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NHMRC Success


25 October 2017

Dr Alison Purcell, Associate Professor Andrew Baillie, Professor Leanne Togher and Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira
Dr Alison Purcell, Associate Professor Andrew Baillie, Professor Leanne Togher and Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira


Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been awarded fellowships and are involved in two new centres of excellence under the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council funding.

Dean, Professor Kathryn Refshauge said the grants are testament to the calibre of the research carried out at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

"I am immensely pleased to see this support for our researchers to carry out research that is having a significant impact on the lives of Australians," said Professor Refshauge.

Professor Leanne Togher has secured a third consecutive NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship to continue her work on improving the participation outcomes and communication skills of people who have had a traumatic brain injury.

Associate Professor Paulo Ferreira has been awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship to further his research unravelling the effects of physical activity for back pain.

Associate Professor Andrew Baillie is a Chief Investigator on a new centre of research excellence in mental illness and substance use. Led by the University of New South Wales, the PREMISE Centre of Research Excellence brings together five universities to develop innovative, evidence-based prevention and early intervention for substance use and mental disorders applicable to all young Australians.

Dr Alison Purcell will partner with public health researchers at the University of Sydney on the Centre on of Research Excellence (CRE) in Partnership Pathways to Better Care and Outcomes for Aboriginal Young People. As Associate Investigator and the sole speech pathologist on the team, Alison will lead research into speech and language interventions.

Read more about the University's grant successes.