NHMRC funds point to QBI’s success

17 Oct 2014

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland today was awarded almost $7 million in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Almost $5.5 million was awarded in 11 NHMRC Project Grants, providing critical funding for up to five years.

Principally, Professor Naomi Wray was awarded two grants for her work into genetics and genomics.

She will receive $918,784 for work into gene discovery in motor neuron disease through systems genomics, and $610,529 to perform a multivariate whole genome estimation and prediction analysis of genomics data applied to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

Professor Stephen Williams was awarded $861,300 for work into the role of dendritic information processing in visual circuit computations, to further our understanding of sensory systems.

Associate Professor Ross Cunnington was also awarded $570,364 to perform high-resolution brain imaging of basal ganglia function, which will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to increase knowledge of the central nervous system.

QBI's Dr Alan McRae and Dr Beben Benyamin both received NHMRC Career Development Fellowships and two NHMRC Early Career Fellowships were awarded to Mr Robert Power and Dr William Harrison, which will provide four years of funding to help establish some of Australia’s most promising researchers.

Media: Darius Koreis, +61 7 3346 6353, d.koreis@uq.edu.au