Congratulations to Burnet's NHMRC grant recipients

Burnet Institute

23 October, 2013

Professor Stanley Luchters (centre), recipient of an NHMRC Project Grant.

The Burnet Institute has been awarded more than $7.7million in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Grants announced today by Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP in Melbourne.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said it is a wonderful outcome for the Institute, having received 14 separate grants and fellowships.

“This is tremendous recognition of the work and reputation of so many of our younger, and more established scientists and field researchers,” Professor Crabb said.

“I am especially delighted that our Centre for International Health has received its first-ever NHMRC Project Grant, marking an important milestone in the integration of cutting edge research into traditional development aid programs.”

The grant will address HIV novel point-of-care assessments of CD4-count and early infant diagnosis in PNG and China.

In addition to project support for many Burnet investigators, five researchers were awarded prestigious individual fellowships.

Burnet Institute NHMRC grants (commencing 2014):

Project Grants

Professor Paul Gorry - $602,670
Elucidating the mechanisms and consequences of clinical HIV-1 resistance to the CCR5 antagonist

Dr Irina Caminschi - $664,890 and $634,890
Enhancing vaccine efficacy by harnessing dendritic cell receptors and their unique properties

The identification and characterisation of a new DNA receptor

Dr Freya Fowkes - $302,647
Human malarial immunity and assessment of emerging artemisinin resistance

Associate Professor Stanley Luchters - $923,691
Reduced HIV infection and increased survival among HIV-exposed infants using two newly developed point-of-care tests in Papua New Guinea and China

Associate Professor Gilda Tachedjian - $663,918
Towards a new class of reverse transcriptase inhibitor for HIV prevention

Professor Mark Hogarth - $619,890
Human Fc receptors in antibody mediated inflammation

Professor Brendan Crabb - $542,562
The structural resolution of PTEX, the translocon of virulence proteins and malaria parasites

Dr Andy Poumbourios - $615,558
Studies on the activation and immunogenicity of the HIV-1 glycoproteins, gp120-gp41

Research Fellowships

Professor Margaret Hellard - $601,420

Early Career Fellowships

Dr Michelle Boyle - $357,332

Dr Renee Duncan - $304,596

Dr Alisa Pedrana - $415,484

Dr Michael Roche (through Monash University) - $304,596

Jessica Howell - $459,212

Several other Burnet researchers are involved in successful NHMRC Grants as co-investigators. These include Associate Professor Anthony Jaworowski, Dr Meredith O'Keeffe, Dr Paul Gilson, Associate Professor Melissa Churchill, Dr Paul Cameron, Dr Paul Ramsland, Professor Geoff Pietersz, Associate Professor Heidi Drummer, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM, Associate Professor David Anderson, Associate Professor Mark Stoové, Dr Claire Ryan and Dr Jessica Markby.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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