Category: Biomedical Research

Dr Noel Chambers Research translation can be defined as passing along knowledge for the purpose of putting it into practice where communities benefit. Before I dig deeper, it is important to note that basic blue sky research is a critical component of translation.  Without it, there would be nothing to translate.  Capability and capacity building […]

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Basic, discovery, validation and development research (preclinical research) are vital components of bringing new medical innovations to the people in need.  These innovations include new medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and devices. The Conversation has recently published a good lay article describing the process of bringing a new medicine to market outlining the contents included in the […]

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  Written by Associate Professor Bernard Flynn The Opportunity: The pharmaceutical sector is one of the most profitable industries in the world. The top 10 selling drugs all have annual sales in excess of US$6 bil pa. In the last 20 yrs the sector has been transformed, with many larger Pharma companies preferring to build […]

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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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