$11 million boost for medical research

Wednesday, 12 November 2003

The University of Adelaide has again received major national recognition for the quality of its research, with 31 new grants awarded for medical science and dentistry totalling more than $11 million.

The funding, from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), includes major research projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on the future health and wellbeing of the community, as well as Fellowships and Career Development grants awarded to key staff.

The total NHMRC funding announced today is $11,033,625 over three years.

Among the projects funded are:

  • $682,500 over three years for a national survey of adult oral health (Dental Statistics & Research Unit)
  • $498,250 over three years for a study into stem cell function (School of Molecular & Biomedical Science)
  • $556,750 over three years for research into systematic asthma care (Department of General Practice)
  • $455,250 over three years to study factors involved in prostate cancer (Department of Medicine)

"This latest announcement is an extremely positive one for the University of Adelaide and the wider community," says the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research), Professor Edwina Cornish.

"When added to last month's announcement of $10.7 million in funding from the Australian Research Council, Adelaide continues to show that it is widely recognised as a national leader in quality research.

"Importantly, the projects funded from the NHMRC can have a direct impact on many people's lives because they aim to improve our understanding of health and disease, and the ways in which disease can be treated or prevented.

"Adelaide already has a strong reputation for research and innovation in the medical, dental and biomedical fields, and that reputation will continue to grow with this new funding," Professor Cornish says.

The projects funded in this latest NHMRC round include the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Sciences, and their research partners at the Women's & Children's Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Child Health Research Institute and Institute of Medical & Veterinary Science.


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