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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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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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Endometriosis affects one in ten women worldwide. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Presentation made as the 2017 John Chalmers Oration, Flinders University, 7 September 2017.Presentation title: Crisis or opportunity? A new era for medical research funding in Australia. By: Professor Anne Kelso AO CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Indigenous Australians are three to four times more likely to develop dementia. That is higher than any other population in the world.1

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RAOs are advised that the assessor reports for applicant response will be released from Tuesday 5th September 2017

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Motivated by a desire to understand the molecular basis of key biological processes, Professor Abell saw an opportunity to use small molecules that selectively bind to bacterial proteins, as a potential mechanism for limiting bacterial survival.

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‘On average eight people per 100,000 a year develop Myelodysplasia—a disorder affecting the development of blood cells that can lead to leukaemia.1’

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Dr Craig Smith and a team of scientists at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health’s Addiction Neuroscience Laboratory are investigating one of the receptors in the brain they think are responsible for those seriously rewarding feelings.  Not only does this have the potential to help with obesity but it is closely linked with addictions to opioids such as heroin and could lead to a new group of targeted drugs.

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‘In Australia, 15 per cent of the population are aged 65+, estimated to grow to 21 per cent (8.4 million) by 20501.’

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'Still, we rise… as black women do 

Culturally bonded, spiritually empowered, strength and resilience valuable tools,

with integrity and generational humbleness, we are the drivers, backbone, visionaries,

feelers, healers, leaders, prophetic with degrees in silence-ness.

Excerpt from poem As Black Women Do: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s resilience by Vanessa Lee. 

Published in Us Women, Our Ways, Our World

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“Chronic diseases account for 70 per cent of the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.1”

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By 2036, the total cost of dementia is predicted to increase by 81 per cent to $25.8 billion in Australia1

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‘More than 90 per cent of children six to seven years of age with reading difficulties have low working memory.1’

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‘18 per cent of all Indigenous Australian adults have chronic kidney disease—two times as likely as non-Indigenous Australians.’

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‘One in every ten mothers experience repeated episodes of major depression over their life course—on average, experiencing depression one in every six days of their lives.'

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‘There has been a 73 per cent reduction in children hospitalised from severe chicken pox infection since the introduction of the (varicella) vaccine to the National Immunisation Program in Australia in 2005.'1

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‘Over 2,000 stem cell transplants are performed in Australia each year. For many patients, infections after transplant result in suffering and poor quality of life even if their original disease is cure1’

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It is estimated 384,000 Australians are blind or have low vision1

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The Turnbull Government is allocating more than $40 million to medical research projects which will improve the lives of Australians fighting dementia.

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NNIDR held its National Public Lecture Tour Series in March and April 2017. The tour commenced in Sydney on 15 March 2017 during Brain Awareness Week and visited all Australian capitals. The tour was part of the Australian Government’s $200 million Boosting Dementia Research initiative.

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A brief summary of a federal government grant announcement, with the health minister pledging over $40 million for medical research into dementia. Forty-five projects will receive funding to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage dementia, including its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease. 

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