La Trobe research targets big issues

La Trobe University has been awarded more than $1.8 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for project and people support commencing in 2014.

Albury-Wodonga student begins at LIMSThis result places La Trobe in the top 20 Australian universities in receipt of NHMRC funding. 

For those institutions without a Medical School, La Trobe is placed second.  

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Keith Nugent congratulated grant recipients. He said all projects were fully funded and would contribute substantially to several of the University’s five Research Focus Areas.

The project grants in particular reinforced La Trobe’s strengths in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, one of only two universities ranked 5 in the ERA 2012.  

‘Research at La Trobe University is focused on making a difference to some of the big challenges facing our community and this latest round of research grants is certainly testament to that,’ Professor Nugent said.

2014 Grants

Project Grants

Professor Michael Ryan (Department of Biochemistry) has received full funding of $551,226 for the project: the role of accessory subunits and assembly factors in assembly and function of respiratory chain complex I.

• Dr Michael Lazarou (Department of Biochemistry) has received full funding of $536,226 for the project: mitochondrial quality control in Parkinson’s disease:  the molecular mechanisms of PINK1 and Parkin.

Early Career Fellowships

• Dr David Stroud (Department of Biochemistry) has received full funding of $304,596 for the early career project: building and maintaining complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain.

Dr David Trembath (School of Psychological Science) has received full funding of $304,596 for the early career project: improving treatment outcomes for children with autism - translating Intensive 1:1 treatment into a community-based model.

Research Fellowships

Professor Graham Lamb (Department of Zoology) has received funding of $164,585 for the sixth year of his research fellowship for the project: understanding skeletal and cardiac muscle function in health and disease. 

Involvement in other projects 

La Trobe University health researchers are also involved in successful projects awarded to other Administering Institutions

Dr Miranda Rose (Allied Health) is a collaborator in a successful Project Grant to be administered by the University of Queensland.  $1,270,185 has been awarded to undertake the project: preventing depression and reducing the impact of aphasia in stroke patients and their caregivers a year post onset via a brief early intervention- a cluster randomised control trial of the Action Success Knowledge (ASK).

Dr Sophie Hill (Public Health) is a collaborator in a successful Project Grant to be administered by the University of Newcastle.  $386,854 has been awarded to undertake the project: personally controlled electronic health records for young adults with communication disabilities: charting the course for successful child to adult health service information transition.

Four others are biochemists and chemistry researchers from the School of Molecular Sciences

Professor Richard Simpson who is part of a $703,285 project into ‘endometrial exosomes: a new paradigm in endometrial-embryo cross-talk’ administered by Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research

Dr Belinda Parker who is involved in a $398,152 project on ‘exosomes as mediators of metastasis’ with the Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research

• Professor Michael Ryan, team member of a $797,950 study into ‘a cohorts-based approach to define monogenic causes of mitochondrial disease’ based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; and 

Dr Brian Smith, who is helping target ‘insulin and insulin-like growth factor receptors in cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease’ in a $960,558 project with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

More information on research at La Trobe University is available here. 

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