Four of the Territories’ brightest and best health researchers from the Menzies School of Research in Darwin will share $2.3 million in funding for a range of health research projects.
The funding was announced as part of the Coalition Government’s investment of over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses and chronic disease.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the $202 million in funding announced includes over $38 million for cancer research, including in areas like melanoma research.
“Importantly, our four Northern Territory researchers will share in over $2.3 million of funding for research projects which look at malaria, Indigenous health and heart disease,” he said.
“I congratulate the researchers including Dr Lisa Whop who will use her Early Career Fellowship of $333,952 to examine the disparities in cervical cancer incidence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through screening and vaccination.
“326 research projects have been funded at a cost of more than $197 million under the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
“The government has also allocated 13 Fellowships under the $8 million Medical Research Future Fund Next Generation Clinical Researcher Fellowship program, which supports Australia’s new and up and coming research talent.”
Over $29 million will be invested into mental health research, almost $23 million for cardiovascular disease research, $8 million for diabetes research and $5 million for obesity research.
Improving the health of Indigenous Australians is a priority with $15.6 million for new research.
Over $15 million in funding will be targeted at research projects that support Australians who suffer severe injuries.
These grants will increase clinical research capacity in the health and medical research workforce, providing greater opportunities for more breakthroughs.
A full list of grant recipients is available on the NHMRC website: www.nhmrc.gov.au.
Information on the Medical Research Future Fund and grant recipients can be found at www.health.gov.au/mrff.
|Dr Anna Ralph||Towards the elimination of tuberculosis and rheumatic heart disease in northern Australia and our region||Career Development Fellowships||$258,600|
|Dr Matthew Grigg||Risk factors, mechanisms, and treatment of knowlesi malaria||Early Career Fellowships||$268,066.40|
|Dr Lisa Whop||Reducing disparities in cervical cancer incidence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through screening and vaccination||Early Career Fellowships||$333,952|
|Prof Nicholas Anstey||Pathophysiology and treatment of malaria in our region||Practitioner Fellowships||$577,188.50|
|Prof Nicholas Anstey||Pathophysiology and treatment of malaria in our region||Practitioner Fellowships||$ 951,005|