Northern Territory Researchers’ Excel in Medical Research Grants
Northern Territory researchers excelled in an announcement of grants for health and medical research in Australia by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
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17 October 2011
Northern Territory researchers excelled in today’s announcement of grants for health and medical research in Australia by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
Northern Territory researchers won $17.6 million for 17 grants to the Menzies School of Health Research, through the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Over 63 per cent of NT grant applications were selected for funding through a highly competitive national process, nearly tripling the Australian average success rate of 24 per cent.
Nationally, 1,140 research projects and research institutions across the country were granted $673.7 million in the single biggest investment in grants for health and medical research in Australian history.
“These grants support our 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,” Mr Butler said.
“Health and medical research is an area where Australia shines. We are renowned internationally for our outstanding contribution to health, including the development of a rotavirus vaccine to protect children against this gastro killer, the first humid cribs for premature babies and more recently, the cervical cancer vaccine.
“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 in the Northern Territory and across Australia.
“Thanks to these grants, Australia’s up and coming scientists, including those at the Menzies School of Health Research, will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the outstanding researchers who have gone before them.”
- Current Menzies’ researcher Associate Professor Ross Andrews will receive funding of $2.5 million to determine whether babies whose mothers have the flu vaccine during pregnancy are protected in their first months of life. Maternal immunization may potentially protect babies in the first six months of life, a period when babies cannot be vaccinated. This research has the potential to reduce deaths and serious illness, while providing peace of mind to caring parents.
For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 7280
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