Griffith researchers draw more than $9m NHMRC funding

Clockwise from top left: A/Prof Laurent Frossard, Prof Nigel McMillan, Prof Michael Jennings, Dr Victoria Ross, A/Prof Tina Skinner-Adams, Dr Freda Jen, Dr Ali Zaid and Prof Katherine Andrews.

Seven Griffith University researchers are the latest recipients of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants and Investigator Grants.

Research projects spanning advanced bionic limb development, malaria drug mechanisms, skin immune response to mosquito-borne infections are among the new Ideas Grants awarded to Griffith, worth a combined value of more than $8 million.

The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question, and the objective of the Investigator Grant scheme is to support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages.

The expected outcomes are: innovative and creative research; funding of researchers at all career stages; funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

Griffith’s 2023 NHMRC Investigator L3 Grant, the highest investigator grant offered by the NHMRC, awardee is:

Professor Michael Jennings – Discovery and exploitation of glycointeractions to create new opportunities to diagnose, prevent and treat disease; $2.95 million

Griffith’s 2023 Ideas Grants awardees are:

Professor Nigel McMillan – Disassembled/reassembled extracellular vesicles (DR-EVs) – a new class of nanoparticles for disease treatment; $1,158,432.85.

Professor Laurent Frossard – Next generation of bionic limbs: from innovative assessment of neuromusculosketal functions of the residuum, personalised computational modelling to advanced additive manufacturing of prosthetic attachments; $905,116.

Professor Katherine Andrews – Defining new mechanisms of action and resistance for the malaria drug proguanil; $831,315.80.

Dr Ali Zaid – Targeting Skin Immune Responses to Limit Mosquito-Borne Viral Infection and Disease; $1,282,848.90.

Associate Professor Tina Skinner Adams – Combating treatment refractory giardiasis: New drugs and combination therapies; $790,709.

Dr Freda Jen – Combating multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea by breaking down bacterial metal homeostasis; $1,382,509.21.

Griffith’s 2023 NHMRC EU Collaborative Research Grant Scheme awardee is:

Dr Victoria Ross – Evidence-based interventions for promotion of mental and physical health in changing working environments: PROSPERH Australia; $499,914.20.