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Early career researcher receives grant from Ramaciotti Foundations


10 December 2009

Faculty of Health Sciences' researcher, Dr Nathan Johnson has been awarded a $50,000 grant to enable him to continue his outstanding biomedical research.

Dr Johnson was among 35 recipients awarded a total of over $2.5 million at the recent Ramaciotti Foundation's annual awards evening.

Dr Nathan Johnson (Right)
Dr Nathan Johnson (Right)

He was awarded the Ramaciotti Establishment and Major Equipment Grants to pursue his research aimed at examining the efficacy of lifestyle therapy employing very high intensity interval training (VHIT) in overweight adults.

VHIT involves bursts of exercise at anintensity above that recommended by the current guidelines, interspersed with regular low intensity recovery periods. There is emerging evidence that VHIT is a potent and time-efficient strategy for eliciting many of the positive health and fitness benefits which are often observed following traditional exercise therapy.

"I am so pleased to have received the $50,000 grant from the Ramaciotti Foundations," said Dr Johnson. "Receiving this grant will allow me to contribute to blood tests and other physiological measures required for this research and help establish a centre of excellence in the use of exercise for the treatment of metabolic disease. The outcomes of the research may have implications for the majority of Australian adults who fail to achieve current exercise guidelines."

The Ramaciotti Foundations are collectively one of the largest contributors to biomedical research in Australia having granted more than $47.5 million to research projects since 1970. Each year the Foundations make significant distributions via the Ramaciotti Awards, providing assistance to areas such as molecular biology, genetics and immunology.

The awards ceremony
The awards ceremony