Stem cell research receives over $5million in Australia Research Council grants

28 November 2018
Congratulations to all Stem Cell Australian researchers, on your ARC grants.
Congratulations to Stem Cells Australia researchers who are amongst those receiving Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. Grants awarded are across several ARC schemes including the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants.  The announced was made by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan. 

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award provides more focused support for researchers and creates more opportunities for Early-Career Researchers.

Congratulations to Early Career Researcher Dr Quan Nguyen, who is a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at the University of Queensland. Quan’s project will use single-cell gene regulation networks to predict cell types, contribute to advancing Australia's capabilities in single-cell, precision medicine, and big biological data analysis leading to significant scientific, societal and commercial benefits. 

Discovery Projects
Discovery Projects aim to support excellent basic and applied research that encourages high-quality research and training, as well as enhance international collaboration and expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability.

We would like to congratulation the following members of Stem Cells Australia on receiving a Discovery Project:
  • Professor Patrick Tam from the University of Sydney aims to capture tissue-specific progenitors from embryos and stem cells.
  • Professor Alan Rowan from the University of Queensland and colleagues aim to provide a fundamental understanding of how biomechanics influences stem cells under normal and microgravity conditions.
  • Associate Professor Enzo Porrello from the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and colleagues, including Dr James Hudson from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, aim to improve our understanding of how the heart develops after birth and the molecules that control this process. 
  • Professors Justin Cooper-White and Ernst Wolvetang from the University of Queensland and colleagues will address roadblocks in perivascular stem cell manufacturing by discovering novel mechanisms and materials that improve cell quality outcomes during extended culture.
  • Professor Melissa Little and Dr Sara Howden from the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute will study early human kidney development using stem cells, to improve our knowledge of human kidney development.
  • Dr Mirana Ramialison from Monash University and colleagues will explore how to decipher how the boundaries between the different organs are established in the developing embryo.
  • Professor James Bourne from Monash University and colleagues are looking at cell development of visual thalamus and cortex.
  • Professor Peter Currie from Monash University will advance our knowledge of the relationship between evolution and development and understanding limb defects.
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)
The LIEF scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and that can be shared between higher education organisations and industry.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Mikaël Martino from Monash University and colleagues, who aim to establish the first Magnetic Particle Imaging facility in Australia.
For more information on other funded research announced, visit the Australian Research Council's website.