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Australian researchers stressed out and disgruntled by grant application process

Australian researchers stressed out and disgruntled by grant application process

Recent research published in the online journal BMJ Open reports that 93% of Australian researchers surveyed are stressed by the workload of grant applications.  The academics surveyed agreed that preparing NHMRC grant proposals always took top priority over other work (97%) and personal (87%) commitments and 88% reported that they were inclined to restrict their holidays during the […] Read More

MS and vitamin D link confirmed by comprehensive systematic review

A recent study published in the journal Neuroscience Letters has combined data from eleven studies in a systematic review and meta-analysis of vitamin D levels in blood and multiple sclerosis. Study author Dr Duan, and colleagues at the Department of Neurology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China reported that on average MS patients […] Read More

Comprehensive review shows no link between vaccinations and autism

New Australian research published in the journal Vaccine has found no evidence for a link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The comprehensive, systematic review was conducted by Associate Professor Guy Eslick, Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney and included five cohort studies involving more than 1.25 million children and an additional five case-control studies involving more than […] Read More

Latest Australian research shows maternal depression is more common four years after childbirth

A recent study published in BJOG has found that maternal depression appears to be more common at four years following childbirth than at any other time in the first 12 months after childbirth. The research suggests that there needs to be a greater focus on maternal mental health. The research, conducted by Dr Hannah Woolhouse, […] Read More

Women less likely to be awarded research funds, new study shows

A new study published in the journal BMJ open has found that female scientists are awarded significantly less research funding compared to their male counterparts. The research, conducted by Professor Michael Head at University College London, investigated awards made to UK academic institutions for research in the infectious disease area between 1997 and 2010. In total, 6,052 […] Read More