NHMRC Research Funding

19 October 2012

Professor Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive of the NHMRC at the University of Sydney

Professor Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive of the NHMRC at the University of Sydney

A significant increase in funding for research in infectious diseases and for clinical trials were underpinned Sydney Medical School’s success in National Health and Medical Research Council grants, announced today.

In all, The University of Sydney was awarded 101 grants and fellowships, valued at $66 million. Of those, Sydney Medical School was awarded 87 grants and fellowships.

In infectious diseases, total funding secured was in excess of $11 million, said Professor Tania Sorrell, head of the Sydney Emerging Infections and Biosecurity Institute (SEIB) and was a clear example of the quality of the research.

Tanya Plibersek looking through a microscope

The Hon Tanya Plibersek with Professor Karen Waters who received $990,144 for her investigation into childhood sleep apnoea.

Among the 68 project grants, Professor Guy Marks (Central Clinical School) and Professor Bruce Neal (George Institute) each secured $3.4 million – Guy Marks for his work in tuberculosis and Bruce Neal to fund a trial to determine the effects of salt reduction on vascular disease.

The announcement of funding was made by the Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek and Professor Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive of the NHMRC at the University of Sydney.

The full list of grant outcomes listed below is also available as a PDF document.

Read the University news item.



NHMRC Grant Outcomes 19 October 2012 University of Sydney
Australian/EU Collaborative Research Grant (One (1))
Professor Kathryn North Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Aust/EU Collaborative Research Grant Improving health outcomes for chronic rare diseases and reducing inequality of care $614,128
Total $614,128
Career Development Fellowships (three (3))
Dr Sandra Cooper Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
RD Wright Biomedical CDF Dysferlin coordinates membrane repair for skeletal and cardiac injury $439,920
Associate Professor Barend Marais Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Clinical CDF Tuberculosis transmission and drug resistance in Australia and the Asian Pacific region $278,407
Professor Stephanie Watson Medicine
Central Clinical School
Clinical CDF Novel therapies to treat blinding corneal disease $159,090
Total $877,416
Early Career Fellowships (Australia) (eight (8))
Associate Professor David Peiris Medicine
George Institute for International Health
Primary Health Care ECF Multi-faceted e-health interventions for primary health care $359,564
Dr Caroline Medi Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Australian Clinical Research ECF Gene carriers in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy $359,564
Dr Qi Zhou Pharmacy Peter Doherty Biomedical ECF Inhaled antibiotic aerosols for treatment of respiratory infections $299,564
Dr Daniel Johnstone Medicine
School of Medical Sciences – Bosch Institute
Peter Doherty Biomedical ECF Testing safe and simple treatments for preventing brain and eye disease $299,564
Mrs Emily Callander Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Public Health (Australia) ECF Ill health and long term living standards $299,564
Dr Gulam Khandaker Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Health Professional Research ECF Causes and consequences of acute encephalitis in children $251,695
Ms Samantha Lain Medicine
Northern Clinical School – Kolling Institute
Australian Research Training ECF (Part-time) Infant thyroid hormone levels and long-term child educational outcomes $149,782
Dr Trudy Rebbeck Health Sciences
Physiotherapy
Health Professional Research ECF Assisting recovery in neck pain, whiplash and headache $149,782
Total $2,169,079
Early Career Fellowships (Overseas) (seven (7))
Dr Gregory Fox Medicine
Central Clinical School
CJ Martin Biomedical ECF The global impacts of drug resistant tuberculosis $401,188
Dr Isuru Ranasinghe Medicine
Concord Clinical School
Neil Hamilton Fairley Clinical ECF Performance and Delivery of Cardiovascular Health Services $389,860
Mr Monkol Lek Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
CJ Martin Biomedical ECF Improving the genetic diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders $338,836
Dr Rachael Morton Medicine
School of Public Health
Sidney Sax Public Health ECF The impact of socio-economic status on the management and progression of chronic kidney disease $337,324
Dr Aaron McGrath Science
School of Molecular Bioscience
CJ Martin Biomedical ECF Determining the Molecular Basis of Tumour Cell Multidrug Resistance: Structural and Functional Analysis of Breast Cancer Resistance Protein $325,396
Dr Stefan Oehlers Medicine
Central Clinical School - Centenary Institute
CJ Martin Biomedical ECF Mycobacterial control of the establishment and outcome of infection $311,956
Dr David Chapman Medicine
Central Clinical School
CJ Martin Biomedical ECF Understanding steroid-resistance in severe asthma $307,468
Total $2,412,028
Established Career Fellowships (seven (7))
Professor Ian Hickie Medicine
Brain & Mind Research Institute
NHMRC Research Fellowship Testing and delivering early interventions for young people with depression $883,375
Professor MacDonald Christie Medicine
School of Medical Sciences – Pharmacology
NHMRC Research Fellowship Developing novel neuroreceptor and channel therapies for pain and addiction $808,375
Dr Linda Bendall Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
NHMRC Research Fellowship Improving Treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia $590,785
Associate Professor Amanda Sainsbury-Salis Medicine
BIONE: Boden Institute
NHMRC Research Fellowship Improving weight loss outcomes $590,785
Dr Swee Aw Medicine
Central Clinical School
NHMRC Research Fellowship 6th Year - Uncoupled Research Fellowship* $118,157
Dr Patrick Bertolino Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
NHMRC Research Fellowship 6th Year - Uncoupled Research Fellowship $118,157
Associate Professor Beric Henderson Science
School of Molecular Bioscience
NHMRC Research Fellowship 6th Year - Uncoupled Research Fellowship $118,157
*This is a bridging fellowship Total $3,227,791
NHMRC Partnership (One (1))
Professor Deborah Schofield Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Partnership Project for Better Health Improving decision making on health interventions $609,900
Total $609,900
Practitioner Fellowships (three (3))
Associate Professor Maria Craig Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Practitioner Fellowship Childhood diabetes: translating evidence into practice $444,014
Professor Richard Scolyer Medicine
Central Clinical School - Pathology
Practitioner Fellowship Molecular determinants of progression and treatment response in melanoma $444,014
Professor David Little Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Practitioner Fellowship Practitioner Fellowship $380,583
Total $1,268,610
Project Grants – New Investigator (three (3))
Dr Masaomi Kato Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
New Investigator Grant MicroRNAs and Ageing $553,143
Dr Guangda Feng Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
New Investigator Grant Dissecting in vivo cellular responses to interferons in pathogen-infected hosts $463,139
Dr Anthony Cesare Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
New Investigator Grant How cells with damaged telomeres make an orderly exit from the cell proliferation cycle $292,181
Total $1,308,463
Project Grants – standard (68)
Professor Guy Marks Medicine
Central Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Community-wide active case finding for tuberculosis $3,422,325
Professor Bruce Neal Medicine
George Institute for International Health
Standard Project Grant A randomised trial to determine the effects of salt reduction on vascular disease $3,410,985
Professor Vlado Perkovic Medicine
George Institute for International Health
Standard Project Grant SIGNAL Trial $2,681,619
Professor William Tarnow-Mordi Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Standard Project Grant The Lactoferrin Infant Feeding Trial (LIFT) $2,203,171
Associate Professor Trevor Leong Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Standard Project Grant The TOPGEAR trial; trial of preoperative therapy for gastric and esophagogastric junction adenocarcinoma $1,974,558
Associate Professor David Peiris Medicine
George Institute for International Health
Standard Project Grant Consumer Navigation of Electronic Cardiovascular Tools - The CONNECT study $1,852,716
Professor Jonathan Craig Medicine
School of Public Health
Standard Project Grant ARDAC Third Phase Study $1,816,455
Professor Richard Lindley Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant The ATTEND Trial $1,533,894
Associate Professor Linda Mileshkin Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Standard Project Grant The OUTBACK trial - the role of adjuvant chemotherapy in locally advanced cervical cancer $1,472,782
Dr Clara Chow Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant TEXTMEDS $1,360,167
Professor Anthony Keech Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Standard Project Grant FIELD LIFE: Lifestyle Interactions in Fenofibrate and the Epigenome $1,071,754
Professor Karen Waters Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Does treatment of OSA improve IQ in preschool children? $990,144
Dr Lisa Keay Medicine
Central Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Understanding the impact of cataract vision impairment on risk of falling $775,262
Associate Professor Vitali Sintchenko Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Towards TB elimination in Australia $772,199
Dr Sandra Cooper Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Dysferlin mediates membrane repair for skeletal and cardiac injury $755,955
Professor Martin Tattersall Medicine
Central Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Advance care planning in incurable cancer patients with disease progression on first line chemotherapy: a randomised trial $745,946
Dr Nicholas Wood Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Q fever: How common is it and how can we best prevent it? Research to inform Q fever vaccine policy in Australia and Internationally $721,151
Professor Ian Campbell Science
School of Molecular Bioscience
Standard Project Grant Role of strawberry notch in neuroinflammation $704,268
Professor Jonathan Iredell Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Ecological effects of antibiotics $702,992
Dr Nicholas Wood Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Febrile seizures following vaccination in children: How common are they and what is the long term clinical outcome? $672,385
Professor Roland Stocker Medicine
School of Medical Sciences – Bosch Institute
Standard Project Grant From iron to saving limbs - how a protein recycling body iron prevents amputation by reprogramming cellular energy metabolism in tissues with limited oxygen supply $666,587
Professor Sally Tracy Nursing Standard Project Grant Amniotic Fluid Lactate Study $657,430
Dr Linda Bendall Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Increasing sensitivity to chemotherapy by disrupting leukemic cell interactions with the bone marrow $649,658
Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Standard Project Grant Dendritic cell-mediated induction of T cell tolerance $632,128
Professor Christopher Little Medicine
Northern Clinical School – Kolling Institute
Standard Project Grant Inflammation and osteoarthritis $632,128
Associate Professor Jane Hanrahan Pharmacy Standard Project Grant Modulation of GABA-A Receptors $628,237
Professor Kate White Nursing Standard Project Grant Improving outcomes for patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy through a shared care pathway intervention $623,887
Associate Professor Peter Meikle Health Sciences
Medical Radiation Sciences
Standard Project Grant Predicting Response to Fenofibrate Treatment in Type 2 Diabetes $621,134
Dr Chung-Wei Christine Lin Medicine
George Institute for International Health
Standard Project Grant PRECISE: pregabalin in addition to usual care for sciatica $618,589
Professor Warwick Britton Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Standard Project Grant Improving TB vaccines for pulmonary delivery $615,221
Professor Graeme Stewart Medicine
Westmead Clinical School - WMI
Standard Project Grant Clinical significance of IL7R genotype $606,768
Professor Phillip Robinson Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School - CMRI
Standard Project Grant Phosphorylation of synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2 (SV2) regulates endocytosis of synaptotagmin for synaptic transmission $592,143
Professor Wolfgang Weninger Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Standard Project Grant Dermal innate lymphoid cells in skin immunity $588,253
Professor Merrilyn Walton Medicine
School of Public Health
Standard Project Grant An investigation of the patient experience of adverse events $587,543
Associate Professor Marina Kennerson Medicine
Concord Clinical School - ANZAC
Standard Project Grant Finding Genes for Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) Neuropathy $585,347
Associate Professor James Triccas Medicine
Central Clinical School
Standard Project Grant New vaccines to prevent tuberculosis $573,628
Professor David Harris Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant ß-catenin in profibrotic and anti-inflammatory effects of TGF-ß $572,643
Professor Tania Sorrell Medicine
- SEIB
Standard Project Grant Pathogenesis of cryptococcal meningoencephalitis $567,768
Professor Christopher Semsarian Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Standard Project Grant Genetic Basis of Sudden Death in Epilepsy $555,431
Professor Roger Reddel Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School - CMRI
Standard Project Grant A new method used by cancer cells to escape the normal limits on proliferation $546,347
Professor Mark Gillies Medicine
Northern Clinical School – Surgery
Standard Project Grant The contribution of aberrant Wnt signalling to neuronal and vascular pathology in retinal disease $541,967
Dr Danuta Kalinowski Medicine
School of Medical Sciences – Pathology
Standard Project Grant Pharmacologically Implementing Albumin as a Carrier of a Novel Chemotherapeutic $541,472
Professor Paul Groundwater Pharmacy Standard Project Grant Methods for the Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria $523,375
Dr David Wang Medicine
Central Clinical School – Sleep Medicine
Standard Project Grant The effect of morphine on obstructive sleep apnea $515,779
Associate Professor Ulrike Grunert Medicine
Central Clinical School – Save Sight Institute
Standard Project Grant Study of nerve cells in the eyes of humans $508,283
Professor Anthony Cunningham Medicine
Westmead Clinical School - WMI
Standard Project Grant Herpes simplex virus immunity in skin $504,552
Dr Christopher Jolly/td> Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Standard Project Grant Role of uracil-DNA glycosylases in oncogenic translocation $495,295
Associate Professor Adam Guastella Medicine
Brain & Mind Research Institute
Standard Project Grant Oxytocin as a treatment for toddlers with autism $494,012
Associate Professor David Booth Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Vitamin D genes and Multiple Sclerosis $491,897
Professor Jacob George Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant ARL6IP5 in HCV-related liver cancer $487,847
Dr Natasha Nassar Medicine
Northern Clinical School – Kolling Institute
Standard Project Grant Infant thyroid hormone levels and long-term child educational outcomes $476,257
Professor Michael Murray Pharmacy Standard Project Grant CYP2J2, phase II enzymes and drug resistance in tumours $470,480
Associate Professor Beric Henderson Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Novel mechanisms of beta-catenin nuclear import in cancer $469,484
Professor Jacob George Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Obesity and cholesterol promote liver disease $420,498
Professor Bernard Balleine Medicine
Brain & Mind Research Institute
Standard Project Grant Pathological actions and the amygdala $416,962
Professor Christopher Semsarian Medicine
Central Clinical School – Centenary Institute
Standard Project Grant New Gene Discovery in Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy $404,050
Professor Roger Reddel Medicine
Children’s Hospital at Westmead Clinical School - CMRI
Standard Project Grant Molecular analysis of a recently discovered process of rapid shortening of chromosome ends $389,681
Emeritus Professor Ian Curthoys Science
School of Psychology
Standard Project Grant Comprehensive clinical tests of balance function to track vestibular compensation and Meniere’s Disease $377,310
Professor Jonathan Iredell Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Rapid detection of antibiotic resistance in Enterobacteriaceae $372,619
Professor Grantley Gill Medicine
School of Public Health – NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Standard Project Grant SNAC1: A randomised trial of sentinel node based management versus axillary clearance for women with small breast cancers $366,663
Dr Elena Bagley Medicine
School of Medical Sciences – Pharmacology
Standard Project Grant Endogenous opioids in the amygdala $365,223
Dr Laura Corbit Science
School of Psychology
Standard Project Grant Enhancing Extinction of Alcohol-Predictive Stimuli to Reduce Relapse Risk $361,750
Associate Professor Renae Ryan Medicine
School of Medical Sciences – Pharmacology
Standard Project Grant Glutamate transporters: the vacuum cleaners of the brain $360,431
Dr Yuanyuan Ge Medicine
Central Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Cancer radiotherapy 2020: accounting for tumour deformation in real time to improve treatment outcome $358,795
Dr Daniel Brown Medicine
Brain & Mind Research Institute
Standard Project Grant Investigation into the Physiological Mechanism Underlying Vertigo Attacks in Meniere's Disease $302,742
Associate Professor Liza Thomas Medicine
Westmead Clinical School
Standard Project Grant Chemotherapy and cardiotoxicity $260,102
Professor David Handelsman Medicine
Concord Clinical School - ANZAC
Standard Project Grant Ultrasensitive LC-MS Estradiol Assay $234,201
Dr Natasha Nassar Medicine
Northern Clinical School – Kolling Institute
Standard Project Grant Prenatal origins and outcomes of male reproductive disorders $226,943
Total $53,500,268