GRIDD joins peak medical research body

The Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD), one of Australia’s leading early-stage and pre-clinical drug discovery research institutes, has just been announced as a new member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI). 

AAMRI is the peak body for medical research institutes across Australia. Member organisations work on a broad spectrum of human health issues such as preventive health, chronic disease, mental health, immunology and Indigenous health. 

GRIDD, based at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, is delighted to join AAMRI, according to GRIDD Director Professor Kathy Andrews.

“We’re very excited by the opportunities this new partnership brings, enabling additional engagement with other research institutes throughout Australia and leading to the possibility of new collaborations and research breakthroughs in the future.” 

AAMRI’s primary role is to represent its member organisations with a central focus on health and medical research through advocacy, information provision, relationship building and member services. 

Members’ research ranges from fundamental biomedical discovery through to clinical research and the translation of research findings from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside. 

GRIDD scientists are currently working in a number of research areas, ranging from spinal cord injury repair, drug discovery for cancers such as brain cancertreatments for neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease as well as infectious diseases like malaria.  

In late February, GRIDD received a $5.7 million funding boost from the Queensland Government for the development of cell-based therapies for treating spinal cord injuries.  

GRIDD is home to NatureBank, a unique drug discovery library of natural product extracts and fractions derived from Australian plants, fungi and marine invertebrates, as well as Compounds Australia, Australia’s industry standard compound curation facility, enabling researchers to store and manage their chemical compounds.  

This new AAMRI membership announcement reinforces the strength of research institutes at Griffith University. Griffith University is placed in the top 2% of universities worldwide and is renowned for excellence in world-class biomedical research, expert knowledge and industry connections.