Alliance researchers awarded more than $36m in NHMRC funding

Twenty researchers from the Alfred Research Alliance have received a total of more than $36.1 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grants, announced yesterday.

The Investigator Grant scheme is the largest of the NHMRC’s funding schemes, and aims to support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. The scheme provides five-year funding security for high-performing researchers through its salary and research support packages.

The total amount received by the Alliance member organisations came to $36,113,920. The grants cover a range of areas including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, newborn and maternal health, malaria, hepatitis C, women’s health, intensive care, mental health and respiratory disease.

The successful applications included:

Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Prof Dianna Magliano – “Identifying opportunities to reverse the diabetes epidemic: surveillance of diabetes, its complications and mortality” – Leadership 2, $2,382,170

Prof Peter Kistler – “Atrial fibrillation: improving outcomes through lifestyle and ablation” – Leadership 2, $1,941,085

A/Prof Brian Drew – “Leveraging Polygenic Risk and Genetics for Pre-clinical Discovery in Cardiometabolic Disease” – Leadership 1, $1,806,790

Dr Man Lee – “Reconstructing the megakaryocyte lipidome to control platelet production: Applications for thrombocytopenia or thrombocytosis” – Emerging Leadership 1, $655,150

Burnet Institute

Prof Caroline Homer – “Reducing maternal and newborn deaths: Transforming midwifery in the Asia-Pacific region through research and innovation” – Leadership 3, $3,437,110

Prof Freya Fowkes – “Eliminating Malaria in the Asia-Pacific” – Leadership 1, $2,256,790

Prof Leanne Robinson – “Innovative public health strategies for the elimination of malaria and lymphatic filariasis” – Leadership 1, $2,256,790

Dr Tafireyi Marukutira – “Ensuring equitable access to care for migrants living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons learnt from an evaluation of Botswana’s migrant inclusive program” – Emerging Leadership 1, $655,150

Dr Amanda Wade – “Implementation research to improve hepatitis C testing and treatment in rural and regional Australia” – Emerging Leadership 1, $655,150

Monash University

Prof Susan Davis – “Role of testosterone in preventing major morbidity in women” – Leadership 3, $3,937,110

Prof David J. (Jamie) Cooper – “Improving critically ill patient outcomes through randomised trials and registries in intensive care” – Leadership 3, $3,487,110

Prof Karin Jandeleit-Dahm – “Innovative screening and treatment approaches for diabetic complications” – Leadership 2, $2,382,170

A/Prof Joanne Ryan – “Personalised Dementia Prevention: Clinical Trials, Advanced Modelling & Biomarker Discovery” – Leadership 1, $2,256,790

Dr Gemma Sharp – “Super smart Smartphones: Sensing changes in mental health and delivering just-in-time adaptive interventions” – Emerging Leadership 2, $1,576,390

A/Prof Eliza Hawkes – “Optimising novel therapies to improve lymphoma patient outcomes” – Emerging Leadership 2, $1,576,390

Dr Narelle Cox – “Improving access to non-pharmacological treatment in chronic respiratory disease” – Emerging Leadership 2, $1,526,390

A/Prof Dion Stub – “Integration of Pre-hospital and Hospital cardiac clinical registries to investigate novel therapeutics and systems of care in cardiac emergencies” – Emerging Leadership 2, $1,461,112

Dr Sarah McGuinness – “Improving strategies to combat preventable infections” – Emerging Leadership 1, $655,150

Dr Reza Nosrati – “Fallopian tube on-a-chip for understanding human reproduction” – Emerging Leadership 1, $655,150

Dr Lidia Engel – “Fair resource allocation decisions in old age – enhancing the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) framework” – Emerging Leadership 1, $553,973

Congratulations to all successful applicants from across the precinct, and commiserations to those who missed out in a tough funding round.