Medical research shines in latest NHMRC funding
Researchers investigating influenza, multiple sclerosis and Indigenous health will share in $60 million funding from the prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council grants.
- Dr Anneke Van der Walt from the Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Medicine, will establish a research program to study two disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) namely upper limb shaking, or tremor, and memory dysfunction. The first project will develop a new treatment for MS arm tremor, Botulinum toxin injections, into routine clinical practice. The second project aims to make available a computerised test of memory that can be done in clinic waiting rooms or at home. This will help neurologists to rapidly pick up changes in memory in a person with MS and improve care.
- Dr Katherine Gibney from the Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity is leading a program to improve the extremely high rates of infections such as skin sores among Indigenous Australians in remote communities. She will study the mobility and social interactions of Indigenous people in remote communities in the Northern Territory to better understand how infectious diseases spread throughout these communities. This information will be used in mathematical models to plan the most effective strategies to permanently reduce the burden of infectious diseases among the population
- Professor Monica Slavin, from the University of Melbourne and a specialist infectious diseases clinician with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, will steer a Centre of Research Excellence to improve cancer outcomes through better management of infections in cancer patients. Opportunistic infections are a real risk for cancer patients. She and her team will establish new research networks to detect emerging multi resistant infections and develop guidelines on how to manage them.