La Trobe receives funding boost

A La Trobe scientist researching a life threatening muscle wasting condition and a PHD researcher examining how diet may improve mental health, have received National Health and Medical Research Council funding for 2014.

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton made the announcement today, as part of more than 150 new grants Australia wide.

Professor Nick Hoogenraad, Head of School of Molecular Sciences and Director of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS ) - has been awarded $743,819 to research the muscle wasting condition cachexia, which is characterised by weight loss and muscle atrophy and is often a symptom of serious underlying illness such as cancer, AIDS or MS.

La Trobe University PHD student Rachelle Opie from the Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition received a Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship of $68,552.

Ms Opie is developing, implementing and evaluating trials of dietary improvement as a treatment strategy for major depression.

Both grants will contribute substantially to two of the University’s Research Focus Areas - Understanding Disease and Building Healthier Communities.

This latest funding follows La Trobe’s $1.8 million in National Health and Medical Research grants for project and people support received at the end of 2013. 

For information on other 2014 NHMRC grants click here

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