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The six researchers are among 23 to be successful for the $20 million Federal Government grant.
The recipients are:
- Professor Jane Hocking – $1,497,232.34 – for the implementation of an integrated model of chlamydia case management in general practice
- Doctor Allison Milner – $816,466.70 – for Youth cohort: Improving Disability Employment Study (Y-IDES)
- Associate Professor Alicia Spittle – $1,196,361.90 – for the early diagnoses and intervention for infants with cerebral palsy: implementation of international evidence-based guidelines into practice
- Professor Tim Stinear – $1,499,593.90 – for controlling the Buruli ulcer in Victoria
- Doctor Jo Robinson – $666,281 – for an integrated response to suicide risk among secondary school: a regionally-based randomised trial
- Professor John Hopper – $478,079.10 – to take breast cancer risk prediction to the next level and make it accessible.
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Services Dean Professor Shitij Kapur said the grants will allow the university to continue important medical research projects.
“It is wonderful to see six of our researcher teams receiving this financial support from the Federal Government, addressing everything from cerebral palsy and disability on one hand and flesh-eating Buruli ulcer and suicide risk on the other,” Professor Kapur said.
“I am particularly pleased because in these grants our researchers are bringing the latest discoveries, working with the community and the health services, to make a difference in the lives of Australians here and now.”
University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis congratulated all the grant recipients.
“Congratulations our six researchers in receiving this significant grant. Research is a critical part of the University that delivers benefits to the greater community,” Professor Davis said.