The Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) received nearly $16 million to lead 26 research projects in last week’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding announcement – the second largest amount given to a research precinct in Australia.
Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and Federal Health Minister the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, announced the NHMRC grants across six schemes worth more than $539.8 million last Friday.
Monash University ranked first for both the number of grants and the total amount funded in this year’s round.
Of the $15.9 million awarded to MHTP, $1.7 million will fund projects in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS), one Early Career Fellowship, one Translating Research into Practice Fellowship and two Project Grants.
Professor Richard Kitching, Head of the Centre of Inflammatory Diseases, received an $890,000 Project Grant over four years to research how the kidney is injured by CD8+ cells in vasculitis. Similarly, Associate Professor Dominique Cadilhac will use her $475,000 Project Grant to determine the cost-effectiveness of a novel Australian Stroke Telemedicine program, known as the CAST study.Other funding recipients at SCS include Dr Dennis Wong (Department of Medicine), who received an Early Career Fellowship to continue his research into accute coronary syndrome, and Dr Judi Porter (Department of Nutrition & Dietetics) who received a Translating Research into Practice Fellowship to investigate barriers to protected mealtimes implementation to prevent and treat malnutrition.
In addition, both Professor Kitching and Associate Professor Cadilhac were involved in successful bids with other lead organisations under the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence grants scheme. Professor Kitching will be part of the Centre for Personalised Immunology, led by the Australian National University, while Associate Professor Cadilhac will contribute towards the Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery, led by the University of Melbourne.