Around the Precinct – 29 September 2022

As September draws to a close, several precinct partners are celebrating significant funding success, from support for early career researchers to multi-million-dollar MRFF grants. The funding covers a range of different health conditions including dementia, epilepsy, COVID-19 vaccinations and cardiovascular diseases. In a tough funding environment, these grants are testament to the excellence of the Alfred Research Alliance and our world-class researchers. Congratulations to all!

A/Prof Xiaowei Wang, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

A/Prof Xiaowei Wang from the Baker Institute is one of several Alliance researchers who have been successful in recent funding rounds.

Monash University

Funding boost for early career researchers
More than $3.5 million has been awarded to eight Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences researchers in the latest round of funding announced by the Australian Research Council.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Magnetic Particle Imaging wins award
Pioneering technology and techniques for rapid and sensitive molecular imaging are winning international awards for Australian Centre for Blood Disease researchers.
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MRFF funding for improving access to rehabilitation for people with dementia
Monash University has been awarded one million dollars in funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission for a project to improve access to rehabilitation treatments for people living with dementia in the community.
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MRFF grant to fund research into novel epilepsy drugs
Researchers led by the Department of Neuroscience’s Professor Patrick Kwan CIA have been funded $3.8 million in the current round of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grants to develop a new class of drug compounds to counter drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE).
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Monash researchers receive Federal Government funding to study children and high-risk populations immune responses to vaccinations and COVID-19
The Hon Ged Kearney, the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, today attended Monash University labs in the Burnet Institute to announce funding of $6.3 million from the Medical Research Future Fund into the study of COVID-19 vaccines and infection with the goal of improving the care and outcomes for children and people with chronic diseases, particularly as future variants emerge.
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Empathy, inclusivity key to achieving gender equality
The United Nations says we’re still almost 300 years away from closing the gender gap, but new research by Monash University’s Michaela Guthridge, Dr Melita Giummarra, Dr Tania Penovic and Dr Maggie Kirkman shows men’s and boys’ emotions are holding women and girls back from realising their human rights.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Thinking about freezing your eggs to have a baby later? Here are three numbers to help you decide
Egg freezing is promoted as an empowering option for women who want to stop the biological clock and improve their chance of having a baby later in life. But they need to know it’s more like a lottery than an insurance policy.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

MRFF funding supports mRNA nanotechnology and artificial intelligence innovations
Our researchers have recently received $1.7 million in Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grants to advance the treatment of cardiovascular diseases via innovative mRNA nanotechnology and artificial intelligence-guided cardiac imaging.
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Burnet Institute

Elimination of hepatitis C the focus of new funding grant
Federal Health Minister, the Hon Mark Butler MP announces $1.4 million Partnership Project grant at Burnet today.
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The staggering costs of COVID-19 outlined in a Lancet Commission report
Professor Margaret Hellard AM contributed to the report which highlights widespread failures in the global COVID-19 response, but also recommends 11 ways to stop history repeating itself.
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Imagining COVID is ‘like the flu’ is cutting thousands of lives short. It’s time to wake up
Professors Brendan Crabb and Michael Toole examine the common narrative comparing COVID to influenza in this commentary for The Conversation.
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Symposium brings students together again
Burnet Institute honours, masters and PhD students came together to showcase their work at the recent 2022 Student Symposium.
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