Dr Kesha Rana, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health “Androgen action via the brain to regulate muscle and fat”
The grant received from the Foundation was obtained at a time when there was no other support for this project and has greatly assisted in obtaining promising preliminary data for future grant applications.
Dr Mehrdad Nikfarjam, MD, PhD, FRACS, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Austin Health “P21 activated kinase inhibition for the treatment of pancreatic cancer”
Funding provided by the Foundation has allowed us to acquire the assistance of a part-time research assistant for 12 months and make important discoveries in regards to the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
Dr Ashley Ng, Division of Cancer & Haematology, The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research “Regulation of megakaryocyte survival during development and malignancy”
Funds from the Foundation were instrumental in the conduct of research that led to successfully obtaining an Australian NHMRC project grant.
Dr Emma Josefsson, Cancer & Haematology Division, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research “Thrombopoietin and platelets in lymphoma progression”
Funds from the Foundation in 2013 were instrumental to my career. I was appointed as a new laboratory Head in 2011 and the funds from your Foundation allowed generation of data that secured a Grant in Aid from the Leukaemia Foundation 2014.
Dr Michael Hildebrand, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health “Unravelling the genetics of the common epilepsies using discordant monozygotic twins”
My career has benefited significantly from the Foundation support of my project. Since receiving this award in 2013 we have been successful in obtaining a NHMRC Project Grant in 2014 and other grants to continue the study.
Dr Marnie Blewett, Division of Molecular Medicine, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research “Investigating the role of the novel gene Smchd1 in cancer”
The funding provided by the Foundation was a huge assistance and contributed significantly towards the award of our NHMRC project grant for 2013-2015. Both of these have been essential components to my career progression, but also to the further successes of my current lab.
Associate Professor Rachel A Davey, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health
“The role of male sex hormones, androgens, in increasing the growth of new bone”
Receiving this funding has had a positive influence on my career by further developing my track record, which will greatly enhance our competitiveness and increase the likelihood of future funding. Overall, the Foundation has provided an outstanding opportunity for scientists and clinicians undertaking medical research.
Dr Sheila Patel, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health
“Do circulating ACE2 levels predict outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease”
Both awards came at critical points during significant career interruptions and gave a boost to my career by allowing my research to progress in the field of diabetes and heart disease. Through this work I have been able to establish new international and national collaborations. I am extremely grateful for the funding support received from the Foundation.
Professor Denise Jackson, Discipline Head and Program Leader of Laboratory Medicine, Head of Thrombosis and Vascular Diseases Laboratory, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University
The funding awarded by the Foundation provided valuable support of consumables and mice for my PhD student and Research Assistant working in the Thrombosis and Vascular Diseases Laboratory at RMIT University.
Dr Eleanor Ager, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Austin Health “Controlling colorectal liver metastases through the renin angiotensin system”
The award in 2010 not only helped me but also contributed to research done in collaboration with PhD students. This has allowed me to grow my career and I hope be part of changing clinical outcomes for cancer patients.
Associate Professor Anthony J.M. Verberne PhD DSc, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Unit, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health
“Hypothalamic orexin neurons and the medullary sympathoadrenal centre: a key role in glucose homeostasis”
I am writing to acknowledge support that my laboratory received from the Foundation in the form of research grants in 2008 and 2011. This preliminary work formed the basis of a successful NHMRC Project grant (2012-2014). In summary, I am pleased to say that funding from the Foundation has had a major positive influence on our research program.
Associate Professor Mathis Grossmann, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Austin Health “Control of Musculoskeletal function and body composition by androgens in males”
The grant contributed to the establishment of a vibrant research group in men’s health, with currently four PhD students in full time research, more than 20 publications in male health in leading international journals, and several NHMRC research grants. In addition, the award supported the establishment of a dedicated Men’s Health Clinic which now provides clinical care to more than 100 older men each month.
Dr Dean McKenzie, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University ‘Risk factors and symptom patterns associated with PTSD in Australian Gulf War veterans: Subgroup analysis and development of brief screening tests’
I applied for a grant nine years ago and was both honoured and delighted to receive the grant from the Foundation, representing a great Australian medical practitioner who continues to inspire researchers and clinicians.
Dr Annika Antonsson, Population Health Department, Cancer Control Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute “The role of human papilloma viruses in the development of prostate cancer”
I am still working on viruses that cause cancer; the grant received from the Foundation in 2005 has certainly had a positive impact on my research career.
Professor Leon Bach, Deputy Director of the Department of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Alfred Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University “Insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 and butyrate-induced apoptosis: role in growth inhibition in colon cancer cells”
The studies that we performed with this funding resulted in six publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, including one in the prestigious ‘Journal of Biological Chemistry’. I think it is fair to say that a modest amount of funding from the Foundation in those early years had a critical role in allowing all that followed.