$40m+ for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in Ideas Grant Scheme

Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences researchers have continued their success in the latest round of funding, awarded in excess of $40m, across 43 projects in the highly competitive 2020 NHMRC Ideas Grant scheme, for innovative research projects.

Ideas Grants support innovative and creative research, researchers at all career stages, and any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation. The Ideas Grant scheme is not intended to support research where a clinical trial or cohort study is the primary objective.

Congratulations to all our researchers.

Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Anatomy and Developmental Biology

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology



  • Mechanisms underlying the generation of spontaneous contractions in human uterine muscle: Potential therapeutic target for dysfunctional labour - Emeritus Professor Helena Parkington
  • Motivation for starvation: understanding the neurobiology of anorexia nervosa - Dr Claire Foldi

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Hudson Institute


Obstetrics and Gynaecology


  • A new mechanism of tissue fibrosis – a small peptide regulator of the TGF-beta1/Smad pathway - Dr Edward Giles


Central Clinical School

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases


  • Serum neurofilament light as a biomarker to improve management of mild traumatic brain injuries - Dr Stuart McDonald



  • Therapeutic targeting of interleukin-22 for severe pediatric urinary tract infection and associated renal complications - Dr Malcolm Starkey
  • Molecular dissection of allergen sensitisation and immunotherapy: direct application to precision medicine in treatment of asthmavan - Associate Professor Menno van Zelm
  • Manipulating antibody production to maximise memory in vaccine responses - Dr Isaac Quast
  • Harnessing tyrosine metabolism to combat respiratory diseases - Professor Benjamin Marsland

Infectious Diseases

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine

  • Predicting fracture outcomes from clinical Registry data using Artificial Intelligence Supplemented models for Evidence-informed treatment (PRAISE) study - Professor Belinda Gabbe

Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

  • Understanding the role of light exposure in individual differences in the circadian response to shift work - Dr Tracey Sletten.
  • LAPSE: Is the ADHD brain a sleepy brain? - Dr Thomas Andrillon
  • Identifying a modifiable risk factor for PTSD: insomnia-related disruption of trauma recovery mechanisms - Dr Sean Drummond

Eastern Health Clinical School

Read the Monash University announcement here.