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NHMRC supports Australian
MS researchers

MS Research Australia and the Trish Foundation, welcome the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) recent Fellowships funding announcement, with a total of $1.05 million awarded to MS researchers.

This includes a Practitioner Fellowship for clinician researcher, Associate Professor Helmut Butzkueven and a Research Fellowship for laboratory-based researcher, Associate Professor David Booth. Both MS researchers receiving funding in this round have a close focus on ensuring that research discoveries are translated directly into clinical benefit for people with MS.

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said ‘Practitioner Fellowships are prestigious, highly competitive, sought after awards for researchers who perform in the top 10% of their field. All have strong track records of using their experiences in the health system to inform their research, and vice versa.’

‘Translating research outcomes into practice is a challenge for health systems the world over and fraught with obstacles. Embedding research in the health system is a good way to help overcome some of these barriers and help Australian people reap the benefits of research as soon as possible.’ he said.

Associate Professor David Booth has been supported by an MS Research Australia Senior Research Fellowship over the last five years which has enabled him to make enormous progress in his research including contributing significantly to the MS Research Australia-supported ANZgene MS Genetics Consortium and the international discovery of more than 100 genes that contribute to MS susceptibility.

Associate Professor Helmut Butzkueven was one of the first researchers to receive an MS Research Australia Fellowship in 2006, co-funded by the Trish MS Research Foundation, after MS Research Australia was established. Both his clinical and research expertise have gone from strength to strength and he now runs a large MS research laboratory as well as heading MS clinics at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Box Hill Hospital. Helmut has also contributed significantly to the ANZgene Consortium and is a principal investigator in the PrevANZ vitamin D MS Prevention trial.

Trish Foundation Chairman, Carol Langsford said, “We are thrilled that Associate Professor Booth and Associate Professor Butzkueven both of whom the Trish Foundation has previously supported, have secured this additional funding.”  

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