About the Grant
Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Blue Sky Research Grant
Recognising that many great scientific discoveries are based on once blue-sky, fanciful ideas looking for a backer, in 2011 the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund established the Blue Sky Research Grant, to provide such backing.
The inaugural award of the grant, which is for the period January – December 2012, was announced in November 2011. Because of the strength and number of applications received, the Trustees of the Fund decided that two awards, each of $100,000, would be made to the following projects:
Characterising a unique substrate for expansion and differentiation of mesenchymal stromal cells for use in regenerative medicine
Chief Investigators: Prof John Rasko, University of Sydney and RPA Hospital; Dr Janet Macpherson, RPA Hospital; Prof Tony Weiss, University of Sydney; Prof Dan Gazit, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Identifying novel factors for improving liver regeneration in the elderly
Chief Investigators: Prof Yehudit Bergman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Prof Jacob George, University of Sydney
More details about the project lead by Prof John Rasko can be found here.
More details about project lead by Prof Yehudit Bergman can be found here.