Researchers at the Perkins will share in a total of over $5.9 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The successful grants were awarded to support six research projects, and a career development fellowship for Dr Gina Ravenscroft.
Woodside Professor Ruth Ganss was awarded a grant to support her ongoing research into a drug developed at the Perkins, which binds to abnormal cancer blood vessels and works by repairing and tightening the vessels. It is hoped that the tighter, repaired blood vessels will allow therapies to reach the cancer core and be more effective.
Dr Gina Ravenscroft was awarded a career development fellowship for her remarkable work in the field of disease gene discovery for a group of muscle diseases that affect babies and are lethal or severely debilitating. Dr Ravenscroft has been able to help provide answers to families with children affected by these diseases.
Perkins Chief Operating Officer, John Fitzgerald, said the results are a wonderful outcome for the Perkins.
“I’m delighted that the Perkins has secured such significant funding, especially considering the competitive and difficult climate for research scientists. This is outstanding recognition of the work and reputation of our world-class researchers,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
The Perkins congratulates the following researchers for their successful grants:
Leveraging genomics strategies to generate adult neurons from iPSCs and somatic cells
Professor Ryan Lister - $1,593,336.30
Improving anti-cancer therapy by stromal targeting and remodelling
Professor Ruth Ganss - $673,742.00
Improving cancer diagnostic imaging and drug delivery by breaking down extracellular matrix barriers
Associate Professor Juliana Hamzah - $748,152.00
Reaching the tenth decade of life in Australia – A 20-year longitudinal study of older men
Professor Leon Flicker - $890,062.80
Deciphering the role of DNA methylation in the regulation of alternative splicing
Professor Ryan Lister - $865,494.00
Characterization of a new subtype of aggressive breast cancer
Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort - $763,152.00
Career Development Fellowships
Gene discovery and pathobiology in muscle diseases
Dr Gianina Ravenscroft - $425,048.00