Funding for 13 medical researchers and projects

Friday, 02 February, 2018

Funding for 13 medical researchers and projects

Thirteen medical researchers and projects tackling critical health issues across northern Australia have received funding through the government’s HOT NORTH program.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the program, led by the Menzies School of Health Research, was funding research into the north’s most pressing health issues.

“These issues include vector-borne and emerging infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and skin health, chronic disease, antimicrobial resistance and respiratory health,” Canavan said.

“It is great to see the government’s $6 million investment in this program continuing to build a stronger tropical and medical research capacity in the north.”

The first HOT NORTH research grants and fellowships for this year were going to researchers from the Menzies School of Health Research, Telethon Kids Institute, James Cook University and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, said Canavan.

“These 13 new research projects add to more than 20 others already underway into health problems such as malaria, pneumonia, the spread of respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, diabetes and rheumatic heart disease in the Northern Territory and in nearby countries.”

The program is helping to build Australia’s reputation as a global leader in tropical medicine and to create a thriving community of researchers in the north who will make a real difference to the health of Australians and our regional neighbours into the future, said Canavan.

“This research is identifying emerging medical threats within the region and build local capacity to address them.”

“As well as building our research capacity in areas like tropical health and biosecurity, we are supporting researchers to commercialise new ideas, treatments and therapies, and to partner with international researchers and companies,” Canavan said.

“Through initiatives like the CRC for Developing Northern Australia, we are also helping northern-based businesses and industry collaborate with researchers to generate new ideas and innovation that leverages the north’s strengths and address its challenges.”

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