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Discovering an Australian antiviral drug for COVID-19

In 2020, 5 Australian research organisations with expertise in infectious diseases and 2 industry partners formed a consortium. Their aim: to produce an Australian antiviral drug for COVID-19. This research is growing Australia’s ability to discover, test, and manufacture antiviral drugs.

$400 million to help researchers pursue big ideas, develop new health and medical breakthroughs and apply them to clinical practice

Researchers can apply for funding under the 2022 Frontier Health and Medical Research grant opportunity from 13 February 2023. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

$65 million for clinical trials to help people with rare illnesses and to support effective health interventions

Researchers can apply for funding under the 2022 Clinical Trials Activity grant opportunity. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Funnel-web spider venom may provide a new drug for heart attacks

Blocked arteries cause heart attacks by reducing oxygen flow to the heart. Called ischemia, this leads to the death of heart cells. These injuries are permanent and can cause the heart to fail. A new drug could prevent this damage.

$8 million for research to help prevent mental illness and improve diagnosis and treatment

Researchers can apply for funding under the 2022 Mental Health Research grant opportunity. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

$38.5 million to support the rapid translation of research into clinical practice and quality health care

Researchers can apply for funding under the 2022 Rapid Applied Research Translation grant opportunity from 9 January 2023. Funding is from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

National DNA screening could save lives for people with high-risk hereditary disease gene variants

The DNA Screen study offers free DNA screening for high-risk hereditary disease gene variants to 10,000 young Australians. When the study launched it received national media coverage. Over 20,000 people registered in the first 3 days. We asked lead researcher Paul Lacaze what happened next.

Helping researchers plan for Medical Research Future Fund grant opportunities

You can now read about Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant opportunities that are forecast to open from February 2023.

Preventing age-related vision loss

Optometrist researcher Lauren Ayton is improving diagnosis and treatment pathways for patients with age-related vision loss.

Keeping young children, families, and educators safe during a health crisis

Early childhood educators have the right skills to prevent infectious diseases and communicate health information fast to families with young children. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff struggled to find relevant health information.
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