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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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