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September 2015

$5.8 million for international health research collaborations

More than $5 million has been awarded to Australian researchers collaborating with international experts to solve global health problems. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today announced 11 grants to support international collaborative research on health issues such as heart attacks, dementia, stroke and leukaemia.  Nine grants were awarded under the NHMRC – European Union Collaborative Research Grant scheme, and a further two were awarded under the NHMRC...

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August 2015

Top experts appointed to NHMRC committees

Experts in health ethics, policy, patient care and innovation are among those appointed to five National Health and Medical Research Council committees to help shape the future of Australia’s research sector.  The committees play the vital role of providing advice and guidance to the NHMRC Council and CEO, and are important pillars of the NHMRC as Australia’s premier body for administering medical research funding and issuing health and ethical guidelines.  The committees...

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New research to target type 2 diabetes in low and middle income countries

Three Australian research teams have been awarded grants as part of a global effort to combat the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Worth a total of $5 million, the three projects were funded by the NHMRC as part of a multi-country grant call through the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). The GACD comprises ten of the world’s leading health research funding organisations, including the NHMRC, and aims to reduce the...

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Abbott Government to tackle dementia research

Minister for Health Sussan Ley today launched a three-pronged approach to support and promote dementia research in the search of new treatments, models of care and ways of preventing the debilitating disease. Ms Ley today announced $35.6 million for six Dementia Research Team Grants that included the largest dementia clinical trial in the world for people aged 55 to 75 to test an online tool to reduce the risk of dementia, and...

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July 2015

Ten stellar stories of health and medical research

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport   Ten Australian research grants that led to ground-breaking medical discoveries and important changes to health care have been highlighted in this year’s Ten of the Best Research Projects. The Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the stories were further evidence of Australia’s world-leading standing in medical research. “These research stories give us a glimpse into the next generation of treatments and...

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Appointments to key health and medical research body

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport   Leading medical researchers, academics, clinicians and administrators have been appointed to the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, today announced 13 members of the Council of the NHMRC – Australia’s premier source of expert advice on health, research ethics and funding for research. “The NHMRC is an independent statutory authority...

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Feedback sought on draft revisions to ethical guidelines for assisted reproductive technology

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today opened public consultation on draft changes to the clinical practice section of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research, 2007.  Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is the application of laboratory or clinical techniques to human eggs, sperm or embryos for the purposes of reproduction. Compliance with these guidelines is a key part of accreditation for all...

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June 2015

Boost for mental health researcher in the development of online tool

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport   Minister for Health Sussan Ley today congratulated Dr Philip Batterham on receiving the 2015 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for his work in the development of a mental health online support tool. Dr Batterham is a National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the National Institute for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University...

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May 2015

Australian-first website to connect more patients with clinical trials

THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Minister for Health Minister for Sport THE HON IAN MACFARLANE Minister for Industry and Science In an Australian-first patients will be given access to potentially life-saving clinical trials at their fingertips with the launch of an online one-stop shop today. Minister for Health Sussan Ley and Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said it will be easier for patients across Australia to take part in innovative medical research as the Abbott Government launched...

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NHMRC releases Statement and Information Paper on impacts of lead on human health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released a Statement and Information Paper summarising the evidence on the effects of lead on human health. People’s exposure to lead has substantially reduced over recent decades due to national initiatives which have restricted the addition of lead to paint and petrol, and restricted the use of lead in consumer goods. The average blood lead level among Australians is now estimated to be less than 5 micrograms per...

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