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Who benefits? A question about the future of health and medical research

A talk given to the ICT for Life Sciences Forum Melbourne 23 May 2013 (edited) Professor Warwick Anderson AM Who benefits? A question about the future of health and medical research (PDF, 1.9MB)

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Allegations concerning Dr Sarah Laurie

Recent media and web based commentary has concerned allegations, originally published in the blog Croakey, about Dr Sarah Laurie of the Waubra Foundation conducting human research without ethical approval. Australians expect that those conducting research adhere to the highest ethical standards.  These ethical standards are set out in NHMRC’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (National Statement).  Given the significance of these ethical standards,...

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NHMRC response to media criticism about funding of ‘obscure research’ – The effect of acupuncture on live birth rates

An article in the Sunday Telegraph (19 May 2013) questioned the value of an NHMRC grant “The effect of acupuncture on live birth rates“ by a team led by Associate Professor Caroline Smith at the University of Western Sydney. NHMRC aims to support excellence in research by funding the best research ideas each year, as judged by peers and in accordance with NHMRC’s selection criteria for each scheme. This ensures funded research is rigorously assessed for its scientific...

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Interview with MJA Insight

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson was interviewed for an article by MJA Insight on the topic of research enrolments and clinical trials. See full article

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Innovation and health; maybe not what you think - TEDMED forum (Sydney, 20 April 2013)

About TEDMED TEDMED is about bringing together leaders to solve the greatest health and medical challenges facing the world today. Speakers and presentations Australian speakers at TEDMED Sydney 2013 Video of presentations, including Professor Warwick Anderson AM, NHMRC CEO

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CEO Research Newsletter - April 2013

In this edition: Facts and figures from the 2012 funding round NHMRC’s Strategic Plan – what it means for researchers Big Ideas for Action for big health challenges Accelerating the benefits of research Maintaining trust in research Quality and efficiency in granting Leadership and partnership in research Women in research Deciding priorities NHMRC and health advice CEO Research Newsletter - April 2013 (PDF, 823KB)

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Launch of the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Infant Feeding Guidelines

Address by Professor Warwick Anderson AM Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council Monday 18 February 2013 Office of the NHMRC, Canberra ACT Listen to an audio recording of the launch address Check against delivery Today, NHMRC launches its Australian Dietary Guidelines.  These guidelines provide the scientific advice for healthier Australian diets. Preparation The guidelines are an update of the 2003 guidelines and have been long in the revision. NHMRC has...

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Interview with Focus Reports

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, talks about NHMRC’s key milestones and achievements, the interaction between academia and the private sector, clinical research, international collaborations and the main challenges and opportunities for Australian researchers in the Asian Century. Would you begin by outlining the key milestones and achievements of the NHMRC in the past four years? The first point is the development of our initiatives on an international level: for example, we...

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NHMRC Presentation to the Innovation Translation Forum

NHMRC CEO presentation Creating a virtuous cyclepath through the valley of death delivered at the Innovation Translation Forum in Melbourne on 23 November 2012. View the presentation Creating a virtuous cyclepath through the valley of death (PPTX, 3.5MB)

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2012 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community - webcast

On 14 November, 2012, NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, delivered a webcast to provide feedback to the research community about the 19 October grant announcement outcomes. 2012 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community - presentation slides (PDF, 526KB) 2012 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community - detailed slides (PDF, 2MB) On demand video 2012 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community 2012...

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Introductory speech at the H5N1: Are We Prepared? Forum

Transcript of a speech given at the H5N1: Are We Prepared? Forum, Canberra, 1 November 2012. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngunnawal people and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. I’m honoured to be jointly hosting this forum on H5N1 today with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Thank you to Dr Niteen Wairagkar, Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Professor Derek Smith for making a special effort to be here. I’d also like to thank...

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Address by Professor Warwick Anderson to the ANZICS / ACCCN Intensive Care Annual Scientific Meeting - October 2012

Adelaide Convention Centre Opening plenary session, 1-3pm Thursday 25 October 2012 It’s a pleasure to join you today with Professor Rubenfeld for this opening plenary session of the conference. I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, the Kaurna people and pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. I also acknowledge the important and extremely demanding work you and your colleagues perform every day and every night in our hospitals. Delivery of...

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Research Translation Faculty Symposium: How the Research Translation Faculty will work

Transcript of a speech given at the innaugural NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium, Melbourne, 24 October 2012. Firstly, I want to thank all of you for joining the Faculty. This is a huge initiative for the NHMRC, which will transform the way we work, so we’re all very excited about it. As Faculty members, particularly with around 2,500 people, the main way of communicating and collaborating on Faculty projects will be using the Faculty website that my office has been building....

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Research Translation Faculty Symposium: A vision for research translation at NHMRC

Transcript of a speech given to open the inaugural NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium, Melbourne, 24 October 2012. The Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, sends her apologies. She indicated to me at last week’s grant announcements that she is at one with the goal of the Research Translation Faculty and that she looks forward to hearing about the outcomes of today’s symposium. NHMRC’s new Research Translation Faculty is a major strategic initiative for...

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What is the Future?

Presentation to the Cardiovascular Clinical Trials in Australia and New Zealand conference on 19 October 2012. What is the Future? (PDF, 1.3MB)

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NHMRC Funding Statistics Update

NHMRC CEO presentation delivered at the Philanthropy in Health and Medical Research Conference 2012 – The Funding Formula. NHMRC Funding Statistics Update (PDF, 1.26MB)

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Interview with International Innovation magazine

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, talks about the current and future challenges for Australia’s health system and the role NHMRC is playing to address these. Interview with International Innovation magazine (PDF, 353KB)

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CEO Research Newsletter - Winter 2012

This newsletter covers: a major new initiative to involve NHMRC funded researchers in our research translationactivities, (Research Translation Faculties progress in the yearly application funding round our review of Program Grants changes to Dora Lush Biomedical Scholarships our forthcoming call for Advanced Health Research Centres continuous application opportunities for Partnerships for Better Health Project Grants a summary of how NHMRC invests in strategic research priorities a...

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NHMRC Presentation to the MJA Clinical Trials Summit

NHMRC CEO presentation “NHMRC’s roles, responsibilities, achievements and plans for clinical trials” delivered at the MJA Clinical Trials Summit in Sydney on 18 May 2012. NHMRC Presentation to the MJA Clinical Trials Summit (PDF, 2MB)

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A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grants 2012

The Project Grants scheme is NHMRC’s largest funding scheme. In this letter, CEO Professor Warwick Anderson describes in detail how the NHMRC peer review processes works. A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grant Applications to NHMRC 2012 (PDF, 548KB)

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NHMRC Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

NHMRC Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia - March 2012 (PDF, 1.5MB)

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NHMRC Newsletter - December 2011

This newsletter provides an update on some of the major issues of the second half of 2011. For most readers, the announcements by Minister Butler on October 17th and Minister Plibersek on December 15th were probably the most directly significant events. However, the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia, announced by Minister Butler and to be conducted by a committee Chaired by Mr Simon McKeon was another major event. Also, NHMRC turned 75 in September; a time for...

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CEO Communiqué: 17 October 2011

Announcing 2011 Funding Round Outcomes Today, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon Mark Butler, MP announced the following NHMRC 2011 grants: Project Grants Centres of Research Excellence Partnership Project Grants Research Fellowships Practitioner Fellowships Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships Early Career Fellowships Career Development Fellowships Early Career Fellowships Australian-European Collaborative Research Grants Independent Medical Research...

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75 years of working to build a healthy Australia

I am proud and pleased to reflect on the enormous contribution health and medical research has made to the well-being of all Australians on the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Health and Medical Research Council. During the past 75 years, Australia has seen a dramatic improvement in our life expectancy. In the 1930s, when the NHMRC was founded, an Australian male might live to about 63 years and an Australian woman for just over 67 years. Today, life expectancy has...

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Economic benefits of health and medical research – a discussion paper (9 September 2011)

This discussion paper focuses on the economic benefits to Australia from public investment in health and medical research. Economic benefits of health and medical research – a discussion paper (PDF, 451KB)

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A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grants 2011

Professor Warwick Anderson has prepared a discussion paper on the steps involved in peer review for project grants this year. On behalf of the NHMRC he thanks the thousands of researchers who have completed their peer review assessments. NHMRC has been working to improve the information available to applicants, assessors and GRP members about the processes involved in peer review in 2011, particularly for Project Grants. A Summary of Peer Review for Project Grant Applications to NHMRC 2011 (...

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NHMRC Report June 2011

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson recently visited the University of Newcastle to hold an information and feedback session. This was the last of this series of presentations. It is expected that the 2011-2012 series of talks will begin late November. NHMRC Report - Warwick Anderson June 2011 (PDF, 1.8MB)

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Open Letter to the Research Community from Warwick Anderson, CEO NHMRC - 11 March 2011

I have wanted to provide you with as much information as possible about RGMS since its problems in January and February and the disruptions to your preparation of applications to NHMRC.  I understand that many of you will want to understand more about these circumstances and to have an assurance that NHMRC will be able to maintain the recent improvements in RGMS performance. I have provided below an account of what happened over the period of disruption in January and February, including...

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Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia speaks with Research Media Ltd

In this wide-ranging discussion, Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO of the NHMRC, details the Australian medical research agenda, and the strategies the institute is employing to safeguard individual and public health throughout the country. Read the full interview here.

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MJA profile of NHMRC CEO Warwick Anderson AM: Power of One

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, tells the Medical Journal of Australia about what turned him on to science and his motivations for pursuing a career in science research. MJA profile of NHMRC CEO: Power of One (PDF 488KB)

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