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NHMRC funding success for Faculty of Science



18 October 2011

Researchers in the Faculty of Science have been successful in securing National Health and Medical Research Council funding for more than $4.41 million in NHMRC Project Grants, plus an NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grant worth $887 250, a Research Fellowship worth $794 860 and an Early Career Fellowship worth $313 788 to start in 2012.

The announcement was made on 17 October 2011 by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, as part of the $673.7 million awarded by the federal government through the National Health and Medical Research Council for grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide.

The University of Sydney received the greatest amount of funding in Australia compared to all other research institutions, scoring $87.8 million for 149 grants.

"We're incredibly proud of our researchers in the Faculty of Science who have succeeded in having nine Project Grants and one NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grant funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, plus the recipients of the two NHMRC Fellowships," said Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science.

"The fact that the Faculty of Science has been so successful this year in receiving so much funding from the NHMRC, reflects the excellence in health and medical research within the faculty," said Professor Hambley.

"It's also wonderful to see that the successful projects come from a range of the disciplines in Science - from the School of Molecular Bioscience to the School of Psychology, and from the School of Chemistry to the School of Biological Sciences."

This round of National Health and Medical Research Council funding is the single largest investment in grants for health and medical research made in Australian history.

"These grants support our research community to continue to make cutting edge discoveries that improve the diagnosis, treatment and cure of illnesses that touch all Australians," said Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing.

"The grants announced today will ensure that young researchers have a solid foundation for their future career, experienced researchers can continue to run innovative research projects and clinicians can integrate their clinical skills into research practice," said Mr Butler.

Successful NHMRC Project Grants:

  • Associate Professor Andrew Holmes, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, for his project on 'Identification of microbiome control of weight loss during dietary intervention in obesity' will receive $625 477.50.
  • Associate Professor Neville Firth, from the School of Biological Sciences, for his project on 'Mechanisms of stable gene inheritance in multiresistant Staphylococcus aureus' will receive $599 685.
  • Professor Ruth Hall, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, for her project on 'Multiple Antibiotic Resistance in an Acinetobacter baumannii Global Clone' has secured $586 115.
  • Professor Joel Mackay, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, for his project on 'Designer DNA-binding proteins targeting methylated DNA for research and therapeutic purposes' has secured $563 675.
  • Associate Professor Deidre Carter, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, for her project on 'Novel antifungal strategies using drug response networks' will receive $467 234.
  • Professor Michael Kassiou, from the School of Chemistry, for his project on 'Oxytocin receptor agonists for treatment of social anxiety' has secured $444 261.
  • Professor Ruth Hall, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, for her project on 'Role of IS26 in antibiotic resistance gene recruitment, dissemination and expression' will receive $442 365.
  • Professor Iain McGregor, from the School of Psychology, for his project on 'Mephedrone ("Meow", 4- Methylmethcathinone): examining the effects of a novel "party drug" on brain and behaviour' will receive $386 250.
  • Professor Colin Clifford, from the School of Psychology, for his project on 'Functional anisotropies in the processing of orientation and direction-of-motion by human visual cortex' has secured $296 175.

Successful NHMRC Research Fellowship funding:

  • Professor Phyllis Butow, from the School of Psychology, will receive $794 860.

Successful NHMRC Early Career Fellowship funding:

  • Nichollas Scott, PhD candidate in the School of Molecular Bioscience, will receive $313 788 for his work in 'The Identification of novel diagnostics and therapeutics from bacterial viruses specific for the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni using mass spectrometry'.

Successful NHMRC - European Union Collaborative Research Grant:

  • Professor Michael Kassiou, from the School of Chemistry, for his project on 'New strategies in the treatment and imaging of brain diseases' has secured $887 250. The grant will allow him to be the only non-EU partner in a European consortium of around 22 academic laboratories.

See the full list of successful NHMRC grants in Australia at: www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/outcomes-funding-rounds


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