NHMRC grants support vital research

Research focused on improving treatment following heart attack, genetic testing for glaucoma causing blindness, and better treatments for skeletal disorders are just some of the 52 Monash University research projects to be recognised with major funding grants announced by the Federal Government.

Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt announced $188 million in grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as part of the latest round of funding. Monash University attracted $28.5 million across the seven schemes announced.

Monash researchers were awarded 46 NHMRC fellowships across five schemes - research fellowships (17) practitioner fellowships (1), career development fellowships (10) and early career fellowships (18).

Three Development Grants were awarded to Monash researchers including Professor Jonathan Baell, of the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, to investigate a potential new treatment following heart attack caused by low oxygen levels.

Professor Susan Davis and Associate Professor Carol Hodgson, from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, each received Partnerships grants totalling more than $1.3 million to provide new national clinical practice guidelines for menopause and a project to improve outcomes for patients with severe heart failure and cardiac arrest.

More than $2.5 million was awarded to Monash to host a new NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in women’s sexual and reproductive health in primary care. The multi-disciplinary and patient-focussed Centre, known as SPHERE, will be run by the Head of Monash University’s Department of General PracticeProfessor Danielle Mazza.

Other Monash projects will tackle a variety of health problems including HIV, obesity, various cancers, infectious disease, chronic disease, brain injury and food allergies, mental and reproductive health and the health of the elderly.

Monash Provost and Senior Vice-President, Professor Marc Parlange, said continued success in attracting grant funding was a testament to the talent and dedication of the University’s researchers.

“Our researchers continue to develop ground-breaking research that has the potential to transform lives, and the breadth of funded projects is indicative of the University’s repute as a global leader,” Professor Parlange said.

“I thank the NHMRC for their continuing support in recognising the importance of progressing these projects, and for sharing our desire to make a difference.”