Local research tackle global health problems

Three Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle researchers have received over $8.3 million in National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator grants. The researchers will explore personalised nutrition support, mathematical models of brain disorders and strategies focusing on “neglected” areas of infection prevention. The world’s most published and cited dietitian researcher, Laureate Professor Clare Collins, received $3.9 million for innovative approaches in ‘Personalised Nutrition Support’ for those at greatest risk of poor diet-related health.

Neuroscientist Professor Michael Breakspear (pictured) was awarded $2.9 million to investigate brain disorder mechanisms, combining brain imaging with mathematical modelling.

Internationally recognised infection control professional and researcher Professor Brett Mitchell received $1.5 million to build evidence for strategies to prevent healthcare-acquired infections.

HMRI Director Professor Mike Calford said the success of these researchers showed the depth of talent in the local research community.

“These researchers are at the top of their fields internationally and it is a credit to them and an amazing boon to the region to secure these grants.

“Conducting such important research here in the Hunter has direct benefits to the local community and places us at the cutting-edge of medical research around the world.”