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University to receive $12.2 million medical research boost

The Federal Government is announcing significant support for medical research at the University of Newcastle with $12.2 million to fund 19 major medical research projects.

Provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), these grants will allow Newcastle University to continue its work in driving innovative, high quality research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases including asthma, emphysema and influenza.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Government was committed to improving health outcomes for all Australians, and that the University of Newcastle was a deserving recipient of the funding.

“The University of Newcastle has an exceptional record of producing high-quality health and medical research,” Minister Hunt said.

“The funding announced will assist in key health areas, especially indigenous health and those suffering from chronic disease.”

The grants include $1 million for Associate Professor Christopher Grainge and his team to investigate ways to reverse the symptoms of asthma and improve treatment.

Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, said the 19 projects will play an important role in translating research findings into health outcomes in Australia.

“This investment will continue the Federal Government’s focus on medical research and support Australia’s talented researchers to find solutions to health challenges which ultimately are going to improve patients’ health and lives,” Minister Gillespie said.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Health and Medicine, Laureate Professor John Aitken said the funding will allow researchers at the University of Newcastle to improve the health of communities in both Australia and internationally.

“This significant support from NHMRC reflects the remarkable talent, leadership and ingenuity of our researchers whose critical work is addressing major health and medical challenges,” Professor Aitken said.

“Cancer, stroke and respiratory diseases are just some of the important issues that will be the focus of our research projects as a result of this funding announcement, and we thank NHMRC for this support.”

Source: Australian Government

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