UniSA wins funding for research into cancer, ageing, alcohol abuse and 3D bioprinting for medical useAugust 13 2018
The University of South Australia has been awarded more than $2.6 million in the latest round of Federal Government funding to further research into Australia’s most critical health issues.
Almost half of UniSA’s funding announced today from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been awarded to find potential treatments for cancer, specifically brain tumours, acute myeloid leukaemia, bone marrow and head and neck cancers.
More novel research will be funded to develop an innovative 3D bioprinting platform to reconstruct the earlobe – a difficult organ to regenerate using traditional methods.
Other projects to benefit from the NHMRC funding will focus on preventing medicine-related side effects in older people; programs to address Australia’s high alcohol consumption by targeting parents; and strategies to balance daily activities for the best mental and physical health.
UniSA researchers awarded funding include:
- Professor Stuart Pitson: a $649,175 Senior Research Fellowship to understand how defects in a type of ‘fat’ molecule known as sphingolipids contributes to cancer and other diseases, and how this can be prevented to treat brain tumours, acute myeloid leukaemia and multiple myeloma;
- Professor Benjamin Thierry: a $609,542 Development Grant using magnetic tracers to develop a superior staging technology for head and neck cancers based on magnetic tracers.
Four-year Early Career Fellowships have also been awarded to:
- Dr Liping Wang: $417,192 to fabricate tissues and organs for ear reconstruction using 3D bioprinting;
- Dr Renly Lim: $327,192 to develop and evaluate a novel, pharmacist-led service to prevent medication-related side effects in older people;
- Jacqueline Bowden: $327,192 to help halt Australia’s high rate of alcohol consumption by targeting parents, discouraging them from supplying their teenage children with alcohol;
- Dr Dorothea Dumuid: $327,192 to identify the healthiest daily activity patterns for adults and children.
Full details of the successful projects can be found at: https://beta.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/data-research/outcomes-funding-rounds
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Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College