Category: Biomedical Research

by Philippa Lewis There is constant noise across Australia when it comes to innovation, start-ups and technology especially in healthcare.  Blogs abound, meetups and accelerators are in orbit, researchers have never been more inspired, corporates are anxious not to miss out and governments are trying to navigate their methods of contribution and justify their electoral pitches. […]

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  In order to harness the benefits from medical research it is important to bring all key stakeholders together, including philanthropy, industry, government and academia.  NFMRI’s conference uniquely provides this opportunity, creating an interactive forum to discuss opportunities, issues and ideas. We encourage delegates to submit questions in advance and contribute to the conversation. The […]

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Highlighting some of the advances made in NFMRI funded medical research.  See more in our annual report.       Prof Michael Good AO Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University Field: Rheumatic heart disease (Group A Streptococcus) Innovation: Potential new vaccine Professor Michael Good AO was awarded an NFMRI grant commencing in 2015 to support the production […]

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Biomedical innovation and the “valley of death” are terms many Australians may have been unfamiliar with until recent times. Biomedical research can provide benefits to the community through new and improved innovations such as medicines, diagnostics, devices and vaccines. Australian researchers rank very highly on global benchmarks when it comes to publications and basic research. […]

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This is part 4 of our posts looking beyond the MRFF to the future funding of medical research. Our previous posts considered developing a strategy that was impact-focused and beneficial to the researcher, the funders and the larger medical research-funding ecosystem. By having a defined strategy built around what success looks like in your piece(s) […]

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In late May the Australian Government introduced legislation to establish the $20 Billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). The MRFF will be established from the 1st August 2015 and will receive an initial contribution of $1 billion from the uncommitted balance of the Health and Hospitals Fund. An additional $10 million of medical research funding […]

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I recall listening to stories and recordings of my father performing on stage in Victoria.  His career dreams revolved around musicals, yet he was a mechanic.  His family persuaded him that career opportunities did not exist and that he should get a ‘real’ job.  He gave up his passion for security. Is a career in […]

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There are increasing community and media expectations for recipients of taxpayer-funded research to communicate how they deliver social impact The topic of social impact resulting from university-based research has been gaining momentum lately across mainstream media. We recently wrote about the evolution of purpose and the role of universities, but since then Professor Kevin Galvin […]

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A number of discussions at recent events have raised the question about the purpose of universities when translation and impact have been considered.  This is an interesting and topical subject that may benefit from discussions within the wider community. As time passes and the beliefs and opinions of society evolve our legislative frameworks, policies and political expectations change to […]

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Previous posts: Part 1, Part 2 Part 3 of looking back through the microscope at medical research attempts to encourage conversation about making effective, strategic social investments in biomedical research. As with any business, donor or government, resources are not infinite and outcomes are best achieved by getting the balance right in what is supported […]

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Looking beyond the research and considering translational needs when funding research. How well are your expectations, application and review processes, measures of success and funding strategy aligned with the next steps for translation?

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