Researchers relish NHMRC successes

10 Nov 2013

A number of University of Queensland Diamantina Institute researchers have been announced as recipients of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Four UQDI researchers have been awarded funding for their projects.

Associate Professor Brian Gabrielli has received $549,409 over three years for his research on melanoma. Associate Professor Gabrielli’s research will investigate a repair mechanism which he and his team have identified which is commonly defective in melanomas: APP1064807 Identifying the mechanism of the G2 phase UV checkpoint and repair response commonly defective in melanoma.

Professor Ian Frazer has received $1,129,978 over five years for his work in skin cancers, examining why some sunspots disappear and why others progress onto skin cancer: APP1059012 Determinants of progression of actinic keratoses to squamous cancer.

Professor Matt Brown has been awarded $548,158 over three years for his project on Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn’s disease. His project aims to better understand the genetic and environmental involvement in these diseases, and profiling the associated bacteria in the gut of patients and healthy individuals: APP1065509 Interactions between host and the gut microbiome in the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis and Crohn's disease.

And Dr Stephen Mattarollo has been awarded an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship for four years for his project on immunotherapeutic strategies to combat blood cancers: APP1061429 Combination immunotherapeutic strategies for haematological cancers.

Congratulations to all our researchers!