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January 2003

$4 Million for Breast Cancer Data Collection

The Federal Government will provide $4 million to help find out why some women may be more at risk from breast cancer because of their family background. The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, said one in 12 women would develop breast cancer at some time during their lives. "Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in Australian women, and while being female and getting older are the two main risk factors in developing the disease - a family...

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December 2002

Australia and Europe to Research HPV Link to Skin Cancer

Australian and European researchers will collaborate in determining whether the virus most commonly associated with cervical cancer, Human Papilloma Virus, also plays some role in the development of non-melanoma skin cancer. Federal Health and Ageing Minister, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced $300,000 in National Health and Medical Research Council funding for the Queensland arm of the project. "Non-melanoma skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia...

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Victorian Researchers to Receive Federal Funding for Research into Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Why are people from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background more susceptible to the early onset of diseases associated with ageing? Do people with Alzheimer's disease feel pain in the same way and to the same extent as adults without dementia? These questions and others are being posed by eight teams of researchers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, who will receive total funding of $1.7 million under the NHMRC's Strategic Healthy...

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Tasmanian Researcher Receives $300,000 for Research into Brain Ageing

Tasmanian researcher, Associate Professor James Vickers from the University of Tasmania, will receive $300,000 in Federal funding for research into ageing of the brain. Announcing the grant today, Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, said Professor Vickers' project would examine brain features associated with 'healthy' ageing, as well as brain changes that heralded the beginning of 'pathological' ageing of the brain leading to Alzheimer's...

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South Australian Researcher receives $240,000 for Osteoarthritis Research

The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced that South Australian researcher, Associate Professor Nick Fazzalari, from the University of Adelaide, will receive $240,000 over 3 years to study osteoarthritis in a rapidly ageing population. "Recently reported studies have shown very persuasively that primary osteoarthritis might initially be a bone disease, rather than, or in addition to, a cartilage disease," Senator Patterson explained....

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Queensland Researcher Receives Federal Funding for Research into Neurodegenerative Disorders

Professor Annette Dobson from the University of Queensland, will receive $124,705 in Federal funding for research into neurodegenerative disorders, under the National Health and Medical Research Council's Strategic Healthy Ageing Program. Announcing the grant today, the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, said the Queensland study aimed to improve services and reduce the burden on carers looking after people with Alzheimer's Disease and other...

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New South Wales Researchers to Receive Federal Funding for Projects into 'Healthy Ageing'

Researchers at the Children's Medical Research Institute and the Anzac Research Institute, in New South Wales will receive a total of $465,000 in Federal funding over three years, to study the genetics of cellular ageing and geriatric pharmacology. The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, today announced that eight research projects across Australia would receive a total of $1.7 million, under the National Health and Medical Research Council's Strategic...

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$1.7 Million for Better Understanding of Healthy Ageing

A better understanding of healthy ageing is the challenge for eight successful research teams, which were awarded $1.7 million under the NHMRC's Strategic Healthy Ageing Program. Announcing the successful projects today, Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, welcomed the focus on preventing diseases of ageing in the Australian community. "Projects will study how ageing leads to adverse effects from drug dosages, how cells multiply as they age, examine the...

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Modest Weight Loss Can Help in the Battle Against Obesity

Relatively modest weight loss can have significant health benefits in tackling overweight and obesity, the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson, said today. She announced new draft guidelines for doctors in the fight against Australia's obesity epidemic. The draft clinical practice guidelines for weight control and obesity have been developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council and are now open for public comment. The number of people who are...

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NHMRC Welcomes New Research Priorities

The National Health and Medical Research Council's Chief Executive Officer, Professor Alan Pettigrew, today welcomed the Government's announcement of National Research Priorities. "The NHMRC already strongly contributes to the areas identified in the priorities through its existing support for high quality research and researchers," said Professor Pettigrew. "The NHMRC has, and will be, a central contributor to the theme of 'Promoting and Maintaining Good Health...

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October 2002

New Statement to strengthen partnership between consumers and researchers

The Statement on Consumer and Community Participation in Health and Medical Research has been developed jointly by the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia (CHF) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). It provides the key to developing stronger partnerships between consumers and researchers at all levels of health and medical research, according to CHF Executive Director, Helen Hopkins. On behalf of Senator Kay Patterson, Minister for Health and Ageing, Ms Teresa...

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NHMRC'S $4 Million Commitment to Asthma Research

National Asthma Week 6-13 October 2002 In August 1999, Australian Health Ministers announced asthma as a National Health Priority Area in recognition of the significant burden that asthma places on the Australian community in terms of health, social, economic and emotional costs. Asthma is a major cause of school absenteeism, child emergency department attendance and admission to hospital. More than 60,000 Australians are admitted to hospital annually due to asthma and there is evidence...

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When it's right in front of you: Assisting health care workers to manage the effects of violence in rural and remote Australia

The impact of violence on the physical and mental health of individuals, families and communities, particularly in rural and remote Australia, can be severe and far-reaching. Health care workers, managers and employer organisations in rural and remote areas are often at the frontline of violent episodes and have few resources to cope with the effects of such violence. In order to address this lack of resources, the National Health and Medical Research Council has developed a manual: When it...

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September 2002

Research Centre to Study the Possible Health Effects of Mobile Phones and Towers

A $2.5 million research centre will be established in Australia to study the possible health effects of electromagnetic energy emissions from mobile phones and mobile phone towers. The National Health and Medical Research Council will support an actual (a single physical entity or institute) or 'virtual' (linking a collaborative research effort from several different organisations) Centre of Research Excellence in Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Energy, with $500,000 a year for a...

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August 2002

Understanding Hearing Loss: NHMRC Funds $3 Million in Related Research

Being unable to hear well can affect a young child's speech development and their ability to learn. Other Australians face issues related to hearing loss, hearing rehabilitation and the harmful effects of noise. In 2002, the National Health and Medical Research Council has allocated more than $3 million to 34 hearing related research grants across Australia that hope to make a difference to the lives of people with actual and potential hearing loss. CEO of the NHMRC, Professor Alan...

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Oral Health: A Million Dollar Priority for the NHMRC

A study into how carers can help maintain the oral health of older Australians living in aged care homes, and research into the use of an antibacterial gel instead of toothpaste, are two of 18 oral health research projects being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. CEO of the NHMRC, Professor Alan Pettigrew, said 18 projects totalling more than $1.8 million had been funded, with the HCF's Health and Medical Research Foundation contributing $300,000 to the pool of...

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The Year of the Outback Workshop to Focus on Water Needs of Remote Communities

Workshop to Focus on Water Needs of Remote Communities We all need access to safe water to drink and wash. In a city or town, it's as simple as turning on a tap. But how good is the water supply available to Australians living in remote areas - especially Indigenous Australians? Quality is important, but what about quantity? Is it as important to have sufficient water for washing and basic hygiene, or just high quality water for drinking? What needs to be done to improve water for...

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Public Meeting in Sydney to hear Views on Draft Guidelines for Research into Animal Organ

Archive – For reference purposes only A public meeting will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 21 August, to seek community views on draft guidelines and a discussion paper on the ethical, scientific and technical aspects of xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is the term used to cover the transplantation of cells, tissues or organs from one species to another - such as from pigs to humans. It has become a focus for transplantation research in recent years because there are not enough...

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Public Meeting in Melbourne Next Week to Hear Views on Draft Guidelines for Research for Research into Animal Organ Transplants.

Archive – For reference purposes only A public meeting will be held in Melbourne on Monday 19 August, to seek community views on draft guidelines and a discussion paper on the ethical, scientific and technical aspects of xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is the term used to cover the transplantation of cells, tissues or organs from one species to another - such as from pigs to humans. It has become a focus for transplantation research in recent years because there are not enough...

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Over $31 Million Offered for Health Research in the Asia Pacific

Advertisements will appear in national newspapers today,inviting applications for funding for research focusing on thehealth problems of developing countries in South and SouthEast Asia and the Pacific. The UK-based Wellcome Trust, in partnership withAustralia's National Health and Medical Research Council andthe Health Research Council of New Zealand, is offering aA$31.8 million (£12m) International Collaborative ResearchGrants scheme, which will concentrate on major health...

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Public Meeting in Perth to Hear Views on Draft Guidelines for Research Into Animal Organ Transplants

Archive – For reference purposes only A public meeting will be held in Perth next week (Monday, 12 August), to seek community views on draft guidelines and a discussion paper on the ethical, scientific and technical aspects of xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is the term used to cover the transplantation of cells, tissues or organs from one species to another - such as from pigs to humans. It has become a focus for transplantation research in recent years because there are not...

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Research for Healthier Bones

National Healthy Bones Week: 04-10 August In Australia, one in two women and one in three men over the age of 60 will sustain a bone fracture. It is also estimated that the death rate in women from hip fractures is greater than the incidence of all female cancers combined. Osteoporosis, or 'porous bones', is a disease where bone density and structural quality deteriorate, leading to an increased risk of fracture. Common sites are the wrist, hip, spine, pelvis and upper arm. In...

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NHMRC Welcomes NIH Deferment of IP Policy Change

Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Professor Alan Pettigrew today welcomed advice from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), that it will defer the planned change to its IP policy. The NIH's changes would limit patent rights and ownership of intellectual property (IP) generated from NIH supported research by foreign grantees, with the aim of maximising the benefit of NIH funded research to the health and wealth of the US and its...

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July 2002

NHMRC Supports Call for Review of University Research Funding

The National Health and Medical Research Council welcomed this week's call by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fundamentally reform the way in which Australian universities are funded for research. The Chair of the Council, Professor Nick Saunders, said that he strongly supported the restructuring of the current dual funding system of university research and replacing it with an integrated approach that further encouraged competition and promoted innovation. Commonwealth...

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National Glaucoma Week 21-28 July NHMRC Researchers Target Glaucoma and Eye Disease

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of adult blindness in the world affecting approximately 70 million people. In Australia alone, Glaucoma and diseases of the retina are the cause of more than 80 per cent of blindness. In National Glaucoma Week, the NHMRC recognises the importance of continuing research into the causes of Glaucoma and in an effort to develop new treatments for this debilitating disease, this year, the NHMRC has provided more than seven Grants totalling nearly $1.7...

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NHMRC Spending $22.4 Million on Diabetes Research

Diabetes is a serious health problem that imposes a considerable burden on the Australian community. The National Health and Medical Research Council funds a wide range of research initiatives designed to improve the control and treatment of diabetes. Overall in 2002, the NHMRC allocated $22.4 million for research into diabetes and its complications. Research projects funded through the NHMRC include the following: Maternal undernutrition, infant feeding, adiposity and diabetes Professor...

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Diabetes Vaccine Development Centre Due to Open Next Year

National Diabetes Week 14-21 July The world's first public sector diabetes vaccine development centre, a joint venture between the NHMRC and the New York based Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (International), is on track to begin operations in Australia next year. Working in partnership, the Federal Government through the NHMRC, together with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will jointly commit $13.3 million over the next five years on research to find a cure for...

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Frequently asked questions about Xenotransplantation

Archive – For reference purposes only What is xenotransplantation? Xenotransplantation is transplantation from one species to another; for example, from a pig to a human. The term covers transplantation of solid organs (such as kidney or heart), tissues (such as skin) or clusters of specialised cells (such as brain cells or the pancreatic cells that produce insulin). Xenotransplantation can also involve the infusion or transplantation of body fluids, tissues or cells that have been in...

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Xenotransplantation Fact Sheet

Archive – For reference purposes only Xenotransplantation is the term used for the transplantation of cells, tissues or organs from one species to another (such as from pigs to humans). Organ xenotransplantation (eg heart, kidney) is the most well known potential procedure but the term also covers transfer of tissues and cells (eg cells from the pancreas that produce insulin). It also covers procedures that occur outside the body in which cells or fluids from the patient are cultured...

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NHMRC releases draft guidelines for research into animal organ transplants and calls for public debate

Archive – For reference purposes only NHMRC releases draft guidelines for research into animal organ transplants and calls for public debate The transplanting of animal organs to humans (xenotransplantation) raises ethical, safety and efficacy issues which deserve to be debated by the community. Xenotransplantation, a term which covers the transplantation of cells, tissues or organs from one species to another (such as from pigs to humans),has become a focus for transplantation research...

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