Today, the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced $539.8 million of funding for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research grants and fellowships. Funding was for research across a broad range of diseases and health conditions including cancer ($98M), cardiovascular disease ($82M), diabetes ($54M), dementia research ($18M), arthritis ($12M) and obesity ($12M).
Stem Cells Australia members awarded Project Grants included:
- Associate Professor James Bourne (ARMI, Monash University) who will study a novel treatment for ischemic stroke.
- Associate Professor Susie Nilsson (CSIRO, ARMI, Monash University) to investigate the capacity of bone marrow endothelial stem sells to form both the endothelial and haemopoietic hierarchies.
- Associate Professor Clare Parish (Florey, University of Melbourne) to investigate the role of meninges in midbrain dopamine development.
- Associate Professor Jose Polo (ARMI, Monash University) to understand how to induce and control cellular plasticity.
- Dr Lachlan Thompson (Florey, University of Melbourne) to develop pre-clinical studies towards a cell-based approaches for cortical repair.
- Dr Enzo Porrello (University of Queensland) to explore the regulation of endogenous heart regeneration by an anti-fibrotic microRNA and the regulation of heart development and regeneration by DNA methylation.
- Professor Jane Visvader (WEHI) to further determination of the cellular origins of breast cancer.
Dr Anja Knaupp (ARMI, Monash University) from was awarded a prestigious Peter Doherty Biomedical Early Career Fellowship to support her research into understanding what makes a cell pluripotent and Associate Professor Ann Turnley (University of Melbourne) was awarded an extension for her fellowship.
In total Stem Cells Australia members received over $6M in funding - congratulations!
Click here for more information on the 2014 NHMRC funding announcement.