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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Foundation grant awarded to further rheumatology research

Dr Jim Harris

Congratulations Dr Jim Harris who has received a competitive Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation grant.

The Foundation Grant worth $22,000 will be used towards a new piece of equipment, a Direct Detect Spectrometer from Millipore. The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation directs funds towards high quality research and high quality researchers to support the direct costs of research, typically tangibles including laboratory equipment and consumables.

“We’re really pleased with the outcome as this is the first time we’ve applied for one of these grants,” said Chief Investigator Dr Harris.

Dr Sarah Jones and Professor Eric Morand are co-investigators on the grant proposal, "New Therapeutic Targets in Rheumatological Diseases". “The new equipment will allow us to measure protein levels in biological samples, including clinical samples, serum, etc. much more quickly and efficiently than previously,” added Dr Harris.

The machine will be used in the laboratory’s study of rheumatological diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

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