NHMRC awards Griffith University $4.5 million in research funding

Key Griffith University research projects have received $4.5 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Announced on December 15 by the Federal Minister for Health, The Honorable Greg Hunt MP, the seven Ideas Grants projects will contribute to vital health and medical research.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Mario Pinto said the funding highlights the extraordinary work conducted by the University’s researchers in addressing major societal health challenges.

“These projects have the potential to make a significant difference to people’s health and wellbeing. I extend my congratulations and appreciation to all staff who have contributed to these efforts.”

More than half the funding for Griffith University was awarded to projects within the Institute for Glycomics, with four research projects securing $2.56 million to explore a super vaccine that tackles both influenza virus and Group A Streptococcus bacteria and other vaccine development projects that tackle other clinically important bacterial infections.

Institute Director Professor Mark von Itzstein AO said the awards cemented the Institute’s reputation as a leading biomedical research institute.

“Our institute is focussed on translational research outcomes that diagnose, prevent and treat diseases of global impact. These grants will significantly assist our researchers to deliver on our mission to achieve a disease-free world.”

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