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Over five million dollars in funding helps Australian researchers.

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Media Release Senator the Hon Kay Patterson Minister for Health and Ageing

22 August, 2002

OVER FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING HELPS AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS Researchers wanting to develop their discoveries to a point where they can take them to the marketplace, that is, commercialise their discovery - will be helped by new NHMRC grants announced today by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson.

In this first round for 2002, research teams in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia will receive funding, totalling $5.106 million, to support work in a human health related field, for example, diagnostics, medical devices or pharmaceutical product development, biotechnology, bioinformatics and biomaterials.

"These grants will help researchers develop their discoveries to a point where commercialisation is practical. The funding will help bridge the gap from early research outcomes to product development, providing essential support for our best ideas," Senator Patterson said.

"In recent years, the research community has become more interested in finding ways to develop Australian innovations and discoveries here in Australia, rather than seeking opportunities overseas.

"Since the NHMRC simplified the process for applying for Development Grants, the new-look scheme has generated considerable interest amongst the research community, which illustrates the demand for this type of support."

In this, its first year of operation, 46 applications were received - a 300 per cent increase on the old scheme. Fifteen of the top ranked applications will receive total funding of $5.106 million over 3 years. Details of the grants are attached.

Applications for NHMRC Development Grants will open twice a year.


1. Dr Chris J Jackson A/Pr Alan J Cooper A/Pr Lyn M March University of Sydney NSW Activated protein C to promote wound healing $390,000

2. Prof Barry J Allen Prof John H Kearsley University of New South Wales NSW A new therapy for the control of secondary breast cancer $330,000

3. Dr Kay L Double Dr Dominic B Rowe University of New South Wales NSW Development of a new diagnostic test for movement disorders $325,000

4. Prof David L Morris University of New South Wales NSW $101,000

5. Prof Michael S Humphreys Dr Nancy A Pachana A/Pr Gerard Byrne Prof Chris B Del Mar A/Pr Gerald Tehan University of Queensland QLD Memory Screening in General Practice $300,000

6. Dr Ian Findlay A/Pr Fung Yee Chan University of Queensland Improving first trimester prenatal diagnosis screening - rapid prenatal screening for everyone $225,000

7. Prof John D Pettigrew University of Queensland QLD Manic depression diagnosis $140,000

8. Dr Sarah A Robertson Dr Jeremy G Thompson University of Adelaide SA GM-CSF and Human Embryo Development $480,000

9. Prof James C Paton Dr Adrienne W Paton Dr Renato Morona University of Adelaide SA Harmless bacteria for prevention of gut infections $450,000

10. A/Pr Keryn A Williams Dr Helen M Brereton Prof Douglas J Coster Prof Heddy Zola Flinders University of South Australia SA Antibody fragments for treating eye diseases $435,000

11. Prof Andy Choo Dr Richard E Saffery Dr Lee H Wong Murdoch Children's Research Institute VIC Development of a novel tool for delivering corrective genes in human gene therapy $495,000

12. Dr David J Phillips Prof David M de Kretser Dr William Sievert Monash University VIC The use of follistatin in the treatment of liver disease $330,000

13. Dr Michael MD Lawrence-Brown

Dr Kurt Liffman Dr James B Semmens University of Western Australia WA Understanding the fatigue forces in arterial blood flow with a focus on the implications for endoluminal technology. $300,000

14. A/Pr Karin A Eidne University of Western Australia WA Development of BRET technologies: tools for proteomics and drug discovery $375,000

15. A/Pr Yogesan Kanagasingam Dr Mei-Ling Tay-Kearney Dr Marc Tennant University of Western Australia WA Development of a multipurpose imaging device $430,000

Media Contact: Marnie Gaffney, Senator Patterson's office (02) 6277 7220 Dr Greg Ash, (NHMRC) (02) 6289 9503

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