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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Monash tops the board for NHMRC funding with the largest grant going to a school in FMNHS

Monash University has received $72 million – the largest amount given to a university in last week's NHMRC project grants funding announcement.

Monash ranked first for both the number of grants and the total amount funded in this year’s round. Stroke, prostate cancer, chronic back pain and lung disease, are just a few examples of the 107 Monash University research area to receive funding from the NHMRC.

Professor Tomas Corcoran, from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, will lead a $4.6 million study on postoperative infections.

The largest NHMRC project grant given to a Monash researcher this year, Professor Corcoran’s study comes at a time when rates of postoperative infections are on the rise, prolonging recovery, increasing the risk of death, and costing billions of dollars in healthcare spending annually. The research team will also examine the impact of diabetes on postoperative infections.

More than $3.5 million was awarded to a project led by Associate Professor Marianne Chapman, from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, to discover if improved nutrition for patients in intensive care units could increase recovery rates.

The NHMRC also highlighted specific research grants that will tackle the Government’s nine National Health Priority Areas. Associate Professor Anita Wluka, from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, was noted as one of the grant recipients taking a unique research approach to the challenge of improving outcomes for people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, one of the nine National Health Priority Areas.

Associate Professor Wluka’s team will conduct a randomised controlled trial to determine whether a particular drug offers relief for people with knee osteoarthritis who have become sensitised to pain.

Five Early Career fellowships (including one Career Development Fellowship) and five project grants were also awarded with an income total of approximately $5.1M at the Central Clinical School. Click here to view CCS' blog entry for more information.

The NHMRC aims to raise the standard of individual and public health throughout Australia. Prime Minister Abbott announced a total of 848 NHMRC grants worth $539.8 million to institutions across the country.

For more information, visit the NHMRC website.

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