RANZCP Foundation congratulates psychiatrists awarded NHMRC Investigator Grants funding

20 September 2021

Six RANZCP Fellows have recently been awarded Investigator Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The NHMRC Investigator Grants Scheme enables exceptional researchers at all career stages to establish and pursue their research programs over a five-year period. This year, the NHMRC allocated an overall total of $400m in funding to 254 successful applicants.  

‘Congratulations to all College members who have recently secured NHMRC Investigator Grants in 2021,’ said Professor Malcolm Hopwood, RANZCP Foundation Chair.

‘We are particularly delighted to see psychiatrist researchers receiving such high-level support for their research proposals. This is reflective of both the excellence of the grant winners, and the integral role that psychiatry has in transforming the future of mental health treatment through supporting first-class, innovative projects.’

The following Fellows received NHMRC Investigator Grant funding in 2021:

Dr Shalini Arunogiri – Monash University

Transforming outcomes by investigating integrated treatments for methamphetamine use and trauma.

Professor Michael Breakspear – University of Newcastle

Generative models of brain disorders.

Professor Ian Hickie – University of Sydney

A large-scale clinical effectiveness (health services) trial to determine whether personalised health care packages, combined with digitally-supported measurement-based care, improve functional outcomes in young people with mood disorders.

Professor Richard Kanaan – University of Melbourne

Breathing Control as a treatment for Non-Epileptic Seizures.

Professor Perminder Sachdev – University of New South Wales

Vascular Contributions to Dementia (VCD-CRE) - a transformative approach to reducing the burden of cognitive disorders.

Professor Julian Trollor – University of New South Wales

Developing a model of Preventative Healthcare for People with Intellectual Disability.

Further information about the NHMRC Grant Application Rounds is accessible on the NHMRC website.