Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Grants to push WA science on to national stage

    3/05/2016 9:05 AM
    • $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

    RecipientProject titleInstitution
    A/Prof Gina AmbrosiniIdentifying determinants of dietary intake and eating behaviours in young adults to reduce chronic diseaseThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Peter ArthurTaurine supplementation to prevent necrosis and loss of muscle strength in the mdx mouse model of Duchenne's Muscular DystrophyThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Sally BrinkmanLanguage Environment Analysis: enhancing research capacityThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Fred ChenDeveloping stem cell therapy for macular degenerationThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Lyn ColvinDevelopmental outcomes for children exposed to prescription medicines in uteroThe University of Western Australia
    A/Prof Peter HenryEffects of macrolides on airway mucus synthesis and secretion - implications for obstructive lung diseaseThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Brendan KennedyIntraoperative micro-elastography for improved assessment of tumour margins in breast cancerThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Laurens ManningNew approaches to treatment of malaria in Papua New GuineaThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Hannah MooreCharacterising climatic drivers and synergy between common paediatric respiratory viruses in children: guiding prevention and managementThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Phil StumblesInvestigating the long-term disruption to respiratory immunological homeostasis following early-life Influenza A Virus infectionsMurdoch University
    Dr Ann-Maree VallenceStrengthening functional connectivity in the aging brain to improve voluntary movement.Murdoch University
    Dr Rakesh Naduvile VeeduSplice switching oligonucleotides to enhance treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophyMurdoch University
    Dr Andrew WooReprogramming aggressive cancer cellsThe University of Western Australia


    Fellowship Merit Award recipients

     RecipientProject titleInstitution
    Dr Chandrakumar BalaratnasingamNovel, non-invasive measurements of early retinal vein occlusionThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Elin GrayNovel Blood Based Biomarkers for Treatment Monitoring in MelanomaEdith Cowan University
    Dr Anne-Marie HillHospital Falls Epidemiology ProjectCurtin University of Technology
    Dr Rishi KotechaEvaluation of demethylating agents against infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia models in vitroThe University of Western Australia
    A/Prof Debra PalmerInvestigating early life immune responses that predict egg allergy development in infancyThe University of Western Australia
    A/Prof Gianina RavenscroftGene discovery and pathobiology in muscle diseases.The University of Western Australia
    Dr Tara RichmanDisease models of mitochondrial dysfunctionThe University of Western Australia
    Dr Guicheng ZhangAnalysing high-throughput molecular profiling data to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms of asthma and allergyCurtin University of Technology