Preprints are scientific papers made available before being published in a peer-reviewed journal. The Australian Research Council has banned researchers from citing them in grant applications.
While COVID-19 has highlighted the invaluable nature of medical research, it has unfortunately also seriously disrupted it. In Australia, the sector now teeters on the brink of collapse.
No-one wants our children to be used as research guinea pigs. High standards of ethical oversight are needed to ensure no child is exposed to possible harm.
Further evidence about the harms of alcohol has accumulated over the past decade since the last guidelines were released.
New draft guidelines recommend limiting alcohol consumption to no more than ten standard drinks per week and no more than four standard drinks on any one day.
Australia’s drinking guidelines are currently under review.
Drinking guidelines are based on the levels of alcohol consumption the latest research says can be harmful. But these guidelines don’t necessarily suit the alcohol industry.
Medical researchers should be conducting life-saving research, not spending half their time writing grants.
Australian medical researchers are under intense pressure to find funds to continue their research, and there is some optimism that the latest NHMRC funding changes will help.
When not being forced to waste their time and formidable expertise researching furphies like wind turbine syndrome or homeopathy, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) can get on with…
GPs tend to ignore advice from guidelines not relevant to general practice.
Many guidelines offered to GPs are based on evidence unrelated to general practice. Studies show doctors tend to ignore these guidelines which can pose a risk to patients’ health.
CSIRO has received significant cuts to its budget over the past several years.
How does Australia fare in science and research funding? Where have recent cuts been made? This infographic shows the state of science funding in Australia.
The traditional starting point for considering the scientific impact of research are its citations. But judging which research applications should be funded is a very inexact science.
Funding panels have to sift through reams of high quality applications, and ultimately reject most.
The latest round of research grant funding has been announced, and many worthy researchers have not made the cut. Why?
The idea of ‘family balancing’ is based on the belief that children come in two genders that have essentially different traits.
The risk of harm in sex selection stems from the fact that parents don’t desire any child, they want a child of a particular sex, who is to remain within the limits of binary gender roles.
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
Gagging clauses in contracts permit purchasers of research to modify, substantially delay, or prohibit the reporting of findings.
Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.
It’s the people that make the projects a success.
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A shift in our research funding model to fund individual people rather than whole projects could help support the best science.
Connecting researchers to industry and investment is a great idea.
If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child’s developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
The NHMRC code on animal use requires researchers to minimise harm, pain and distress but doesn’t provide guidance on how to do it.
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Draft guildelines for the use of non-human primates in research will dilute what protections these animals have, despite numerous reasons to stop the practice entirely.
Restraining the growth in costs and providing better treatments and cures needs a healthy national medical research effort.
It’s been a great privilege to have been the head of NHMRC for going on a decade. That’s four governments, six health ministers, a funding increase from A$437 million in 2006 to A$859 million today.
The statement by the NHMRC is based on a summary of research on homeopathy’s effectiveness for treating health conditions.
Two years in the making, a statement released by the National Health and Medicine Research Council has found no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.