Science researchers awarded more than $2 million in latest NHMRC grant round

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Associate Professor Francine Marques from the School of Biological Sciences and Associate Professor Marcus Kitchen from the School of Physics and Astronomy have each been awarded NHMRC Ideas Grants.

Researchers from Monash University’s Faculty of Science have received over $2 million in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding round.

Associate Professor Francine Marques from the School of Biological Sciences and Associate Professor Marcus Kitchen from the School of Physics and Astronomy have each been awarded NHMRC Ideas Grants, along with 36 researchers from across Monash University.

Monash University has been awarded a total of $41,328,701, with $998,801 going to Associate Professor Marques and $1,065, 590 to Associate Professor Kitchen.

Associate Professor Marques’ project focuses on a new role for gut pH in blood pressure regulation.

High blood pressure continues to be a major, poorly controlled but modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular death.

Diets high in fibre are associated with lower blood pressure via the production of substances as a result of fibre digestion by gut microbes. Researchers found that these same substances lower gut pH. This new mechanism could have major implications for the management of hypertension in the future.

Associate Professor Kitchen’s project is looking at phase-contrast neuroimaging for early detection of brain injury at birth.

Early detection of brain injury that can occur before, during and around the time of birth is critical for the prevention of lifelong intellectual and physical disabilities.

However, current imaging techniques are not able to resolve these types of injuries whilst preventative actions can still be taken.  The research team will aim to develop novel imaging technologies that will enable subtle brain injuries to be detected early and accurately in order to improve lifelong outcomes for many infants.


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