NHMRC funding to further boost research

The University of Melbourne has been awarded $58.7 million in research funding by the NHMRC.

The University of Melbourne welcomes $58.7 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), which was announced by Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

Some of the University research supported by these grants include projects that aim to:

  • Investigate whether flash glucose monitoring improve blood glucose levels in Indigenous Australians with type 2 diabetes – led by Associate Professor Elif Ekinci;
  • Evaluate a community-led nutrition and lifestyle program for weight loss and metabolic health – led by Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs;
  • Identify mechanisms and management of osteoarthritis pain – led by Associate Professor Jason Ivanusic;
  • Reverse antibiotic resistance in superbugs – led by Professor Neil O’Brien-Simpson;
  • Investigate gut protection for patients with Parkinson’s Disease – led by Dr Rachel McQuade; and
  • Analyse and identify new risk factors for breast cancer based on digital mammograms – led by Professor John Hopper.

University of Melbourne Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Justin Zobel said the University’s high-quality research will receive a significant boost as a result of the NHMRC funding.

“We thank the Federal Government for supporting vital research that will tackle some of the most complex questions and problems of our time, and I extend my congratulations to all staff involved in these projects,” Professor Zobel said.

“We also acknowledge the achievements and contributions of our precinct partners and affiliates.”

In total, 62 projects have been funded as part of a $437 million investment in health and medical research projects across Australia.