02:39am Sunday 17 December 2017

Research collaborations boost infectious diseases fight

 The funding is among a range of announcements made jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. University of Melbourne researchers were also awarded a range of grants for national collaborative research projects.

Research collaborations boost infectious diseases fight

building on the existing work that is being done at the University.

Professor James McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Melbourne said research into infectious disease was topical and relevant in an increasingly connected world.

“Infectious diseases affect health and productivity,” he said. “Important research is still needed to understand and manage infectious diseases. This highlights the strong base that the new Peter Doherty Institute will build in the field of emerging infectious diseases (EID), making this a major theme at the Doherty Institute and for the wider University.”

Dr Sarah Dunstan has received funding to progress her work and provide knowledge critical for the design of treatments and vaccines for TB. Professor Cam Simmons, who previously worked in Vietnam for several years, is working to better predict patients at risk of severe dengue; with their collaborators they will receive $683,952 to conduct this research.

In addition to this, the University attracted grants for partnership projects to improve the health of Australians. This latest round of funding encourages collaborative research that will deliver improved health-care services.

Collaboration partnerships aim to investigate health issues that are in some cases, ground-breaking. The University will partner with the Coroners Court of Victoria and the Lifeline Foundation for Suicide Prevention to create the first-ever suicide register.

In another innovative program, a partnership with the Victorian and NSW Governments and other key medical and nursing associations will work to evaluate the possible introduction of a national chlamydia testing initiative.

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Anne Rahilly
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