Repairing the nervous system with patients’ own stem cells

Associate Professor James St John from Griffith University received the Marshall and Warren Innovation Award at the 2020 NHMRC Research Excellence Awards. His research involves the development of cell transplantation therapies to repair the nervous system, particularly peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries.

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Improving kidney health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Associate Professor Jaqui Hughes from the Menzies School of Health Research received the 2019 NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Award at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards ceremony in March 2020. Kidney disease is a significant health priority among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The cohort study being led by A/Professor Hughes will describe the long-term changes in kidney function over 10 years. This will provide critical data to inform regional and national policy on identification and care of people with kidney disease.

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  • 18 September 2020

Unravelling the pathobiology of non-Alzheimer dementias and degenerative motor syndromes

Professor Glenda Halliday from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine and Health and the Brain and Mind Centre received NHMRC’s Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award at this year’s NHMRC Research Excellence Awards. Her research aims to identify and understand the pathobiology of non-Alzheimer dementias and degenerative motor syndromes. These syndromes are currently under-recognised, mainly affect people in their prime, can kill rapidly, and have no mechanistic therapies. 

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  • 26 August 2020

Aboriginal mental health research and the importance of resilience

Developing better understanding of effective therapeutic practices with Aboriginal clients, in Aboriginal community settings, and with Aboriginal practitioners, across the spectrum of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing outcomes is the goal of Dr Graham Gee.

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  • 10 July 2020

Addressing Australian’s national transfusion research priorities

Professor Erica Wood is head of the Transfusion Unit at Monash University. Her research describes how blood is used in Australia, and how its use can be improved and made safer and more cost-effective. Through registry data and clinical trials, and studies of novel blood products, Professor Wood and her team aim to improve access and transfusion outcomes for patients.

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  • 9 July 2020

Could an antiseptic mouthwash reduce sexually transmitted infections and improve the sex life of Australians?

Associate Professor Eric Chow from Monash University received the NHMRC Peter Doherty Investigator Grant Award (Emerging Leadership) at this years’ NHMRC Research Excellence Awards. His research aims to improve treatment, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STI), with a particular interest in gonorrhoea, syphilis and human papillomavirus (HPV).

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  • 29 June 2020

Almost $400 million in world-leading health and medical research projects to improve the lives of all Australians.

The Investigator Grant scheme is NHMRC’s flagship scheme, developed as part of a major reform of NHMRC’s grant program. This is the second round of Investigator Grants to be awarded. A total of 237 leading researchers across all career stages will receive five-year Investigator Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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  • 20 May 2020

Which treatments will save lives in ICU?

To mark International Clinical Trials Day 2020, we’re profiling REMAP-CAP, an NHMRC-supported clinical trial which was designed for pandemics and is now racing for answers

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  • 19 May 2020

Leveraging gluten challenge in coeliac disease to improve its diagnosis

Coeliac disease is a common autoimmune-like illness caused by gluten. The condition affects over 350,000 Australians, causing substantial morbidity, impaired quality of life and increased health care costs.

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  • 25 October 2019

Research aims to make glaucoma treatment easier and more effective

Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with an estimated 80 million people predicted to be affected by 2020.

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  • 24 October 2019

Delivering safe and effective medication management technology

Medication errors are widely recognised as a major cause of preventable harm and death worldwide, annually costing some $42B globally and $1.28B in Australia.

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  • 4 October 2019

Research to overcome treatment resistance in cancer patients

Study aims to understand why resistance occurs to Venetoclax when treating blood cancers

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  • 2 October 2019

Improving stroke care in regional and rural Australia

In Australia, there is an excess burden of stroke in regional and rural areas and patients do not have the same access to specialised care as in metropolitan areas.

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  • 26 September 2019

Connecting kids: Harnessing interpersonal connectedness to reduce suicide risk in youth

Youth suicide is a growing problem in Australia that has far-reaching effects on family, friends and the community.

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  • 24 September 2019

Making the maternal health system better for all women

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal health, and rural and remote services are two key areas of research for Professor Caroline Homer.

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  • 23 May 2019

Detective work in cancer research

Professor Ross Hannan is a great detective of cancer research—finding and developing new cancer treatments for patients at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

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  • 26 April 2019

Keeping women in health and medical research

Today is International Women’s Day. NHMRC’s Women in Health Science Committee member, Professor Caroline Homer, discusses the importance of having more women involved in leadership, research, and education.

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  • 8 March 2019

Emerging female leader in cancer research

To celebrate International Women’s Day, NHMRC would like to acknowledge leading female researchers who are working to make a real difference to the health of all Australians.

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  • 8 March 2019

Goal to obliterate kidney disease

Compared to other Australians, Indigenous Australians are more likely to require dialysis support for severe end stage kidney failure, including at a younger age, and disproportionately affecting women.

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  • 5 February 2019

Supporting women who supports us

In 2011-2012, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were nearly ten times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous children. Many placements are with grandparents.1

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  • 22 January 2019

Kidney disease - reporting the right outcomes

An estimated 1 in 10 Australian adults (10%) - about 1.7 million people in 2011 - 12 - had biomedical signs of chronic kidney disease1

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  • 17 January 2019

Research provides further understanding into mosquito-borne viruses

Novel research could lead to drug and vaccine treatment of human diseases caused by mosquito-borne viruses.

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  • 19 December 2018

What is actually contained in our foods?

Dietary change is a significant lifestyle factor in managing the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Uncovering the details of effective dietary change requires accurate user friendly dietary assessment and advice tools.

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  • 15 October 2018

How can we better prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes?

Most people around the world with high blood pressure still go undiagnosed and untreated.

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  • 28 September 2018

Dying cell links to autoimmunity

Professor Benjamin Kile has turned his attention to looking at the link between dying cells, the inflammatory response and autoimmunity. 

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  • 19 September 2018

Drug testing for better bowel cancer outcomes

Associate Professor Oliver Sieber is looking to improve outcomes for patients with bowel cancer.

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  • 19 September 2018

Findings uncover exciting new intervention opportunities aimed at reducing the risk of dementia

By simply moving your body, your brain has the ability to change and re-organise its connections and potentially produce protective properties against many incurable diseases and conditions, including dementia.

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  • 18 September 2018

How the internet can help prevent dementia

Maintain Your Brain is a randomised controlled trial of multiple online interventions designed to target modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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  • 18 September 2018

Music provides strong connections for people with dementia

Doctor Tamplim is using therapeutic singing groups to support people living with dementia. Music is the glue that brings people together and it’s cementing and supporting existing relationships.

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  • 11 September 2018

New program helping older Australians navigate a car-free life

The CarFreeMe program and resources aims to involve families and carers in the intervention process of driving cessation of people with dementia.

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  • 4 September 2018

Psychology in cancer patients

Professor Penny Schofield is a behavioural psychologist who has specialised in helping cancer patients. 

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  • 27 August 2018

It’s a clinicians duty

Respiratory failure due to chronic infection is an important health issue for people with cystic fibrosis.

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  • 23 August 2018

Supporting women to breastfeed

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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  • 3 August 2018

How our genes work in different cells

‘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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  • 3 August 2018

Strengthening skills in the Torres Strait

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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  • 16 July 2018

Bridging the divide in research

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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  • 16 July 2018

Health care to health research to inspire

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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  • 16 July 2018

Hints to reduce rates of diabetes

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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  • 12 July 2018

Bringing cultural security into focus

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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  • 6 July 2018

Thanks to Australian families who participate in research

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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  • 2 July 2018

Understanding the immune system leads to award

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

Leader in research

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

Parkinson's disease - putting the pieces together

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

Paving a clearer path for the future

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

Captivated to uncover the secrets of malaria

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

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  • 31 May 2018

Excellence in improving cancer outcomes

“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

Closing the gap for STIs

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

Excellence in ear and hearing health for Indigenous children

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

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  • 25 May 2018

Leading the way for female researchers

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
Professor-Sharon-Lewin

Clinician researcher key to cure for HIV

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

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  • 8 May 2018