Children’s Medical Research Institute is proud to announce that several of its scientists were awarded more than $3.1 million in Ideas Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council to fund research into cancer, gene therapy, and neurodegeneration. These grants went to Professor Ian Alexander, Professor Hilda Pickett, Associate Professor Tony Cesare, Dr Noa Lamm, Dr Rebecca Poulos, Dr Grant Logan and Dr Wendy Gold. The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative medical research programs.
- Professor Alexander and Dr Logan will continue their work on Spinal Muscular Atrophy. They will now be able to engineer the next generation of gene transfer vectors.
- Professor Pickett is studying the proteins in telomerase assembly.
- Associate Professor Cesare’s research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of cell death in cancer radiotherapy.
- Dr Poulos is working to accelerate paediatric cancer precision medicine using mass spectrometry-based proteomics.
- Dr Lamm’s project is working on the emerging role of inflammation in driving neurodegeneration and premature ageing.
- Dr Gold’s research focuses on gene therapy for Rett Syndrome.