The Inspirational Fight Against Drug-Resistant Infections

Media Release: 7 November, 2016

It’s a story you would expect to see in a science fiction movie, but the reality of drugresistant infections dramatically changed Matthew Ames’ life forever.

At just 39, Matthew’s sore throat – and its source, a streptococcal infection – led to a series of events that saw all four of his limbs being amputated in order to save his life.

His incredible advocacy work after beating the odds, and through his sharing of his story of recovery, has earned him a nomination for the 2016 Research Australia Advocacy Award.

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Brain vs The Bottle

Media Release: Thursday, 3 November 2016

Melbourne alcohol researcher Dr Michael Livingston has been nominated for Research Australia’s Griffith University Discovery Award for his work in alcohol policy, and the impact that he has had in changing ideas around drinking habits.

“Alcohol contributes to a whole suite of health and social problems in Australia, and working on ways to reduce these harms is incredibly motivating,” said Dr Michael Livingston.

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Corporate Giving That Goes Beyond The Dollar

Media Release: Monday, 31 October 2016

What started as a local fundraiser has turned into a company-wide campaign for the 140 year old Kimberly-Clark Australia, whose corporate giving has gone beyond a donation, and gone to the heart of what corporate giving can mean.

This has seen Kimberly-Clark nominated for the Research Australia Leadership in Corporate Giving Award, to recognise the contributions they have made to the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.

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Curing Cancer? There’s an app for that

Media Release: Friday 28 October 2016

Imagine being able to press fast-forward on efforts to cure cancer while you sleep. Seem
impossible? Well it’s not.

This ground-breaking idea has earned the creators of DreamLab a nomination for Research Australia’s newest award, the Data Innovation Award.

Vodafone Foundation’s DreamLab app uses the collective processing capacity of smartphones to crunch numbers and compare genetic profiles of tumours.

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People care more about emergency room wait times than research right? Wrong. New research Australia poll

Media Release: Thursday 6 October 2016

For more than a century, standard care for heart attacks – one of the biggest causes of death in Australia – was the use of supplementary oxygen.

That was until recently, when Australian research demonstrated that in some cases, supplemental oxygen was actually causing harm – increasing heart injury, and dangerous cardiac rhythms.

Now, thanks to the widespread application of these results, the response to heart attacks has been drastically changed both here in Australia, and around the world.

Against the backdrop of examples like this, it’s unsurprising that a new poll has found some 88 per cent of people rate ‘research’ as the most important opportunity to improve our health system.

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Front row seat to health and medical research excellence – Tickets on sale now!

Media Release: Tuesday 4 October 2016

It’s time to celebrate some of Australia’s best, brightest and generous – join the prestigious 14th annual black tie event at the Research Australia Health & Medical Research Awards, to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016.

The Award categories span from young researchers to philanthropy, to reflect the multitude of important roles and contributions, that all come together to make Australian health and medical research a powerful force.

CEO of Research Australia, Nadia Levin, said she is thrilled to invite members of the community to come together and congratulate the hard work of these inspiring individuals.

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New Poll: Australian’s will share their personal health data if privacy protected

Media Release: Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Some 91 per cent of Australians would be willing to share their de-identified medical data if it went towards research purposes.

That’s just one of the important findings from a Roy Morgan Research poll conducted on behalf of Research Australia as part of their annual national Australia Speaks study.

“What scientists and researchers need is data to develop new treatments and to track changes in the rise and fall of diseases over time,” said Research Australia CEO, Nadia Levin.

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New poll with new message for new Government: Australians want to see medical research prioritised and medical breakthroughs a reality

Media Release: Monday 5 September 2016

A new poll released has revealed 87 per cent of Australians support the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The Roy Morgan Research poll conducted for Research Australia, also shows 78 per cent of Australians believe the MRFF will lead to better health outcomes.

“It is clear there is significant support for the Medical Research Future Fund and Australians want to see it become a reality,” said CEO of Research Australia, Nadia Levin.

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$1.277 billion transfer for Medical Research Future Fund: Australian Government puts innovation money where its mouth is

Media Release: Friday 26 August 2016

Australian health and medical researchers have welcomed a significant step to secure Australia’s health and medical research future.

The transfer of $1.277 billion to the Medical Research Future Fund Special Account is being read by the sector as words in action.

“This is Prime Minister Turnbull and Health Minister Ley doing exactly what they said they would do – build our health system and build an innovation nation,” said CEO of Research Australia, Nadia Levin.

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Congratulations Peter Wills AC, new Chair of Australia’s $500M Biomedical Translation Fund

Media Release: Wednesday 3 August 2016

The Biomedical Translation Fund is one of Australia’s best hopes to bridge the “Valley of Death” between medical research and commercialisation or clinical practice.

The Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Greg Hunt, today announced that the founder of Research Australia, Peter Wills AC, will chair the new Biomedical Translation Fund.

“Peter Wills AC is a great choice to champion the multi-million dollar Biomedical Translation Fund,” said CEO of Research Australia, Nadia Levin.

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