Merit Grants awarded to Perkins researchers

Four researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have won competitive Project Grant Merit Awards from the WA Department of Health.

Associate Professor Julian Heng who heads the Brain Growth and Disease laboratory, Dr Gina Ravenscroft from the Neurogenetic Diseases laboratory, Dr Glenn Arendts from the Perkins Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine and Dr Andrew Ford from the Perkins WA Centre for Health and Ageing each received a $75,000 award to sustain their valuable research projects.

The award is in recognition of their highly ranked NHMRC Project Grant applications in 2014, which narrowly missed out on federal funding.

Associate Professor Julian Heng said the award would help strengthen his application for future funding rounds.

“My award will be used to gather preliminary data and publish research papers to strengthen the track record of the multi-investigator research team which I lead, thus increasing our competitiveness for this application in the next round,” he said.

Dr Gina Ravenscroft said she was thrilled the State Government was acknowledging the importance of health and medical research initiatives.

“It’s great to see the state government recognising the contribution of this sector to Western Australia,” Dr Ravenscroft said. 

The awards are part of the State Government's four-year $30 million FutureHealth WA initiative which has been established to enhance Western Australia's health and medical research capability.

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