2011 This is a request to the health and medical research community to assist your fellow researchers by providing external assessments for applications. Your support for peer review of other researchers’ applications is essential  Peer review is a key responsibility of all researchers and a part of our professional responsibilities, including reviewing publications submitted to journals, theses from higher degree students, and applications for research funding. Peer review...

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Tue, 17/05/2011 - 09:53

Building Research Translation

Senior clinical researchers involved in research translation (incorporating research outcomes into clinical practice and policy) met recently to discuss a NHMRC proposal for a National Network of NHMRC-funded clinical researchers and centres. This workshop on April 20 allowed senior clinical researchers to discuss the aims, objectives, outcomes and operational model for the proposed network. A Communiqué and Papers presented at the workshop are available from the NHMRC...

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Wed, 11/05/2011 - 00:00

Relocation of NHMRC National Institute of Clinical Studies

The National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS) will be moving offices on Friday 13 May. NICS will remain in its current building but will consolidate into a single office on the 1st floor of the Fawkner Centre at 499 St Kilda Road in Melbourne. During the move, there will be no telephone or email services to NICS from midday Friday 13 May until business resumes on the morning of Monday 16 May. Anyone who wishes to urgently contact NICS on the afternoon of Friday 13 May can call the NHMRC...

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Wed, 11/05/2011 - 00:00

CEO Update: Outcomes of the 2011-12 Budget for the NHMRC

I would like to give you a brief overview of the outcomes from the Federal Budget of 10 May 2011.  These outcomes affect the range of activities undertaken by NHMRC, across its research funding, evidence translation and health advice functions. Research Funding I know that the appropriation for the MREA has been a key focus for many of you in the lead up to the budget. Funding for medical research, through the NHMRC’s Medical Research Endowment Account, increased from $715.5...

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Tue, 10/05/2011 - 00:00

A Guide to Direct Research Costs

NHMRC has developed a guide for researchers and administrative staff on what constitutes Direct Costs of Research. This guide was approved by Research Committee in December 2010. The intention of the guide is to assist Administering Institutions in ensuring that only costs that are integral to the approved research objectives of a grant (i.e. direct research costs) are incurred during the approved funding period. This guide is available on the NHMRC website under Direct Research Costs. If...

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 00:00

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research call for grant applications

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR) and the Office for Patient-Oriented Research are planning to call for grant applications in October 2011 on Community-Based Primary Healthcare (CBPH). Further information (DOC, 24KB)

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 00:00

April 2011

NHMRC participant in Women in Engineering and Science Summit yesterday

NHMRC was a participant in the Women in Engineering and Science Summit at Parliament House, Canberra yesterday. Chief Executive Warwick Anderson participated in the leaders summit. The NHMRC is concerned that while there are a great number of women at the early stages of their careers, it appears that many leave before they can reach their full potential and certainly before they reach more senior positions. Further information (DOC, 120KB)

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Tue, 12/04/2011 - 00:00

NHMRC Indigenous Scientific Forum communique

The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and building the current and future workforce were reinforced at the NHMRC Indigenous Scientific Forum, held from 24-25 February, in Canberra. Participants at the Forum called for the strategic promotion of current funding, encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply. Formal mentoring programs and ethics workshops were also recommended, as was a review of completed Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

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Tue, 05/04/2011 - 12:34

March 2011

NHMRC ATSIHAC Chair appointed University of Queensland's inaugural Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education)

Congratulations to Professor Cindy Shannon, Chair of the NHMRC's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee, appointed as the first ever Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education), University of Queensland.  Professor Shannon will lead UQ's strategy to strengthen Indigenous education and links to the community. Further information

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Thu, 24/03/2011 - 10:00

CEO Communiqué regarding RGMS – 1 March

Career Development Fellowships – revised closing date After consultations and in light of previous disruption to access to RGMS, I have decided to extend the closing date for Career Development Fellowship applications until 12 April 2011. Please note that only applications commenced in RGMS by the original closing date of 31 March 2011 will be accepted. Information about RGMS performance Information about the number of applications in RGMS and the use of the load management...

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Tue, 01/03/2011 - 12:27

February 2011

CEO Communiqué regarding RGMS – 25 February

At 3.30 pm today, there were 3560 project grants,  40, 17 and 21  Centres of Research Excellence (clinical, health services and public health respectively), 288 Career Development Fellowships, and 28 TRIP Fellowships in progress in RGMS.  There have been 228 NHMRC Research Fellowships, and 52 Practitioner Fellowships submitted.  Internet access to large parts of Canberra was disrupted today between 1.30 and 2pm.  This prevented users being able to access the RGMS...

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Fri, 25/02/2011 - 12:26