RANZCP Foundation congratulates Fellows awarded new NHMRC Ideas Grants funding

28 February 2021

Nine RANZCP Fellows have recently been awarded funding from the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council as part of the $260 million Ideas Grant scheme.

The NHMRC Ideas Grants scheme is the second largest offered annually by this key body, providing support to innovative and creative research in any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

‘The RANZCP Foundation congratulates all College members who successfully applied for the latest NHMRC Ideas Grants round’, said Dr Elizabeth O’Brien, RANZCP Foundation Chair.

‘Whilst this year’s NHMRC grants were extremely competitive, applying for new funding opportunities such as these demonstrates the essential role that psychiatrists have in undertaking research projects that can take new ideas forward, and become the next frontier of ground-breaking discoveries in mental health,’ she added.

The following Fellows received 2020 NHMRC Ideas Grant funding:

  • Professor Helen Milroy University of Western Australia
    Working with horses to promote the wellbeing of Aboriginal youth: An experimental learning approach for the Kimberley.
  • Professor Suresh Sundram - Monash University
    Betacellulin: defining a novel sub-type in schizophrenia.
  • Professor Anthony Harris - University of New South Wales
    Establishing the neural basis of auditory-verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia.
  • Professor Richard Kanaan, Professor David Castle, Associate Professor James Oliver, Professor Sarah Wilson and Dr Mahesh Jayaram - University of Melbourne
    Characterising the Muscarinic Receptor Deficit in Schizophrenia.
  • Professor Richard Kanaan, Associate Professor James Oliver and Dr Toby Winton-Brown - University of Melbourne
    Cerebral blood flow during psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.

Applications for the 2021 round of NHMRC Ideas Grants open on 10 March.

More information is available here.