Women and children the major focus of 2021 NHMRC Investigator Grants

21 May 2020

Queensland medical research into childhood diseases and women’s health has been boosted with the announcement of the 2021 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grants today.

The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine has been awarded almost $14M in combined grants for nine research projects in diverse areas such as cerebral palsy, child respiratory support, child blood infections, kidney disease, gestational diabetes and endometrial cancer.

UQ Faculty of Medicine Associate Dean (Research) Professor Elizabeth Eakin said this funding would help increase the Faculty’s global reputation for high-quality research that advances the health and well-being of the world.

“We are enormously proud of our medical researchers and the life-changing impact they impart on others through their innovative work, such as the invention of the Gardasil and Cervarix cervical cancer vaccines, and current clinical studies into COVID-19 treatments,” Professor Eakin said.

“Each of these new projects has the opportunity to further advance innovative treatments and research knowledge in their field of health and medicine.”

The Faculty of Medicine’s 2021 NHMRC grant awardees were:

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Early Detection and Early Intervention for Cerebral Palsy

Dr Donna Franklin

Improved Early Respiratory  Support of Infants and Children

Dr Adam Irwin

Overcoming the barriers to treatment of multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bloodstream infections in Australian children

Professor David Johnson

Increasing global equity in access to end-stage kidney disease care through better peritoneal dialysis affordability, practice, quality and outcomes

Professor Andreas Obermair

Creating treatment options for endometrial cancer through high-level clinical trials

Dr Carlos Salomon Gallo

Developing new therapeutic targets and identifying biomarkers for gestational diabetes and ovarian cancer using extracellular vesicles

Professor Peter Sly

Early life exposures and chronic disease: mechanisms and preventative strategies

Dr Andrea Viecelli

Improving patient-important outcomes in haemodialysis through validation and implementation in registries and pragmatic clinical trials

Dr Dan Siskind

Reducing the mortality gap for people with schizophrenia

The full list of 2021 NHMRC Investigator Grants can be found here.

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