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Building scale, scope and excellence in research and translation

Collaboration between researchers, heath care professionals and the private sector is essential if Australia is to get the most out of its public investment in health and medical research.  Increasingly, collaboration between institutions has become ever more essential to, it we are to maximise resources in pursuit of health benefits from research. We can learn much about how to foster this collaboration in Australia by looking at those who already do it well. The international powerhouses...

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New data set for comment: Project Grant outcomes by institution

Each year NHMRC publishes extensive data of our grant outcomes, including by gender, institution, national health priority area and many more (see also our annual Funding Facts Book). However, we recently received requests from Universities to provide more comprehensive feedback to help them understand their performance relative to others. In response we have prepared the following data set to complement the already publically available data. NHMRC 2013 Project Grant Outcomes (PDF, 228KB...

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Celebrating Indigenous health research during NAIDOC Week

To celebrate NAIDOC Week (6-13 July), NHMRC staff met yesterday to recognise the contribution of Indigenous Australians to our country, and to health and medical research in particular. As well as hearing from the fantastic Indigenous artist Greg Joseph, we were lucky enough to be joined by Indigenous health researcher Sean Taylor. Sean is a descendent from the Dowareb tribe from Mer Island in the Eastern Torres Straits and is currently completing his Doctorate of Public Health at James Cook...

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Want to know how NHMRC Grant Review Panels work?

Our aim is to do all we can to ensure peer review processes are rigorous and that grants are assessed in a way that is fair, independent and impartial. To do this requires the efforts of hundreds of researchers to conduct peer review. It is no simple task, and NHMRC is grateful every year for the ongoing commitment of our best researchers. To provide some insight of NHMRC GRPs, the 2014 GRP induction video is now available online.  The video is designed to provide applicants, panel members...

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Healthy, wealthy and affordable: How research can improve Australia’s health system

Medical Research Week and the Federal Budget have stimulated me to think more about how medical research can be used better to restrain health care costs and also to generate national wealth to support the health system. Restraining health costs Can we use health and medical research better? Can we harness research not only to discover new ways of preventing, and treating ill health, but also to restrain the escalating costs of health care? We all want the best health care for ourselves and...

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Congratulating NHMRC Research Excellence Awardees

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson AM congratulates the 2013 NHMRC Research Excellence Awardees in the Career Development Fellowships and Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowships categories.

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Gender equity in Australian health and medical research

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson and Dr Saraid Billiards, Director of Project Grants, discussed NHMRC's efforts and future actions to improve gender equity in Australian health and medical research. Watch the video on NHMRC's YouTube Channel

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Promoting Research Excellence in Australia

An interview with Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, published in the May 2014 issue of International Innovation magazine. Promoting Research Excellence in Australia (PDF, 1.43MB)

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CEO Diary – February to March 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for February 20143 – Panel on science communication with Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the Australian Research Council at the Australian Science Communicators national conference, Brisbane6 – Population Health Research Network Review Panel meeting, Sydney7 – Meeting with Department of Education on EU 2020 and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy10 – Population Health Research Network Review Panel meeting, Melbourne11...

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Additional commentary on the outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

I am pleased to provide an update on key announcements in the 13 May Federal Budget related to the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Government is providing additional funding for two budget measures: Boosting dementia research ($200.0 million) The Australia Government will provide an additional $200 million over five years to boost Australia’s dementia research capacity. NHMRC ($174M), working in close collaboration with the Australian Research Council ($26M), will fund a...

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Outcomes of the 2014-15 Federal Budget for NHMRC

I am pleased to provide an update on key announcements in the 13 May 2014-15 Federal Budget related to the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC will receive additional funding for two budget measures: Boosting dementia research ($174.0 million) as part of the Australian government’s commitment to provide $200M for dementia research Simplified and consistent health and medical research ($9.9 million) that includes improving our research grants management systems and further...

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Q+A: 2014 Project Grants Peer Review

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) received 3810 Project Grant applications for funding this year – a 2.7% decrease on last year. This is the first decrease in application numbers since 2006. We will convene 37 Grant Review Panels (GRP) between 28 July and 5 September involving approximately 500 panel members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and many thousands of external reviewers. The Project Grants scheme is NHMRC’s largest funding scheme, and in 2014 we have improved and...

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Partnership Projects for funding commencing in 2014

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson discusses the outcomes of the latest Partnership Projects funding round (Third Call for 2013 for funding commencing in 2014). View the Media Release: $11.4 Million for Health and Medical Research

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Australia’s response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

Presentation by Professor Warwick Anderson AM at 'Towards a Global Research Agenda for AMR', the launch of the JPIAMR Strategic Research Agenda. Australia’s response to the threat of antimicrobial resistance - powerpoint slides (PDF, 392KB) Professor Warwick Anderson AM Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC

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Crossing the bridge – working to translate research into health policy and practice

NHMRC recently held a meeting with Chairs of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Steering groups. The text below is an edited version of my introductory comments. The NHMRC Research Translation Faculty is unique in the world. I wouldn’t want you to think that we are making it up as we go along, but we really are in unchartered waters. I thank the Steering group Chairs and the couple of thousands of colleagues who are members of our Faculty and are contributing to this. We’re...

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Measuring the Impact of Research — Not Just a Simple List of Publications

This article originally appeared in the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) March 2014 newsletter. Ever improving citation performance. NHMRC has been conducting rigorous analyses of the citation performance of Australian health and medical research publications since the early 1990s. We released the latest version of this regular bibliometric analysis in mid-February (Measuring up 2013). The latest report covers publications from 2005 to 2009. Understanding bibliometric analyses is...

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Health and Medical Research – benefiting Australia

On 26 March 2014, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson AM gave an update to the Western Australian health and medical research community at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. View the presentation below. Health and Medical Research – benefiting Australia (PDF, 2.3MB)

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NHMRC - a member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

The first face-to-face partner meeting of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is taking place this week. There are now 148 organisations in the Alliance, including NHMRC. I have asked Professor Kathryn North, Chair of the NHMRC Research Committee to represent NHMRC on GA4GH, and GA4GH has appointed Kathryn to be the Vice Chair of the GA4GH Transitional Steering Committee. The Alliance aims to accelerate the responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data, with the goal of...

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2013 research funding – the year in review

Today at the University of Adelaide, the Minister for Health Peter Dutton announced $133 million in NHMRC grants spanning 153 grants across five NHMRC funding schemes. These included Program Grants, Development Grants, Partnership Projects, Postgraduate Scholarships and a Targeted Call for Research to reduce the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Indigenous communities. Australian research resulting from our Program Grants for leading teams of researchers (today $101.6 million) has...

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Measuring research impact – a necessary challenge

In Australian health and medical research, NHMRC receives many more great research ideas than we are able to fund. And so, we assess and rank applications based on merit, and largely, the merit of an idea is judged according to its ability to have impact. But measuring impact in any area of research is an inherently difficult task. This challenge formed the foundation of discussions this week at the Research and Impact Assessment Symposium hosted by Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of...

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Genomic medicine – much promise, many challenges

Genomics will transform many aspects of medicine in the coming decade though exactly how is still not fully clear. In the first week of January, I attended a meeting on genomic medicine (Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine) convened by NIH and attended by research funding bodies and policy makers from around 20 nations. A number of countries are making substantial progress in introducing genomics approaches into their health care systems. These are mostly the smaller countries, but also some...

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CEO Diary - November 2013 to January 2014

CEO Key External Engagements for November 2013 5: Meeting with Prof Harding, DVC-R ANU 5: Welcome Reception for the Third EU-AU Workshop on Research Infrastructure 6: Meeting with Dr Octavi Quintana Trias, Director for the European Research Area, European Commission 7: Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges meeting, Melbourne 11: Department of Industry CRC Interviews 13: Research Australia Awards 14: Department of Industry CRC Meeting 18: Speaker at the Kolling Institute, New Horizons...

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CEO Health Research Translation Newsletter - December 2013

Health and medical research provides new knowledge at an ever growing rate. This knowledge is aimed at improving health; sometimes in the short term, often with a longer time frame. The catch is of course that peoples’ health is improved only when the findings of research are taken up and implemented by decision makers, health professionals, policy makers and consumers. Sometimes the research needs to be developed commercially; to support the development of new products for better diagnoses...

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2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community

On 4 December 2013, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson delivered his 2013 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community via a webcast. Key issues that will be discussed: 2013 funding announcements - trends and strategies 2014 funding round – what’s new? Early career researchers, and women in science Evaluating outcomes of research Declaration on Research Assessment (DoRA) Research misconduct and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. View...

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CEO Diary - September and October 2013

The CEO will provide a regular update to keep you informed. This is the first update. NHMRC Strategic Plan 2013-15 Our priority actions: Create new knowledge through support of discovery research Accelerate research translation Build Australia’s future capability for research and translation Set high standards in ethics in health care and research Work with partners – States and Territories, health bodies, health industries and community and consumers groups CEO’s Message The months...

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Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters - Innovation Series keynote address

Presentation to the Innovation Series event 'Improving Lives through Innovation - developing a healthy future for Australia', 21 August 2013. Presentation Australia’s Health and Wealth: Why Medical Research Matters. Professor Warwick Anderson AM 21 August 2013 (PDF, 788KB) Video Video of this presentation is available on the Innovation Series website.

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Reproduction Research: Why Medical Research Matters - Making babies in the 21st century public forum

Presentation to the Making babies in the 21st century: We need to do it better public forum organised by The Society for Reproductive Biology, 25 August 2013. Presentation Reproduction Research: Why Medical Research Matters (PDF, 252KB) Transcript Thanks for that introduction and I’m absolutely delighted to be invited to this meeting with a combination of people from the community; from dedicated clinicians and from the research community itself. It’s great especially I think at meetings...

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How we deal with alleged research misconduct: NHMRC - The Conversation

Article by Professor Warwick Anderson AM, CEO NHMRC, as published online via The Conversation, 16 August 2013. How we deal with alleged research misconduct: NHMRC

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CEO Newsletter – July 2013

2013 Project Grants Peer Review Overview and Commonly Asked Questions The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) had received over 3900 applications this year, a 4.8% increase on 2012. To ensure that all applications receive a fair and equitable peer review, we will convene 43 Grant Review Panels (GRP) between 29 July and 6 September involving approximately 600 panel members, Chairs and Assistant Chairs and many thousands of external reviewers. The Project Grants scheme is...

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Interview with The Lancet regarding the Declaration of Helsinki

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was interviewed by The Lancet on the seventh revision of the Declaration of Helsinki. Since the Declaration of Helsinki was originally published in 1964 by the World Medical Association (WMA), its primary purpose has been to set international ethical principles for research involving human participants. See full article

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