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Date posted: 6 November 2013
A Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) project has been recognised amongst the nation's premier research projects by Australia's peak body for health and medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The project, the Darwin prospective melioidosis study, which uses DNA technology to look at why melioidosis is increasing in urban areas in the Northern Territory, was one of three projects Australia wide to receive a Project grant excellence award by the NHMRC.
Chief Investigator, Professor Bart Currie said the award was a fantastic result for the project team and highlighted an important body of work in tropical health. 'The Darwin prospective melioidosis study has already led to improved therapy and public health initiatives,' he said.
Menzies Director, Professor Alan Cass, said the excellence award reinforces Menzies' status as a national leader in Indigenous and tropical health research. 'This award, coupled with our recent result in the 2013 round of NHMRC funding, which saw Menzies awarded more than $9 million in competitive grants and fellowships at a success rate double the Australia average, speaks to the very high quality of our research.'
The Excellence awards recognise and reward achievement in the highly competitive health and medical research field. This year's award winners represent the top 20 of the 5236 applications peer reviewed for funding in 2012, with the Menzies project being one of only three Project grants from across Australia to receive the award.
Source: Menzies School of Health Research