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Early-career researchers excel in NHMRC fellowships

13 October 2017
$23m boost for health and medical research

Researchers at the University of Sydney have received almost $23 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso announced this week that Sydney had received eight Career Development Fellowships, 14 Early Career Fellowships, five Practitioner Fellowships, seven Research Fellowships and three Centres of Research Excellence.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison said the results reflect the outstanding health and medical research being conducted at the University.

"The University has an impressive track record in NHMRC funding," said Professor Ivison. "Last year, we received $116 million in funding from the NHMRC – the largest amount granted to any Australian university in 2016."

"This year, we have quadrupled the amount of successful Career Development Fellowships, with 75 percent of these going to female researchers."

Bioethicist Dr Wendy Lipworth is one of those to receive a Career Development Fellowship. Her four-year, $476,000 project will focus on the ethics and politics of pharmaceutical innovation and translation, examining how medicines are developed, regulated, funded and taken up into practice.

Sydney also received the most Centres of Research Excellence out of any Australian university in this round.

Renowned cancer geneticist Professor Graham Mann and his team received almost $2.5 million for a Centre of Research Excellence that will work to improve support, survivorship and the patient experience of those with melanoma.

His team will explore how best to identify and conduct surveillance of those with a high-risk of melanoma and how best to manage melanoma patients with a high potential for relapse.

The announcement follows $30 million in Program Grants and Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships granted in February and $5.4 million Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships in August.