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ECU researchers receive national grants

Thursday, 02 December 2010

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Congratulations to ECU researchers Associate Professor Mel Ziman and Professor Ralph Martins, and their colleagues, who recently received grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support their research teams in the fields of Melanoma and Alzheimer’s disease.

These grants are an initiative of the Australian Government which aim to supply researchers within the health profession financial support to complete their research projects.

Head of melanoma research at ECU, Associate Professor Ziman and Professor Michael Millward received a $264,182 grant to support their project entitled, The transcriptional profile of a metastatic circulating melanoma cell which will study the genetic makeup of melanoma cells in the hope of finding a cure for the disease.

Chair in Aging and Alzheimer’s disease, Professor Martins, joined with ECU Research Fellows, Dr Simon Laws and Dr Veer Gupta, as well as national researchers for their project entitled, Discovery and Validation of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in human plasma, which received a NHMRC grant valued at $352,524

Professor Martins was also awarded $494,615 for his project entitled, Effects of beta amyloid clearance, aggregation and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, which he is working on with researchers Dr Giuseppe Verdile and Professor Sam Gandy.

Professor Ziman was grateful to receive the funding, which will help further her research into melanoma.

“The financial support provided by these grants is invaluable and allows us, as researchers, to continue to investigate and work towards understanding these life threatening diseases,” said Professor Ziman.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Advancement), Professor John Finlay-Jones congratulated both Professor Martins and Professor Ziman on receiving the grants.

“Receiving such grants is important recognition of the high quality of work done by our researchers and highlights ECU’s commitment to research and development within the community.”

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