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Clinical Seeding grant recipients announced

Friday, August 18, 2017


Nine Mater Researchers have been announced as the successful applicants awarded funding through the Mater Clinical Research Seeding Grant Scheme.

The Mater Clinical Research Seeding Grant Scheme supports researchers conducting clinical pilot research with the aim to submit an external funding application the following year. It helps successful applicants to be more competitive on a national and international level, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant and Fellowship schemes. 

The nine successful awardees will receive up to $20 000 with funding to commence late in 2017.  Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Dr. Deborah Smith—Predicting efficacy of progestin treatment in early endometrial cancer using an oestrogen and progesterone receptor proximity ligand assay; a pilot study.
  • A/Prof Phillip Good—Assessing physical activity as an outcome of pain management in patients with advanced cancer
  • Prof Brian Gabrielli—Using patient derived non‐small cell lung cancer explants for ex vivo testing of drug combinations
  • Prof Janet Hardy—A qualitative study of cancer patients’ perceptions and attitudes toward use of medicinal cannabinoids in palliative care
  • A/Prof Warrick Inder—Defining glucocorticoid biomarkers measurable in human blood samples
  • Dr Hanna Reinebrant—Implementing strategies to address stillbirth in Australia; A bundle of care for maternity hospitals 
  • Prof Sailesh Kumar—Characterisation of placental derived hypoxia-responsive genes from the maternal circulation in women at risk of intrapartum fetal compromise
  • A/Prof Paul Dawson—Magnesium sulphate for preterm infants does not prevent all cases of cerebral palsy. Are sulphate maintenance genes the missing link? (PremGenS study)
  • A/Prof Luregn Schlapbach—Rapid Acute Paediatric Infection Diagnosis in Suspected Sepsis (RAPIDS) - a prospective sepsis study pilot testing gene-expression based sepsis markers to improve early treatment and antimicrobial stewardship.

The Clinical Research Seeding Grant is open to all Mater researchers and allows much greater participation by clinical staff and health professionals in research activities. To support this growth, funding will be made available annually with the next application round to be announced in 2018.

All researchers, clinical staff and health professionals are invited to consider applying for this scheme in the future.

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