Supported Research Projects

Research Grants Awarded in 2020:

PROJECT 1
Targeting the brain’s immune system to understand, prevent, and treat post-traumatic stress disorder
A/Prof Sarah Spencer, School of Health & Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University

PROJECT 2
Targeting endosomal receptor signaling for superior pain relief
Dr Arisabel Batista Gondin, Drug Discovery Biology, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University

PROJECT 3
Liver-muscle crosstalk links muscle atrophy with hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes
Dr Adam Rose, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University

PROJECT 4
Testosterone induced fat loss; searching for novel pathways for the treatment of obesity
Dr Varun Venkatesh, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 5
Exploring the role of the gut in diet-induced obesity resistance
Dr Barbara Fam, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 6
A new method for identifying potential drug targets for heart failure
Dr Kate Weeks, Cardiac Hypertrophy Laboratory, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2019:

PROJECT 1
Multicoloured, multifunctional perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions for the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases using 19-fluorine magnetic resonance imaging
Dr Xiowei Wang Bsc, BSc(Hons), PhD, FCSANZ FAHA, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

PROJECT 2
Designing antimicrobial peptides to target pathogenic bacteria associated with periodontitis
Dr Wenyi Li, Melbourne Dental School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

PROJECT 3
Somatic mutation as a cause of severe focal epilepsy
Associate Professor Michael Hildebrand BBiomed Sci BSc (Hons), PhD Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 4
Improving protein intake using dairy supplementation in older adults prevents malnutrition and reduces fracture risk
Dr Sandra Iuliano BSci, PhD Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 5
To investigate the optimal treatment regime for influenza pneumonia
Dr Julie McAuley PhD, Dual Degree BAppSci (Biochem/Chem, Honours) Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne

PROJECT 6
Exploring the relationship between hearing loss, tinnitus and mental health outcomes following PTSD treatment in Australian treatment-seeking veterans
Dr Sonia Terhaag B.A.(Hons), PhD, Phoenix Australia, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne


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Dunlop Research Grant Recipients 2019

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2018:

PROJECT 1
Unravelling the cause of an enlarged heart in patients with diabetes
Dr Sheila Patel BsC (Hons), PhD, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 2
Systemic oxidative stress and inflammation in fibrosing interstitial lung disease
Dr Yet Hong Khor BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRACP, CCPU Dept of Medicine, University of Melbourne,
Austin Health

PROJECT 3
Can body weight set point increase after pregnancy?
Dr Priya Sumithran MBBS (Hons), FRACP, PhD Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 4
Targeting the IncRNA, Gm11608, as a novel therapy for heart failure
Dr Jenny Ooi B(Sc), PhD, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute

PROJECT 5
Targeting the CTC1 gene to prevent muscle loss and frailty in men with prostate cancer undergoing androgen deprivation therapy
Dr Ada Cheung MBBS (Hons), FRACP, PhD, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 6
Breathing control as a cause and a treatment for psychogenic non-epileptic seizures
Professor Richard Kanaan BA, MA, MBBS, PhD, FRANZCP, FRCPsych, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

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Dunlop Research Grant Recipients 2018

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2017:

PROJECT 1
Investigating the actions of androgens to decrease fat mass
Associate Professor Rachel Davey, BSC (Hons I), PhD, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 2
Exploring the link between gut G-coupled protein receptors (GPRs), the gut microbiome and epigenetics in obesity development
Dr Barbara Fam, B Ag Sci, BSC (Hons), PhD, University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 3
Novel neural circuits for the integrated control of arousal, emotion, pain and memory. Relevance to the understanding and treatment of stress-related anxiety disorders
Professor Andrew L Gundlach, BSc (Hons), Dip Ed, PhD, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

PROJECT 4
Can we improve the measurement of renal function in patients with diabetes?
Ms Mariam Hachem, BA BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne, Austin Health

PROJECT 5
Single cell transcriptional profiling of blinding glaucoma
Dr Alex Hewitt BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRANZCO, Centre for Eye Research Australia

PROJECT 6
A novel molecular ultrasound imaging technique for rapid diagnosis and targeted therapy of thrombotic and inflammatory diseases
Dr Xiaowei Wang, BSc, BSc (Hons), PhD, FCSANZ, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute

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Dunlop Research Grant Recipients 2017

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2016:

PROJECT 1
SIDT2: An endogenous portal for RNA therapeutic delivery
Professor Ken Pang, MBBS (Hons), B.Med.Sc, PhD, FRACP, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

PROJECT 2
Zinc and Seizures: Treatment of Epilepsy
Dr Michael Hildebrand BBiomed Sci, BSc (Hons), PhD, University of Melbourne

PROJECT 3
Development of a heart-specific microRNA-based therapy for the treatment of heart failure
Dr Bianca Bernado BSc (Biomed) (Hons), PhD, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute

PROJECT 4
Role of activator protein-1 in BRAF mutant colorectal cancer
Dr Amardeep S. Dhillon PhD, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

PROJECT 5
The efficacy of N-acetylcysteine as an adjunctive treatment in post-traumatic stress disorder
Professor Richard Kanaan BA, MA, MBBS, MRCPsych, PhD, FRANZCP, University of Melbourne

PROJECT 6
Investigating the potential of reducing tissue fat uptake (using a VEGF-B antibody) for improving insulin secretion and glucose control in a model type 2 diabetes
Associate Professor Sof Andrikopoulos BSc (Hons), PhD, University of Melbourne

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Dunlop Research Grant Recipients 2016

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2015:

PROJECT 1
A new approach to depression treatment: transcranial direct current stimulation and cognitive control training
Dr Rebecca Segrave, BA (Psych), BSc, DPsych(Clinical) (Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Monash University)

PROJECT 2
Effects of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder on Alzheimer’s disease in Australian war veterans – follow-up tau imaging
Professor Christopher Rowe, MD (Molecular Imaging Research, Austin Health)

PROJECT 3
Effects of salt supplementation on sympathetic nervous system activity and endothelial function in type 2 diabetes mellitus
Dr Elif Ekinci, MB BS FRACP PhD (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health)

PROJECT 4
Identification of bromodomain inhibitors as novel anti-malaria drugs
Dr Kathryn Aston-Mourney, PhD (School of Medicine, Deakin University)

PROJECT 5
Do circulating ACE2 levels predict outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease?
Dr Sheila Patel, BSc (Hons), PhD (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health)

PROJECT 6
Understanding the action of androgens to regulate fat mass
Dr Rachel Davey, BSc (Hons I), PhD (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health)

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Dunlop Research Grant Recipients 2015

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2014:

PROJECT 1
Conversion Disorder: How life problems lead to symptoms
Dr Maryam Ejareh Dar (Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 2
Androgen action via the brain to regulate muscle and fat
Dr Kesha Rana (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 3
P21 Kinase inhibition for treatment of pancreatic cancer
Dr Mehrdad Nikfarjam (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 4
Identification of bromodomain inhibitors as novel anti-malaria drugs
Dr Michaela Petter (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 5
Regulation of megakaryocyte survival during development and malignancy
Dr Ashley Ng (Division of Cancer & Haematology, The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)

PROJECT 6
Flavonol: a novel non-invasive inhibitor of NADPH oxidase 4 for Ocular Neovascularisation
Dr Hitesh Peshavariya (Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne)

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2014 Research Award Presentations

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2013:

PROJECT 1
Investigating the impact of energy-rich environments on susceptibility and resistance to common (diet-induced) obesity

Dr Barbara Fam (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 2
Thrombopoietin and platelets in lymphoma progression

Dr Emma Josefsson (The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)

PROJECT 3
Unravelling the genetics of the common epilepsies using discorfdant monozygotic twins
Dr Michael Hildebrand (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 4
The role of the male sex hormones, androgens, in increasing the growth of new bone

PROJECT 5
Identification of novel genes predisposing to male breast cancer, their prevalence and associated cancer risks

Dr Ella Thompson (Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre)

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2012:

PROJECT 1
Improving anger treatment outcomes for traumatised veterans: a randomised trial of 4 evidenced-based anger treatment components in a group setting
Dr Tony McHugh (Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 2
The pathophysiology of cardiovascular changes occurring in obesity
Dr Daniela Sartor (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 3
Investigating the role of the novel gene Smchd1 in cancer
Dr Marnie Blewett (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)

PROJECT 4
Investigating how the human brain may contribute to common cough
Dr Stuart Mazzone (Florey Neurosciences Institutes)

 

Research Grants Awarded in 2011:

PROJECT 1
Hypothalamic orexin neurons and the medullary sympathoadrenal centre: a key role in glucose homeostasis
Associate Professor Tony Verbene (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 2
Calcitonin actions on bone and calcium homeostasis
Dr Rachel Davey (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)

PROJECT 3
Effective rehabilitation after stroke: targeting viable brain networks
Dr Leeanne Carey (Florey Neurosciences Institutes)

PROJECT 4
Cardiovascular risk and type 2 diabetes
Dr Sheila Patel (Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne)