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NHMRC honours Professor Chris Semsarian in 10 of the Best Research Projects for 2010


11 February 2011

Professor Chris Semsarian: "The support received from the NHMRC is vital to helping Australian researchers lead and change the world."
Professor Chris Semsarian: "The support received from the NHMRC is vital to helping Australian researchers lead and change the world."

Professor Chris Semsarian, Head of Molecular Cardiology at the Centenary Institute and University of Sydney, is one of 10 researchers that have been honoured in a new publication to highlight the life-saving work conducted by Australia's top researchers.

Professor Semsarian has been profiled for his work into the most common genetic heart disorder - hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - that has lead to new strategies to improve diagnosis and prevent sudden death in young patients with this often fatal condition.

The 10 of the Best Research Projects 2010 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) was launched recently by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler. The publication profiles diverse areas of internationally recognised medical research that have lead to changes in treatment and practice to improve health outcomes and save lives. The Australian Government's NHMRC invests $700 million annually in health and medical research and this booklet demonstrates the benefits of research resulting from this critical public investment.

Professor Semsarian said: "The NHMRC is the leading granting body in Australia and has a strong reputation for funding the best research in our country. It is an honour to be highlighted as one of the top 10 research projects funded by the NHMRC along with nine other amazing researchers. The support received from the NHMRC is vital to helping Australian researchers lead and change the world."

The nine other researchers profiled were:

  • Professor Perry Bartlett, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
  • Professor Richard Bryant, Brain Dynamics Centre, University of NSW
  • Professor Suzanne Garland, The Royal Women's Hospital, University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Martin Lackmann, Monash University
  • Associate Professor Peter Morris, Menzies School of Health Research, NT
  • Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger, Centre for Medical Research, University of WA
  • Professor Susan Prescott, School of Paediatric and Child Health, University of WA
  • Professor Melanie Wakefield, Cancer Council of Victoria
  • Dr Anthony White, University of Melbourne

Media enquiries: Tanya Sarina, 9565 6228, 0431 029 215, t.sarina@centenary.org.au