University teams part of NHMRC’s top 10 projects of 2013

January 14 / 127

Professor Seong Seng Tan and Dr Karyn Galvin
Professor Seong Seng Tan and Dr Karyn Galvin

Several research projects involving University experts have been named in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Top 10 projects of 2013.

A project to better understand the parasites behind two devastating diseases, malaria and leishmaniasis, was led by Professor Alan Cowman at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

The team included Professor Geoff McFadden from Botany, Professor Graham Brown from the Nossal Institute of Global Health, Dr Malcolm McConville from the Bio21 Institute and Professor Brendan Crabb from Microbiology and Immunology.

 The research has led to the development of a malaria vaccine for which human trials are now under way.

 Professor Seong Seng Tan and his team at the Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health were recognised for their work to improve the treatment of brain injuries.

 They discovered a natural ‘survival protein’ that protects healthy brain cells.

 Professor Tan said the team had discovered how the brain protected itself by identifying the actual mechanisms involved.

 “Understanding these mechanisms will help us design exciting new drug therapies that will hopefully help people in the first critical hours after stroke or brain injury,” he said.

 Dr Karyn Galvin (Audiology and Speech Pathology) led a project to improve the hearing of children with cochlear implants.



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