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):
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
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.