JCSMR Hosts Minister Hunt for NHMRC media release

JCSMR wins 8.4 million in latest NHMRC funding

ANU was awarded 16 grants (total $12.8 million) in the latest round of NHMRC funding, with 11 of the 16 grants awarded secured by JCSMR ($8.4 million).

The ANU funding was part of the $640 million announcement, which was made at JCSMR by Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.

ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Margaret Harding said the NHMRC funding demonstrates how internationally renowned research at ANU was assisting people nationally and across the globe.

"This funding highlights the quality of health and medical research being led by ANU," Professor Harding said.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate the grant recipients and look forward to seeing the results of their research."

Professor Easteal, Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics (NCIG), won $1.4 million in funding to establish an Indigenous Australian reference genome (the NCIGrg), using advanced genome sequencing technologies and data analytics.

"This new funding will improve the long-term research and clinical value of genomic data for Indigenous Australians," Professor Easteal said.

"We will compare the NCIGrg research performance and clinical utility with the standard reference genome, which is based mostly on European genomes. 

"The project will underpin the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics' commitment to ensuring that Indigenous Australians are included in the benefits of genomic medicine." 

Dr Leonie Quinn from JCSMR won $941,000 in funding for brain cancer research.

"The funding will enable us to develop Drosophila (fly) and mouse genetic models to mimic mutations detected in primary brain cancer and ascertain whether they drive tumour progression," Dr Quinn said.

"We will immediately translate novel discoveries from the animal models into patient-derived tumour systems to determine how these networks drive cancer progression.

"Further to providing molecular markers to guide treatment using current drug therapies, we will determine efficacy of small molecules for inhibiting brain tumour progression."

Other JCSMR recipients are:

Associate Professor Elizabeth Gardiner, The John Curtin School of Medical Research ($435,000) and a second project ($398,000);

Associate Professor Di Yu, The John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU ($586,688); and a second project ($950,000);

Dr Si Ming Man, The John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU ($625,000) and a second project ($738,000);

Associate Professor Anselm Enders, The John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU ($755,000);

Dr Nathalie Dehorter, The John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU ($528,000);

Professor David Tremethick, The John Curtin School of Medical Research at ANU ($1.05 million).

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