MS researchers awarded over
$3.5 million in funding from the NHMRC
The National Health and Medical Research Council
(NHMRC) has announced their funding results for 2013. Next year, the NHMRC will
fund 1,141 new grants with a total of $652 million. MS research will benefit
from over $3.5 million in funding to a number of researchers previously funded
by the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation and MS Research Australia.
The Trish Foundation and MS Research Australia would
particularly like to congratulate the MS researchers who were successful in the
latest grant round:
Prof Bruce Taylor at the
Menzies Research Institute Tasmania leads a consortium of previous MSRA-funded
researchers including Dr Ingrid van der Mei, A/Prof Robyn Lucas, A/Prof
Christopher Blizzard, Prof Alan Coulthard, Prof Simon Broadley, A/Prof David
Williams and Dr Cameron Shaw who received a Project Grant of $945,000 to
investigate ‘The role of environmental and genetic factors in progression of
Prof Graeme Stewart from the
Westmead Millennium Institute leads a group including A/Prof David Booth and
others who received a Project Grant of $606,700 to investigate ‘Clinical
implications of IL7R genotype: from disease risk to disease management’.
A/Prof David Booth from the
Westmead Millennium Institute leads a group including Dr Marcel Batten, Prof
Graeme Stewart and others who received a Project Grant of $491,800 entitled
‘How do the Vitamin D Receptor activation genes CYP27B1 and CYP24A1 alter
susceptibility to autoimmune diseases?’.
Dr Suzanne Hodgkinson from the
University of NSW leads a group who received a Project Grant of $340,900 for
‘Studies on induction of antigen specific T regulatory cells to control
Congratulations also to the recipients of NHMRC
Dr Scott Kolbe from the
University of Melbourne received an Early Career Fellowship of $299,500 for his
work on ‘Investigating visual neuroplasticity in MS’.
Dr David Brown from the
University of NSW received a Career Development Fellowship of $439,900 for the
project entitled ‘MIC-1/GDF15, CEBPD and neuroinflammation’.
Dr Kaylene Young from the
University of Tasmania received a Career Development Fellowship of $439,900 for
her project ‘Adding new cells to the mature central nervous system:
investigating their normal function and potential for repair’.
‘MS Research Australia has again shown how valuable
the ‘multiplier’ effect can be’, commented Jeremy Wright, CEO of MSRA, ‘where a
smaller investment from generous donors can get the preliminary data needed to
support an application for a larger amount of funding from the government. We
would like to warmly congratulate all those who were awarded NHMRC funding for
The Trish Foundation has previously funded research
at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania and Professor Graeme Stewart and
A/Prof David Booth at Westmead Millennium Insititute showcasing to our generous
supporters the importance of the ‘multiplier’ effect and how valuable their
support is in the pursuit of our goal.