Funding success for health and medical research projects

16 August 2021
Grant Success

8 health and medical research projects have received a total of over $19 million in funding in the latest round of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), announced by The Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, along with 1 project funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials and Cohorts Grants announced separately.

The funding will enable researchers at Kids Research, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network involved in the projects; improve the health outcomes for Australians through the various fields of work including genomics, cancer, kidney, rare diseases and others.

List of projects awarded, with a SCHN researcher (PI listed in brackets):

MRFF grants

  • Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour Genomics in Neurofibromatosis 1 (MaGeN) $1.6M – through Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Dr Gabriel Dabschek)
    A/Prof Jonathan Karpelowsky, Smadar Kahana-Edwin, Dr Geoff McCowage
  • A randomised controlled trial of remote microphone listening devices in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 and central auditory deficits $599,000 – through Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Dr Jonathan Payne) Dr Natalie Pride, Dr Belinda Barton
  • Stem cell derived-retinal organoids to test novel genetic therapies $498,419 – through University of Sydney (Dr Anai Gonzalez-Cordero) Prof Robyn Jamieson, Prof Ian Alexander, Prof John Griggs
  • The Australian Functional Genomics Network $6M  - through Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Prof John Christodoulou) Prof Bruce Bennetts, A/Prof Kristi Jones, Prof Robyn Jamieson, Dr Elizabeth Palmer, A/Prof Tony Roscioli
  • The KidGen National Kidney Genomics Program - improving genomic outcomes for Australian families with genetic kidney disease $3M – through James Cook University (Prof Andrew Mallett) Prof Stephen Alexander, Prof Bruce Bennetts, Dr Hugh McCartney
  • The Australian Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN-Aus): An internationally networked national approach for transforming diagnosis for individuals living with rare diseases $3M – through Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Prof John Christodoulou) Prof Sandra Cooper
  • Diagnosis, discovery and novel phenotype characterisation using multimodal genomics in patients with inherited bone marrow failure and related disorders $3M – through University of Melbourne (Dr Piers Blombery) Prof Sandra Cooper
  • Improving outcomes for children with high risk cancer $1.5M – through University of New South Wales (Prof Glenn Marshall AM, Prof Murray Norris AM, Prof Michelle Haber AM, Prof Guillaume Lessene, Prof John Silke, Dr Jamie Fletcher, Chelsea Mayoh) Professor Glenn Marshall AM

NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohorts Grants

  • The CIRCA DIEM Study - Cognitive Improvement through early Restoration of circadian rhythms in very preterm Infants via Environmental Modification $3M – through University of Western Australia (Prof Jane Pillow) Prof Nadia Badawi
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