Monday, 5 December 2016

NHMRC Funding Recipients Announced

SPHPM received a total of $16,712,006 million in funding for 14 research projects and fellowships in this week’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding announcement. 

The School represents the four highest value NHMRC funded research projects across the entire university (* in table below).

Announced by the Minister for Health, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, at Monash’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) at Clayton, the $483 million funding will assist more than 1,900 researchers in the field of health and medical research. Monash is to receive $62.7 million in project grants.

Professor John McNeil, Head of SPHPM, attended the announcement at Clayton and is the recipient of a $4,796,724 Project Grant for ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly). Professor McNeil is the Chief Investigator on this pioneering trial and said funding will go towards its completion. This randomised, double-blind placebo controlled study is the largest primary prevention aspirin study ever undertaken in healthy older people.

“SPHPM is at the helm of important public health research, on both national and global scales; the dynamic pool of research areas that have been awarded NHMRC funding this year are testament to this, ” Professor Mc Neil said.

“NHMRC funding is a significant funding source for the School – it allows us to continue vital work in the field of public health which will benefit countless people for years to come.

“Congratulations to all the successful applicants for the 2016 NHMRC round – your hard work is an asset to SPHPM, the field of scientific research and the wider global community,” Professor Mc Neil said.

Successful SPHPM NHMRC grant projects are detailed below:

Project Grants

Chief Investigator
Scientific Title
Amount (AUD$)
Prof Rory Wolfe
Enhancing aspects of time-to-event analysis methodology in randomised trials
Dr Andrew Teichtal
METHODS A randomised controlled trial of METhotrexate to treat Hand Osteoarthritis with Synovitis
A/Prof Sue Evans
Optimising care for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer: a prospective cohort study
Prof Stephen Bernard
Targeted Therapeutic Mild Hypercapnia After Resuscitated Cardiac Arrest: A Phase III Multi-Centre Randomised Controlled Trial (The TAME Cardiac Arrest Trial)
Prof Jamie Cooper
The prophylactic hypothermia to lessen traumatic brain injury-randomised controlled trial : Continuation of funding request
Prof John Zalcberg
The role of aspirin in the prevention of colorectal cancer
Dr Carol Hogson
Treatment of invasively ventilated adults with Early Activity and Mobilisation
Prof John McNeil
ASPREE Completion Project

Centre of Research Excellence Grant
Chief Investigator
Scientific Title
Amount (AUD$)
Prof Peter Cameron
Centre of Research Excellence in Prehospital Emergency Care

Career Development Fellowship
Chief Investigator
Scientific Title
Amount (AUD$)
Dr Jacqui Boyle
Addressing inequalities in women's health: research, implementation and scale up of evidence based care to improve health outcomes
A/Prof Julian Elliott
Novel health data systems for translation and impact

Early Career Research Fellowship
Chief Investigator
Scientific Title
Amount (AUD$)
Dr Andrew Uddy
Improving outcomes in patients with community-acquired severe sepsis: The role of pre-hospital antibiotics.

TRIP (Translating Research Into Practice) Fellowship        
Chief Investigator
Scientific Title
Amount (AUD$)
Dr Carolina Weller
Facilitating Venous Leg Ulcer Guideline implementation: Closing the Gap

NHMRC Translational Research Projects for Improved Health Care        
Chief Investigator
Scientific Title
Amount (AUD$)
Dr Carol Hodgson
Early Identification of Disability to Inform Better Care and Outcomes in High Risk Patients

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