La Trobe’s newest ARC Future Fellowships

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded prestigious Future Fellowships to two researchers from La Trobe University.

Federal Minister for Education and Training Alan Tudge today announced researchers Dr Yuning Hong and Adjunct Professor Michael Livingston have received ARC Future Fellowships.  The Fellowships provide funding to outstanding mid-career researchers to support their work in areas of critical national importance.

La Trobe Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Industry Engagement) Professor Susan Dodds congratulated the new Fellows.

“The work enabled by this important funding will advance our understanding of both neurogenerative diseases and alcohol consumption, improving lives and health outcomes for many in our communities.”

Dr Yuning Hong - Multi-functional probes for global analysis of proteome stress in cells, $935,657 over four years

Dr Hong, based in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), and her team aim to create a suite of multi-functional chemical probes to identify damaged proteins that undergo unfolding or specific modifications in cells under pharmacological stress. The novel chemical probes will enable proteins and protein networks to be more easily identified in complex cellular environments.

"I hope this project will ultimately contribute to our fundamental knowledge on the molecular causes of neurogenerative diseases, which in turn may aid in the discovery of preventative mechanisms for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,’" Dr Hong said.   More information on Dr Hong and her lab at LIMS can be found here.

Associate Professor Michael Livingston - The life-course implications of declining adolescent drinking, $886,916 over four years

Associate Professor Livingston’s project aims to identify ways to ensure that recent declines in adolescent drinking are maintained and reinforced as these cohorts age into young adulthood. It expects to generate new knowledge on the trajectories of youth drinking into young adulthood. Expected outcomes include new cross- national understandings of the predictors of heavy drinking in adulthood and an updated evidence base for the development of harm prevention policies and interventions by governments and NGOs. This should provide significant benefits to Australia via reductions in the negative health and social impacts of heavy drinking for these cohorts across their lives. Associate Professor Livingston is now based at Curtin University.

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