Merit Awards – 2017-2018 recipients

In 2018, Merit Award grants were awarded to 16 emerging WA research leaders for 5 Project Grant and 11 Early Career and Career Development Fellowship near-misses which met the eligibility criteria in the 2017 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding round.

The total value of the Merit Award grants was $925,000. The funds are used to increase the likelihood of success in future NHMRC applications.

Chief Investigator NHMRC Program Administering Institution Merit Award Project Title
A/Prof. Leon Adams Career Development Fellowship University of WA Defining and identifying the burden related to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Dr. Brendan Kennedy Career Development Fellowship University of WA Translation of emerging micro-scale imaging for improved surgical outcomes
Dr. Lea-Ann Kirkham Career Development Fellowship University of WA Novel therapies and vaccine strategies to reduce the global burden of bacterial respiratory disease
Dr. Hannah Moore Career Development Fellowship University of WA Optimising the use of administrative data for conducting policy-relevant paediatric infectious disease research
Dr. Peter Noble Career Development Fellowship University of WA A novel physiological program to understand, treat and prevent obstructive airway disease
Dr. Ruth Thornton Career Development Fellowship University of WA Improving treatments and developing preventative strategies for chronic ear and lung diseases
Dr. Brendan Scott Early Career Fellowship Murdoch University Low-intensity exercise with blood flow restriction: A novel training strategy to improve fitness and function in older people
Miss Erin Kelty Early Career Fellowship University of WA Pharmaceutical Drug Dependence and Pregnancy: Child and Maternal Health
Dr. Dáithí Ó Muirí Early Career Fellowship University of WA Single-cell characterisation of tumours
Dr. Janessa Pickering Early Career Fellowship University of WA Understanding pneumococcal carriage in the context of vaccination to optimise vaccine strategy
Dr. Dave Tang Early Career Fellowship University of WA Diagnosing rare genetic diseases through whole-genome sequencing
Dr. Mark Fear Project Grant University of WA Understanding the sustained changes in immune function post-burn and the link to long-term morbidity and mortality
Dr. Roslyn Giglia Project Grant University of WA Helping new mums to be better breastfeeders – before their babies are even born
A/Prof. Grand Joldes Project Grant University of WA Towards visualising and understanding patient-specific biomechanics of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA)
Adj. A/Prof. Timo Lassmann Project Grant University of WA Personalized analytics to improve diagnostic rates in clinical sequencing.
Last reviewed: 10-09-2019