Health and Medical Research Council
ACT Health's Health and Medical Research Strategy aims to enhance health and medical research efforts in the Territory.
The Strategy, as originally outlined in the Health Action Plan 2002, involves three elements:
- development of a Policy Framework;
- establishment of a Health and Medical Research Council; and
- implementation of a Health and Medical Research Support Program.
Congratulations to the researchers who successfully sought grants in the ACT Health and Medical Research Program funding round for 2008/9.
The 2008 call for applications received 21 applications, seventeen for Large Project Development Grants and four for Short-term Fellowships. All applications were assessed by the ACT Health and Medical Research Council. Details of the successful research projects can be found below.
The ACT Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher MLA, noted that:
"Encouraging and developing local researchers in the health and medical sector is fundamental to ensuring that their wealth of knowledge and expertise remains within the Territory".
Funding was awarded to the following applicants in the 2008/09 funding round
HMRC 2008-09 Funding Program Recipients
|Dr Narci Teoh|
|Australian National University and the Canberra Hospital|
|Pathogenic significance of micro particles in liver ischemia reperfusion injury|
|This project aims to elucidate the pathogenic significance of micro particles in liver ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) and develop new approaches to prevent liver damage during hepatobiliary surgery, liver transplantation and shock. The findings will have applications to other organs which are also susceptible to ischemia reperfusion injury.|
|Dr Juleen Cavanaugh|
|Australian National University|
|The Aussie Normals|
|This project aims to establish a database of cell lines, DNA and clinical and biochemical phenotypes of 2000 healthy Canberrans and then generate new reference ranges for 100 biochemical tests being conducted at ACT Pathology. The database will be available free of charge to pathology services Australia wide.|
|Dr Hilary Warren|
|Australian National University and the Canberra Hospital|
|NK cells and monoclonal antibody therapy in lymphoma patients|
|This project will assess the number, phenotype and function of natural Killer (NK) cells in lymphoma patients prior to rituximab therapy, both at the time of diagnosis and following chemotherapy, to relate these findings to clinical outcome. The aim is to develop treatment protocols for NK cells to augment rituximab therapy for treatment of B cell lymphoma.|
|Associate Professor Christian Lueck|
|The Canberra Hospital|
|The Anticoagulation in Cardio-Embolic Stroke (ACES) Trial|
|This project aims to set up a multicentre Australian study (based in Canberra) to investigate the optimal timing of anticoagulation in acute, presumed cardio-embolic ischaemic stroke. The study will assist doctors in making a clinical decision about when to commence anticoagulation in a patient who has just suffered an acute, presumed cardio-embolic ischaemic stroke.|
Congratulations to the researchers who successfully sought grants in the ACT Health and Medical Research Program funding round for 2004/5. Details of their projects are listed below.
Applications were assessed by the ACT Health and Medical Research Council. Professor Scott Henderson, Chair of the Council, commented on the high standard and diversity of the projects.
The 2005 call for applications received 19 applications. Applications were assessed by the ACT Health and Medical Research Council. Professor Scott Henderson, Chair of the Council, commented on the high standard and diversity of the projects.
Funding was awarded to the following applicants in the 2005 funding round.
|Professor David Elwood & Ms Joanna HoltWomen's Hospitals Australasia Inc.||A Prospective Cohort Study of Morbidity Following Significant Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH)This project aims to investigate the impact of PPH on short and medium term morbidity using standard instruments to assess various aspects of maternal health.||$50,000|
|Professor Roger Dean & Dr Ruth FoxwellUniversity of Canberra||DOPA as a Potential Therapeutic for Diseases of Oxidative StressTo test whether sacrificial and enzymatic antioxidants are under control of DOPA in human cells and to determine the range of proteins which are regulated by DOPA.||$50,000|
|Dr Rosemary MartinSchool of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BaMBi)ANU||Diagnostic Proteomic Approach to Identification of Hypoxic-Ischaemic Neonatal Brain Injury in RatsThis study will use a proteomic approach to examine changes in protein expression with time after an hypoxic insult in an animal model of neonatal asphyxia.||$49,156|
|Dr Christine KilhamUniversity of Canberra||A Collaborative Therapeutic Intervention for Children with AutismThis fellowship will assist services to better and more consistently meet the needs of young children with autism and their families.||$28,476|
|Dr Pam MegawUniversity of Canberra||Molecular Changes in the Retina During the Development of MyopiaThe aim of this project is to characterise the molecular changes in the eye during the development of myopia as the basis for defining the mechanism of action of atropine, and for the development of alternative therapies.||$24,000|
The 2004 call for applications received 20 applications. This demonstrated the strength and diversity of the ACT health and medical researcher community.
The recently established ACT Health and Medical Research Council assessed applications. Professor Scott Henderson, Chair of the Council, was highly impressed with the calibre and scope of applications received.
Funding was awarded to the following applicants in the 2004 funding round.
Professor Ian Hendry,
John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU $16,592
Protein 14-3-3 in the CSF of newborn rats following hypoxia-ischaemia
This grant will be used to undertake pilot research activities to assist in the development of a large research project proposal. Ultimately this research may lead to better treatments for babies who have suffered brain damage during childbirth
Dr Jane Dixon,
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU $42,492
Obesity Prevention and Monitoring in the ACT: a collaborative response
This research will assist the development of a major research proposal for the establishment of a Territory-wide obesity-prevention demonstration project. Such a project would be a national first in obesity research.
Assoc Prof Christian Lueck,
Dept of Neurology, The Canberra Hospital $45,520
Development of the ACT Hub of an Australian Neurovision Network
This research will assist the development of a major research proposal to create a Neurovision Centre in the ACT as part of the Australian Neurovision Network
Assoc-Prof Anne-Louise Ponsonby,
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU $14,756
Australian Multi-Centre Study of Environment and Immune Function: Research Collaboration Meeting
The grant will be used to host a two-day meeting for clinicians and researchers participating in the multi-centre trial to discuss project developments and advances in the field.
Dr Buddhima Lokuge,
ANU Medical School $25,267
Implications of Trade Agreements for the provision of medicines in Australia
This Fellowship grant will be used to examine the impact of commitments made under the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement in relation to the provision and regulation of medicines in Australia
Dr Julie Christie,
Research School of Biological Sciences, ANU $5,200
The Role of Oxygen and Fibronectin in Streptococcal Infective Endocarditis
This Fellowship grant will be used to develop a greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in streptococcal infections
Ms Melissa Parker,
Research Centre for Nursing Practice, The Canberra Hospital $29,500
Menstrual Disorders in Teenage Women
This Fellowship grant will be used to research menstrual disorders affecting the younger female population in the ACT
Research Centre for the Neurosciences of Ageing, ANU Medical School $50,000
Australia, New Zealand & Thailand Early Parkinson’s Disease Project (ANZATEP)
This seed funding will assist the development of a major research proposal. This study will advance knowledge of the natural course of Parkinson’s Disease, its impact on patients and their families and therefore, better inform the treatment of and provision of care for those suffering with Parkinson’s Disease.
Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, The Canberra Hospital $18,400
Investigation of Membrane Lipids in the Pathogenesis of Hirschsprung’s Disease (HSCR)
This seed funding will assist the development of a major research proposal. The researcher will attempt to demonstrate a causative role for an abnormal lipid composition in HSCR, opening the way for a treatment to reduce risk of HSCR in families carrying HSCR susceptibility genes
A/Prof Gordon Waddington,
The University of Canberra $50,000
The Effects of Wobble Board Training in Active Older Adults
This seed funding will assist the development of a major research proposal. The proposed project will test the effects of wobble board training on the falls history, discrimination of different extents of ankle inversion movements (a balance related index), and the bone activity markers in older community subjects
Dr Marlene Eggert $50,000
The Effect of Diabetic Food Choice Restraint on Mental Health
This Fellowship grant will be used to help diabetes professionals to implement strategies to effectively deal with the mental health impact food choice restriction on people with diabetes