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Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities.

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The Turnbull Government will provide medical research funding for prostate cancer and infertility, marking the first step towards a new National Male Health Strategy.

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Due to a public holiday in the Brisbane area of Queensland (Ekka People’s Day) on Wednesday 15 August 2018, the closing time and date for Partnership Projects 2018 PRC2 has been extended by 24 hours. The new closing time is 5:00pm (AEST) Thursday 16 August 2018.

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An $18 million investment by the Turnbull Government in a range of medical research projects will aim to improve the health of Australian women, marking the first step towards a new National Women’s Health Strategy.

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Due to a public holiday in the Brisbane area of Queensland (Ekka People’s Day) on Wednesday 15 August 2018, the closing time and date for research organisations has been extended by 24 hours. The new closing time is 5:00pm (AEST) Thursday 16 August 2018.

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The NHMRC has decided to re-open the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research (TCR) into Debilitating Complexes Attributed to Ticks. The extended call for applications will close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 29 August 2018. There will be no further extensions and late applications will not be accepted.

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NHMRC is excited to deliver the release of a new BETA website for our users. By releasing this BETA version we are capturing how our users interact with the website’s new features and configurations.

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Breastfeeding infants exclusively to around six months, and continuing up to 12 months and beyond as solids foods are introduced, provides clear benefits for both the infant and the mother. Supporting women to continue to breastfeed is key to improving rates of breastfeeding.

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‘There are three billion base pairs of DNA in each cell. If you were to pull it out end to end, it would equal two metres of DNA, which has to fit inside the 3D nucleus of every cell in our body.’ 

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The Turnbull Government has committed $23.2 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to 28 new projects, and has launched a NHMRC Road Map 3 to help chart the direction for Indigenous health and medical research investment over the next ten years.

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Tracker is a fortnightly email newsletter that informs the Australian research community about major NHMRC activities and funding opportunities.

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The Turnbull Government and beyondblue will provide a total of $5 million for research to help improve mental illness among our older Australians.

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NHMRC is pleased to advise that the grant guidelines for the new Investigator, Synergy, Ideas and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grant schemes are available on GrantConnect under forecast opportunities and can also be accessed via NHMRC’s website.

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Nine NHMRC-accredited centres have come together in a national alliance to improve the health of Australians through collaboration for faster, outcome-driven research. The Australian Health Research Alliance (the Alliance) is there to ensure health service led, priority driven and co-designed collaborative research to improve healthcare.

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Dr Misty Jenkins can be found in the lab, looking down a microscope at immune T cells. As a young Indigenous woman she was inspired by her role models to pursue a career in research.

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As a nurse and midwife, Heather didn’t know much about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in Australia until she transitioned from working in health services to working in research 15 years ago.  

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Dr Felecia Watkin Lui is a Torres Strait Islander researcher working to strengthen skills in and understanding of knowledge translation. This will ensure that research is more accessible, relevant and has greater benefit to communities.

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With increasing rates of diabetes in Australia, Professor Chris Nolan is trying to understand why the cells that secrete insulin malfunction and how they are affected by environmental stresses. Hints so far are these cells are hyper responsive to the stresses of poor lifestyle.

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The Coalition Government has today announced funding of $7.7 million for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to further research into how Australians’ lifestyles contribute to chronic conditions and how to prevent them.

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Always trying to find innovative ways of doing things, Professor Juli Coffin was able to test her model around cultural security for an effective and sustainable healthcare through an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) grant.

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Bowel (colorectal) cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in Australia . The update of the national bowel cancer guidelines will ensure the most up-to-date prevention, treatment and management of bowel cancer.

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Professor Anne-Louise Ponsonby has dedicated her life to understanding how the environment can influence the risk of developing a range of disorders at the population level. 

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NHMRC is convening a Research Administration Officer (RAO) information session on 31 October 2018, at the Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra.

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Yvette is a Nijkena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberly region of Western Australia and grew up in Darwin. The eighth child of 11, she was the first person in her family to go to university—majoring in politics and sociology.

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A review is underway to revise the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009. The review will follow established processes and a draft for public consultation will be released during the second quarter of 2018.

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NHMRC is replacing RGMS with a new grants management solution, Sapphire. The project to build Sapphire is currently underway and is anticipated to launch in late 2018.

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The Turnbull Government is providing $1.5 million in medical research funding to help better understand the flesh eating Buruli ulcer and reduce its spread in Australia.

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A new code of conduct will help safeguard the quality and integrity of Australian research. 

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The high rate of dementia in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is being targeted through five ground-breaking research projects that aim to boost dementia prevention, slow its onset and improve the lives of First Peoples living with the condition.

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Improving the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples in Australia, New Zealand and Canada is the goal driving a partnership between three medical research funding agencies.

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The Turnbull Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough.

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Tonight I had the privilege to present Dr Julian Elliott from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine with the annual Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2017.

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Dr Daniel Pellicci’s ultimate goal is to prevent human diseases. Using his research into how immune T cells recognise certain molecules, Dr Pellicci will provide new insight into how to harness therapeutic properties and produce desired immune responses. He has just been recognised for this work through the 2018 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

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Working with communities is how Dr Mick Adams became a leader in his research to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. 

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Seeing the diabetes epidemic go through the Torres Strait led Dr Sean Taylor into public health research. Seeing how diabetes can destroy a population meant Sean wanted to focus on clinical research that added value to improve practice.

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'Up to one in five women will experience anxiety during pregnancy and after birth. Up to one in 10 women will experience depression during pregnancy, increasing to one in seven after birth. '

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Since 2008 NHMRC has spent over $183 million on research into malaria 1

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Dr Kalinda Griffiths’ children are her inspiration and what motivated her to go back to university. She was first exposed to research after being dragged into a traineeship in the Menzies School of Health Research labs.

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“Over the last 18 years cancer mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has increased by 21 per cent. This figure is especially stark when the rest of the population has actually seen a 13 per cent fall in cancer mortality rates”

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Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common degenerative brain disease, primarily caused by the death of certain brain cells. The majority of degeneration happens in a small region of the brain responsible for reward pathways and motor control. 1

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Less than ten per cent of Indigenous children have normal healthy ears 1 2 3

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Disproportionate rates of STI diagnosis (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, infectious syphilis and hepatitis B) occur among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in remote and very remote communities. 

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Professor Sharon Lewin is a clinician researcher working to find a cure for HIV. Having women in leadership roles is really important—it brings diversity to leadership teams for better outcomes, and encourages young women through aspiring role models.

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The partnership between the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Lowitja Institute was founded on a strong commitment by both institutions to deliver a measurable, positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples. That commitment informed all aspects of the event.

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"In Australia, life expectancy is returned by using life-long drugs but there is still no cure."

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It has come to NHMRC's attention that some assigner emails from RGMs are not being received by some researchers, and this is including the difficulty of finding assessors for applications. 

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In Australia, influenza on average causes 3,500 deaths, about 18,000 hospitalisations and 300,000 GP consultations each year1

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“Pneumococcus is the biggest bacterial killer on the planet. It’s the most common cause of pneumonia, which is responsible for about 20 per cent of deaths from all causes in children under 5 years. Globally, pneumococcus accounts for about 2 million deaths a year.”

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The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, announced the outcomes of the NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians at the University of Western Australia on Monday 23 April.

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NHMRC has opened two Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) to address important aspects of mental health in older Australians. 

 

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