Monash secures more than $13m in NHMRC Ideas Grants in neuroscience and mental research

Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has been awarded more than $13 million in funding across 13 neuroscience and mental health projects in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants.

Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced the grants as part of $239 million in funding for 248 research projects, which will help advance understanding of a wide range of health and medical issues faced by Australians.

The Ideas Grant scheme is designed to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question, and provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. Research projects funded include exploring the effects of early exposure from bushfires, sleep, as well epilepsy management.

Overall, the University has received more than $41m across 38 projects

“By bringing together our world-class expertise from across our University, Monash continues to cultivate a culture and environment that supports research excellence in neuroscience and mental health, enabling us to tackle these complex challenges, and ultimately save and transform lives,” says Professor Terence O’Brien, Chair of Medicine and Head at  Central Clinical School and lead of the Monash Neuroscience Executive team.

“Congratulations to all of our neuroscience and mental health researchers who have been awarded funding.”

Neuroscience and mental health projects funded under the 2021 Ideas Grants scheme include:

The effects of early exposure to bushfires on adult brain structure and function

Dr Farshad Alizadeh Mansouri from Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Artificial Intelligence to Understand and Predict Chronic Subdural Haematoma Evolution

Dr Shalini Amukotuwa from School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Top down cortical control of hypothalamic feeding circuits

Professor Zane Andrews from Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Circadian clock, sleep, and depression in adolescence: Modelling a novel pathway

Dr Bei Bei from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Neuropharmacology of decision-making: causal brain network modelling across species

Professor Mark Bellgrove from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Can psychedelics treat anorexia nervosa? Insights into the therapeutic effects of psilocybin in an animal model

Dr Claire Foldi from Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Building an Evidence-Base to inform Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Associate Professor Laura Jobson from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Precursor neurons on standby fast track neural repair

Associate Professor Jan Kaslin from Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute

Machine learning models for personalised epilepsy management

Professor Patrick Kwan from Central Clinical School

Targeting the brain and sympathetic nervous system to improve outcomes in cancer cachexia

Dr Sarah Lockie from the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health

Brain injury in intimate partner violence: Insight into a silent pandemic

Associate Professor Sandy Shultz from Central Clinical School.

Glioblastoma - inhibition of P2X7R as a potential therapeutic target for treatment of this aggressive cancer

Dr. Mastura Monif from Central Clinical School


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