Burnet researchers share in NHMRC grants

Burnet Institute

11 October, 2017

Image: New NHMRC Research Fellow Professor Paul Dietze

Professor Paul Dietze is among five Burnet Institute researchers awarded prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellowships and Development Grants for 2017, announced by Federal Health Minister, The Hon. Greg Hunt MP.

Professor Dietze, Burnet’s Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks, receives a Research Fellowship valued at $782,000 for his ongoing research aimed at reducing alcohol and other drugs-related harms.

“This Fellowship aims to reduce the burden in Australia of the three most intractable issues in relation to alcohol and other drugs use, namely injecting drug use, methamphetamine use, and risky alcohol consumption by young people,” Professor Dietze said.

Burnet’s Head of Public Health, Associate Professor Mark Stoové, was also made a Research Fellow for his work focused on real-world trials and innovations in disease surveillance aimed at HIV and hepatitis C elimination.

“This is an exciting time in HIV and hepatitis C prevention which makes it all the more pleasing to be awarded this fellowship,“ Associate Professor Stoové said.

“My work over the coming years will focus on measuring and understanding the drivers of population-level changes in HIV and hepatitis C epidemiology in the context of new bio-medical prevention interventions.”

Associate Professor Stoové’s Fellowship is valued at more than $640,000.

Burnet’s Co-Head of Adolescent Health, Dr Peter Azzopardi receives an Early Career Fellowship worth $348,000 for building an evidence base to match health action to need for adolescents globally.

“This fellowship will focus on better understanding the health needs of adolescents living in the Asia-Paific region, including Indigenous adolescents in Australia. This will help inform priority areas for action,” Dr Azzopardi said.

“This work is important because adolescents represent almost a third of the total Asia-Pacific population, and as yet, their health needs remain poorly described.”

Dr Michelle Boyle was awarded a Career Development Fellowship valued at $431,000 for her laboratory research into T-follicular helper cell subtypes that induce protective anti-malaria antibodies.

A Development Grant worth more than $560,000 will support Dr Jack Richards’ work to develop a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase/haemoglobin point-of-care test for malaria elimination.

In total, the 2017 NHMRC Grant Application Round commits more than $237 million to fund health and medical research including 371 new grants to universities, medical research institutions and hospitals across Australia.