NHMRC awards leading researchers

September 14 / 143

University researchers in youth suicide prevention, cancer research, and disease prevention have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grants.

More than $7.7 million has been awarded to the University as part of the $71.2 million allocated by the Federal Government to boost research efforts at the nation’s universities, hospitals and medical research institutes.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor James McCluskey said the grants recognised the quality of research at Melbourne.

“These awards will enable the University and our partners in medical research institutes and hospitals to improve health and well-being for all Australians,” Professor McCluskey said.

Melbourne was one of the first to receive the inaugural grant for Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Professor Anthony Jorm (School of Population and Global Health) and his collaborators from the School of Population and Global Health have been awarded $1,140,372 over three years to look into the development of gatekeeper training to improve the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to prevent youth suicide.

Professor Ricky Johnstone (The Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology) and his research team have been awarded $836,915 over five years to investigate cancer genetics, epigenetics and targeted therapies.

Professor Philip Clarke (School of Population and Global Health) and collaborators will receive $686,645 over five years for their economic evaluation of policies to manage and prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes in Australia.

Professor Helen Herrman (Centre for Youth Mental Health) and collaborators have received a Practitioner Fellowship totaling $459,686.50 for fives years for research on promoting mental health and preventing mental illnesses in marginalised young people.

For a full list of NHMRC Grant recipients, please go to https://www.nhmrc.gov.au

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