ANU wins $5.5 million in latest NHMRC funding

13 October 2017

The latest funding highlights some of the great medical research being led by ANU.

ANU has won more than $5.5 million in funding for projects on major health issues in the latest round of NHMRC grants.

ANU will take the lead on eight of the new projects, including an NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grant project, to be led by Associate Professor Philip Batterham from the Research School of Population Health (RSPH), into on-line programs as a tool to improve mental health.

The biggest grant went to Dr Rosemary Korda from RSPH. Dr Korda won $1.13 million in funding for a Partnership Project to harness the power of large-scale data to provide evidence for improving health care and health policy in Australia.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Margaret Harding congratulated the winners, and said the NHMRC funding demonstrated how world-class research at ANU was helping improve lives in Australia and around the world.

"The latest funding highlights some of the great medical research being led by ANU," Professor Harding said.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate the grant recipients and look forward to seeing the results of their research."

The other successful projects are:

  • Professor Thomas Preiss from the John Curtin School of Medical Research ($707,000 over five years), for his project on RNA and cells and how they impact on cardiac and cancer biology;
  • Associate Professor Martyn Kirk (RSPH), ($477,000) for a four-year Career Development Fellowship to study diseases arising from contaminated food, water and the environment;
  • Associate Professor Di Yu (JCSMR) ($640,000) for research into Cytotoxic T cells and how they can be used to control infection and cancer;
  • Professor Emily Banks (RSPH) ($850,000), for research into large-scale epidemiology, chronic disease and disadvantaged populations;
  • Associate Professor Charani Ranasinghe (JCSMR) ($575,000 over two years), for research into a mucosal vaccine approach for HIV; and
  • Associate Professor David Nisbet (Research School of Engineering) (665,000), for research into treating Parkinson's disease dementia with nanoscaffolds.