Talented health and medical researchers win funding

18 Nov 2010

University of Queensland researchers have received $8.5 million in fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), a quarter of which went to IMB.

The fellowships will support health and medical researchers to undertake research that is of major benefit to Australia's future health.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Max Lu said the funding confirmed UQ's reputation for attracting talented health and medical researchers.

"These results reflect the quality of the awardees and the significant research they conduct. It also highlights that UQ is a first-class institution in which to undertake health and medical research," Professor Lu said.

"It creates new opportunities for the next generation of health researchers and builds on the great work of UQ to ensure we attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from Australia and internationally."

IMB researchers to receive fellowships are:

Professor Jenny Stow (Research Fellowship) - Protein trafficking in inflammation and disease

Dr Matthew Sweet (Research Fellowship) - Toll-like receptors and innate immunity: genes and pathways regulating infectious and inflammatory diseases

Dr Mathias Francois (Career Development Award) - Lymphangiogenesis from development to disease: analysis of SOX18 function in the control of lymphatic remodelling

Dr Richard Allen (Postdoctoral Training Fellowship) - The identification of channel-like transport pathways in the malaria-infected erythrocyte using animal peptide toxins

Media: Kathy Grube, UQ Communications, 07 3346 0561 or Bronwyn Adams, IMB Communications, 07 3346 2134 or 0418 575 247