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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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  • 8 June 2018

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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  • 8 June 2018

'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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  • 4 June 2018

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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  • 4 June 2018

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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  • 4 June 2018

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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  • 31 May 2018

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

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  • 31 May 2018

“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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  • 31 May 2018

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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  • 31 May 2018

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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  • 25 May 2018

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

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  • 25 May 2018

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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  • 11 May 2018

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

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  • 8 May 2018

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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  • 8 May 2018

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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  • 3 May 2018

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

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  • 30 April 2018

“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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  • 27 April 2018

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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  • 24 April 2018

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

 

  • 20 April 2018

Each year, more than 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with the blood cancer acute myeloid leukaemia and more than 70 per cent will die within five years.

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  • 6 April 2018

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of more than 37,000 dedicated contributors from over 130 countries, working together to prepare, update, and promote Cochrane Reviews. Cochrane Reviews provide evidence based advice to help health care practitioners and patients make well informed decisions about health care.

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  • 3 April 2018

Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide. 

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  • 26 March 2018

The Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) enables all Australian research involving human participants to be efficiently and effectively reviewed.

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  • 20 March 2018

The Australian government is committed to banning the use of animals for cosmetic testing. The Commonwealth Department of Health is managing the implementation of this ban with the assistance of NHMRC.

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  • 9 March 2018

RGMS now has a specific variation type for ‘Change in FTE’. This will allow Administering Institutions and NHMRC to have a clear record of the variations requested. The intent of the Variations Policy remains unchanged.

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  • 6 March 2018

An Honour Roll of Peer Review Panel Members, Community Observers and External Assessors who contributed to NHMRC peer review processes completed in 2017.

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  • 28 February 2018

NHMRC has approved the recommendations made in the Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for deprescribing cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine developed by the University of Sydney in partnership with the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and the Bruyère Research Institute in Canada. 

 

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  • 12 February 2018

Includes awards for the Rising Star award, biennial awards and fellowships.

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  • 2 February 2018

‘Melanoma is the most common cancer for 15-39 year old Australians—with the highest ‘years of life lost’ of any cancer’1

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  • 30 January 2018

NHMRC invites individuals with industry experience related to health and medical research commercialisation to participate in peer review of the Development Grants scheme. 

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  • 30 January 2018

Nursing and research wasn’t what Associate Professor Dan McAullay had in mind when he first began university but it was exactly where he was meant to end up.

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  • 30 January 2018

Professor Anne Tiedemann’s research aims to develop and evaluate exercise-based programs for preventing falls to promote healthy ageing in older people. Her research aims to determine the barriers, enablers and preferences of older people, so that exercise programs can be implemented more effectively.

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  • 29 January 2018

NHMRC is committed to creating stronger pathways to capture the economic value of research discoveries.

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  • 24 January 2018

NHMRC recognises that national research facilities, networks and biobanks are valuable for the conduct of health and medical research. In 2012, NHMRC held a biobanking roundtable to consider how national research infrastructure might be prioritised and co-ordinated. 

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  • 18 January 2018

The Chief Executive Officer of NHMRC has approved an amendment to the Clinical guidelines for stroke management 2017

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  • 9 January 2018

The Turnbull Government will invest $640 million to support Australia’s world-leading health and medical researchers as they continue their work in the laboratory, clinic and the community to find the next major medical breakthrough.

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  • 16 December 2017

Announcement of new funding for Australia’s most talented female researchers.

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  • 6 December 2017

For a number of years, success rates for women in most NHMRC schemes have been below those of men. As I consider possible changes to our grant program following the Structural Review, I look for opportunities to redress this imbalance.

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  • 6 December 2017

Professor Sarah Palmer along with researchers at Westmead Institute for Medical Research and the University of Sydney have discovered where the tiny remaining amounts of HIV virus are hiding, leading to new hopes of a cure.

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  • 1 December 2017

‘For nurses, working with an Indigenous health worker can bring great opportunities for professional collaboration and improved community health care’1

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  • 20 November 2017

Long-time Alzheimer’s researcher, Sam Gandy (Mt Sinai Hospital, NY) is combining new diagnostic criteria, higher-resolution brain scanning and a new method to determine what’s going on in people’s brains who have had multiple concussions and are experiencing difficulties with cognition.

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  • 9 November 2017

'Travel and globalisation mean that infections spread rapidly around the world, so that global solutions are required for epidemic control'

NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response

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  • 6 November 2017

One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and seven women die from the disease each day in Australia1

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  • 31 October 2017

RAOs are advised that as of September 2017, NHMRC will no longer amend grant budgets in RGMS after the approval of In-progress Deferrals or Extended Leave variation requests (including requests to vary part time hours). 

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  • 27 October 2017

Associate Professor Jason Armfield set out to explain the origins of dental fear and to understand why fear of the dentist is a serious psychological problem for many Australians. He developed a ‘dental anxiety scale’ that will help to identify and treat the condition across the world, leading to more people visiting the dentist and better population level oral health.

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  • 24 October 2017

Stroke, caused by a clot or bleed in the brain, is Australia’s second biggest cause of death and the leading cause of disability.1

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  • 23 October 2017

NHMRC is hosting a series of public fora across Australia between 29 September and 24 November 2017 on peer review in the new grant program.

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  • 20 October 2017

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Australian women.1

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  • 19 October 2017

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Stronger Systems for Health Security call for research under the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security opened for applications on 9 October 2017.

The Australian Government, through DFAT, is implementing a call for health systems and/or policy research in relation to health security, entitled Stronger Systems for Health Security.

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  • 10 October 2017

This document outlines key themes from NHMRC's peer review consultation process. 

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  • 7 October 2017