Flinders receives $6.67m in grants for medical research

Professor Fran Baum, Director of the Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health.

Medical researchers at Flinders University have received a total of more than $6.67 million in funding in the latest rounds of grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The funded research at Flinders will address issues that include sleep apnea and a virus linked to cancer in remote Indigenous communities.

The Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health, headed by Professor Fran Baum, has received $2.47 million to continue its activities.

Congratulating the researchers and the staff at Flinders who supported their applications, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Day said the grants made to Flinders would benefit Australian society in both the short and long term.

“Some of the funded projects have immediate applications in treating disease and chronic health conditions, while other researchers will pursue fundamental knowledge of processes at the level of cells and hormones,” Professor Day said.

“In the case of the Centre for Research Excellence on the Social Determinants of Health, Flinders is a base for world-class research directed at better understanding and addressing the underlying contribution of social and economic factors in poor health.”

Professor Day said that grants represented successful research proposals both by cross-institutional teams led from Flinders and by high-achieving individuals.

The funded projects with their lead investigators are listed below: except where otherwise stated, researchers are from Flinders University.

  • Associate Professor Peter Catcheside, Professor Karen Reynolds – ‘Clarifying the pathogenic role of arousal-hyperventilation in obstructive and central sleep apnoea: Testing fundamental pathophysiological mechanisms and a strategic new treatment’ $402,616
  • Dr Lloyd Einseidel, Dr Anthony Veale (Queen Elizabeth Hospital), Dr Kim Wilson (National Serology Reference Laboratory), Dr Kerry Taylor, Professor Antoine Gessain (Insitut Pasteur, France) – ‘Infection with the Human T cell Lymphotropic Virus type 1 among Indigenous Australian residents of remote communities’ $874,694
  • Associate Professor Christos Karapetis, Associate Professor Michael Sorich, Professor Ross McKinnon, Associate Professor Marc Buyse (Hasselt University, Belgium) – ‘Personalised medicine markers of anti-EGFR antibody therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer: accelerating clinical translation with collaborative meta-analyses based on individual-participant data’$291,601
  • Dr Robyn Meech, Professor Peter McKenzie, Dr Michael Downes, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA), Professor Ross McKinnon – ‘A novel metabolic role for UDP Glycosyltransferase 8 (UGT8)’$405,954
  • Dr Jing Jing Wang (Early Career Fellowship) – ‘Molecular profiling of the immunoglobulin proteome in primary Sjögren’s syndrome’$309,436
  • Associate Professor Damien Keating (Career Development Fellowship) – ‘Defining the mechanisms that control exocytosis and cell signalling in health and disease’ $455,452
  • Professor Fran Baum (Centre of Research Excellence) – ‘Centre of Research Excellence on Social Determinants of Health (CRESDHE): Policy research on the social determinants of health equity’$2,471,0776
  • Professor Doug McEvoy (Practitioner Fellowship) – ‘Translational Research in Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ $551,436
  • Associate Professor Taher Omari (Research Fellowship) – ‘Translational Studies of Novel Methods for the Assessment of Gastrointestinal Motility’ $686,645
  • Professor Peter McKenzie (Research Fellowship extension) – $167,183
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