FutureHealth WA Merit Awards – 2015 recipients

In 2016, one-off grants were awarded to 13 eligible Project Grant near-misses and eight eligible Early Career and Career Development Fellowship (ECF and CDF respectively) near-misses from the 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding round.  In all, $1.35 million was distributed to emerging WA researchers through the Department of Health Merit Award program in 2016.

Table: Merit Awards - Projects
Chief Investigator NHMRC program Administering institution Merit Award project title
Gina Ambrosini
Project Grant University of Western Australia Identifying determinants of dietary intake and eating behaviours in young adults to reduce chronic disease
Peter Arthur
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Taurine supplementation to prevent necrosis and loss of muscle strength in the mdx mouse model of Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy
Sally Brinkman
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Language Environment Analysis: enhancing research capacity
Fred Chen
Project Grant  University of Western Australia
Developing stem cell therapy for macular degeneration
Lyn Colvin
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Developmental outcomes for children exposed to prescription medicines in utero
Peter Henry
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Effects of macrolides on airway mucus synthesis and secretion - implications for obstructive lung disease
Brendan Kennedy
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Intraoperative micro-elastography for improved assessment of tumour margins in breast cancer
Laurens Manning
Project Grant University of Western Australia
New approaches to treatment of malaria in Papua New Guinea
Hannah Moore
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Characterising climatic drivers and synergy between common paediatric respiratory viruses in children: guiding prevention and management
Rakesh Naduvile Veedu
Project Grant Murdoch University Splice switching oligonucleotides to enhance treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Phil Stumbles
Project Grant Murdoch University
Investigating the long-term disruption to respiratory immunological homeostasis following early-life influenza infection
Ann-Maree
Vallence
Project Grant Murdoch University
Strengthening cortical connectivity to improve voluntary movement in older adults
Andrew Woo
Project Grant University of Western Australia
Reprogramming aggressive cancer cells

 

Table: Merit Awards - Fellowships
Chief Investigator NHMRC program Administering institution Merit Award project title
Chandrakumar
Balaratnasingam
ECF University of Western Australia
Novel, non-invasive measurements of early retinal vein occlusion
Elin Gray
CDF
Edith Cowan University
Novel Blood Based Biomarkers for Treatment Monitoring in Melanoma
Anne-Marie Hill
CDF
Curtin University
Hospital Falls Epidemiology Project
Rishi Kotecha
ECF
University of Western Australia
Evaluation of demethylating agents against infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia models in vitro
Debra Palmer
CDF
University of Western Australia
Investigating early life immune responses that predict egg allergy development in infancy
Gianina Ravenscroft
CDF
University of Western Australia
Gene discovery and pathobiology in muscle diseases
Tara Richman
ECF
University of Western Australia
Disease models of mitochondrial dysfunction
Guicheng Zhang
CDF
Curtin University
Analysing high-throughput molecular profiling data to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms of asthma and allergy

CDF – Career Development Fellowship
ECF – Early Career Fellowship

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