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Curtin awarded funding toward prevention and treatment research

Media release

Curtin University has received over $8 million funding in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, including seven NHMRC Project grants and one Centre of Research Excellence grant.

NHMRC administers funding for health and medical research on behalf of the Australian Government, inviting all researchers in Australia to apply for funding through schemes ranging from scholarships to research programs.

Professor Graeme Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development said the funding was a great result for the University.

“Curtin is committed to advancing research and innovation nationally and internationally, and these grants provided research that would lead to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge,” Professor Wright said.

The research projects range from linking Type 2 diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease, muscle injury in the elderly, lung function in Aboriginal people, and people with social Anxiety Disorder

$2.5 million over five years was provided for research on the quality, safety and the effectiveness of providing prevention and treatments to people with cardiovascular disease, the focus of research of the CRE in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement.

(NHMRC Project Grants (for funding commencing in 2016)

  • Dr Gavin Pereira and Dr Stephen Ball, Faculty of Health Sciences: Evidence-based recommendations for inter-pregnancy intervals in high-income countries
  • Dr Connie Jackaman, Dr Hannah Crabb and Dr Danielle Dye, Faculty of Health Sciences: Reprogramming macrophage function in the elderly to rescue impaired inflammatory responses to muscle injury
  • Associate Professor Peter McEvoy and Dr Delia Hendrie, Faculty of Health SciencesImagery as an enhancer of cognitive behaviour therapy outcomes for social anxiety disorder: a randomised controlled trial
  • Professor Graham Hall, Faculty of Health SciencesDeveloping lung function reference ranges in Aboriginal Australians
  • Associate Professor Giuseppe Verdile and Professor Philip Newsholme, Faculty of Health SciencesInvestigating underlying mechanisms linking Type 2 diabetes with Alzheimer’s disease pathology
  • Dr Ryu Takechi, Professor John Mamo and Professor Jonathan Foster, Faculty of Health Sciences: Restoration of cognitive deficits induced by diabetes through the modulation of cerebrovascular integrity
  • Professor Rachel Huxley, Faculty of Health Sciences:  Obesity, Pre-diabetes and Future Risk of Diabetes: Maximising the evidence, minimising the cost

(NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Grant (for funding commencing in 2016)

  • Professor Christopher Reid, Faculty of Health Sciences: Centre of Research Excellence in Cardiovascular Outcomes Improvement


The researchers and projects are listed below, and the full results are listed on the NHMRC website.