NHMRC Outcome Success

Deakin University has been awarded five NHMRC Project Grant Awards and two NHMRC Fellowships.

One of the five NHMRC Project Grant Awards will be led by Professor John Toumbourou.
One of the five NHMRC Project Grant Awards will be led by Professor John Toumbourou.

Deakin University has been awarded five NHMRC Project Grant Awards and two NHMRC Fellowships.

The 5 projects being led by Deakin will deliver a total of $4.6million in research funding - with three of the projects funded for five years.

In summary the successful projects are:

  • 'Estimating the contribution of adolescent alcohol misuse prevention to the reduction of alcohol-related harm in Australia'
    Led by Professor John Toumbourou - School of Psychology
    (The team includes Dr Bosco Rowland, Dr Peter Kremer and Professor Rob Carter from Deakin University)
  • 'Preconception determinants of child health and development: A 4-year follow up of offspring born to the Australian Temperament Project'
    Led by Associate Professor Craig Olsson - School of Psychology
  • 'The relationship between maternal and infant dietary intake of fermentable fibre, gut microbiota, short chain fatty acids and allergic disease and asthma: a population-derived birth cohort study'
    Led by Associate Professor Peter Vuillermin - School of Medicine
  • 'Functional dissection of the malaria RhopH complex and its contribution to new permeation pathways'
    Led by Associate Professor Tania de Koning-Ward - School of Medicine
  • 'Gene Expression Signature Technology to Repurpose Drugs for Bipolar Disorder'
    Led by Professor Ken Walder - School of Medicine
    (Team includes Professor Michael Berk from Deakin University)

In addition to these five projects Deakin will also have researchers that will participate on at least seven other successful NHMRC projects.

Two Deakin researchers have also received individual recognition through NHMRC Fellowships.

Associate Professor Andrea Driscoll, from the School of Nursing and the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety, has been awarded a Translating Research Into Practice Fellowship.

This fellowship will allow Associate Professor Driscoll to run a study that will implement a suite of electronic clinical processes for inpatients admitted to hospital care with acute heart failure and support their transition back into the community.

Dr Rachel Laws, from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science and the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, has been awarded an Early Career Fellowship.

Dr Laws' fellowship aims to translate effective approaches to prevent child obesity in disadvantaged families into primary health care policy and routine practice.

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