Monash’s life-changing medical research supported by new national funding

Monash Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences has attracted major new funding for life-changing medical research projects.

The Medical Research Future Fund is a new funding scheme that supports Australia’s leading medical researchers.

The fellowships fund Australia’s next generation of clinical researchers to ensure the best and brightest minds are supported today to make the breakthroughs of tomorrow.

Monash Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences’ recipients are:

Professor Helena Teede: Generating and translating evidence into practice in women’s health and beyond

Obesity is increasing with major reproductive and metabolic health impacts for women and the next generation. This fellowship focuses on prevention of obesity and optimal diagnosis and management of obesity-related reproductive and metabolic conditions in women including before and during pregnancy. Prof Teede will generate new evidence and translate this into new women’s health treatments and therapies.

Associate Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia: Cognitive Phenotyping and Personalised Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

Prevention and treatment of addiction to stimulants such as methamphetamine is imperative for community health and safety. This fellowship assist in identifing people at risk of increasing methamphetamine use, and to develop and evaluate cognitive training therapies that will empower people to control their drug use.

Associate Professor Andrew Wei: Translational Research Program to Advance Clinical Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

Five-year survival in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is only 27%, placing it amongst the worst-ranked cancers. Novel agent drug testing, early-phase and randomised clinical trials and a national clinical registry to audit outcomes will enable new insights into leukaemic stem cell function and mechanisms of drug resistance.

Professor Peter Cameron: Optimising Emergency and Trauma Systems through evidence based pathways

Developing systems for emergency and trauma care based on strong evidence and robust data systems is crucial to the acute health sector. Through the collaboration of research groups at The Alfred, Monash and the National Trauma Research Institute, this research reduces mortality and improves patient outcomes in pre-hospital, emergency and trauma clinical-care contexts.

Doctor Donna Urquhart: Improving outcomes in low back pain: Targeting specific therapies to patient subgroups

Low back pain is a major health problem worldwide. There is a lack of effective treatment, combined with physicians’ “one size fits all” approach to treatment. This research program aims to change the way back pain is treated, by identifying specific types of back pain, determining the effectiveness of treatments for these types of back pain, and translating a targeted approach to management into clinical practice.