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November 2017

$70 million boost for Australia’s next generation of medical researchers

The Turnbull Government is today announcing an additional $70 million for Australian health and medical researchers to help boost their research capability and to find innovative, practical solutions for better health care. This investment is being made over the next five years from 2017-18 through the Turnbull Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Next Generation Clinical Researchers program. This program will boost the talent and capacity of Australia’s health and medical...

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Over $2 million announced for brain trauma research

The Federal Coalition Government has today announced a $2 million boost for brain trauma research, thanks to two grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, made the announcement in Melbourne at today’s Trauma Verification Symposium hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Minister Gillespie said the NHMRC grants were another example of the Government delivering on its commitment to support...

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Providing $9.46 million for innovative new diabetes research project

Today on World Diabetes Day, the Turnbull Government is delighted to announce that we will invest $9.46 million to support new research into type 1 diabetes (T1D) – a disease for which there is no known cure. The project will be run by St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne and will bring together four of Australia’s top research teams. Type 1 diabetes represents around 10 per cent of all cases of diabetes and is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions. It affects...

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Newcastle University to receive $12.2 million medical research boost

The Federal Coalition Government is today announcing significant support for medical research at the University of Newcastle with $12.2 million to fund 19 major medical research projects. Provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), these grants will allow Newcastle University to continue its work in driving innovative, high quality research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases including asthma, emphysema and influenza. Minister for Health,...

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$12 Millon NT Investment Aims to Save Lives and Close the Gap in Indigenous Health

The Turnbull Government will fund nine landmark Northern Territory medical research projects worth over $12 million, aiming to save children’s lives and help close the gap in Indigenous health. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM today announced the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for researchers at Darwin’s Menzies School of Medical Research, covering Indigenous-specific and broader health projects. “This...

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Public Statement on Water Fluoridation: Latest NHMRC advice on Community Water Fluoridation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its latest advice on community water fluoridation. NHMRC continues to support Australian state and territories fluoridating their water supplies within the range of 0.6 to 1.1 mg/L, given fluoride’s role in reducing tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common health issues in Australia, affecting five out of ten children and nine out of ten adults. It can cause pain, difficulty eating and sleeping as well as costly...

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October 2017

$200 million research boost to improve the lives of Australian patients

The Turnbull Government is investing over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses and chronic disease. In addition to this significant investment in medical research, the Turnbull Government is providing $5 million to CanTeen under the Medical Research Future Fund Accelerated Research program to improve access to cutting edge breakthroughs for adolescents and young adults with cancer. The...

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August 2017

$40 million for dementia research projects

The Turnbull Government is allocating more than $40 million to medical research projects which will improve the lives of Australians fighting dementia. Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Australia and we must do everything we can to investigate and the causes and effects of this terrible disease. People with dementia and their carers helped set the priorities for these research projects and contributed to the expert review which picked the successful grants. The 45 projects...

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July 2017

Outstanding Australian researchers recognised

Exceptional researchers in the fields of infectious disease, autoimmunity, chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease are among the Australian researchers honoured with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Awards. Speaking at the awards dinner, Professor Anne Kelso, CEO of NHMRC, said that the award winners are among Australia’s most talented senior and emerging researchers. ‘Each year NHMRC provides over $800 million in funding for health and medical research in...

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Public Statement on water fluoridation open for public consultation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released for public consultation a draft Public Statement on community water fluoridation. NHMRC continues to support fluoridating water given fluoride’s role in reducing tooth decay. NHMRC invites the public to make a submission through its online public consultation portal at https://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au. Consultation closes on 3 August 2017. Following a thorough review of the evidence, NHMRC confirms that...

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June 2017

Outstanding researcher recognised with Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

The Hon Greg Hunt MP—Minister for Health, Minister for Sport Tonight I had the privilege to present Dr Julian Elliott from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine with the annual Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2017. This prestigious award recognises outstanding individual achievement by a mid-career Australian researcher and it was an honour to give Dr Elliott this award at the Medical Research Week...

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May 2017

Medical research reforms to improve our future health

The Turnbull Government provides more than $800 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) each year to fund life-changing research. Health and medical research is one of the four pillars of the Government’s Long-Term National Health Plan. It saves lives and plays a critical role in improving our health system. I am therefore delighted to announce NHMRC’s new research funding program. The new program will reduce the burden on researchers in applying for funding...

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Report on promoting social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants in pregnancy and the first year of life released today

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released the Report on the Evidence: promoting social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants in pregnancy and the first year of life (Report on the Evidence). It 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.     ‘The Report of the Evidence is the first of its kind for...

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April 2017

NHMRC releases updated assisted reproductive technology guidelines

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released the Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017 (ART guidelines). This update replaces the 2007 ART guidelines and provides contemporary ethical guidance for the conduct of ART in the clinical setting. The ART guidelines articulate ethical principles and, when read in conjunction with federal and state or territory legislation, create a robust framework...

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Insufficient evidence for the safety of e-cigarettes

National Health and Medical Research Council CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO, has today released a statement updating Australians on the latest evidence for the safety, quality and efficacy of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).  The statement concludes that ‘there is currently insufficient evidence to support claims that e-cigarettes are safe, and further research is required to enable the long-term safety, quality and efficacy of e‑cigarettes to be assessed.’ E-cigarettes continue to be...

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February 2017

$125 million to help our scientists make the next great medical discovery

The Hon Greg Hunt MP – Minister for Health, Minister for Sport The Turnbull Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding includes almost $39 million to fight multiple types of cancer facing children and adults, marking a significant investment on World Cancer Day.    The...

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December 2016

$483 million in grants to support innovative Australian health and medical research projects

The Turnbull Government continues to invest in health and medical research with more than $483 million in funding announced today. This new funding will support 601 grants across four National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding schemes. More than 1900 researchers will share in the $483 million for a wide-range of projects including: Understanding brain plasticity Creating the world’s first molecular blueprint of exercise Assessing whether stressful life events are...

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November 2016

Revised Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research

The National Health and Medical Research Council and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia have released a revised joint statement reflecting the growing recognition of the place of consumers and community in health research. The Statement on Consumer and Community Involvement in Health and Medical Research revises the initial joint statement released by the two organisations in 2002. The CEO of the NHMRC, Professor Anne Kelso AO, and the CEO of CHF, Leanne Wells, say that in recent years...

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October 2016

Government invests a further $190 million in health and medical research including $10.6 million to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

The Turnbull Government has announced a further $190 million in health and medical research including a $10.6 million investment supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Minister for Health Sussan Ley said these new grants—awarded through the National Health and Medical Research Council—would help Australia’s research community to make discoveries that improve the diagnosis, treatment and cure of illnesses that can affect Indigenous Australians. “We know there is much...

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NHMRC supports global research to reduce chronic lung diseases

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced almost $5 million in funding for the prevention and management of chronic lung diseases. NHMRC participated in a request for research applications from the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). The GACD is a collaboration of major international public research funding agencies that funds joint research programs to address chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries and in vulnerable...

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July 2016

Research Excellence Awards celebrate Australia’s strength in health and medical research

The outstanding achievements of 17 of Australia’s most talented health and medical researchers will be celebrated at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) annual Research Excellence Awards in Canberra tonight. Now celebrating their tenth year, these awards recognise outstanding performance and excellence in health and medical research and innovation. NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said these awards are an opportunity for the health and medical research community to come...

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Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research funding

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced almost $5 million in funding that commences today for the Centre of Research Excellence in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research. The centre is led by Professor Sharon Lewin of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), a joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. The centre will establish the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research...

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June 2016

Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

The National Health and Medical Research Council congratulates Dr Joseph Powell from the University of Queensland on winning the annual Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2016. This prestigious award recognises outstanding individual achievement by a mid-career Australian researcher. It was presented to Dr Powell at the Medical Research Week Dinner hosted by the Australian Society for Medical Research in Melbourne last night. Dr Powell’s...

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May 2016

International Clinical Trials Day – clinical trials participants share their stories

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – in conjunction with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – has launched a series of clinical trials ‘real stories’ videos to mark International Clinical Trials Day. These stories provide personal insights from people who are participating in a clinical trial. Through one of the stories featured on the website, John shares his experiences of participating in a clinical trial following his diagnosis with bowel cancer in...

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April 2016

Bringing together Australia's best dementia researchers

Australian Dementia Forum 2016 The inaugural Australian Dementia Forum 2016 will be held in Brisbane from1 to 3 May 2016 and will feature an array of Australia’s foremost researchers on dementia alongside the leading experts from around the world. The forum will provide a unique blend of research, education, stimulation and networking. The Forum will cover four main themes over 3 days including Diagnosis/Assessment; Care/Living with Dementia; Intervention/Treatment; and Prevention. There...

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NHMRC opens public consultation on draft ethical guidelines for xenotransplantation research

NHMRC has opened public consultation on draft guidelines for the ethical review and conduct of clinical trials involving animal-to-human xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is the transplantation of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another, such as from animals to humans.  Some animal materials are already used in humans, such as pig heart valves, but these are treated so they contain no living cells. In contrast, xenotransplants contain living cells that perform...

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March 2016

NHMRC awards funding into wind farms and human health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has awarded two grants totalling $3.3 million to enrich the evidence-based understanding of the effects of wind farms on human health. NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso noted that further research is needed to explore the relationships between wind farms and human health. “Existing research in this area is of poor quality and targeted funding is warranted to support high quality, independent research on this issue. “To address this,...

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$129.4 million in grants to support medical research

The Turnbull Government today awarded $129.4 million in grants to Australia’s preeminent researchers helping fund Australia’s commitment to fostering the best and brightest in health and medical research. Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the grants focus on a range of health topics, including Indigenous health in the Northern Territory, developing an AIDS vaccine and tackling over-diagnosis in the Australian health sector. “This kind of research plays an important role in making...

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November 2015

$630 million for almost 900 innovative research projects

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $600 million to support Australia’s world-leading researchers to find the next prevention of disease or cure as it continues to drive innovation in Australia, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced today. Ms Ley said over 2,000 researchers would share in the $630 million for projects including: obesity prevention; cancer genomics and hereditary diseases; a new medication to help treat severe ice addiction; new treatment for drug-resistant...

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New China partnership to support diabetes research

In the first collaboration between Australia’s and China’s peak health and medical research agencies, more than $4 million has been awarded to find new ways to prevent, predict and treat type 2 diabetes. A joint call by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) was announced in January this year, and the recipients were announced today by Australia’s Minister for Health, Sussan Ley The successful projects...

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