$1.6 Millon Health and Medical Research Funding for University of Wollongong
The Australian Government is providing $1.6 million in new health and medical research funding to the University of Wollongong.
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The Hon Nicola Roxon MP29 October 2009
Minister for Health and Ageing
Sharon Bird MP
Member for Cunningham
The Rudd Government is providing $1.6 million in new health and medical research funding to the University of Wollongong.
The funding, part of a $500 million government investment into the future health and wellbeing of all Australians, will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council.
NHMRC is the Commonwealth’s Government’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It selects projects for funding from among a large number of applications.
This funding will enable researchers at the university to contribute to the Government’s health reform agenda to improve the health of all Australians.
The research produced will enable us to better understand, tackle and even prevent chronic disease and other health problems in the future.
The largest slice of the overall funding has gone to Project Grants, which support individuals and teams conducting research into all areas of health. Project Grants received by the University of Wollongong include:
New therapeutics to fight Strep A flesh eating bacteria – group A streptococcus causes 600,000 cases of serious invasive disease each year world wide, and approximately 25% of cases are fatal. Dr Martina Sanderson-Smith’s research team will receive $503,500 to investigate the mechanisms behind these severe infections, to improve future treatments.
Schizophrenia: prevention of treatment-related obesity – newer antipsychotics, used to treat mental illness, are effective but can lead to side effects of obesity and metabolic disorders. Professor Xu-Feng Huang will look at the mechanisms that lead to these problems and ways of minimising them, using funding of $399,250.
Remodelling damaged peripheral nerves – the current treatment for incapacitating nerve damage is the replacement of the damaged nerves with healthy nerves from elsewhere in the body. This research investigates the possibility of using man-made implants that protects the damaged nerve while it regenerates, reducing the need for nerve harvesting while restoring nerve function. Associate Professor Robert Kapsa has been funded $662,500 to carry out this important research.
This round of funding also includes NHMRC’s Project Grant, Enabling Grant, Partnership for Better Health Grant, Standard Equipment Grant, Fellowship and Career Development Award schemes.
For more information on the funding schemes, and a full list of successful projects, visit www.nhmrc.gov.au
Media contacts: Minister Roxon’s office, 02 6277 7220
Carolyn Norrie, NHMRC, 0422 008 512 or 02 6217 9190
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