Research Grants for 2016 & 2017




Professor Anne Barden

Effects of weight loss and n-3 fatty acid supplementation on Resolution of inflammation in patients at risk of cardiovascular Disease

Funding:   $19,610


Dr Catherine Bondonno

Increased production of short chain fatty acids by the gut microbiome improves vascular health

Funding:   $18,376


Dr Erika Bosio

Does the early microRNA profile of stroke have diagnostic potential?

Funding:   $20,000


Mr Leon Brownrigg

Establishment, Manufacture and Pre-clinical Evaluation of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cells for Immunotherapy

Funding:   $20,000


Dr Gemma Cadby

Understanding the genetics of mesothelioma susceptibility and Prognosis

Funding:   $19,000


Dr Dick Chan

Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Postprandial Lipoprotein(a) Transport in Subjects at High Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Funding:   $18,500


Dr Hun Chuah

Ultra-Sensitive Genetic Monitoring of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia: From “Morphology to Mutation”

Funding:   $17,833


A/Professor Kay Cox

Can a 6-month physical activity intervention in individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease impact on cognition, physical activity, mental health, quality of like and utilisation of health services in the long-term?

Funding:   $20,000


A/Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer

A tailored music therapy and real-time biofeedback mobile phone app to promote motor rehabilitation following stroke

Funding:   $18,000


Dr Sonia Fernandez

The effects of IFN-α on B cells and the induction of humoral immune responses in HIV disease

Funding:   $19,444


Professor Martyn French

Combined cellular and humoral HIV-1 Gag-specific immune responses in the control of HIV-1 infection

Funding:   $19,708


Mr Alex Hayes

Evaluation of additive manufacturing as an alternative to cadaveric bone for use in biomechanical implant testing

Funding:   $14,028


Dr Dagmara Hering

Is Chemoreflex Sensitivity a Major Contributor to Sympathetic Activation in Chronic Kidney Disease?

Funding:   $20,000


Dr Alan Kop

Investigation and evaluation of 3D printed tissue engineered Bone scaffolds inoculated with adult mesenchymal stem cell spheroids

Funding:  $18,715


Dr Jeanie Leong

Towards improving integration between specialist and primary care for people diagnosed with lung cancer

Funding:   $19,808


Dr Stephen Macdonald

The role of Resistin in endothelial cell activation in human sepsis

Funding:  $20,000


Dr Vance Matthews

Determining the impact of renal or hepatic denervation on insulin resistance and liver injury

Funding:  $20,000


A/Professor Doug McKitrick

Does Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Offer Improved Efficacy for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Therapy in Neurological Rehabilitation?

Funding:   $19,850


Professor Vera Morgan                                                                                                                                   

Developmental lifecourse trajectories and schizophrenia: Clinical validation of register-derived constructs

Funding:   $19,508


Dr Jeremy Parry

Novel drivers of progression and treatment resistance in breast cancer

Funding:   $15,581


Professor Markus Schlaich

Role of sympathetic nervous system activation in fatty liver disease

Funding:   $20,000


Dr Lisa Smart

The effect of 4% succinylated gelatine on acute kidney injury in patients with critical illness

Funding:   $19,463


Dr Jong Song

Molecular mechanisms of preterm birth induced childhood asthma

Funding:   $19,642


Dr Jennifer Stone

Mammographic density in families with high-risk of breast cancer

Funding:   $20,000


A/Professor Marian Sturm

Expansion of Cord Blood Stem Cell Grafts using Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

Funding:  $6,050


Dr Dino Bee Aik Tan

Characterisation of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid-derived exosomes as a target for diagnosis and new treatment strategies for COPD

Funding:   $20,000


Dr Andrew Toner

Perioperative ADministration of Dexamethasone and Infection [PADDI] – Baroreflex sensitivity sub-study

Funding:   $19,715


Dr Natalie Ward

Dietary flavonoids and fibre: synergistic beneficial effects on the development of atherosclerosis

Funding:   $19,994


Associate Professor Guicheng Zhang

Using whole genome sequencing to identify pathogenic copy number variants in children with congenital heart defects

Funding:   $20,000






Professor Anne Barden

The effect of alcohol on resolution of inflammation in healthy men and patients with Type 2 diabetes

Funding:  $19,740


Associate Professor Damon Bell

Neuropsychological and neurophysiological indicators of brain impairment in adults with phenylketonuria (PKU

Funding:  $19,413


Clinical Professor John Burnett

Development of a clinical registry for the management of abetalipoproteinaemia and familial hypobetalipoproteinaemia

Funding:  $20,000


Dr Melita Cirillo                                                                                                                                      

Mesenchymal Stromal Cell (MSC) Immunological Therapy for Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Funding:  $17,500


Professor Kevin Croft                                                                                                                          

Dietary nitrate: beneficial effects on obesity and development of metabolic syndrome

Funding:  $18,500


Dr Katrina Ellis                                                                                                                                        

Investigation of Polygenic Familial Hypercholesterolaemia and Related Lipid Disorders

Funding:  $20,000


Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer

Tops: tDSC to optimise participation in stroke rehabilitation – a sham controlled cross over study

Funding:  $16,444


Dr Meg Harrold

Frailty in ICU trauma patients: a prospective observational study

Funding:  $18,000


Dr Dagmara Hering

Effect of renal denervation on sympathetic and neural reflex mechanisms in patients with resistant hypertension

Funding:  $20,000


Clinical Professor Graham Hillis

The Low Dose Colchicine After Acute Myocardial Infarction study

Funding:  $20,000


Associate Professor Kwok Ming Ho

Predicting venous thromboembolism in critically ill or injured patients using advanced laboratory tests: a pilot exploratory study

Funding:  $20,000


Dr Alan Kop

Investigation and evaluation of 3D printed tissue engineered bone scaffolds inoculated with adult mesenchymal stem cell spheroids and cultured in the RPH bioreactor

Funding:  $17,305

Clinical Professor Phillipa Lamont

Conversion of a PC based mitochondrial disease registry to an open source, Australia-wide patient registry framework

Funding:  $20,000


Dr Vance Matthews

Potential role of the sympathetic nervous system in regulation of the sodium glucose co-transporter-2 in Amerindians

Funding:  $20,000


Dr Esther Ooi

Lipoprotein(a) a new risk factor of premature coronary artery disease in an Australian population

Funding:  $10,000


Dr Jacqui Saw

Prognosis after first-ever seizure: a prospective hospital-based study

Funding:  $19,088


Dr Dino Tan

Novel approaches to treating bacterial infection in COPD by blocking inhibitory T-cell receptors

Funding:  $20,000


Clinical Associate Professor Donna Taylor                                                                                     

A feasibility study to evaluate whether the addition of Contrast Enhanced Mammography to tomosynthesis for diagnostic assessment of non-calcified lesions can improve diagnostic work-up

Funding:  $19,811


Dr Sarah Ward                                                                                                                                        

Identification of gene-environment interactions associated with multiple primary melanoma

Funding:  $19,500


Dr Andrew Woo                                                                                                                                     

Functional examination of the ZBP family of transcription factors in cancer metastasis

Funding:  $20,000