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Six of University of Melbourne’s leading medical researchers will take their work to the global stage, sharing in $3 million NHMRC funding announced today.

The projects are part of $5.8 million awarded to Australian researchers by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The grants encourage international collaboration to solve global health problems. 

The University of Melbourne researchers will collaborate with leading European and Californian scientists on prolific health problems including heart disease, stroke and breast cancer and to learning more about lung health, child health, ageing and stem cells.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jim McCluskey said that participating in so many of these grants reflected the world-class medical expertise within the University.

“Congratulations to the recipients on this achievement. The NHMRC grants are among the most prestigious and sought-after in Australian medical research,” Professor McCluskey said. 

“These grants reflect the hard work, dedication and international reach of the University’s researcher community. They are testament to our scientific rigour, infrastructure and cross-disciplinary collaborations.” 

NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso said health and medical research is a global venture. 

“In participating in international collaborations like these, Australian researchers share their knowledge and skills,” she said.

“In turn, they gain access to technology that is potentially not available in Australia, and they get to work with some of the brightest scientific minds overseas.”

University of Melbourne and partner NHMRC grant recipients

  • Prof Richard Sinnott, Department of Computing and Information Systems in the Melbourne School of Engineering,
     of genomics-based strategies for improved diagnosis and treatment of endocrine hypertension - $461,322
  • Prof Melissa Southey, Department of Pathology, Breast Cancer Risk after Diagnostic Gene Sequencing - $471,281
  • Prof Shyamali Dharmage, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Aging Lungs in European Cohorts - $470,342
  • A/Prof Sharon Goldfeld, at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Models of Child Health Appraised $321,054
  • Prof Graham Giles - Honorary, based at the Cancer Council Victoria, LIFEPATH: life-course biological pathways underlying social differences in healthy ageing $470,466
  • Prof Andrew Elefanty – Honorary, based at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, A suite of engineered human pluripotent stem cell lines to facilitate the generation of hematopoietic stem cells $881,221