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Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Kypros Kypri writes: Government departments and agencies routinely commission research to help them understand and respond to health, social and other problems. We expect such research to be impartial and unbiased. But governments impose legal conditions on such research that can subvert […]

A new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity

A new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity

Today the Hon Julia Gillard will launch a new Centre of Research Excellence on Policy and Health Equity. In this article Fran Baum and Sharon Friel introduce us to the work and goals of the new Centre.  Fran Baum and Sharon Friel write: Many Australians will live shorter lives than others, not because of their […]

Six challenges facing Australia’s medical research sector

Six challenges facing Australia’s medical research sector

This is an edited version of a speech about the challenges facing medical research given by outgoing National Health and Medicine Research Council (NHMRC) CEO Warwick Anderson at the National Press Club on Wednesday: It’s been a great privilege to have been the head of NHMRC for going on a decade. That’s four governments, six […]

An Apple a day to help researchers play

An Apple a day to help researchers play

Those of you who tend to avoid Apple’s over the top and typically self -congratulatory love fests that they call launches, may have missed an interesting development in the research world this week. With the launch of the new products and updates, Apple announced Research Kit for iPhone. The software allows researchers to design studies […]

Where are the women?

Where are the women?

This month the exciting Franklin Women community launched with the mission of contributing to the retention of women working in health sciences.  In this article by Anne Cahill Lambert we discover why such initiatives are important,  even in 2014.  Anne writes: I remember my very first meeting as a Council member of the National Health […]

Where is the leadership on health research and climate change?

Where is the leadership on health research and climate change?

Alarm bells are ringing right around the world on climate change (see some of the most recent examples at the bottom of this post). But does the health and medical research sector have its thumbs jammed firmly in its ears? In the article below, Dr Elizabeth Haworth, Dr Brad Farrant and Fiona Armstrong lament a […]

Don’t bury the benefits of research to improve the health system

Don’t bury the benefits of research to improve the health system

Professor Stephen Leeder writes: If you missed the release of the McKeon review on Friday you’re not alone. The Commonwealth government released theStrategic Review of Health and Medical Research just before the weekend – a time usually reserved for reports the government would rather bury – and it barely got a mention in the mainstream media. […]

Another challenge to the mouse model

Another challenge to the mouse model

Many thanks to Monika Merkes PhD, Honorary Associate, Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University for the following update on the  issue of animal research. Dr Merkes writes: A team of medical researchers has recently issued another challenge to the still widely held view that animal research benefits humans. Dr Junhee Seok, together with 38 […]

Public health: the gaping hole in the McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research

Public health: the gaping hole in the McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research

Public health experts are deeply disappointed by the consultation paper recently released by the McKeon Review of health and medical research. Find out why in the article below from Jon Wardle, Chancellor’s PD Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, and a member of The Public Health Research Advisory Group (PHRAG) of the Public […]

As a funding freeze threatens, a call for health and medical research that makes a difference

As a funding freeze threatens, a call for health and medical research that makes a difference

Health and medical research has been at the forefront of many peoples’ minds of late – and not only because of the recent NHMRC grants announcements. Universities Australia and others have been sounding the alarm (see here and here) about the possibility of a funding freeze affecting many research grants. This has been widely foreshadowed […]