Generous Support for Incubator Grants
Guests at the Trish MS Moulin Rouge Ball dug very deep and very generously donated funds for an Incubator Grant, as well as additional funds towards a second Incubator Grant.
Recommended by MS Research Australia’s Research Management Council and approved by the Foundation’s eminent Scientific Research Committee and Board, the Foundation is pleased to announce the two Incubator Grants which we will be funding.
An Incubator Grant titled, “Treating MS with cell and gene therapy” has been awarded to Dr Natalie Payne, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University Victoria. This is a clinically relevant project which will determine if key steps in the pathway to tissue destruction can be limited and also validate that cell-based therapies for MS are a feasible option. Read more.
The second Incubator Grant has been awarded to Dr Claire McCoy, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash University Victoria. Dr McCoy’s Incubator Grant is titled, "Encouraging the natural repair abilities of immune cells". This project could provide a new therapeutic target that may enable the body to promote repair of the damage caused by MS, potentially reversing the effects of the disease. Read more.
Following MS Research Australia’s rigorous process, including being peer-reviewed, both Incubator Grants rated highly and are considered to have strong potential in these areas of MS research.