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Danish research has a high level of scientific impact

February 7, 2018

Danish research is some of the most cited among OECD countries, according to this year’s Research Barometer, which examines Danish research from an international perspective. Denmark ranks among the top 5 OECD countries for scientific impact of publications during the period 2012-2016. And Denmark is ranked first within the 10 per cent most cited publications.…

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£54 million awarded to tackle disease through big data.

February 6, 2018

In a partnership part funded by us, Health Data Research UK will be awarding £54 million funding to six collaborations of world leading UK universities and research institutes to fuel scientific advances using data science. The six collabortations involving 21 sites were chosen for their world-leading expertise and proven track record of using big data…

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The devastating effects of Trumpism on science and medicine (amongst other matters)

January 15, 2018

In our hyper-connected world, President Trump’s statements and actions in undermining science, evidence and experts have far-reaching effects, according to a retired senior academic, clinician and public health advocate, Emeritus Professor John Dwyer. In the article below, cross-published from John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations blog, Dwyer raises the question: is Australia doing enough to publicly…

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Body’s ‘postal system’ may be key to fighting serious disease: study

January 10, 2018

A new Australian study has shown muscles and other organs communicate to each other during exercise, paving the way for future research into how exercise may assist in fighting serious diseases. Researchers from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research have found that vesicles – tiny carriers of proteins and other molecular information in the bloodstream…

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Gut microbiome: Gas-sniffing smart pills to monitor gastrointestinal health pass first human trials

January 9, 2018

Checking up on the health of your gut and its resident microbes is soon to be as easy as swallowing a gas-sniffing capsule no bigger than a vitamin. Previously trialled in pigs, the capsules — which transmit hydrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels to a receiver as they traverse the digestive system — have successfully…

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Health Research Matters December 2017

January 3, 2018

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The Most Life-Changing Breakthroughs In Genetics Of 2017

December 22, 2017

The US FDA approved the first ‘living’ therapy… and then another… and another In a landmark decision made this past August, the Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment for childhood leukemia that works by genetically modifying a patient’s own blood cells to turn them into cancer killers. The FDA called it the first approved…

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Road toll: new study reveals a simple fix

December 21, 2017

SAFETY researchers say there’s a simple way to cut the road toll: encourage people to trade in their old bangers. Research commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association says reducing the average age of the Australian car park could save thousands of lives. Cutting the average age of the national passenger car fleet by just a…

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Health Research Matters November 2017

December 3, 2017

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Impact of Science discussion paper

September 28, 2017

NZHR was established to advocate for increased investment in health research because we believe in the power of health research to contribute to improved health and economic outcomes for New Zealanders. We therefore agree with the basic premises of the paper that research proposals should include some understanding of their potential impact, irrespective of how…

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