University welcomes NHMRC grant funding
The University of Melbourne has welcomed funding as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Grants, announced today by Minister for Health Greg Hunt.
- Develop a computerised tool to help GPs make better decisions about prescribing antibiotics, reducing unnecessary prescriptions. Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis has been awarded a Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship to for her work on improving how antibiotics are prescribed in general practice.
- Investigate why Indigenous Australian children enter the child protection system at a disproportionately high rate and how this affects their health, led by Professor Sandra Eades.
- Determine if the type of anaesthesia affects long-term survival in patients having cancer surgery, led by Professor Bernhard Reidel (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre).
- Develop an optical sensor for detecting foetal distress in labour, led by Dr Fiona Brownfoot. The most accurate and reliable way of identifying birth asphyxia – a leading cause of cerebral palsy, developmental delay and death in term babies – is by measuring foetal blood pH.
- Discover how a delicate balance between two immune cells contributes to the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, the severest form of Australia’s most common chronic disease, led by Dr Adrian Achuthan (Royal Melbourne Hospital).