$1.35 million to help make WA research more competitive
Eight Fellowship Merit Awards and 13 Project Grant Merit Awards
Wide range of health studies supported
State Government research funding totalling $1.35 million will help 21 local health and medical researchers improve their chances of securing National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants and fellowships.
Announcing round three of the Merit Award program, Health Minister John Day congratulated each recipient and said the awards were available only to those who had come close to receiving an NHMRC Project Grant, Early Career Fellowship or Career Development Fellowship in 2015.
"These awards will help our researchers showcase the diverse range of Western Australian health science," Mr Day said.
"Each recipient is a shining light in their field. It is vital we nurture their talent, not only because their work may lead to valuable medical breakthroughs but also because it builds on WA's growing strength in science."
The one-off Merit Award payments are designed to boost the researchers' competitiveness in future NHMRC funding rounds by paying for activities such as pilot data experiments or the development of new laboratory tests.
"The grants are part of the FutureHealth WA initiative to boost the State's research capability," the Minister said.
"They are an important part of our determination to secure WA's rightful share of national health research funding."
Project Grant Merit Awards provide a payment of up to $75,000 to researchers who narrowly missed out on a NHMRC Project Grant, while Fellowship Merit Awards provide up to $50,000 to assist those who came close to getting a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship or Career Development Fellowship.
In the latest round of the program, 13 researchers received Project Grant Merit Awards and eight researchers received Fellowship Merit Awards.
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Round 3 Project Merit Award recipients
|A/Prof Gina Ambrosini||Identifying determinants of dietary intake and eating behaviours in young adults to reduce chronic disease||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Peter Arthur||Taurine supplementation to prevent necrosis and loss of muscle strength in the mdx mouse model of Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Sally Brinkman||Language Environment Analysis: enhancing research capacity||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Fred Chen||Developing stem cell therapy for macular degeneration||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Lyn Colvin||Developmental outcomes for children exposed to prescription medicines in utero||The University of Western Australia|
|A/Prof Peter Henry||Effects of macrolides on airway mucus synthesis and secretion - implications for obstructive lung disease||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Brendan Kennedy||Intraoperative micro-elastography for improved assessment of tumour margins in breast cancer||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Laurens Manning||New approaches to treatment of malaria in Papua New Guinea||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Hannah Moore||Characterising climatic drivers and synergy between common paediatric respiratory viruses in children: guiding prevention and management||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Phil Stumbles||Investigating the long-term disruption to respiratory immunological homeostasis following early-life Influenza A Virus infections||Murdoch University|
|Dr Ann-Maree Vallence||Strengthening functional connectivity in the aging brain to improve voluntary movement.||Murdoch University|
|Dr Rakesh Naduvile Veedu||Splice switching oligonucleotides to enhance treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy||Murdoch University|
|Dr Andrew Woo||Reprogramming aggressive cancer cells||The University of Western Australia|
Fellowship Merit Award recipients
| Recipient||Project title||Institution|
|Dr Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam||Novel, non-invasive measurements of early retinal vein occlusion||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Elin Gray||Novel Blood Based Biomarkers for Treatment Monitoring in Melanoma||Edith Cowan University|
|Dr Anne-Marie Hill||Hospital Falls Epidemiology Project||Curtin University of Technology|
|Dr Rishi Kotecha||Evaluation of demethylating agents against infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia models in vitro||The University of Western Australia|
|A/Prof Debra Palmer||Investigating early life immune responses that predict egg allergy development in infancy||The University of Western Australia|
|A/Prof Gianina Ravenscroft||Gene discovery and pathobiology in muscle diseases.||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Tara Richman||Disease models of mitochondrial dysfunction||The University of Western Australia|
|Dr Guicheng Zhang||Analysing high-throughput molecular profiling data to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms of asthma and allergy||Curtin University of Technology|