Melbourne awarded $26m in NHMRC grants

April 15 / 155

Neurosciences set to benefit from NHMRC funds.
Neurosciences set to benefit from NHMRC funds.

 

The University has maintained its research leadership position, receiving more than $26 million of the total funds awarded in this year’s National Health and Medical Research Council grants.

 

Melbourne research teams have received the largest share of any Australian institution in the latest round of NHMRC grants, with 21 successful applications, accounting for 21.2 per cent of available research funds.  

 

The funding round provides support for: development grants to foster commercialisation, postgraduate research scholarships for early career researchers, and program grants.

 

Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC has been awarded $16.1 million to further groundbreaking research in epilepsy. Director of the Epilepsy Research Centre at Austin Health, Professor Berkovic discovered the first known epilepsy gene. He leads a team of researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Adelaide.

 

Professor Alan Cowman has been awarded $11 million to lead a collaborative team from the University and the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research, to better understand malaria in humans.

 

Professor David Bowtell has been awarded $7 million to lead a team from the University, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Prince of Wales Hospital to improve outcomes for women with epithelial ovarian cancer and to influence the care of ovarian cancer patients worldwide

 

Associate Professor Mathias Ernst has been awarded $5.2 million to lead a collaboration between the University and the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research in developmental therapeutics for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.

 

As a whole, Melbourne’s biomedical community has received $39 million in collaborative research grants that will have global reach, improving the lives of patients with epilepsy, cancer and malaria.

 

“Collaborations with our affiliates such as the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Austin Hospital highlight the power of a biomedical community that links research to clinical care,” said Professor Stephen Smith, Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.  

 

Professor Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor said, “I join colleagues across the University and partner institutions in congratulating each staff member and student who has worked towards these successes.”

 

Story by Anne Rahilly

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