From heart development to bioinformatics, NHMRC grants advance stem cell science

10 December 2019
Ten researchers from across the Stem Cells Australia network were awarded NHMRC Ideas Grants totalling more than $7 Million, for their work in advancing our understanding of cancer, gastrointestinal disease, diabetes and inflammation, as well as cellular identity. 

The NHMRC is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards. The Ideas Grant scheme funds research that is innovative and creative and focused on any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

Read more about the projects being undertaken by Stem Cells Australia members below.
  • Dr Heather Lee from the University of Newcastle
    Project Title: Probing Epigenetic Clonal Evolution in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

  • Dr Shalin Naik from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    Project Title: Understanding haematopoiesis using novel single cell lineage tracing tools.

  • Dr Harald Janovjak from Monash University and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
    Project Title: Beta-cell replication through light activation of the OPN3 receptor

  • Dr Gerard Kaiko from the University of Newcastle
    Project Title: Using advanced technologies to investigate the impact of PFAS exposure on the human mucosal barrier and interaction with pre-existing medical conditions.

  • Dr Mirana Ramialison from Monash University and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute
    Project Title: Role of human non-coding DNA regulatory elements (REs) in heart development and disease

  • A/ Professor Alicia Oshlack from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute
    Project Title: Advancing the analysis of single cell transcriptomics to facilitate biomedical research.

  • Professor Helen Abud from Monash University
    Project Title: Defining the role of niche-derived Neuregulin-1 in intestinal regeneration.

  • Professor Christine Wells
    Project Title: Mincle cross-talk between macrophage and endothelial cells alters vascular permeability.

  • Professor Alastair Stewart
    Project Title: Casein kinase 1 delta inhibitors reset the clock to suppress fibrosis.

  • Professor Ed Stanley
    Project Title: Reconstructing Human Autoimmunity in vitro.
Further information on grant outcomes can be found on the NHMRC website.