Symposium results in actions for a healthy future

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01 December 2011
NHMRC Media Release
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The brightest minds in science have gathered in Canberra over the last three days to discuss the best way forward to translate research into proven health outcomes that ensure a healthy future for all nations.

Research for a Healthy Future, the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) 75th anniversary symposium, offered the chance for top researchers from around the world to come together in one place and make decisions about how research is best used to ensure the health and wellbeing of all communities.

Distinguished guests included members of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD), Heads of International (Biomedical) Research Organisations (HIROS) and several high profile international and Australian researchers.

One of the most exciting developments to come out of this symposium is the action by the East Asia Heads of International Research Organisations to address health issues of the region by agreeing to host an annual East Asia Symposium, the first to discuss Cancer Immunology and the Frontiers in Immunology to be held in Beijing in 2012. Future topics for this symposium will address infectious diseases, obesity and cardiovascular disease, all of which are major health burdens for the East Asia population.

On behalf of the NHMRC, I wish to thank all our invited guests and acknowledge the outstanding work conducted by the health and medical research community.

Professor Warwick Anderson
CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council