University of WA in Top 10 for Australian Health and Medical Research Grants
Western Australia universities and medical research institutes will benefit from $28.2 million in research funding for 59 projects, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced on 17 October 2011.
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17 October 2011
Western Australia universities and medical research institutes will benefit from $28.2 million in research funding for 59 projects, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced today.
The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. This represents the single biggest announcement of grants for health and medical research in Australian history.
The University of Western Australia was a national leader with funding of $25.7 million for 52 grants through the National Health and Medical Research Council, making it a top 10 Australian university or research institute.
“This investment will ensure that Western Australia continues to push the frontiers of health and medical research,” Mr Butler said.
“These grants support Western Australia’s research community to continue to do what they do so well – making cutting edge discoveries that improve the diagnosis, treatment and cure of illnesses that touch all Australians.
“The grants announced today will ensure that young researchers have a solid foundation for their career, experienced researchers can run innovative research projects and clinicians can integrate their clinical skills into research practice.
“The Gillard Labor Government is committed to supporting Australia’s role as the clever country. That is why the Government continues to fund health and medical research at record levels.”
Western Australia researchers receiving funding include specialists in asthma and Aboriginal heart health.
- Dr Judith Katzenellenbogen of the University of Western Australia will receive $294,892 to identify the differences in the occurrence and outcomes of heart diseases, including heart disease and heart failure, and access to care in the Indigenous and non-Indigenous WA populations, to close gaps in care.
- Associate Professor Graham Hall, also of the University of Western Australia will receive $984,248 to work with a team of researchers to use the outcomes of the Raine longitudinal community study to identify factors that contribute to adult onset asthma and the continuation of asthma from childhood to early adult life. This research has the potential to increase our understanding of this potentially fatal chronic disease, currently affecting thousands of Australians.
For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 7280
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