Successful Program Grants 2011

Funding for these grants will commence in 2013.

Project: Atherosclerosis – the key roles of HDL, cell cholestrerol metabolism and vascular function

CI: Professor Philip Barter

Professor Philip Barter, who leads a research team based at the University-affiliated Heart Research Institute, has been awarded $7 million to develop novel strategies for the early detection and prevention of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Atherosclerosis, an accumulation of cholesterol in the artery wall, is a major cause of illness and premature death worldwide. It is caused by factors such as low levels of the protective high density lipoproteins (HDLs), diabetes, smoking and abnormal function of arteries.

Funding: $7,085,050

Project: The Australian MRI-Linac Program: Improving cancer treatment through real-time guided radiotherapy

CI: Professor Paul Keall

Professor Paul Keall, director of the Sydney Medical School’s Radiation Physics Laboratory, and his team received $5.7 million to improve cancer treatment through capturing real-time images of cancer tumours while they are receiving radiotherapy. Forty per cent of cancer patients in Australia receive radiation treatment, but the problem with current therapy is that tumours move during treatment. Professor Keall and colleagues are developing an MRI-linear accelerator in which the cancer will be imaged – and treated – as it is moving.

Funding: $5,705,380

Project: Advancing the Evidence Base for Care and Policy in Priority Health Areas

CI: Professor John Simes

Professor John Simes will lead a multi-disciplinary research team that has received $10.6 million to improve the evidence base that informs care and policy in priority health areas. His team will tackle areas such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and neonatal diseases. The team includes clinicians, epidemiologists, trialists, biostatisticians, health economists and collaborative networks of clinical investigators in each disease area.

Funding: $10,643,130