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Date posted: 18 February 2014
The Australian Government today announced $133 million in funding to help Australian researchers find new health treatments and cures.
Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the new funding will support 153 grants across five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) schemes. The grants will address broad areas of research, from infections in cancer patients to building immunity to childhood eczema and allergies. They include postgraduate scholarships and a targeted call for research on Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
'Health and medical research is a major priority of the government and these new grants will support innovative projects aimed at finding better treatments for common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and cardiovascular disease,' Mr Dutton said. 'It will also help find new ways of tackling mental illness, dementia and gaps in Indigenous health.'
Some of the projects to receive funding include:
'Australian researchers are among the best in the world and the government is pleased to provide funding to support the work of so many dedicated professionals,' Mr Dutton said.
Source: National Health and Medical Research Council