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NHMRC funding success for Faculty of Science



18 October 2008

Faculty of Science researchers have scored more than $3.66 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, announced on 16 October 2008 by The Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and Ageing.

The NHMRC grants support health and medical research in universities and research institutions across Australia, enabling Australia's best and brightest health and medical researchers to continue their research.

The total amount of funding received by University of Sydney researchers across all faculties exceeds any other university or research institute in the nation - a total of $51.8 million for the university.

Faculty of Science NHMRC grant successes:

Professor Stephen Simpson, from the School of Biological Sciences, Professor David Le Couteur, from the Faculty of Medicine, along with Associate Professor David Raubenheimer and Professor William Ballard will obtain $939 050 for research on 'Nutrition and Ageing'.

Associate Professor Katrina Jolliffe, from the School of Chemistry, Professor Tania Sorrell and Dr Julianne Djordjevic, from the Western Clinical School, and Associate Professor David Ellis, will receive $795 750 for research on 'Targeting Fungal Phospholipid Metabolism for Antifungal Drug Discovery'.

Professor Phyllis Butow, from the School of Psychology, with Professor Martin Tattersall, Dr Josephine Clayton and Associate Professor Jane Young, all from the Faculty of Medicine, and Professor Patricia Davidson and Professor Ronald Epstein, will receive $660 800 for research on 'Improving quality of life at the end of life'.

Associate Professor Dee Carter, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, Associate Professor Ben Herbert, Associate Professor Elizabeth Harry, and Dr Mark Krockenberger, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, have secured $536 500 for their project 'Fungal proteins important in animal infection'.

Professor Nicholas Hunt, from the Bosch Institute, Dr Helen Ball, from the School of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Cheryl Jones, from the Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, and Professor Iain McGregor, from the School of Psychology, will receive $453 000 for 'Disease in bacterial meningitis'.

Dr Stuart Cordwell, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, and Associate Professor Brett Hambly, will receive $355 050 for research on 'Phosphoproteomics of ischemic heart disease'.

Dr Neville Firth, Dr Stuart Cordwell and Dr Stephen Kwong, from the School of Biological Sciences, will receive $299 500 for 'DNA replication in a bacterial pathogen'. The project will segregate DNA in Golden Staph, to find ways to interfere with the growth of the treatment-resistant bacteria.

Dr Neville Firth, Dr Maria Schumacher, Dr Slade Jensen and Professor Ronald Skurray, from the School of Biological Sciences, have secured $294 500 for their project 'Movement of DNA in a bacterial pathogen'.

Associate Professor Colin Clifford, from the School of Psychology, with Dr Branka Spehar and Associate Professor Michael Breakspear, has secured $279 250 to work on 'Orientation-specific contextual modulation in human visual cortex'.

Dr David Gell, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, and Dr Mitchell Weiss will receive $254 250 for work on 'The biology of red blood cell development and potential treatments for inherited anaemias'.

See every NHMRC grant awarded at: www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/rounds/projects/index.htm#2009


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