MIPS ARC success

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS) researchers Dr Karen Gregory and Dr John Quinn have been awarded 2017 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships.

Dr Gregory’s work provides novel insights into neurotransmission regulation of higher order brain functions, including learning and memory. Her work, in collaboration with other institutions, has the potential to generate new pharmacological tools that will facilitate novel drug discovery and have the potential to generate significant economic benefit through commercialisation.

Dr Quinn is harnessing nanomaterials to stimulate specific sub-cellular processes that could potentially be used to deliver signalling molecules for agricultural, pharmaceutical and veterinary applications. His work is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology and identifies new techniques for incorporating cell-signalling triggers into macromolecules. This has the potential to enable the development of next-generation stimuli-responsive nanoparticles that can emit signalling molecules on demand. The project is expected to develop a new suite of materials that could ultimately be used to improve the yield of important commercial crops, or revitalise the use of medicines limited by their poor side effect profile.

Professor Colin Pouton, Professor Nico Voelcker and Dr Roey Elnathan were named as Chief Investigators of a new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre, named the ARC Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies.  The Centre which will be directed by Professor Alastair Stewart from the University of Melbourne, involves three Australian universities and sixteen industrial partners. The Centre was awarded a 5-year, $3.12M ARC grant.

Monash was awarded 14 ARC Future Fellowships and two of the three new Industrial Transformation Research Hubs in this round. $18.2 million in funding from ARC will be invested at Monash in world-leading research in critical areas ranging from manufacturing and public health to agriculture and education.

Monash Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pauline Nestor said the funding announcements underline the Universty's high impact in addressing critical challenges for Australia and the world.

“As research is increasingly globalised and increasingly hyper-competitive, the ARC Future Fellowships provide researchers working in areas of critical national interest the incentives needed to conduct their research here in Australia. Monash University is very appreciative of the continued support of the ARC and I congratulate our 2017 Future Fellows,” said Professor Nestor.      

See the full list of Monash University 2017 Australian Future Fellows and new Industrial Transformation Research Hubs.