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Feb 2017
Trish Foundation contributes to first-ever discovery
Jun 2017
Researchers funded by the Trish Foundation making great progress
Dec 2017
Announcement by NHMRC
Jan 2018
2018 Round of Funding Four new Projects announced
Jun 2018
Exciting regrowth of nerve fibres
Jun 2018
Dr Merson secures $1 million from NHMRC
Jun 2018
Findings submitted for publication
Jan 2019
New Research Projects commencing 2019 announced

Trish Funding Goes a Long Way  

One of the greatest challenges for funding agencies like the Trish Foundation is to find and fund research that will make the greatest impact. Working in partnership with MSRA, the Trish Foundation has backed high quality research that has grown into larger projects now funded by the Federal Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).  

A/Prof Helmut Butzkueven was the recipient of the inaugural Trish MS Research Foundation & NHMRC co-sponsored Betty Cuthbert Fellowship from 2006 to 2009. As a result of the scientific projects that A/Prof Butzkueven was able to complete in those 4 years, he has been awarded a highly competitive Career Development Award from the NHMRC, ensuring his focus on MS research until 2013.  

In 2008, A/Prof Butzkueven and his colleagues received $78,000 of MSRA funding for the project “Role of EPHA4 in EAE” which was granted a further $517,000 by the NHMRC in 2009.  To test a series of biomarkers of neurodegenerationin People with MS, A/Prof Butzkueven and his colleagues were awarded $26,000 by MSRA which was the evidence to support a new project now awarded with $498,000 in NHMRC Project grant funding.  

Another great success of MSRA funding was the discovery of two new genetic loci associated with MS by the Australian and New Zealand ANZGENE consortium. The original, visionary seed funding of $200,000 from the Trish Foundation led to the $500,000 commitment with MSRA.  This was translated into an ARC Linkage Grant with a total budget of over $1 million and has now led to a very significant breakthrough for understanding the cause of MS, and, also, two new NHMRC Project Grants with a combined value of over $1.1 million (from 2010) to continue this work.  

The Trish Foundation continues to support A/Prof Butzkueven’s research in 2010, with $90,000 to understand the mechanisms of brain and spinal damage in MS that will extend his previous work into understanding the molecule called Dab2 that mediates axonal injury in MS. The Trish Foundation has made a significant impact by backing a talented clinical researcher back in 2006 to maintain his dedication specifically to MS research with amazing results.   

The Trish Foundation and MSRA have contributed $760,000 which has now attracted $2.715 million in additional funding from other sources.

Trish Foundation & MS Research Australia Working together to find a cure for MS
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