Griffith research receives $2.8m in funding

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO

A new world first Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship, based in Queensland, is just one of the beneficiaries of new funding from the prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Professor Suzanne Chambers and Professor Paul Scuffham from Griffith University’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ) were awarded $2,498,842.20 for their project titled “Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship.”

The nation’s top prostate cancer experts will lead the multi-disciplinary survivorship centre, the first of its kind in the world.

Every hour at least 10 Australian men are diagnosed with the disease and around 200,000 Australian men are living with prostate cancer today.

Professor Suzanne Chambers, MHIQ Director and Menzies Foundation Professor of Allied Health Research, said Australia’s leaders in prostate cancer survivorship would work closely to benefit the community.

“The Centre for Research Excellence will translate research into action across four main themes for the benefit of men diagnosed,” Professor Chambers said.

Cost ofprostate cancer examined

“We will examine psychosocial and psychosexual health, exercise medicine, the economic cost of prostate cancer and geographic inequalities in prostate cancer outcomes.”

In total, Griffith has received $2,817,610 in the latest round of funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) withDr Haitham Tuffaha, alsofromMHIQ, awarded $318,768for his project titled “Improving patient access to novel cancer drugs in Australia: striking the balance”.

Federal Minister for Health, The Honourable Sussan Ley MP, announced the funding today as part of 320 new health and medical research projects, which shared in $190million in NHRMC funding.

Professor David EllwoodfromMHIQwas also successful in receiving NHMRC funding as part of a team led through the University of Queensland. The total amount funded is $2,496,348, which has been awarded for the project titled “Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth”.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Ned Pankhurst offered his warmestcongratulationsto the academic staff and theircolleaguesat other institutions who have achieved this tremendous success and to the many other staff within academic elements and central administration who have provided support during the busy grant round.